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February 1, 2018

Settlement of CMS Sanctions Appeal for Hospital System


King & Spalding represented a hospital system in connection with an appeal of a sanctions letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) alleging failure to comply with certain requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). CMS originally imposed several significant sanctions, including an 11-month limitation of the CLIA license for the client’s laboratory to conduct A/B influenza testing, as well as the assessment of a civil monetary penalty. While the appeal was pending, King & Spalding successfully negotiated a settlement with CMS which allowed the client to continue to conduct A/B influenza testing for Emergency Room patients to ensure quality of care was not compromised.