Protecting Your Lab From New Legal Threats

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ASSUME, FOR THE MOMENT, THAT YOUR CLINICAL LABORATORY OR PATHOLOGY GROUP was concerned about its potential exposure to evolving legal and compliance issues. How would you guarantee that your laboratory has: 1) correctly identified new and/or emerging threats; and, 2) implemented effective protections to reduce your lab’s risk?

Typically, your lab’s compliance officer would contact your lab’s corporate counsel. Together, they would assess new legal and compliance developments, then develop appropriate strategies designed to keep the laboratory fully protected and in proper compliance. But, as your lab’s leader, how confident are you that these individuals correctly identified all the relevant threats and new legal developments that could put your lab at risk if they went unaddressed?

Here at THE DARK REPORT, we asked that same question. But we were able to do something that most of you cannot. We contacted 10 of the smartest, most experienced attorneys who maintain a high-profile legal practice in clinical lab and pathology law. We asked them to participate in a survey and tell us their choices for the five most important issues in legal, compliance, and managed care contracting that laboratories will face during 2011 and 2012.

As you will read on pages 3-8, six of these prominent attorneys agreed to participate. We collected their lists and collated them to develop a prioritized ranking of the six most important issues that will confront clinical labs and pathology groups during the next 24 months. In so doing, THE DARK REPORT has conducted the lab industry’s first-ever survey of the nation’s best-known attorneys who specialize in lab industry legal matters.

We are pleased to present the initial findings of our national lab lawyers survey in this issue of THE DARK REPORT. These same six attorneys are also working with us to develop a Special Report that addresses, in useful detail, how you should understand and respond to each of the six legal, compliance, and managed care contracting priorities for 2011. Look for it shortly.

Our goal in this endeavor is to give you a unique, high-level view of what your lab industry’s keenest legal minds consider to be high-priority/must-act issues for this year and next. Best of all, you have early knowledge of these potential threats, along with the time to prepare your lab. This innovative legal survey is the latest example of how THE DARK REPORT keeps you and your laboratory at the front edge of the lab testing marketplace.

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