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July 8, 2014  



OIG Issues Fraud Alert
for Lab Payments to Physicians  


The Office of Inspector General issued a Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians on June 25, 2014. It deals with both compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians and group practices for blood specimen collection, processing and packaging  and for submitting patient data to a registry or database.  There has been a series of alerts and advisory opinions  over the years that have categorized providing free or below cost goods or services to physicians that are a source of referrals, or paying a physician more than fair market value for his or her services, could constitute illegal remuneration under the anti-kickback statute.


This new Fraud Alert provides a list of characteristics for arrangements involving either specimen processing or registry payments that may be evidence of unlawful purpose under the anti-kickback statute. Click here for a link to the Fraud Alert.




CAP Board of Governors Election 


The voting is open for elections to the CAP Board of Governors. We appreciate your consideration of the following candidates for the Board of Governors who are CSP members. It is important to have representatives that appreciate the needs and concerns of state societies and we recommend these individuals for your consideration;


Dr. Jennifer Hunt

Dr. Liz Wagar

Dr. Pat Godbey
Dr. Stephen Sarewitz 


California Society of Pathologists
One Capitol Mall Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Tel : 916-446-6001
Fax :  916-444-7462