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OIG calls on diagnostic labs to implement compliance plans

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with other federal agencies who enforce the regulations that apply to diagnostic labs have called on these healthcare facilities to implement compliance plans.

What if my private practice needs to reevaluate pay equity?

The #MeToo and #BLM movements have brought increased attention to the inequalities that are present within our communities and workplaces. These movements are fueling discussions and provide an opportunity to consider change.

Do diagnostic labs need a voluntary compliance program?

Government officials continue to investigate and prosecute allegations of health care fraud throughout the medical community. Hospitals, physicians, chiropractors, dentists and diagnostic labs are all open to investigations and allegations of wrongdoing. Leaders within these markets can take steps to proactively reduce the risk of such allegations. One example: putting together a voluntary compliance program.

3 things to know about HHS' recent investment in diagnostic labs

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it will invest $6.5 million into two commercial diagnostic labs. The agency has stated it expects the labs, one in Nashville, TN the other in Austin, TX, to use the funds to boost staffing and infrastructure with an ultimate goal of increasing their COVID-19 testing capacities.

Genetic testing facility agrees to settlement with DOJ

Earlier this fall, the Department of Justice (DOJ) accused a genetic testing company of health care fraud. The DOJ essentially accused the lab of violating the federal False Claims Act, discussed in more detail in a previous post available here. Instead of fighting the allegations, the lab has chosen to move forward with a settlement agreement.

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