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HealthStream’s Top 15 Compliance Blog Posts from 2017

Healthcare organizations challenged by compliance are at risk of not being able to provide quality care. These 15 blog posts from 2017 demonstrate our commitment to solutions focused on improving healthcare compliance.

Five Basic Guidelines for Compliance Program Education

One of the important elements of healthcare compliance is staff education. Here are five basic guidelines for setting up or strengthening the training component of a compliance program.

New Compliance and Ethics Program Requirements for Nursing Facilities

Nursing facility providers are now required to design and implement a multi-component compliance and ethics program, effective as of November 28, 2016, but with an implementation process that spans a three year period.

Reimbursement Risks: Patient Identity Errors Cost Hospitals Billions

Patient identity errors create an estimated eight billion dollars in annual cost in healthcare. Mismatched patient identifiers result in denials and are also linked to catastrophic adverse medical deaths, medication errors and unnecessary procedures. Training is an important solution.

Engagement Is Key to More Effective Compliance Training: Four Guidelines

Whether it is live, taped, or computer-based, compliance training has to engaging and capture the attention of a workforce that seems to have a shorter attention span every year. Four suggestions to improve engagement.

Use Internships to Promote Healthcare Compliance Career Choices: Guidelines

It is important to encourage young professionals to pursue a career in the growing area of healthcare compliance. Here are some guidelines for successful compliance internship programs.

Improving Healthcare Compliance Through Education and Training

HCCS has helped us propel our compliance training and other online education programs into the 21st century,” Kay says. “I’ve seen enough of the other courses to know that if you do compliance training online, HCCS does it better than anyone else.”

Helping Medical Associations Avoid Conflicts of Interest: Case Study

In order to maintain their reputations for integrity and impartiality, medical associations for all kinds of specialties have to be vigilant about avoiding and identifying conflicts of interest among their members.

Three Essential Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance

Three essential best practices for HIPAA compliance are to monitor and update BAAs, monitor and audit access, and perform adequate and routine risk analyses.

Reviewing and Managing COI Disclosures in the CMS Open Payments Database

Hospitals and other healthcare providers must monitor payments made to their affiliated physicians and mid-level providers. Using available technology, a query can be completed in just a few minutes.

What Can We Learn from the Latest “Open Payments” Data?

While it is difficult to draw conclusions based on the year to year fluctuations in data from the Open Payments Database, we can begin to see trends by analyzing the data over three years.

HIPAA Audits: The Proof Is in the Process

The expense of staffing and technology related to HIPAA compliance can never be an excuse for failing to have an established audit and risk analysis process.

ACA Section 1557: Open to Interpretation?

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act requires the availability of qualified interpreters for any persons with limited English proficiency and can impose corrective action or monetary penalties for failure to comply.

Ready for Conflict of Interest (COI) Management Implementation? 10 Best Practices

Implementing a new software solution to manage conflicts of interest (COI) can be a daunting effort for an organization. The team must be fully prepared and engaged. Here are ten best practices that can help ensure a successful implementation.

Ransomware, Breaches, Enforcement Actions…Preventive Best Practices

With on-site audits expected to pick up when desk audits are completed, and ransomware attacks expected to increase this year, healthcare organizations need to be ever more vigilant.

Understanding Compliance for ADA and Section 508 Regulations

Several years ago, we started getting inquiries for our billing, security, and workforce compliance courses to be made compliant with ADA and 508 regulations. In particular, customers were expressing interest in the standards set forth by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as by the ADA.

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