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Performance Evaluation Template- A Critical Tool

Performance evaluations are a critical tool that should be used by all employers to ensure productivity and growth. Whether it is done on a quarterly, bi-annual or annual basis, it is important to provide structured formal feedback to employees. Employees should be evaluated against expectations, job responsibilities and goals for the review period. Doing so

EEOC Guidance to Healthcare Providers Regarding Patients with HIV

On December 1, 2015 (World AIDS day) the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued the following two separate fact sheets addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections for individuals with HIV. Healthcare providers should pay careful attention to these documents to understand their duties under the ADA and the medical documentation that may

Is Your Compliance Program Effective?

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

Don’t Pay for Free Workplace Posters That Are Required By Law

Employers are required to advise employees of their federal rights in the form of displaying federally required posters in the workplace. Compliance with these federal requirements is necessary to avoid strict fines and penalties. Unfortunately, many employers pay unscrupulous companies for these posters when they are offered for free on the respective government websites. In

How would your staff react to an auditor or investigator?

Audits and investigations are stressful events either with or without prior notice. Medical staff should be prepared for an unannounced visit. First Healthcare Compliance provides a sample policy that assists clients in preparing the front office. Here are some recommendations to ensure that proper steps are taken: Immediately contact your supervisor, manager and/or Compliance Officer

Are You Aware of the New OSHA Reporting Requirements?

All employers under Federal OSHA jurisdiction are required to report any work-related fatality within 8 hours.  As of January 1, 2015, all employers are also required to report any work -related inpatient hospitalization, amputations or loss of any eye within 24 hours. Reporting is currently available on the OSHA’s toll free number 1-800-321-OSHA or through

Is your staff practicing hand hygiene that complies with your policies and procedures?

Compliance with hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent spread of infection. In the United States about 1 in 25 hospital patients a year acquire an infection during their hospital admission. Transmission of pathogens can potentially occur at many points of contact with the healthcare provider. Best practices for hand hygiene

What Is the OIG List Of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)?

According to the OIG’s “Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse”, the OIG is legally required to exclude individuals and entities from all Federal healthcare programs who have been convicted of the following criminal offenses: 1. Medicare or Medicaid fraud or offenses related to delivery of items or services under Medicare

Upcoming OSHA Training Deadline

Training your staff on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System must be completed by December 1, 2013.  In March 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the vast majority of the international community regarding the labeling and classification of hazardous chemicals.  Transition to this new system will be done in stages but