Top Healthcare Compliance Issues for 2017

The coming year will be a busy one for healthcare compliance leaders. Changing regulations and increased enforcement are on the horizon, and as compliance leaders look to play a strategic role in their organizations, consistent communication with the C-suite will be vital.

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.

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.

What Indiana's New Background Check Law Means for Healthcare Employers

A new law has expanded the requirements for criminal history checks on employees and owners of home health care and personal services facilities in Indiana. As of July 1, 2016, employers must complete an expanded or national criminal history check on all new hires, and no employee without the check can serve patients in their residences. Owners are also subject to the criminal history check requirement and conviction for specific offenses prohibits anyone from owning a facility or providing services to a patient in his or her home.

The National Practitioner Data Bank: What Healthcare Compliance Officers Need to Know

Patient safety is the backbone of healthcare and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) plays a critical role in protecting patients from unfit, excluded practitioners.  The NPDB serves its mission to promote quality healthcare and protect patient safety by operating as a reliable workforce tool for users engaged in credentialing, licensing and hiring decisions.

5 Key Takeaways from the HCCA 2016 Compliance Institute

Last week, the 20th anniversary Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) Compliance Institute was held in the beautiful Aria resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. While this city is usually associated with bad decisions, copious amounts of alcohol consumption, non-stop gambling (until your wallet permits, that is), it has some good parts, too. It’s a great place to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Compliance Institute, for one. And despite its fast-paced environment, Vegas can also be a great place for healthcare compliance officers to share ideas, relax and unwind.

Compliance is always a top concern for healthcare organizations, and staying on top of the newest regulations and requirements is paramount. One of the latest developments is the Justice Department’s move to create an office of compliance counsel.

How to Create and Maintain an Ethical Culture in Healthcare

Establishing an ethical culture was one of the top five hot topics identified by healthcare organizations, according to a recent survey from the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). Ethics is an issue across every industry.

In the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and the Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCA) Compliance and Ethics Hot Topics for 2016 Survey, employers across all industries selected social media compliance risks as the second highest area of concern, second only to cybersecurity and cybercrime. For healthcare employers, however, social media compliance risks was the top concern.

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