Coronavirus Fraud Takes Many Forms as Federal and Local Officials Continue to Pursue Widespread Cases of Clinical Laboratory Testing Scams

Since the pandemic began, federal investigators are specifically looking for patterns of fraud in Medicare claims data for COVID-19 clinical laboratory testing Last month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced it had been investigating trends in Medicare claims data that could indicate patterns of fraud in the billing for COVID-19 clinical laboratory tests, Modern Healthcare reported. Stretching back to at least March, fraudulent...

New York Genome Center Prepares to Enter Clinical Laboratory Testing Market with Exome and Whole Human Genome Sequencing Assays

Funded by both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, this new gene sequencing center is preparing to offer its first genetic tests for use in patient care Next-generation gene sequencing for clinical diagnostic applications is moving forward at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). Located in New York City, the center is designed to be a genetic medicine technology incubator and has funding from a number of for-profit and not-for-profit sources. For pathologists and medical laboratory...

New Sepsis Management Standards for New York Hospitals Will Put Greater Emphasis on Use of Clinical Laboratory Tests for Diagnosis and Treatment

There will be more focused lab testing and public reporting of sepsis results as New York State addresses growing problem following death of 12-year-old boy. New York State will implement tougher standards for the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in hospitals. One consequence is expected to be more medical laboratory testing for patients suspected of having sepsis. It may also mean that clinical laboratory test results will get increased scrutiny by physicians who, under the new requirements,...

Mobile DNA Testing Van Cruises New York City Streets and Asks “Who’s Your Daddy?”

Mobile testing truck makes DNA testing approachable and accessible to the community while competing with established clinical laboratories You may have seen recent news coverage of a van cruising the streets of New York City that was offering on-the-spot DNA testing with signs plastered on sides reading “Who’s Your Daddy”—“DNA Testing.” Certainlyany passing pathologist or clinical chemist might do a double take. According to abc News coverage of the story, passersby can hail the 28-foot...
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