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So far Sheba Vine, JD, CPCO has created 17 blog entries.

Marijuana Laws Impact Your Organization’s Drug Testing Policies

The growing trend in marijuana laws have presented a unique challenge for employers— the conflict between federal and state laws leave most employers in a daze. Given that some states place restrictions on marijuana drug testing, employers need a clear understanding to avoid the legal ramifications that can be caused by outdated drug testing policies.

Using Software to Stay Ahead of the Compliance Curve

Making compliance an integral part of your healthcare organization can seem daunting amidst sophisticated healthcare laws. Luckily software applications have come a long way. Incorporating the right software tools into your compliance strategy will help your organization stay ahead of the curve when it comes to ensuring compliance. For instance, using the right software tools

A Costly Lesson in Untimely Reporting of a HIPAA Breach

Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, a hospital of Presence Health Network, a large healthcare system serving Illinois, waited more than three months before it notified the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a breach involving 836 individuals.  The untimely reporting cost the healthcare system $475,000 to settle with the HHS, including strict compliance

Federal Court Delays DOL’s December 1st Overtime Ruling

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is the federal wage law that requires, among other things, employers to pay federal minimum wage and overtime compensation for workers that do not meet an exemption.  On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Final Rule updating the overtime provisions of the FLSA that raised

FAQs: Compliance with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule implementing Section 1557, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. The final rule went into effect on July 18, 2016. To help you better understand how you can

DOJ’s Commitment to Holding Executives Accountable for Healthcare Fraud

Last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a policy memorandum, titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing,” also known as the “Yates Memo." The DOJ shifted its approach to fighting corporate fraud and misconduct by focusing its investigative efforts on those individuals within a corporation who perpetrated wrongdoing. The policy guidelines were discussed in this

Highlights of the Federal Overtime Changes that Impact Your Organization

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is the federal wage law that requires, among other things, employers to pay federal minimum wage and overtime compensation for workers that do not meet an exemption.  On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Final Rule updating the FLSA’s overtime provisions to double the salary

What Healthcare Employers Need to Know about the EEOC’s Changes to Employer Wellness Programs

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules that describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer wellness programs that request health information from employees. The ADA and GINA provide important safeguards for health information in order to protect employees

Did You Receive an OCR Notice for the Phase 2 Audit? What’s Next?

Now that OCR has officially started the Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program, are you adequately prepared to be an auditee? OCR is currently compiling its pools of potential auditees that will be selected at random for auditing purposes. Many healthcare providers have already received this OCR notice requesting verification of contact information which must be

OIG Policy Update: Excluding Participation in Federal Healthcare Programs

On April 16, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a revised policy statement updating its criteria on excluding individuals/entities from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal healthcare programs. This policy statement is an update to the 1997 statement and provides insight into the OIG’s