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diagnostico

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HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS? IS THIS LEGAL?
« on: January 31, 2013, 09:12:56 PM »
i don't understand how they can do this.... www.libertydiagnostics.com . This company is not a laboratory but it's main business focuses on getting Pain Management offices to send it's urine drug screens to one of several toxicology laboratories that it has accounts with. Here is how the process works..

The pain office sends the urine sample and patient encounter form to the laboratory. The pain office faxes the patient insurance form and test order to Liberty's office.  Liberty then bills WC & PI  for the lab work and receives payment from the insurance company.

How are they able to do that without actually being the laboratory or providing the service?
Isn't this illegal since they don't actually own a laboratory or have a CLIA number?

Dede19

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Re: HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS? IS THIS LEGAL?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 10:12:03 PM »
Probably CLIA waived tests?

RichardP

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Re: HOW CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS? IS THIS LEGAL?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 12:40:39 AM »
How are they able to do that without actually being the laboratory or providing the service?  Isn't this illegal since they don't actually own a laboratory or have a CLIA number?

Did you read through their website???

From the same web site:  http://www.libertydiagnostics.com/about.html

State of the Art Laboratory

Sophisticated and complex, our laboratory facilities make use of truly impressive equipment, such as LC/MS/MS (Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) and multiplexed PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) systems.

About us

Liberty Diagnostics is a clinical diagnostic company built to meet the unique needs of clinicians treating chronic pain.


Then, from this page:  http://www.libertydiagnostics.com/

We give physicians who treat chronic pain the tools to practice safe and informed medicine through ... billing and collection services ...

A billing company can receive payment on behalf of the clients they bill for.  That is legal if you complete the required paperwork.  The money collected does not belong to Liberty Diagnostics.  They collect it on behalf of their clients, and must pass it on to them.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2013, 12:49:59 AM by RichardP »