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Avoid Denials and Mitigate Risk Under the CMS CERT Program

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.  

By |October 5th, 2017|CMS|

Tips for Submitting OSHA Form 300A by the Deadline!

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

By |September 7th, 2017|OSHA|

Webinar Q and A: Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse

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

Top 3 Factors to Reduce Costs of Data Breach

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

Facts about 5 HIPAA Compliance Myths

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

Can I Pour Barium Down the Drain?

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

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