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Does your compliance program spark joy?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/26/21 1:43 PM

This blog was also posted on The Compliance & Ethics Blog, the national compliance blog published by the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

After 14 months of this pandemic, we’re pretty tired. Tired of working at home, tired of figuring out how to safely go back to work, tired of additional duties that COVID-19 brought to those who work in healthcare, tired of trying to keep up compliance in the midst of all this.

We are low on joy.

But there’s good news. With fewer social opportunities, we’ve also had more time to watch Netflix. If you’re like me, compliance ideas come at unlikely times – while walking the dog, driving to Target, or binge-watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix (or reading Kondo’s book – it’s sold 2,000,000 copies).

Kondo’s method that has inspired countless people to fill an entire box of 30-gallon Heftys with their unwanted possessions comes down to one fundamental question: “Does this spark joy for you?” Anything that doesn’t spark joy has to go.

What does this have to do with compliance?

Over time, compliance needs decluttering, too. Routines become stale. Training can become less relevant (and interesting). When we are surrounded by the same concepts and practices day in and day out, it can become mundane. Especially during a pandemic.

So I ask you: Does your compliance program spark joy?

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Topics: compliance

Monthly Compliance & HIPAA Moments are here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 5/5/21 10:04 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.

If we want compliance and HIPAA to be top-of-mind and part of our daily culture, our compliance and HIPAA messages need to be - well, part of our daily culture.

MPA's Monthly Compliance Moments and Monthly HIPAA Moments help you keep these topics top-of-mind for your staff. Each download includes 12 flyers for you to distribute to staff by email, or to print and post around your building. 

Make compliance and HIPAA messages pervasive and effective with MPA's Monthly Compliance Moments and Monthly HIPAA Moments.

Purchase Monthly Compliance Moments for $125.

Purchase Monthly HIPAA Moments for $125.

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Topics: Culture of Compliance, compliance

Choose MPA's next free compliance webinar!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 4/6/21 10:10 AM

MPA offers a free compliance and HIPAA webinar series to keep you current.

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Topics: HIPAA, compliance, webinar

The Compliance Cartoon Caption Contest is here!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/31/21 10:01 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

Too much compliance and HIPAA news to read?

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/25/21 10:00 AM

MPA scours the compliance and HIPAA headlines daily so that you don't have to.

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Topics: HIPAA, compliance

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual SNF Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/10/21 1:42 PM

Compliance is mandatory for SNFs! Is your compliance program survey-ready?

Sign up for MPA's Virtual Compliance Officer Training Course

*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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

* Free Webinar: HIPAA Wake-Up Calls!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/10/21 10:27 AM

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HIPAA Wake-Up Calls

Tuesday February 16th at 12 pm CST

In 2020, there were 19 HIPAA settlements totaling $13,554,900. The settlements ranged between $10,000 and $6.85 million, and affected between one and 16,649,249 patients.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, compliance, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Earn 5 CEUs with MPA’s Virtual SNF Compliance Officer Training!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/9/21 10:31 AM

Compliance is mandatory for SNFs! Is your compliance program survey-ready?

Sign up for MPA's Virtual Compliance Officer Training Course

*** Approved for 5 hours of NAB CEUs***

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

* Free Webinar: HIPAA Wake-Up Calls!

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/3/21 10:57 AM

Sign up for MPA's free webinar:

HIPAA Wake-Up Calls

Tuesday February 16th at 12 pm CST

In 2020, there were 19 HIPAA settlements totaling $13,554,900. The settlements ranged between $10,000 and $6.85 million, and affected between one and 16,649,249 patients.

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Topics: HIPAA, security, compliance, breach notification, privacy, webinar

Treat your compliance program like a Toyota

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 2/2/21 11:11 AM

This blog was published on The Compliance and Ethics Blog on February 1.

I know we all want a Tesla compliance program: state-of-the-art, powered by sophisticated technology, with little maintenance required. We all want the automatic cloud-based software updates that magically appear.

But most of us have a Toyota compliance program: well-built, thoughtful design, with regular maintenance required to ensure reliability. And that’s OK. We just need a good maintenance schedule.

How much compliance upkeep is enough?

Whether you have a Corolla or a Land Cruiser, it’ll last longer, drive better, and be more fun to ride around in if you take care of it.

So what’s the healthcare compliance equivalent of oil changes and air filters? Here are some examples:

  • Regular audits of compliance program risk areas
  • Policy review and updates
  • Ongoing staff training and reminders (not just annual!)
  • Quarterly compliance committee meetings and board reports
  • Diligent investigation of complaints with documented follow up

Keeping compliance tuned up also means tending to your unfinished business.

What’s your unfinished compliance business? Is there a suggestion box you’ve forgotten to check? A complaint you still need to follow up on? An annual training you couldn’t fit in? A policy you know you need but haven’t had time to put together? These items are your unfinished compliance business. And leaving them unfinished is a little like leaving all of those goldfish crackers under the car seats in the back of your car. This situation will not get better with time.

It’s OK to drive a Corolla.

Like I said earlier, we all want the Tesla. Or the Toyota Land Cruiser. All compliance officers have a wish list miles long of the software they would buy, the staff they would hire, the swag they would order for the best Compliance Week of all time. But most of us are running Corolla compliance programs, and that’s just fine.

If you do the upkeep, a Corolla compliance program can be outstanding. I know plenty of compliance officers running fantastic compliance programs without fancy software and with a $200 (or smaller) compliance week budget (for a small provider). These compliance officers walk the halls every week, talking to employees about compliance and handing out candy bars with their hotline number on them. These compliance officers write thank you notes to employees who come forward with important compliance issues. These compliance officers run some of the best compliance programs I have seen. I’ll take a reliable Corolla compliance program over a Heritage Edition V8 Land Cruiser with third-row seating and allow wheel locks that hasn’t had an oil change in six years.

It’s time to vacuum out the goldfish crackers, remove the Roxette cassette that’s been stuck in the console for three years, and make an ongoing maintenance schedule to keep things running smoothly. After all, it’s the routine maintenance that will make your compliance program a high performer.

Sign up for MPAs compliance training course and learn how to take care of your unfinished compliance business:

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Topics: Compliance Basics, compliance, compliance officer

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