Ethics Training

Ethics Training

Recently the Captiva Lab team underwent ethics training as part of our commitment to following practices and procedures that keep both, our clients, and their patients safe. Captiva, as part of our mission statement and beliefs, considers our adherence to best industry practices beneficial to our business and the trust we build. These are some of the ethics we covered recently:

  • Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
    • It is illegal to willingly and knowingly exchange patients or patient information for any form of remuneration. It has been exceedingly common during the opioid crisis to hear stories of FBI raids of substance abuse and half-way houses engaging in this behavior. Captiva Lab is committed to avoiding these relationships and examining our partnerships with our legal team to ensure we act according to the law, as well as in the best interest of our patients.
    • Safe Harbors are a specific financial arrangement between health care providers that do not violate the anti-kickback statute. They are closely regulated and the agreement is very strict.
  • Updates to Fraud and Abuse Laws
    • Changes that came with the Budget Act of 2018 greatly increase the sanctions for violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute including:
      • Up to 10 years in prison (up from 5 years)
      • Fines of up to $100,000 per violation (up from $25,000)
  • The Stark Law
    • The Stark law prohibits self-referral including physicians referring specimens obtained from Medicare patients to providers of DHS with which the physician has or family member of the physician has a financial relationship.
  • Sales Representatives
    • The benefits of sales representation for a lab are immense upon startup and to further test markets however there are some legal concerns to be aware of if they are contracted employees.
  • Sales and Marketing
    • Free Goods and Services: almost anything of value can be considered an illegal remuneration.
  • Custom Panels
    • The sales representative should not be directly involved in the creation of custom panels, this should be the role of the ordering physician.
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