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Combat COVID-19 in the Healthcare Setting with Hand Hygiene Compliance

The importance of hand hygiene compliance has never been greater as it’s a vital part of the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All individuals are instructed to wear a mask, practice social distancing and excercise frequent hand washing. In medical offices and hospitals hand hygiene takes on even greater significance. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) or handwashing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections in healthcare settings.

The Biggest Recent Health Care Scams & How to Avoid Being a Target

Catherine Short speaks with Stephen Bittinger, Health Care Reimbursement Partner at K&L Gates, about the topic of “The Biggest Recent Health Care Scams & How to Avoid Being a Target.” We will be learning the mechanics of some of the largest recent health care fraud scams, how many providers became victims of these scams, and how to avoid these types of risks in the future. We will study the mechanics of health care fraud scams and the impact on providers caught in them, discover how to identify health care fraud scams and discuss resources for providers to educate themselves, and learn from other providers' mistakes on how to avoid health care fraud scams and decrease risk to revenue cycle.

Updated DOJ Guidance and 6 Takeaways for Compliance Officers

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division released revisions to its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs guidance for use with federal prosecutors when investigating corporations for criminal misconduct. This guidance updates the 2019 version that was covered in a previous blog post and provides insight into the DOJ’s expectations for corporate compliance programs. 

Understand CMS Changes to Compliance Training for Healthcare Providers under Medicare Advantage and Part D

Establishing and maintaining a well-designed compliance program is key to preventing, detecting, and mitigating noncompliance. The seven elements of an effective compliance program outlined in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, sets the framework but there are additional requirements that need to be integrated into the compliance program in order to be effective.

1st Talk Compliance: From MGMA19 in New Orleans – Guests Melody Mulaik and Rene’ Comire

Host Catherine Short live from the MGMA Annual Conference 2019 in New Orleans with guests Melody Mulaik and Rene' Comire. Catherine speaks with Melody Mulaik, MSHS, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, a First Healthcare Compliance partner, about “Appropriate Use Criteria Consultations Requirements – 2021 and Beyond.” Melody discusses the Appropriate Use Criteria and its

Infographic: Joint Commission Survey Agenda

The Joint Commission on-site survey process serves the purposes of evaluating organizations and providing education and guidance to improve performance and safety. The surveys are designed to be organization specific and may be unannounced. Surveys precede accreditation decisions, so they hold importance for any organization. For a breakdown of the agenda, check out our infographic.