The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approximately 1.7 million health care-associated infections (HAIs) each year, many of which are attributed to transmission by health care personnel. All health care personnel must be compliant with hand hygiene to prevent avoidable health care- associated infections (HAIs). However, implementation of a hand hygiene program in
Your organization’s security risk analysis and security awareness training are the best defense against nefarious cyber criminals. In reviewing breaches from 2017, cyberattacks with ransomware brought organizations to a standstill if they lacked a pre-emptive back-up plan for the data hostage situation; a few had no choice but to succumb to the hackers’ payment demands.
Preventing identity theft continues to be a major focus of the Social Security Administration and the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Beginning April 2018, Medicare cards will no longer contain Social Security Numbers (SSN) as part of the Social Security Number Initiative (SSNI) and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Instead, Medicare
Insufficient documentation is by far the most common reason for denying a claim or improperly paying a claim. Improperly paid claims become problematic after identification by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT), a random sampling of claims evaluated for compliance with Medicare coverage, coding and billing rules.
Do not wait to electronically submit your organization’s 2016 OSHA 300A Summary of Work Related Illness and Injury form. OSHA’s long anticipated secure electronic submission website is currently live with a new submission deadline of December 1st, 2017. The size and type of your establishment will determine if you must submit the OSHA 300A form
First Healthcare Compliance hosted an educational webinar, “Risk Management Considerations with Prescription Drug Abuse” with Mike Midgley RN, JD, MPH, CPHRM, DFASHRM. Click here to view the webinar. For prescribers, dispensers and their employees, Mike provides answers to some commonly asked questions regarding risks related to prescription drugs. Q: What is the best way
Recent ransomware cyberattacks are a wakeup call to the healthcare industry. The significant street value of stolen protected health information (PHI) makes the electronic healthcare industry a perfect target. If your organization is a victim of this type of hacking, the number of individuals affected may be massive and the costs may be overwhelming. Even
HIPAA Myth #1 “I don’t bill Medicare, so I don’t need to follow HIPAA Rules” All covered entities must abide by HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Covered entities include healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearing houses. Only healthcare providers who do not transmit claims electronically meet an exception. Business Associates must also follow HIPAA
First Healthcare Compliance hosted an informative webinar, “Best Practices for Employee Handbooks” with Allyson Britton DiRocco, Esq. of Morris James, LLP. To get helpful tips regarding the content of Employee Handbooks, click here to view the webinar. For employers and employees, Allyson provides the latest update to the Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Exemption Rule
What is Barium? Barium occurs naturally, but is manufactured for medical procedures. Barium has been used as a diagnostic contrast medium for almost a century in fluoroscopic procedures such as an Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI) or a Barium Enema (BE). However, the appropriate method for Barium disposal continues to raise questions and create uncertainty in healthcare