Last week, the 21st Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) Compliance Institute was held in National Harbor, Maryland. Adjacent to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., National Harbor was the perfect location to hear from regulators such as the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and its various departments.

Moving through 2017, employers and human resources leaders can continue to expect changes to their background screening process and policies.  The new year is always an ideal time to take stock of emerging best practices and any newly passed regulations that may impact  an employer’s hiring and screening practices.

While some of these topics may not be new, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance Vu T. Do recommends that employers and HR leaders closely consider the following three tips:

Annual compliance reviews are an important tool to protect your organization against risk. But healthcare organizations often simply go through the motions without really digging into issues and looking for improvements.

“Most assessments focus too much on the standard seven elements of a compliance program, and too little on the extent to which the compliance program actually mitigates risk,” says Jessica Santos, Global Compliance and Quality Director at Kantar Health.

5 Exclusion Screening Best Practices for Healthcare Compliance

Healthcare exclusion screening can be seen as one of the most complex and challenging areas of compliance. It’s one that demands your time, attention, and most importantly, due diligence to ensure you’re not working with excluded or sanctioned individuals.

OIG's Revised Policy on Permissive Exclusions

Earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a revised policy statement containing new criteria that OIG intends to use in implementing its permissive exclusion authority under the Social Security Act. The revised policy, titled Criteria for Implementing Section 1128(b)(7) Exclusion Authority, was issued on April 18, 2016 and replaces a policy statement the OIG previously published in December 1997.

The OIG’s 2017 Work Plan is Here: 5 Updates and Revisions for Review

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its Work Plan for fiscal year 2017, which serves as an important tool for healthcare compliance professionals in optimizing their organization’s compliance program for the new year. The Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year and beyond. The latest Work Plan includes new items that have been started or planned since April 2016, according to the OIG’s website.

How to Avoid a Healthcare HR Nightmare

Managing and maintaining a compliant healthcare workspace can be a daunting and intimidating task. One wrong step can result in damaging claims, costly fines, and much more. From the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), regulators are increasing deterrents efforts to ensure employers are proactive in establishing fair hiring practices and safe working environments.

With so much on the line, here are a few things healthcare HR should consider when reviewing their organization’s compliance and safety initiatives.

Staying Ahead of I-9 Compliance in 2017

The I-9 process is a critical part of the hiring process and is part of every employer’s duties. As we head into the final months of the year, it’s now a great time to start planning to kick off the year with the right process in place. Here are a few things you need to know to ensure a compliant I-9 process in 2017.

4 Things Employers Need to Know About the EEOC's Final Rule on Wellness Programs

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule to amend the Regulations and the accompanying Interpretive Guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they relate to employer wellness program. The EEOC also amended the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

[Webinar] Background Check Compliance Essentials: A Critical Tool for Training and Review

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, PreCheck hosted a complimentary webinar covering background check compliance essentials for employers. PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance Vu Do and Corporate Counsel Kate Vessey discussed the latest background check best practices for employers in an informative 60-minute learning session.