“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At least that is what Benjamin Franklin said a century ago. He is right, and that was insightful - even before his face would appear on U.S. currency. Little did he know how many “Benjamins” it would cost a healthcare company in fines for non-compliance with licenses.Read More
On June 30, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group issued a memorandum outlining revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP for Phase 2, F-Tag revisions, and several other related issues specific to the Requirements of Participation of nursing centers. The new CMS mandates include the minimum health and safety standards that skilled nursing facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.Read More
Like most compliance officers, I receive compliance updates in my inbox every day from various vendors, compliance organizations, and of course the Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice. I always make sure to read all of the recent government settlements but maybe because of my background and love for the post-acute sector, I continue to notice how frequently the OIG and DOJ focus on the post-acute sector, and often more specifically on skilled nursing facilities.Read More
Have you heard of the OIG’s Work Plan? Effective June 15, The OIG announced that it will update its Work Plan website monthly and provide more timely information. Usually, compliance professionals have been accustomed to receiving annual OIG Work Plans between August and October, and possibly an update once a year on the progress. Let’s take a look at some of the new features and content.Read More
Compliance moves fast these days, with all of us wanting information at our fingertips. As a former Chief Compliance Officer of a very large post-acute care company, I know how much data is available and how difficult it can be to turn that data into something useful or meaningful.Read More
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