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Your source for healthcare compliance news, advice from industry experts, and all things related to OIG exclusions.

Healthcare Compliance, Human Resources

Onboarding an Employee - Steps to Ensure a Compliant Culture

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

"The moment you meet a stranger, both of your brains are making thousands of computations at lightening speed to make major decision about one another," according to an article in Forbes. This only take seven seconds. It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression. 

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OIG Exclusion List, Healthcare Compliance, Healthcare Technology, Data Management, Human Resources, Long Term Care, Security

The compliance risks of a low-cost exclusion monitoring vendor

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Everyone loves to save money, but there is a time and a place when it comes to choosing a lower cost product and there is a time and a place when it comes to choosing a higher cost option. A great example of this situation is when it comes to buying new tires. As tempting as it might be to buy the cheaper brand, everyone knows investing in the premium brand of tires saves you money in the long run. Cheap tires can cause unnecessary wear on your car, whereas a set of premium tires are beneficial to numerous areas of your car like the brakes, the suspension and safety. There are certain situations when it is necessary to spend more money on a product to save yourself money in the long run. 

The same practicality of investing in premium brands can be seen across all industries.  

How many of you have searched a website that aggregates hotel sites to find the "same room" at a lower cost? I admit I have. But did I actually get what I thought I was bargaining for?  Nope – not even close. In fact, the room available was advertised on the web as the same as the hotel site, but for much more. Upon arrival, the “available room" was no longer available. What was available was a room with a view of the loading dock and dumpster in the back corner of the lowest floor.

Sometimes lower cost is an indicator of something bigger  or lesser, depending on how you look at it. 

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OIG Exclusion List, Healthcare Compliance, OIG, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, Fraud and Abuse, Penalties and Fines, Human Resources, Self Disclosure, Sanction Screening, Long Term Care

The Ultimate Guide to OIG Exclusions

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Nov 03, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Exclusions is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about OIG exclusions. This all inclusive guide covers the basics of exclusions, the background of the OIG, the fines and penalties surrounding an exclusion and explains the differences between the OIG exclusion databases. It also leaves you, the reader, with healthcare compliance industry best practices and additional resources! 

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Healthcare Compliance, Human Resources, ProviderTrust News

Healthcare Professionals Speak on Healthcare Compliance Issues

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Healthcare Compliance Conference 2015

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with leading healthcare compliance and HR individuals from top healthcare systems around the country to discuss healthcare compliance issues, trends and industry strategic direction.

David Dill, Life Point Hospital, Inc., and Lisa Rivera,  a former healthcare prosecutor, spoke on effective risk assessment, compliance hot topics, building the compliance brand and compliance leadership from a COO’s perspective. Read More

OIG Exclusion List, Healthcare Compliance, OIG, Healthcare Technology, Fraud and Abuse, Penalties and Fines, Human Resources, Long Term Care

4 1/2 Healthcare Compliance Lessons You Can Learn From Superheroes

Posted by Erin Lewis on Thu, May 21, 2015

Not only do superheroes serve the purpose of entertainment but they also serve as a source of inspiration, providing practical life lessons to their avid fans across all ages. Such lessons that can be transferred into our everyday lives - whether it is at home, work or school. Making them more like mentors in some cases rather than fictitious characters.

Superheroes protect and serve for the greater good of society. They were created as motivational characters dedicated to capturing tenacious villains, crooks, thieves, evil scientists and monsters to make the world a safer place to live in. Sound familiar? The Office of Inspector General acts like the superhero to the healthcare world. Well, without the theatrical-ism of Hollywood of course. 

Believe it or not, healthcare organizations can learn a thing or two from superheroes. And no I am not just referring to the use of spandex. Healthcare Compliance Officers, HR, healthcare organizations and the OIG alike, work parallel to that of Batman, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, etc. They each require the use of unprecedented teamwork, strong moral conduct and a passion for the greater good in order to achieve in what they believe in.

Here's how a superhero's mentality can be channeled into healthcare compliance:
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