Uncle Sam Casts Wary Eye on Clinical Lab Billing

February 1, 2015
Uncle Sam Casts Wary Eye on Clinical Lab Billing
Increased scrutiny from the Office of Inspector General will force clinical labs to ensure that their practices are sound and their records complete. [WavebreakMediaMicro/Fotolia]

Alex Philippidis

Washington will keep its eye on clinical laboratories this year—specifically, how much they are billing the federal government for services through Medicare.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Office of Inspector General (OIG), officially threw down the proverbial gauntlet to the labs in its Work Plan for the current federal fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

The Work Plan—the OIG’s annual report outlining its enforcement priorities for a given fiscal year—included for the first time “selected” independent clinical lab billing requirements.

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