Corporate Compliance

Corporate Compliance


Tips for MACRA Success

June 6th, 2017

Despite the change in administration, experts say The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is here to stay and its full speed ahead. The MACRA law replaces the previous fee-for-service Medicare payment structure with a value-based pay-for-performance program built on measures of quality and efficiency. The legislation affects all healthcare providers that care for at least 100 Medicare patients or bill more than $30,000 a year. The shift from volume to value-based payment will either reward or penalize providers based upon their performance.


The Final 5 - MACRA Rule

October 31st, 2016

Five Facts to Know about the Final MACRA Rule


The Stark Basics for Medical Practices

August 31st, 2016

The Stark Law can be a source of confusion for a lot of medical practices and rightfully so. It was enacted in 1989, but has since been expanded upon and revised several times, with additional phases added much later.


The Importance of Patient Engagement and Technology in Today’s Healthcare Market

October 20th, 2015

Patient engagement has been a rapidly emerging movement and buzzword in the healthcare industry this year. There have been countless articles, blogs, studies, and educational forums dedicated to the topic. It has been labeled as the "the blockbuster drug of the century”. Some say, “The future of healthcare is being...


Infection Control guidelines, who needs to follow what protocols?

September 28th, 2015

Infection Control
Healthcare-associated infections are a major, preventable, threat to patient safety and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Approximately, 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. This adds up to $33 billion in excess medical costs every year.
In efforts to increase...


Is spore testing for the sterilization of instruments federally mandated?

September 17th, 2015

Yes, the proper sterilization of medical devices, surgical instruments, supplies and equipment utilized in patient care and surgery is a critical aspect of health care that directly impacts patient safety. Hospitals and Ambulatory Centers are required to be in compliance with the Federal requirements outlined in the Medicare Conditions of...


OIG ISSUES FRAUD ALERT WARNING

June 12th, 2015

OIG ISSUES FRAUD ALERT WARNING OF ANTI-KICKBACK LIABILITY FORCERTAIN PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS
On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a new Fraud Alert to its website (oig.hhs.gov/compliance/alerts/guidance/Frau...) cautioning physicians who enter into compensation arrangements, such as medical directorships, that such arrangements may violate the federal Anti-kickback statute if steps...


Does Your Employee Handbook Violate Their Rights?

May 18th, 2015

On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) issued a report offering guidance for employers on drafting their employee policy and procedure handbook. The following article, “NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Guidance On Employee Handbook Provisions,” written by Shima Walker with the McLane Law Firm,...


Has your practice had a breach in 2014?

February 6th, 2015

Has your practice reported its breach?
45CFR 164.408 requires all covered entities (CE) and Business Associates (BA) to provide the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary with notice of breaches of unsecured protected health information.  The number of affected individuals determines when the notification must be completed.
Breaches of unsecured...


2015 State Minimum Wage Changes

January 20th, 2015

Has the minimum wage increased in your state? The National Conference of State Legislatures has issued a publication listing the individual states that have increased their minimum wages in 2014 and 2015.
As of January 1, 2015, 29 states and D.C. will have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.
Four states...