It was an excellent year for educational webinars at First Healthcare Compliance, presented by top subject matter experts in the healthcare field. We want to take a moment to highlight our top webinar of 2019 and look back on the webinars and presenters we hosted during 2019!
Healthcare Compliance Officers face tough challenges and play an important role, but often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. These professionals carry responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing training programs for all members of the staff. Additional responsibilities may include various screenings of employees and vendors, developing and communicating policies and procedures, assessing and mitigating
Catherine Short speaks with Gene M. Ransom, III, CEO of the largest and oldest physician organization in Maryland, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. As MedChi’s chief executive, Ransom spearheads MedChi’s mission as an advocate for physicians, patients, and the public health of Maryland. Today, we will be discussing “Medical Cannabis - How it’s Working
The value placed on a compliance program varies greatly with perspective and remains difficult to define. Obviously, the purpose of a compliance program is to prevent and deter wrongdoing. A strong program preempts problems. However, it is difficult to know what might happen in the future or what could have gone wrong in the past.
Due to the challenges of implementing Meaningful Use, it is unsurprising the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) is finally rethinking the plan. The goal of Meaningful Use (MU) to achieve nationwide electronic health record (EHR) interoperability and ultimately improve overall healthcare remains intact. Until further details and a formal announcement, certain steps will
On January 4, 2016, the Obama administration rolled out a number of executive actions addressing gun control, one of which impacts the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To this end, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule narrowly modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule to allow certain covered entities
An individual’s right to access their protected health information (PHI) should be nothing new to covered entities. In 1996, HIPAA Privacy Rule detailed an individual’s right to access PHI. As part of HITECH and the Final Omnibus Rule, modifications to the Privacy Rule have included additional requirements for covered entities and business associates. Unfortunately, recent
The beginning of the New Year is a popular time for new initiatives. Many healthcare organizations are looking for ways to improve quality and reduce risk. A compliance program is an effective way to detect, deter and prevent wrongdoing in the healthcare setting and an ongoing system assures conformity with governing laws and regulations. An
Having a compliance program in place is a start but having an effective compliance program is the goal. Proactively assessing the effectiveness of one’s own compliance program is better than the Department of Justice making a determination of the adequacy as a result of an investigation for alleged misconduct. To set benchmarks for an effective
As the end of the year approaches, keep in mind that all breaches of unsecured protected health information involving less than 500 individuals must be reported to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 60 days of the end of the calendar year. If the organization already reported a breach