Code of Ethics
All of the Principle Diagnostics staff, consultants, a representatives are required to know and strictly adhere to our code of ethics. It is manditory that allpersonnel read our code of ethics carefully. Our code of ethics outlines the high standards of professionalism that is expected of all that represent our company.
A written version of our Code of Ethics is necessary to ensure that all personnel share our commitment to providing the highest quality services, in an honest and appropriate manner.
All personnel are required to adhere to the following Code of Ethics.
Be honest in all of your business dealings. It is necessary to provide all information and details necessary to clients enabling them to fully understand the services that Principle offers and the full financial consequences of these services to Medicare, Medicaid and other third insurance payers. Therefore, when you prepare any document, never misrepresent any information, never make a false statement, and never omit material information. Dishonesty is strictly prohibited. It includes, but limited to, theft of services, theft of any materials belonging to the company (even in small amounts) and employee time theft.
It is vital that you comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Therefore, if any question should arise, it is your responsibility to consult with the Chief Compliance Officer before engaging in the questionable activity.
According to the Stark Statute, there is an exception for compensation relationships with physicians or physician’s family members, which involve de minimums amounts of compensation. The exception applies only to non-cash items or services that do not exceed $75 per gift and an aggregate of $380 per year if the entity providing the compensation makes it available to all similarly situated individuals referring patients to the entity for services, and the compensation is not determined in any way that takes into account the volume or value of the physician’s referrals to the entity.
We strongly advise to not accept and/or give gifts or favors to anyone outside of Principle that could influence actions or decisions pertaining to Principle. This does not preclude you from giving and/or accepting items of nominal value that are clearly tokens of friendship or business hospitality.
Since there are not clearly defined answers under the law, if you have any questions pertaining to the propriety of a gift, you must raise the issue with the Chief Compliance Officer prior to giving any gifts of substantial value.
CONFIDENTIAL PATIENT INFORMATION
Do not release any confidential information such as medical records, personal information, insurance information, etc.. The results of laboratory tests are considered strictly confidential and must not be discussed with any persons without prior authorization.
CONFIDENTIAL COMPANY INFORMATION
Those who have access to and in possession of the company’s confidential information are not permitted to use or share that information for securities trading purposes (“insider trading”) or for any other purpose except the operation and transaction of the Company’s business. All non-public information about the Company should be considered confidential information. While all personnel are prohibited from insider trading, the Company has adopted specific “Insider Trading Policies and Procedures” (“Insider Trading Policy”) applicable to the company’s directors, employees and independent contractors or consultants. It is always illegal to trade in Company securities while in possession of material, non-public information (defined in the Insider Trading Policy), and it is also illegal to communicate or “tip” such information to others whether or not they may trade company’s securities on such information. This document is sent to all personnel, independent contracts, and new hires for review, and in connection with certification of compliance when applicable.
SALES & MARKETING
Be honest and truthful in all representations that you make about Principle and never agree to give anything of value in return for referrals. Do not give anything of value, including bribes, kickbacks, gifts in violation of the above rules.
PHLEBOTOMY & PATIENT SERVICE CENTER EMPLOYEES
Phlebotomist and patient service center employees must never provide free services in return for physician’s referrals. Phlebotomist and patient service center employeesmust never perform clerical or medical services that are normally the responsibility of the physician’s office staff.
Any technical question pertaining to the proper CPT code selection, remaining after scrutiny from our technical employees should be directed to our Medicare Carrier. In addition, billing employees are expected to make a concerted effort to handle all credit balances (over payments) generated by the receipt of duplicate payments in an expedient manner.
CODE OF ETHICS PROGRAM
Read your department’s employee training materials and attend your employee training sessions when scheduled.
You are encouraged to voice any questions or concerns about the Integrity Program to the Chief Compliance Officer, Susan Liu, MD. In addition, you are expected to report possible violations of the program to the compliance officer, either in person, through an email, voice mail, regular U.S. mail or through our toll free number
At Principle Diagnostics, it's our mission and commitment to provide only the very best in reliable, accurate, and expedient laboratory services and customer support. You've put your trust in us and we take that resposibility very seriously. We want to ensure that we not only meet your expectations, but we exceed them. Each and every member of the Principle family works diligently every single day to acheive this goal.
For Healthcare Professionals:
If you're referring your patient's specimens to us, please know this; we are committed to providing you with only the best service, timely reporting, and accurate results. We thank you for your trust and we greatly appreciate your business.
You or your doctor have asked us to play an important role in your care. We want you to know that this is a job we take very seriously and you can count on us. If you have any questions, or if we can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.