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General Compliance

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Do’s and Don’ts of Medical Waste

Do you have a handle on your medical waste? Review our infographic and get the tips you need to protect your organization from a medical waste disaster! This list of do's and don'ts can help educate your team on common standards and regulations.

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

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

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.

Webinar Q&A: Credentialing and Provider Enrollment

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an interactive webinar “I & A, NPPES, PECOS and CAQH, Oh My!: Credentialing and Provider Enrollment Necessities” with Josh Plummer, President and CEO, and Michelle Pivelja, CPCS, the Director of Credentialing for PracticeWorx. Click here to view the webinar. Here are polling results of the attendees when asked about I&A, NPPES,

Will Providers Ever Prescribe Marijuana?

On August 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) denied yet another request to reschedule medical marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II or III under the Controlled Substances Act. After reviewing pertinent scientific and medical data and the scheduling recommendation by Health and Human Services (HHS), the DEA concluded that marijuana must

Get the Facts on Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a Zika Strategic Response Plan to address the Zika virus outbreak. WHO has declared Zika a public health emergency of international concern and according to the CDC, Zika is a nationally notifiable condition.  Zika’s long term effects, such as associated birth defects, could become a potentially challenging global

3 Tips to Become a Happier Compliance Officer

Dissatisfaction at work is a common topic and a recent Gallup poll confirms anecdotal evidence that American workers are not engaged.  Therefore, they aren’t enthusiastic or involved at work.   What does all of this mean for compliance officers and administrators who are often serving dual roles? Unfortunately, they may be even more likely to

Now is the Time to Diagnose the Financial Health of Your Business Operations

Have you examined the health of your business operations lately? The need for good internal controls over billing and cash collections in a physician practice setting should not be understated.  The reality is, good internal controls in these areas will directly translate into improved bottom lines in the financial statements of your physician practice. It

A Checklist for Opioid Prescribers

How is it possible that the opioid addiction epidemic is on the rise? This seems contradictory to the long- supported research in the article “Addiction Rare in Patients Treated with Narcotics”, published in the January 1980 New England Journal of Medicine.  Pain coverage continues to be a highly debated topic and it’s not getting any