Compliance Effectiveness Assessment

June 16, 2015

10AM Pacific—11AM Arizona—11AM Mountain—Noon Central—1PM Eastern

Description: The unreasonably high costs charged to the government for supplies back in the 1970’s and 1980’s became the focus of news stories and comedic jokes ($200 hammers and $500 toilet seats). Health care fraud became a focus for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the 1990’s and initiatives were established to support the development and implementation of compliance programs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 expanded compliance risks and required the establishment of a compliance plan as a condition of enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment.

A Compliance Effectiveness Assessment is a systematic review of a compliance program to determine if the core elements have been implemented, monitored and modified as needed. The goal of an assessment is to improve the quality and strengthen current programs through the sharing of information and resources. This review should be conducted typically on an annual basis. To assist you with understanding the steps involved to perform an assessment, Cheri will describe core elements of a Compliance Program and the importance of each one.

Presenter: Cheri Benander, Director of Compliance Consultant Services, HTMS

Cheri Benander brings over 30 years of experience in various healthcare settings including hospitals, home health, hospice, assisted living, and long term care. Benander has served in a variety of leadership roles including Vice President of Resident Care Services, Nursing Home Administrator, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Home Health and Hospice, Privacy Officer and Compliance Officer. Benander received her basic nursing education from Fort Scott Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Benander is a Certified Healthcare Compliance professional through the HealthCare Compliance Association and received a certification in Nursing and Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse in Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri and as a Nursing Home Administrator in Wyoming. Benander is also a member of the Healthcare Compliance Association.

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