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General Compliance

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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

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

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

Deadlines Regarding Healthcare Regulations

Just as important as the timely renewal of licenses, awareness of all deadlines required by covered entities and business associates is necessary to avoid potential violations and subsequent penalties.   The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule shortened the time requirement to meet a few of these deadlines that require a specific action be taken by the covered