General Compliance

Vendor Management in Healthcare: The High Cost of Failing to Triage Your Vendors

Catherine Short speaks with Rebecca L. Rakoski, Co-founder and Managing Partner at XPAN Law Partners, about “Vendor Management in Healthcare: The High Cost of Failing to Triage Your Vendors.” We will be discussing the importance of vendor management in the healthcare industry, explore recent vendor- related data breaches and the threat vendors can pose, discuss the issues presented by COVID-19, and explain the regulatory framework- healthcare-related businesses need to understand.

New Stark AKS Podcast

The New AKS and Stark Laws Final Rules Key Take Aways

Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, principal with Rachel V. Rose – Attorney at Law, P.L.L.C., Houston, TX presents on these new updates. On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule related to the Medicare Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law). Nearly simultaneously, the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG), released a Final Rule, which amends various safe harbors to the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The changes appear to be based, in large part, on value-based healthcare delivery and payment systems. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the key changes, along with the similarities and differences in the language between the two Final Rules.

Healthcare’s Enterprise Cyber Risk Management Imperative

Catherine Short converses with Bob Chaput, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Clearwater, a provider of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management software and consulting services, on the topic of “Healthcare’s Enterprise Cyber Risk Management Imperative.” Healthcare organizations continue to see escalating numbers of cyberattacks. It is no longer a matter of if your organization will be targeted, but when. What is at stake? Everything. 

A Look Back at Our 2020 Healthcare Compliance Educational Webinars

Webinars have always been vital in our educational outreach here at First Healthcare Compliance. In this unprecedented year where COVID-19 reached all our communities, we were happy to be there, wherever you were, keeping you abreast of the latest healthcare topics, laws, and changes as they happened with our highly informed, expert presenters through our complimentary webinars.  Here is a look back at our educational webinars in 2020 and a highlight of our top webinar and presenter.

Appropriate Use Criteria: What you Need to Know

Catherine Short speaks with Melody Mulaik, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies to address a current hot topic, “Appropriate Use Criteria: What you Need to Know.” 2021 is also going to be an official CMS testing year for AUC/CDS implementation. This episode will identify specific areas of concern for your organization regarding AUC/CDS implementation, help you to facilitate discussions with all stakeholders to ensure all perspectives are heard and addressed, and assist in designing actions that can be taken to facilitate a successful implementation to ensure revenue is not negatively impacted. 

Why payers can’t ignore the interoperability rules and should comply sooner rather than later

Catherine Short speaks with Dr. Chris Hobson, Chief Medical Officer for Orion Health. The topic of today’s program is “Why payers can’t ignore the interoperability rules and should comply sooner rather than later.” The Interoperability and Patient Access final rule approved by CMS and ONC is intended to advance patient participation through access to their health information and to drive advanced interoperability and innovation across the U.S. These rules will have significant impact on payer organizations who are currently facing unprecedented times.

Steering Clear of Legal Liability

Catherine Short speaks with Trey Scott, Coordinating Attorney for Kennedy, Attorneys & Counselors at Law located in Dallas, TX. The topic of today’s program is “Steering Clear of Legal Liability.” The discussion will help the audience navigate the choppy waters of potential legal actions that often arise in the world of healthcare. We will start with a basic overview of the typical steps leading up to the filing of a lawsuit. Listeners will also learn how to prepare for potential future litigation, and how to avoid simple mistakes that can later prove costly in a lawsuit.

Billing for Chronic Care Management: What Are the Problematic Issues?

Catherine Short speaks with Markus P. Cicka, J.D., LL.M. (Health Law), owner of the Law Office of Markus P. Cicka, LLC, a law firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri, about the topic of “Billing for Chronic Care Management: What Are the Problematic Issues?” We will discuss what is chronic care management, have an understanding of who exactly can bill for providing chronic care management services, and discover what are recent chronic care management billing issues that have been flagged by the OIG. 

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

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.

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