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.

An ADA Lesson for Healthcare Employers

Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital did not violate the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) when it refused to hire two nurses whose licenses were restricted due to past drug abuse.

3 Background Check Compliance Best Practices for 2016

Employers and human resources leaders have seen several changes to their background check process and policies in the last few years. Today, the increasing number of class-action lawsuits and ever-present threat of data breaches have prompted employers to review their current screening practices and apply proper safeguards to protect patients and their sensitive healthcare information.

I recently attended an exclusion screening webinar from the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Exclusions But Were Afraid to Ask.” After listening to the 90-minute presentation with attorneys Mary C. Malone and W. Clay Landa from Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., it was very clear that healthcare exclusion screening is an extremely complex and quite frankly intimidating area of compliance.

Compliance with state and federal employment regulations is more than just good employee relations. It's good business. Legal fees and fines for violations can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and negative publicity can ruin a company's reputation among patients and potential employees. As competition in the healthcare industry becomes more fierce and top talent becomes harder to attract, smart companies are focused on meeting and exceeding employment compliance with relevant regulations.

PreCheck’s Top 10  Healthcare & Compliance Blog Posts of 2015

In 2015, the PreCheck Blog had another fantastic year covering the latest healthcare best practices and compliance issues. Once more, we were recognized for the quality of our content with multiple awards; and our readership continues to grow year after year. As we begin the new year with our best foot forward, it’s also an opportune time to reflect on the greatest lessons and best practices from 2015.

Here’s a look at the top ten most-read PreCheck blog posts from 2015.

Healthcare HR Checklist for 2016

The issues healthcare HR will be facing in the coming year are similar to the ones of the past: higher demand for services because of increased coverage due to the Affordable Care Act, an aging population, and retiring providers. However, that’s not all healthcare HR has to deal with in 2016. Knowing the trends that are coming up can help you prepare for the coming year and play a strong role in your organization’s strategic goals.

6 Healthcare Background Check Compliance Do’s & Don’ts

When it comes to background checks and credit checks, healthcare employers, like those in other regulated industries, have to comply with a myriad of regulations. Not only do healthcare employers have to follow the same background check laws that apply to any employer, but additional regulators such as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also come into play, and even certain sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have specific implications for healthcare background screening.

OIG Work Plan 2016: 3 Things Healthcare Organizations Can Expect

In case you may have missed it, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its latest Work Plan for fiscal year 2016 last week. Each year, healthcare organizations should review their compliance programs to ensure they address the regulatory agency’s latest areas of focus.