Posts from October 2022.
Posted in Health Care
Laboratory Compliance in the Modern Age

It seems that clinical laboratories are under more scrutiny now than ever before.  Whether it is the testing for COVID-19 performed during the public health emergency or the urine drug screens performed as part of patient compliance monitoring for pain management and substance use disorder treatment programs or just routine panels ordered by primary care providers, an audit is going to come.  And, the burden has never been heavier on laboratory providers to establish that they have an effective corporate compliance program to ensure the provider is not engaging in practices deemed to ...

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The Cures Act, Information Blocking and Expansion of EHI Definition 

The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule Information Blocking Provision became active on April 5, 2021.  “Information blocking” is a term used to describe a situation where a patient struggles to gain timely access to protected health information (“PHI”).  While patient rights to access PHI are established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), patient complaints of information blocking are being addressed by – and have become a major priority of - the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ...