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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

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

Implement Reasonable Safeguards Before Hitting Reply to a Patient Email

A patient sends an email using their Gmail account discussing medical information. As the provider, you have no reason to believe that the email is secure so how do you respond?  By taking reasonable safeguards you can transmit ePHI, if necessary, and avoid a potential HIPAA breach situation. The Department of Health and Human Services

Healthcare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse by the Numbers

July 2017 marked the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history. We're bringing you more details about the takedown and important information about the hotline that helped make it happen.

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

Healthcare Cybersecurity

With healthcare information breaches on the rise, it's more important than ever to protect your organization. Review our infographic and make sure you are taking the best steps to prevent disaster.

By |June 29th, 2017|HIPAA|

DOJ’s Newest Evaluation Criteria for Investigating Compliance Programs

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published a guidance document titled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” that provides insight into how the Fraud Section evaluates compliance programs under criminal investigation.  This guidance emphasizes the government’s commitment to fighting corporate fraud under the former Deputy Attorney General Yate’s memorandum and serves as a valuable tool to

Webinar Q and A: Best Practices for Employee Handbooks

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

Fire Safety for Healthcare Facilities

Fire safety precautions are vitally important for healthcare organizations. This week we've compiled resources and information to help you protect your team from preventable disasters. For more information on Fire and Life Safety, review our webinar with Stanley Szpytek of Fire and Life Safety, Inc., Common Life Safety Code Deficiencies and Strategies for Compliance.

By |June 1st, 2017|OSHA|