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Excused Charges and Other Inducements

The laboratory should not offer or provide free testing to any individual in a position to make or control referral for laboratory services:

  • The laboratory may write off charges only when laboratory errors in billing or testing occur.
  • Sales and marketing personnel cannot offer free testing in any form unless approved by the compliance officer.
  • Free testing for indigent patients must be approved by the Compliance Officer.
  • Sales and marketing personnel cannot offer or give anything of value to a customer or potential customer beyond the usual promotional items.
  • If a client solicits special consideration, it should be reported to the sales manager or compliance officer.