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LTC July Newsletter

Posted on July 27, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
In today’s society and in the future, technology is an essential part of our lives and few can imagine living without it. With the help of technology, we have achieved a great deal.

September 2017: Are You Ready for a 501(R) Compliance Audit?

Posted on September 27, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added additional requirements to the Internal Revenue Code section 501(r) for hospital organizations that want to be described as a Charitable 501(c)(3)hospital.

August 2017: Tracking Physician Activity

Posted on August 22, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
Severe penalties for noncompliant contracts and financial arrangements
with physicians can prove costly for small organizations. Violations of elements of the Stark, Anti-kickback, and Civil Monetary Penalty laws can also implement the False Claims Act making the financial effects even more devastating.

June 2017: Community Health Needs Assessment

Posted on June 13, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
On December 29, 2014, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal
Revenue Service released the final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) obligations for hospitals covered by §501(c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The ACA added §501(r) which specifies that hospital organizations will not be treated as tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) unless they meet certain requirements.

May 2017: HIPAA Non-Compliance Proves Costly

Posted on May 26, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), enforcement agency for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has announced several settlements over the past couple of months. The settlement amounts have been significant making it clear that a lack of compliance can be costly to an organization.

April 2017: Navigating the Maze

Posted on May 03, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which threatened clinicians participating in Med- icare with potential payment cliffs for 13 years. “ The Act established new ways to pay physicians for the care that they provide Medicare beneficiaries. This new formula is based upon the quality and effectiveness of the care that is provided.

March 2017: Creating A Culture of Compliance

Posted on April 04, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
How do you create a culture of compliance? Change can be difficult for many employees but setting out to change a culture can be an overwhelming task. Cultures evolve over time; they can alternate between slipping backwards and progressing, but the best you can do is work with and within them, rather than fight them.

February 2017: Are You Assessing Your Risk?

Posted on February 10, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
An effective program, requires the compliance officer to assess the organization’s risks and manage the compliance program to ensure that it is working well. Being proactive instead of reactive, affords the organization the ability to identify areas of significant risk, assess the likelihood of violating laws and regulations, identify areas in need of controls to mitigate risk, evaluate the organizations level of compliance in order to make effective and sound decisions and best utilize the limited time and resources allotted to compliance.

CEO Update February 2017

Posted on February 07, 2017

Written By: Diane Bradley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, FACHCA, Regional Chief Clinical Officer
HealthTechS3 Executive Recruiting has been building and optimizing high performance healthcare executive teams for over 45 years. We have worked with facilities of all sizes – from 10 bed Critical Access Hospitals to multi-billion-dollar integrated health systems.

LTC June Newsletter

Posted on May 17, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
If you work in healthcare, you have most likely heard the term pa- tient-centered care. When this term first came about, it was difficult to understand how this type of care was different. In the minds of many healthcare providers, the patient had always been the focus.