Posted on November 02, 2018
If you are a covered entity, any person (with the exception of your workforce) or entity who performs a function or an activity that involves the use of or the disclosure of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of your organization would be considered a business associate.
Posted on September 19, 2018
On August 27, 2018, the Office of Inspector General published a request for information seeking input on current provisions that may be acting as barriers to coordinated care or value-based care.
Posted on September 18, 2018
The 340b program allows certain providers to receive manufacture discounts on covered out-patient drugs. These drugs can then be provided to eligible patients.
Posted on July 28, 2018
The use of an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) remains a source of confusion for many providers. As such, there are still facilities that do not have processes in place to ensure the use of ABN’s. In some cases, ABN’s are not issued at all, or blanket ABN’s are provided for all services; which is a practice that is illegal.
Posted on June 27, 2018
On June 1, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its semiannual report to congress. The report covers a six-month period, October 2017 – March 2018. The report highlights accomplishments, participation in Congressional hearings and updates related to oversight activities.
Posted on May 25, 2018
Compliance, quality, and risk have traditionally been areas of confusion. There are so many
areas of crossover it can be difficult to determine the separation between them and in some
cases, there is no separation. This can be especially difficult in facilities that have separate
compliance, quality and risk departments.
Posted on May 03, 2018
The development and implementation of physician contracts can be extremely complicated. When developing these contracts, the Stark Laws and Anti-kickback statutes have to be taken into consideration. The Stark Law was enacted almost 30 years ago and was developed to remove financial motivations for physicians to order unnecessary testing, and to control overall health care costs.
Posted on February 22, 2018
According to Investopedia, marketing is about product, place, price, and promotion. Promo-
tion often includes activities such as offering rewards, discounts, or free products. A search of
the marketing techniques on the internet provides a multitude of advice of how to incentivize
customers. What most people do not realize is that in healthcare many of the common prac-
tice methods of incentivizing customers or inducing referrals is illegal based upon concerns
that the practice could affect both the quality and cost of care.
Posted on January 23, 2018
Flu season is upon us and many healthcare workers have questions regarding the
mandatory policies surrounding the flu vaccine. Specifi-
cally, those policies that identify employees who have
or have not taken the vaccine. Examples include alerts
on identification badges or requiring those who have
not received the vaccine to wear a surgical mask
throughout flu season.
Posted on January 03, 2018
Practicing healthcare in rural communities can
create unique barriers to compliance with
HIPAA Privacy Laws. Both clinical and non-
clinical staff is frequently called upon to serve
their neighbors and their own families when
providing healthcare services in both the rural
clinic and rural hospital setting.