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Joint Commission and the Value of Accreditation

Around the world accreditation is used to assure a high baseline level of healthcare quality. In the United States, accreditation is a multi-million-dollar industry without any sign of slowing down because it’s compulsory for federal payments and a marketing necessity in an increasingly competitive landscape. It’s no secret that healthcare organizations in the United States

Common Elements of Corporate Integrity Agreements

A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is negotiated with a healthcare provider or entity. This type of agreement is part of a settlement of federal healthcare program investigations arising under false claims statutes. In exchange for the agreement, the OIG agrees not to exclude the provider or entity from participation in the federal healthcare programs. Implementation and oversight of CIAs require significant personnel and financial resources. 
All types of organizations and providers may be impacted including pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities, and medical practices. Check out our infographic to become familiar with some of the common elements found in these agreements.

Designing an OSHA Compliant First-Aid Program

First-aid is the administering of emergency care for injury or illness before emergency medical service (EMS) becomes available. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to have someone, or multiple people, trained in first-aid for worksites that are not in close proximity to a hospital, clinic, or infirmary. While OSHA has certain standards

Recent HHS Guidance Underscores the Importance of HIPAA Compliance

Everyone who participates in the United States healthcare system either as a patient, provider business associate, or subcontractor either knows or should know about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-191 (Aug. 21, 1996). Industry participants should also have implemented requisite standards espoused by the Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, Pub. L. 111-5 (Feb. 17, 2009).

By |April 4th, 2019|HIPAA|

The Cost of Workplace Violence Under OSHA

In healthcare facilities, workplace violence is an important issue that comes at a high price. Not only is workplace violence itself costly, but so are the fines OSHA issues in response. Recently OSHA has fined two healthcare facilities, one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida, for making employees and patients vulnerable to workplace violence.

Infographic: Compliance Tips for Healthcare Board Members

Every board is responsible for ensuring that its organization complies with laws and regulations. Obviously, this is necessary to protect patients and public funds. Exercising oversight and monitoring of the organization’s compliance program is essential to corporate governance. Follow the tips in this week's infographic to detect non-compliance early and mitigate your risk.