October 2017: OIG work plan

Posted on October 25, 2017

Written by: Cheri Benander, MSN, RN, CHC, NHCE-C
These Work Plans serve as one of the resources that entities use to develop their internal audit plans. By using this resource, compliance officers can build a plan that is better aligned with the projects the OIG is pursuing in an effort to curb fraud and abuse.

C4 October 2017

Posted on October 06, 2017

Can it possibly be the 4th Quarter of 2017 and that the holidays are fast-approaching? Regardless, we have our last quarter webinar schedule planned, and hope you join us for topics that are in the forefront of health care today… Hope you will join us!

C4 September 2017

Posted on September 05, 2017

Compliance with the ACA and IRS Code regarding Community Health Needs Assessments is not optional, and unfortunately a hospital recently realized that the IRS will change your non-profit status if you do not comply with the requirement to conduct a “community health needs assessment”…

C4 July 2017

Posted on July 07, 2017

Health care organizations must be able to respond to the power of consumerism in today’s changing environment. What exactly does that mean? There is evidence that as a result of diminishing reimbursements to providers, there is a need for physicians to see more patients…

C4 June 2017

Posted on June 09, 2017

A new feature is being added to our communications in the form of a blog. For those not familiar with this type of information-sharing, a “blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption”. (Source:

C4 May 2017

Posted on May 05, 2017

Remember that old saying, “One bad apple spoils the whole barrel.” Nowhere is this more accurate than when making a key hiring decision. A bad hire drains energy, time and money from your hospital. The “wrong’ hire can create havoc inside and outside your organization.

C4 April 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017

If CMS surveyors showed up today at your front door, would you be prepared for their visit? The same question should be asked regarding your State surveyors or other deeming authority surveyors you have chosen to assure that you are meeting the Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

C4 March 2017

Posted on March 14, 2017

There is clear evidence of the need to analyze your organization’s productivity on an ongoing basis, and course correct with initiatives to align performance to targets. All levels of managers within the organization should be able to: (1) Align hospital productivity targets to cost and budgets; (2) Assure that labor decisions are aligned with strategic objectives; (3) Identify efficiencies where savings can be realized; and (4) Benchmark hospital performance standards against their own performance.

LTC September Newsletter

Posted on September 27, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
Having a disaster plan in place and hav- ing the resources and knowledge to act on that plan became a reality for many in the last few months. We have seen un- precedented hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes.

LTC August Newsletter

Posted on August 22, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
According to the dictionary, social functioning is the ability of the individual to interact in a normal or usual way in society and can be used as a measure of the quality of care.