regulators, and judges have been busy in 2010. New laws, amended
regulatory requirements, and recent court decisions present clinical
laboratories and anatomic pathology groups with new responsibilities-along
with increased legal and compliance risk.
To help your laboratory stay "street legal" and fully
compliant with these new regulations, you won't want to miss this
DARK REPORT and DarkDaily.com annual legal/regulatory audio conference
on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
During the information-packed session you, your lab team and your
attorney can all get concise information about the latest legal
and regulatory developments-and find out what steps your laboratory
can take to fulfill its responsibilities. Leading the discussion
will be two of the nation's keenest legal minds in clinical laboratory
and anatomic pathology issues: Jane Pine Wood and Richard Cooper
of McDonald Hopkins.
New Legal Requirements and How They
Could Impact Your Lab
Take self-reporting for starters. Are your lab's management and
legal teams up-to-date on the newrequirementsforself-reporting? Self-reporting can be triggered by a host
of issues, ranging from the discovery of Stark violations to errors
affecting patient safety to overpayments made by federal and state
payers. It even applies to overpayments from private Medicare
Advantage health payers. So it's critical that your laboratory
understands self-reporting obligations and has the right policies
and procedures in place to guide your staff.
You'll also get the latest information on a brand-new legal/regulatory
program known as the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program,
or "RAC." Find out why Medicare now gives recovery audit
contractors the power to conduct "medical necessity"
audits at your hospital, health system or lab. RAC auditors can
analyze claims with payment dates going back to October 1, 2007.
The possible consequences are severe because every RAC audit has
the potential to reveal Medicare fraud or abuse issues—possibly
for your lab or pathology group! Our experts will alert you to
key points that can help you avoid an audit—and its resulting
Another change in federal law, effective in early 2010, was to
the HIPAA disclosure rules. In the event of a breach of protected
health information (PHI), labs and other providers are required
to publicly disclose specific facts about the breach. This summer,
the Boston Globe revealed that as many as 40,000 pathology reports
and billing information from four local pathology groups had been
found at a public dump.
Needless to say, this breach of PHI caught the four pathology
groups and their parent hospitals by surprise. Find out how you
can prepare your lab for these types of unexpected incidents involving
PHI—as defined by federal laws—when you order
to attend this very special event.
Get Answers From Two Clinical Lab
and Pathology Experts
Legal experts Wood and Cooper will also address CLIA-the Clinical
Laboratory Improvement Act. They'll help you understand what CLIA
is looking for during lab inspections and how that's changing.
You'll learn about the steps your laboratory should take when
a deficiency is identified and "opened." Because serious
deficiencies found during a CLIA inspection can result in sanctions
against the pathologist who's on the license as the lab's medical
director, this is information that pathologists can't afford to
"How to Stay Legal in 2011: New Legal Issues and
Regulatory Changes Affecting Clinical Laboratories and Pathology
Groups" will introduce you to six brand-new or recent
changes in laws, regulations, and market practices that govern
how clinical labs and pathology groups conduct their affairs.
Find out what you can do to ensure your lab stays on the right
side of the law.
Today and Get Answers to Your Specific Questions!
And don't forget the question-and-answer session that allows you
to pose your specific questions to these well-respected experts
in laboratory medicine law and compliance. This direct access
will help provide your team with the latest legal knowledge and
precedents and get advice and insight tailored to the unique needs
of your laboratory.
This learning session will help you better understand the steps
your laboratory should take to comply with recent new laws and
regulations. Best of all, our audio conference format allows you
to assemble your senior executive team, compliance officers, and
legal advisors to participate with you on the call. So don't wait!
live digital recordings of this audio conference today!
DARK REPORT AUDIO CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE
COST: $245 Per 90 minute recording
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one low price—just $245—you and your entire
team can take part in this fast-paced, insightful audio conference.
Best of all you can here the questions asked to the panel at the
end of the recorded session.
Here's just some of what you’ll learn during this in-depth
to get your lab ready for "RAC": Why Medicare's Recovery
Audit Contractor program may soon be at your hospital or laboratory.
surprises: The new regulations that require labs to report breaches
of protected health information (PHI) as well as overpayments
from Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage.
your lab may be violating state law-in different states at the
same time-and what you can do to fix the problem.
what new with CLIA lab inspections, plus insights into how to
prepare your lab team for a clean inspection.
latest on the new requirement that physicians sign lab test
orders, plus the surprising news that most AP test requisitions
don't comply with current law.
HIPAA rules: How to prepare your lab to report privacy breaches
to the right federal agency.
your lab should respond when competing labs "give away"
EMRs to doctors at no charge.
a compliance audit at your lab: Why it's your best insurance-but
only if you follow these five essential steps.
"donations" by labs to office-based physicians: The
essential do's and don'ts.
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Cooper, Esq. is Head of the National Healthcare
Practice Group of McDonald Hopkins. He also serves on
the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cooper has
a national health law practice that includes the representation
of a large number of laboratories on corporate, regulatory/compliance,
contracting, strategic, venture and M&A/joint venture
matters. Laboratory clients include both independent
and hospital-owned laboratories plus clinical, anatomic
and specialty labs. He has been involved in a substantial
number of lab M&A/joint venture transactions and
frequently counsels clients on strategic planning issues
related to preparing labs for sale. He received his
JD from Georgetown University.
Pine Wood is a member of McDonald Hopkins,
LLC which specializes in health law, including regulatory,
compliance, and contractual matters, including Medicaid
and Medicare reimbursement issues. Ms. Wood represents
physicians, hospitals, clinical and anatomic laboratories,
imaging centers, home health agencies, mental health
providers, clinics, independent practice associations
and integrated delivery systems in corporate, regulatory,
reimbursement, contractual and other areas. She received
her J.D. degree in 1987 from Vanderbilt University School
of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts,
Ohio and Tennessee.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) designates
this program for a maximum of 1.5 ACCENT® credit hours towards
the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award. AACC is an
approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory
scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana,
Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.