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CEO SUMMARY: It’s never been done before, and the Health Diagnostics Laboratory lawsuit is a
Tonya Mallory is back in the news and this time she is teaming up with the former CEO of Bon Secours Virginia to launch a new healthcare company. Mallory was formerly CEO of Health Diagnostic Laboratory of Richmond, Virginia. This is the lab company that settled a major whistleblower case with the federal government, without admitting guilt. In court filings, federal prosecutors claim that HDL was paid $500 million by
CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealthcare directly tackled the issue of out-of-network labs waiving or capping copayments, coinsurance and deductibles that are to be paid by patients. In a network bulletin this month, UHC said that such arrangements may violate federal law and could lead to state insurance department investigations into false claims. In the same bulletin to
THE DARK REPORT is the only lab industry news source to recognize the significance of the lawsuit between the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Cleveland HeartLab against a new lab company, True Health Diagnostics. It is the latest chapter in a string of questionable sales practices engaged in by defendants in the federal whistleblower lawsuit against Health
IT’S GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY in the cardiology testing sector of the lab industry. No less than the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, along with Cleveland HeartLab, have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a start-up lab in Texas.
The defendant is True Health Diagnostics LLC, of Frisco, Texas. In an amended complaint filed November 30 in the
CEO SUMMARY: Events within the bankruptcy proceedings of Health Diagnostic Laboratory could be interpreted as setting the stage for the emergence of a laboratory company operated by executives-and marketed by a sales consultant-known to have had leadership roles in other lab companies accused by whistleblowers and the federal government of making illegal payments to induce physicians to refer lab tests to their respective lab companies. In that regard, some in the lab industry may consider this an example of history about to repeat itself.
PHYSICIANS WHO PARTICIPATE IN schemes that violate anti-kickback and fraud statutes will be at greater risk of prosecution by federal healthcare officials. This development comes following the June 9 release by the OIG of “Fraud Alert: Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability.”
WHERE WAS MUCH TO BE LEARNED when, on April 9, federal prosecutors announced settlements of multiple whistleblower lawsuits against Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. of Richmond, Virginia, and Singulex Inc. of Alameda, California.
CEO SUMMARY: One reason why there is not a level playing field in lab industry compliance with laws governing kickbacks and anti-business behavior is that government officials do not act quickly against the lab industry’s worst offenders—if they take any action at all. News of a federal investigation into the payment of processing fees to
CEO SUMMARY: Four California labs have charged that Quest Diagnostics engaged in predatory pricing in a case filed originally in November 2012. After the lawsuit was amended last summer and fall, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III heard various motions in the case. On February 6 he ruled that the case could proceed against