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Health insurance fraud cases take new turn with HDL-BlueWave outcome

This is an excerpt from a 2,700-word article in the February 12, 2018, issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY:…

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Insights from Jury Verdict in HDL, BlueWave Case

CEO SUMMARY: After a two-week trial, the executives of Health Diagnostic Laboratories and BlueWave Healthcare Consultants were found guilty of violating the federal False Claims Act. Defendants Tonya Mallory, Floyd Calhoun Dent III, and Robert Bradford Johnson were ordered to pay the Unit…

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Pulling Aside the Curtain on Alleged Lab Fraud

IN RECENT YEARS, MANY CLINICAL LAB ADMINISTRATORS AND PATHOLOGISTS have looked with dismay at the increased fraud associated with the laboratory test referrals of office-based physicians. High-profile federal cases involving lab companies accused of fraud garner national headlines. Small companies s…

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ACLA Suit Challenges HHS’ Data-Collection Efforts

CEO SUMMARY: In a lawsuit filed last month, the American Clinical Laboratory Association charged that HHS failed to comply with the statutory requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 when setting the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. In the lawsuit, ACLA said HHS…

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CMS Publishes Final CLFS Rates, Labs Prepare to Cut Staff or Close

MEDICARE OFFICIALS PUBLISHED the final Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018 last Friday. Some changes clinical labs will welcome. The rates remain deeply flawed, however, and will cause many labs to lay off staff and others to close, experts said Saturday. How CMS set the rates remains p…

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For Top 20 Tests, CMS to Cut Payment by 28% in 2018-2020

ON SEPT. 22, MEDICARE OFFICIALS RELEASED THE DRAFT PRICES for the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. The bad news for the lab industry is that the fee cuts are deeper than the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had predicted earlier. The price cuts to clinical la…

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XIFIN CEO White Analyzes Medicare 2018 Fee Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: If the draft lab rates that CMS published Sept. 22 for the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018 go into effect Jan. 1 as proposed, then clinical labs will see a cut of 28% in what they get paid for the top 20 most common tests, according to a recent analysis. The rates t…

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Labs Serving Nursing Homes, Rural Areas to Suffer Most

CLINICAL LABORATORIES WITH A HIGH percentage of Medicare Part B lab test reimbursement are expected to suffer the most under the Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) cuts that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed Sept. 22. With the proposed rates schedul…

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Here Are the Arguments When Commenting on 2018 CLFS Rates

ALL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS AND pathologists are encouraged to submit comments to CMS before the Oct. 23, as well as send letters to their elected officials in Congress to urge both to delay and to fix the market price study and revise the proposed Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018. Bene…

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Labs Working to Release Test Results to Patients

CEO SUMMARY: A new federal requirement requires labs to make test results available to patients beginning this month. What is unknown is how patients will respond to the opportunity to see their lab test results. The effective date for this new requirement was October 6. It is expected th…

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