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Jill Brooks, MD, CHCO

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Knock, Knock. Who’s There? OSHA Inspector

An impromptu OSHA inspection is certainly not a joke to most organizations. Fortunately, OSHA provides a way to reduce the possibility of feeling unprepared for such an unnerving occurrence. OSHA offers a free voluntary On-site Consultation Program for small and medium sized businesses to assess their compliance with OSHA, identify workplace hazards, review OSHA standards,

Webinar Q&A: Business Associate Agreements

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an educational webinar, “Business Associate Agreements: What You Need to Know” with Jennifer Gimler Brady, Esq. of Potter, Anderson, Corroon, LLP. Click here to view the webinar. For covered entities and business associates, Jennifer provides answers to some commonly asked questions regarding Business Associate Agreements (BAA). Is a physician practice required

Abbreviations 101: FQHC vs RHC

Over the last several decades, the number of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) have been on the rise, due in part to the growing Medicare population and increasing reimbursement. Latest statistics show there are over 1200 FQHCs that meet grant requirements and over 4000 Medicare-certified RHCs in the US and

Are You Aware of the Recent OSHA Updates?

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules regarding prevention of retaliation or discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury and on recordkeeping for injury and illness. Electronic reporting of injury and illness began January 1, 2017. However, submission requirements do not take effect until July 1, 2017,

By |January 12th, 2017|OSHA|

Help! I Just Got Stuck with a Needle

This is a phrase no one ever wants to hear, especially in a healthcare setting. When a distraught employee comes to you with a needle stick injury, what should you do as the employer? First and foremost, remain calm, which will alleviate some of the overwhelming anxiety your employee is already experiencing, and follow these

By |December 29th, 2016|OSHA|

Webinar Q&A: Credentialing and Provider Enrollment

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an interactive webinar “I & A, NPPES, PECOS and CAQH, Oh My!: Credentialing and Provider Enrollment Necessities” with Josh Plummer, President and CEO, and Michelle Pivelja, CPCS, the Director of Credentialing for PracticeWorx. Click here to view the webinar. Here are polling results of the attendees when asked about I&A, NPPES,

Webinar Q&A Session: Exclusion Screening

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an informative webinar with Cristina Loayza, Product Manager of Precheck, titled “What Healthcare Employers Should Know About Exclusion Screening.” Click here to view the webinar. As a recap, Cristina Loayza answers the three most common questions regarding exclusion screening. Q: What is exclusion screening? Healthcare service providers who receive federal healthcare funds

By |October 26th, 2016|LEIE, OIG|

Five Star Quality Rating System of Nursing Homes

The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website offers a Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers make informed decisions about nursing home choice based on quality.  The top 10% of nursing homes in each state will receive a five-star rating and the lowest 20% will receive a one-star rating.  In

By |October 19th, 2016|CMS|

Will Providers Ever Prescribe Marijuana?

On August 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) denied yet another request to reschedule medical marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II or III under the Controlled Substances Act. After reviewing pertinent scientific and medical data and the scheduling recommendation by Health and Human Services (HHS), the DEA concluded that marijuana must

SOS for the SDS!

End-users of hazardous chemicals in the United States are required to have the new 16-section Safety Data Sheets (SDS) readily available to their employees. The United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) includes multiple requirements for manufacturers, distributors and end-users to be compliant with the new system as of  June

By |September 7th, 2016|OSHA|