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Four Labs and Billing Company Pay $140,000 Fine in HIPAA Case

WHEN A BILLING SERVICE company disposes of patients’ lab test records, it should do so in compliance with federal and state privacy rules. That means all protected health information (PHI) should be shredded or incinerated.

Four pathology groups in Massachusetts learned this lesson the hard way when they and their billing company agreed to pay collectively

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CLIA’s Catch-22 Involving Proficiency Testing

THERE’S A REGULATORY TRAP awaiting the unwary laboratory organization. It involves language in CLIA rules for proficiency testing (PT). All medical directors and lab administrators will want to fully understand the implications of what appears to be an emerging trend in CLIA laboratory enforcement.

In recent years, an ever-greater number of labs have unwittingly found themselves

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How One Pathology Group Survived Its First RAC Audit

CEO SUMMARY: Last summer, InCyte Pathology in Spokane, Washington, found itself facing demand letters from the recovery audit contractor (RAC) responsible for that region. The RAC auditor was questioning claims for technical component (TC) services and seeking repayment from InCyte Pathology. It took three months and plenty of dogged determination for the InCyte team to

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Pathology Group Establishes Lab Test Exchange Networks

CEO SUMMARY: After several decades of steadfastly maintaining their independence from other pathology groups in their community, progressive hospital-based pathology groups are beginning to create regional laboratory testing networks. These collaborations generally start small and often involve just a few simple testing services. In North Carolina, one pathology group has created two separate test exchange

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How Labs Should Comply With New Signature Rule

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are reacting to the new Medicare rule that requires a physician signature on a paper requisition for clinical laboratory tests. Laboratories using paper requisitions will need to add a signature line, then print and distribute these new requisitions to their clients. Pathologists and lab administrators

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