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Compliance Perspectives: 5 Ways to Avoid Kickback Risks When Placing Phlebotomists in Ordering Physician’s Offices

It’s not uncommon for labs to place a phlebotomist in a physician’s office to collect and process samples for testing. While not strictly illegal, this practice raises bright red flags under kickback laws. So, it’s imperative to carefully vet your in-office phlebotomist arrangements to ensure they don’t cross any kickback lines. Here’s how. The Legal Risks of In-Office Phlebotomist Arrangements The Anti-kickback statute (AKS) bans labs from offering or providing physicians anything of value to induce or reward the referral of patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs. The Stark Law and state antikick laws impose similar restrictions. The problem is that while you might not think of it as such, placing a phlebotomist inside the office of an ordering physician may constitute the kind of… . . . read more.

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COMPLIANCE

How to protect your practice against costly pregnancy discrimination claims

“I’m having a baby!”
When an employee utters those words, it’s time for congratulations. It’s also time for caution. The danger is pregnancy discrimination, and it happens often because employees are well attuned to their rights. The protection comes from the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It applies to offices with 15 or more employees. And many states extend the same protection to offices with even fewer employees.
What does the law say?
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) says an employer can’t discriminate on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. It says that with a…

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