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Julie Sheppard, BSN, JD, CHC

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So far Julie Sheppard, BSN, JD, CHC has created 29 blog entries.

Updates to the Quality Payment Program

On November 16, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to publish the final rule to address updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  The new “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative provides for streamlining with goals of reducing unnecessary burden, increasing efficiencies, and improving the beneficiary experience. This effort emphasizes a commitment

5 Time Savvy Tips for Compliance Officers

It’s no secret that healthcare is one of America’s most heavily regulated industries with substantial fines and penalties for non-compliance. Complex regulations and mandates make compliance management a necessity. However, executives responsible for compliance never seem to have enough time as they are tasked with managing multiple projects and working on competing priorities within an

3 Common Misconceptions about MIPS

Even though the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history occurred in July, 2017, QPP, MACRA, MIPS and APMs continue to dominate the compliance conversation. Confusion and discontent are present as providers and managers struggle to make decisions regarding their approach to regulations that will determine the amount of their future Medicare reimbursements. Results of a

The Complicated World of Exclusion Screening

Protecting patients and promoting quality in healthcare are generally accepted goals for providers and employers.  However, even with the positive purpose and intent behind exclusion screening, complicated decisions must be made to achieve appropriate allocation of resources. Stakes are high due to the potential impact on patient care, individual employees, and the entire organization, so

4 Common Compliance Myths Debunked

Compliance in healthcare is comprised of complex laws and regulations.  This complexity often leads to confusion.  It’s not surprising that a few common myths exist.  If you’re responsible for compliance and would like to separate fact from fiction, keep reading.   Myth #1:  We’re a small organization and there’s no way we can be expected

Define Your Relationship- Vendor or Business Associate?

Healthcare organizations have many relationships to manage, including patients, providers, payers, and vendors.  On top of this, some relationships require a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to comply with HIPAA. In order to determine if such an agreement is necessary, it is crucial to look at each relationship individually in order to provide proper treatment and