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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

First Healthcare Compliance Podcast- Bittinger Law

An interview with Stephen Bittinger of Bittinger Law. What makes Bittinger | Law unique among healthcare law firms?  We have developed a specialized practice that focuses almost entirely on healthcare reimbursement defense and compliance. This area of law leads into several main areas of work. The first and most frequent is the defense

By |March 16th, 2017|

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

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

Infographic: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. View our infographic to gain a better understanding of this law.   https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28.htm https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/survey/FMLA_Survey_factsheet.pdf https://www.dol.gov/asp/evaluation/fmla/FMLA-2012-Executive-Summary.pdf http://www.hrmorning.com/wait-there-are-how-many-people-on-fmla-leave/

By |February 23rd, 2017|Human Resources|

Interview: PreCheck

An interview with Bryan Barajas of PreCheck. 1. What is the background of PreCheck? How would you describe your mission? PreCheck began as an investigations firm in 1983, but we began focusing on addressing the healthcare industry’s needs for background screening in 1993. That means we have over 20 years of exclusively working with healthcare

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

Infographic: EMTALA- Beyond the Basics

The Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act, better known as EMTALA, is a federal law to protect every patient who seeks emergency medical care. Learn more about how a patient falls under the protection of EMTALA and what necessary steps are included to transfer them should it become necessary.

First Healthcare Compliance Podcast- Halo Health

An interview with Jim Cucinotta, CEO of Halo Health International. Who is Halo Health and why should anyone care?   Halo Health is a digital content management company that helps healthcare professionals explain to their patients the key questions of what do they do, when and where do they perform their services, how

By |January 19th, 2017|

Are You Aware of the Recent OSHA Updates?

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules regarding prevention of retaliation or discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury and on recordkeeping for injury and illness. Electronic reporting of injury and illness began January 1, 2017. However, submission requirements do not take effect until July 1, 2017,

By |January 12th, 2017|OSHA|