As we all know, Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA’s) are an excellent resource to a compliance officer when trying to stay ahead of the ever-changing compliance landscape. CIA’s provide a wealth of information as to what the Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes should be elements of an effective compliance program. They can also help clarify roles and responsibilities of the board or senior leadership in a healthcare organization. It is highly recommended that you monitor CIAs posted on the OIG site on a periodic basis to see if the model CIA has been updated or changed.Read More
What is a Corporate Integrity Agreement?
A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is a document that outlines the obligations in which a healthcare entity agrees to a civil settlement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to resolve an allegation of fraud.Read More
New Requirement in § 483.12 Freedom from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Did you read the new Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements of Participation (ROP) section 483.12 carefully? In a document of nearly 200 pages and three columns of small print, sometimes it is easy to miss an important change. I read the new ROP multiple times and until just a few weeks ago I missed an important new requirement in the Freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation section. Hopefully, you aren’t like me and you saw this already but just in case I thought I would highlight the change for you and give you some great news about meeting this new requirement.Read More
Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, just follow the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”. Treat the new Requirements as your elephant and break up the Requirements into small bite size pieces.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, I completely understand, but the good news is that the implementation of these Requirements is in three phases. The first of course went into effect November 28, 2016, but Phase II and III you have a little more time. Phase II goes into effect on November 28, 2017 but Phase III not until November 28, 2019.Read More