NEW YORK (360Dx) - A federal court in Washington, DC has modified a ruling about whether labs can be held legally responsible for determining the medical necessity of lab tests ordered by physicians.

Last June, US District Court Judge Reggie Walton raised alarm in the lab industry when the wording of his denial of a motion to dismiss a False Claims Act lawsuit suggested that labs have "an obligation" to determine the medical necessity of tests. The lawsuit, Groat v. Boston Heart Diagnostics, was brought by former UnitedHeathcare Medical Director Tina Groat.

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