Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, a New Jersey-based family practitioner and a National Physician’s Alliance board member, has written an interesting editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine in which she states she is no longer surprised when laboratories charge her patients $1000 or more for a Pap smear. According to Dr. Bettigole, the reason for the exorbitant charges are not the actual Pap smear itself (although she does mention the fact liquid-based preps are ...

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A US District judge in South Carolina has ordered Tuomey Healthcare System (THS) to pay $238 million for violations of the Stark Law and False Claims Act (FCA).  The judge originally ordered Tuomey to pay $277 million, but one of the government attorneys pointed out the judge had awarded $39 million more than the government had asked for, and the penalties were immediately reduced. This case began in 2005 when Dr. Michael ...

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The lessons of Annie Dookhan can apply to every laboratory The attorney appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to investigate the case of Annie Dookhan, the Massachusetts state drug lab chemist who allegedly faked test results, tampered with evidence and neglected protocols over a several year period, now states more than 40,000 cases may have been affected. So far the state has released 330 inmates and dismissed or declined to prosecute more than 1,100 other ...

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