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Compliance Week is coming! Are you ready?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/20/20 11:28 AM

November 1-7, 2020 is the Health Care Compliance Association's national Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week. Healthcare providers around the country will be celebrating Compliance Week. It's certainly not mandatory to hold a Compliance Week the first week of November - you can have one any time that works for you. Some providers schedule Compliance Week at the same time as annual compliance training. Other providers hold Compliance Week six months after compliance training, to provide a second compliance "blast" during the year. Whatever time you choose, get a Compliance Week on the calendar every year.

Why Compliance Week?

There are so many reasons why Compliance Week is good for your organization! Compliance Week will...

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance, compliance week

Stay on top of compliance with MPA's Monthly Compliance Newsletter

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/14/20 10:00 AM

MPA scours OIG, DOJ, FBI, and OCR enforcement updates and news headlines so you don't have to.

We summarize enforcement trends and deliver the latest compliance and HIPAA developments to your inbox with our Monthly Compliance News Report.

Coming to this month's issue: 

  • OIG announces largest healthcare enforcement of all time 
  • Nurse practitioner bills for medically unnecessary nursing home visits
  • Fake nurse worked for eight providers before being caught
  • 2nd largest HIPAA settlement announced
  • Anthem settles again
  • Intruder uses medical student's swipe card to access surgical suite
  • German cyberattack leads to homicide investigation
  • Paying ransomware can lead to federal penalties
  • ...and more!
  • You can read a sample report here

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Topics: Compliance Basics

HIPAA ALERT: OCR CRACKS DOWN ON PATIENT RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/13/20 10:15 AM

On September 15, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced five settlements with providers who were accused of failing to comply with HIPAA’s right of access requirements. On October 7th, the OCR announced another patient rights settlement, which is the eighth HIPAA Right of Access Initiatives settlement to date. And on October 9th, the ninth settlement was announced (two Right of Access settlements were announced early in 2019 and 2020).

The Privacy Rule requires covered entities to respond to patients’ requests to inspect or obtain a copy of their medical records within 30 days. In some circumstances, the provider may extend this timeframe by 30 days – but it must let the patient know of the delay within the original 30-day period.

The new settlements involved:

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Topics: Penalties and Enforcement, HIPAA, compliance

The Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest is here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/8/20 9:30 AM

Boost your culture of compliance with MPA's Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest!

 

This new download on MPA's store includes four compliance cartoons ready for your employees to caption. The HIPAA version includes four HIPAA cartoons.

Distribute one (or more!) cartoons to your staff by email, or print and post them in your building. Ask staff to come up with captions, and return their cartoons to the Compliance Officer. Then, choose a winner: A caption that embodies your culture of compliance, and will resonate with your organization. Post the winning caption (or captions), and award the winner(s) a prize. 

Consider:

  • holding the contest in connection with Compliance Week, or annual compliance training.
  • framing your top captions and displaying them in a hallway or common area.

Each caption is followed by Compliance Officer notes: An explanation of the compliance risk involved, and a sample caption.

Compliance Cartoon Caption Game: $95

Compliance Cartoon Caption Game - HIPAA Version: $95

Here's a sample:

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Topics: HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, compliance

Plan a Successful Compliance Week with MPA's free webinar!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/7/20 10:19 AM

Sign up for the next webinar in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series:

October 14th at 12 p.m. CST: Plan a Successful Compliance Week!

Your compliance program is only as strong as the culture behind it - and the knowledge and buy-in of your team. It takes year-round activities and awareness to support that culture. In this webinar, we will discuss approaches to plan a fun and engaging Compliance Week for your staff. Whether it's been a year since you held Compliance Week - or whether compliance has been back-burnered during the pandemic and your culture needs a boost - it's time to schedule a Compliance Week!

Learn how to plan a Compliance Week that reinforces compliance as a positive force in your organization.

Sign up here.

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Topics: Training and Education, Culture of Compliance, compliance

Download MPA's SNF Compliance Checklist

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/6/20 9:45 AM

DOJ, OIG, and Phase 3 requirements - oh my!

It's a little different from lions, tigers, and bears, but can seem just as scary:

What do nursing homes need to address in their compliance programs??

CMS recently announced that it is bringing back routine nursing home surveys.

The OIG has recommended compliance programs for 20+ years - and has guidance on the topic. So does the DOJ. That's a lot to sort through.

Download MPA's SNF Compliance Checklist and learn what needs to be in a SNF compliance program - and how you measure up.

Download now

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Topics: skilled nursing, compliance, Phase 3

HIPAA Update: Are you overlooking PHI?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 10/1/20 9:15 AM

A hospital found itself in the headlines after a review of stillbirths was posted online.

The hospital foundation trust reviewed the information at a board of directors meeting. The information included details about stillbirths, prior miscarriages and terminated pregnancies, plus the mothers' age and BMI. The Board report included the following statement: “Restricted – Not to be copied or shared without the permission of the chair….” Despite this language, the report was publicly available online.

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Topics: Training and Education, HIPAA, compliance

Plan a Successful Compliance Week with MPA's free webinar!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 9/29/20 11:20 AM

Sign up for the next webinar in MPA's Free Compliance Webinar Series:

October 14th at 12 p.m. CST: Plan a Successful Compliance Week!

Your compliance program is only as strong as the culture behind it - and the knowledge and buy-in of your team. It takes year-round activities and awareness to support that culture. In this webinar, we will discuss approaches to plan a fun and engaging Compliance Week for your staff. Whether it's been a year since you held Compliance Week - or whether compliance has been back-burnered during the pandemic and your culture needs a boost - it's time to schedule a Compliance Week!

Learn how to plan a Compliance Week that reinforces compliance as a positive force in your organization.

Sign up here.

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Topics: Training and Education, Culture of Compliance, compliance

Monthly Compliance & HIPAA Moments are here!

Posted by Michael Scavotto on 9/24/20 9:45 AM

            

 

     

Time and time again, we see healthcare providers defending a HIPAA breach, employee termination, or other compliance conundrum with the words: "All employees are trained at hire and annually."

These articles show us that training staff at hire and annually is not enough.

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance

Enroll in MPA’s Virtual Nursing Home Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 9/21/20 9:15 AM

With CMS resuming routine nursing home surveys, it’s time to get your compliance and ethics program ready for future surveys.

Whether you are new to compliance or want to make sure you are ready to lead a Phase 3 Compliance and Ethics Program, MPA’s 4-part virtual how-to course can help. Sign up now and receive:

  • Four 75-minute classes. We will keep the class going until all your questions are answered!
  • One free compliance tool per class
  • A 20% discount on MPA’s SNF Compliance Program (save $350)

Sign up for one course, or all four.

Price: $95 per course or $325 for all four. Sign up now.

Those enrolled in all four courses will receive a digital step-by-step compliance program implementation guide.

Can’t attend live? All attendees will receive access to the recorded classes for 6 months.

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Topics: Training and Education, Affordable Care Act, compliance, compliance officer, Phase 3, webinar

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