2016 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: Why Quantitative Drug Testing Should Not be Reduced to a Single Code

July 6, 2015

Misters Yussuf Abdel­aleem and Jacob Slowik, partners at Joseph, Aleem and Slowik who represent a number of preeminent clinical laboratories and medical practices in the southeastern US, contacted me recently with their concerns about CMS’ proposal to use a single CPT code to reimburse clinical laboratories for confirmatory drug testing beginning in 2016. Read more

Strategies for Success on Both Sides of the TRO Fence

August 18, 2014
Tarek AbdelAleem & Yussuf AbdelAleem, Daily Report

On April 17, as counsel for plaintiffs, our law firm obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the matter of Confirmatrix Laboratory Inc. and Nue Health Consulting v. Pain Management Specialists of Atlanta, Civil Action Number 14CV1060 AM. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 951 and 91165, and the application for Temporary Restraining Order by Plaintiffs, Chief Judge Arch W. McGarity of Henry County Superior Court entered an order temporarily restraining defendants—consisting of a pain management group practice, clinical laboratory, and certain of their principals and employees—from competing with plaintiffs, a prominent clinical laboratory and healthcare consulting firm. The court’s order also enjoined defendants from soliciting plaintiff’s former employees and customers, and misappropriating plaintiff’s trade secrets. The case is still ongoing. Read more

Compliant Client Billing Arrangements: Strategies for Health Care Counsel

March 2, 2015

As counsel for a number of preeminent clinical laboratories and medical practices in the Southeast, our firm analyzes legal questions relating to the practice of client billing on a perennial basis.

Based on our experience, we believe these inquiries have become commonplace as a function of two trends in particular: the growing desire for clinical laboratories and physicians alike to establish innovative and compliant business arrangements, and the perceived legal uncertainty that clouds the subject matter—the latter, in our view, stemming in large part from unindustrious lawyering. The purpose of this article is to provide health care attorneys with a practical analysis of client billing vis­à­ vis applicable law. Read more