In CMS
Feb 28th, 2017
New compliance program guidance has been issued by the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to an article published in the AHLA Weekly. Although the “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Guidance) is not specific to the healthcare industry, it does provide a practical set of benchmarks against which the audit & compliance committee, in ...
Time to give your facility’s compliance plan an annual preventive exam. The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) annual work plan reveals its plans for new, revised, and ongoing reviews and audits of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs and operations. This year, OIG has set its sights on 24 significant new issues, ...
Nov 15th, 2016
To provide proper patient care and to carry out daily business functions, healthcare organizations must obtain patients’ sensitive medical details and demographic and account information. In return, patients should be able to trust that the information they provide, known as protected health information (PHI), will be maintained securely and confidentially. Since HIPAA was enacted in ...
By Jeremy Wale, JD, ProAssurance Risk Resource Advisor Nearly every hospital in the United States provides anesthesia services to patients. Most offer surgical services with general anesthesia, providing for safe operative care of patients. Such services bring risk exposures, many of which you can proactively mitigate. General anesthesia demands a patient’s airway be protected, and ...
In CMS
Sep 19th, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has found that many providers and suppliers have emergency preparedness requirements, but those requirements fall short. In response, CMS is issuing emergency preparedness requirements that will be consistent and enforceable for all affected Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers. A final rule, issued Sept. 16, addresses three ...