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Labs Should Be Cautious about ā€˜Surprisingā€™ EKRA Ruling

CONFUSION ABOUT WHEN IT IS LEGAL UNDER TWO FEDERAL LAWS to pay commissions to sales reps based on volume and/or revenue has existed since the passage of the federal Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA). Now, a district court judge in Hawaii has surprisingly ruled that payments of perc…

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2021ā€™s Top 10 Lab Stories Highlight Important Trends

This is an excerpt of a 3,075-word article in the December 20, 2021 issue of Ā THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Much like 2020, the pandemic dominated our new list of the top 10 lab stories for 2021. Beyond…

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2021ā€™s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Important Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Much like 2020, the pandemic dominated our new list of the top 10 lab industry stories for 2021. Beyond COVID-19 testing, the virus crept its way into long-term trends, such as pathology jobs and technology innovation. New ways of delivering healthcare will need respons…

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Florida Laboratory Owner Gets 82-Month Jail Term

CEO SUMMARY: Federal prosecutors are sending a clinical lab owner to federal prison for almost eight years. Hopefully, this is a sign that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to use criminal indictments more frequently against lab owners, lab managers, and lab sales reps who vi…

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Federal Judges: Paying Commissions Violates AKS

CEO SUMMARY: Health Diagnostic Laboratory and its marketing partner, BlueWave Consultants, were back in the news recently after a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court denied a challenge from the former principals of those companies to an earlier court ruli…

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Revised Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute Rules Are Good News for Labs

This is an excerpt of a 1,385-word article in the March 22, 2021 issue of Ā THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: The Dark Report explains how changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute willĀ benefit labs,Ā…

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Revised Stark and AKS Rules Are Good News for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It must be rewarding for federal rulemakers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the Inspector General to hear that attorneys representing clinical labs and pathology groups consider the new final rules for the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickb…

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Understanding Key Parts of New AKS, Stark Law Rules

CEO SUMMARY: Both the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute have been revised and the final rules became effective on Jan. 19. The good news for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups is that federal regulators from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a…

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DOJ Says Georgia Man Got Kickbacks for COVID-19 Tests

JUST WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST CASES OF SARS-CoV-2 appeared in the UnitedĀ States, federal prosecutors filed criminalĀ charges in a COVID-19 lab test fraudĀ scheme. Erik Santos, 49, of Braselton, Ga.,Ā was charged with conspiracy to defraudĀ federal and private healthcare programsĀ by submitting fraudule…

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First EKRA Guilty Plea Involves Lab Kickback

CEO SUMMARY: Federal investigators wasted little time in using the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) to prosecute fraud involving clinical laboratories and providers. The manager of an opioid treatment center in Kentucky pleaded guilty last month to three counts…

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