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Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 3/11/21 9:15 AM

 

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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.

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Topics: Compliance Basics, compliance, compliance officer

Having a hard time keeping up with compliance news? MPA can help

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 12/14/20 4:07 PM

 

MPA brings you a lot of compliance and HIPAA news in our blog.

But did you know there's even more in our monthly newsletter subscription?

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

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Topics: Compliance Basics

Train Remotely with Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 12/2/20 10:30 AM

The pandemic has led covered entities and business associates to rethink training.

For starters, in-services are not always practical right now. With more remote employees, and concerns about trying to contain spread of the virus, in-person, classroom-style training is not working for everyone.

Plus, many providers are dealing with an evolving workforce: more agency/temp staff, more healthcare professionals newly hired due to loosened education or certification requirements during COVID-19. All of these people need training - and providers have less time to train.

Compliance and HIPAA training does not have to be in the form of a live in-service to be effective. 

MPA's Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks can help.

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Topics: Compliance Basics, Training and Education, HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, MPA's Compliance Store, COVID-19

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

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/9/20 4:19 PM

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: 

  • Professor sentenced for stealing cancer research money
  • Nurse stole oxycodone from hospice patient
  • Counselor bills more than 24 hours per day
  • $1,000,000 HIPAA settlement
  • Disgruntled fired employee stole patient records
  • Photo of healthcare provider performing surgery in a helmet posted to social media
  • Watch out for VoiP breaches
  • Medical device company pays for social events at neurosurgeon’s restaurant
  • ...and more!

You can   read a sample report here

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Topics: Compliance Basics

Train Remotely with Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 11/2/20 11:56 AM

The pandemic has led covered entities and business associates to rethink training.

For starters, in-services are not always practical right now. With more remote employees, and concerns about trying to contain spread of the virus, in-person, classroom-style training is not working for everyone.

Plus, many providers are dealing with an evolving workforce: more agency/temp staff, more healthcare professionals newly hired due to loosened education or certification requirements during COVID-19. All of these people need training - and providers have less time to train.

Compliance and HIPAA training does not have to be in the form of a live in-service to be effective. 

MPA's Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks can help.

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Topics: Compliance Basics, Training and Education, HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, MPA's Compliance Store, COVID-19

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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Stay compliant with MPA's Monthly Compliance Newsletter

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

  • Nonprofit hospice pays $375,000 false claims settlement
  • States are going after companies for price gouging PPE sales
  • Nursing home surveys are back!
  • Vishing scams: are your employees prepared?
  • Hackers targeting entities involved with COVID-19 research, and ventilator manufacturers
  • Nurse uses stolen nursing home resident PHI to pay off debts
  • You can read a sample report here

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Topics: Compliance Basics

Stay compliant with MPA's Monthly Compliance Newsletter Subscription

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 8/13/20 9:30 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: 

  • SNF chain billed for unnecessary therapy
  • PPP loan fraud leads to criminal charges
  • Physician assistant took kickbacks from pharmaceutical company
  • Providers enter 5-figure settlements for employing excluded providers
  • The OCR resolves two complaints with providers whose COVID-19 polices involved religious discrimination
  • Nursing homes hit with ransomware
  • sou can read a sample report here

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Train Remotely with Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks

Posted by Margaret Scavotto, JD, CHC on 7/21/20 9:45 AM

The pandemic has led covered entities and business associates to rethink training.

For starters, in-services are not always practical right now. With more remote employees, and concerns about trying to contain spread of the virus, in-person, classroom-style training is not working for everyone.

Plus, many providers are dealing with an evolving workforce: more agency/temp staff, more healthcare professionals newly hired due to loosened education or certification requirements during COVID-19. All of these people need training - and providers have less time to train.

Compliance and HIPAA training does not have to be in the form of a live in-service to be effective. 

MPA's Compliance and HIPAA Training Handbooks can help.

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Topics: Compliance Basics, Training and Education, HIPAA, Culture of Compliance, MPA's Compliance Store, COVID-19

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