Several years ago, my colleague Vu T. Do, PreCheck’s Vice President of Compliance, discussed a growing concern for employers as our investigators noticed an uptake in the detection and reporting of diploma mills. Unfortunately, this is not the only trend with which healthcare employers should be concerned.

The OIG Now Updates Its Work Plan Every Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Work Plan is one of the most valuable resources available for healthcare compliance professionals. The OIG’s work planning process is dynamic and adjustments are made throughout the year to meet priorities and to anticipate and respond to emerging issues with the resources available. Previously, the OIG updated its public-facing Work Plan once or twice a year, but their update cadence has changed as of last month.

5 Healthcare Talent Screening Best Practices

The healthcare industry is one of the most complex and highly regulated, which means employers have a greater responsibility to ensure a safe workplace environment not just for their own staff, but also for patients. The past decade has seen advancements in technology and best practices for the industry, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) placing greater emphasis on quality of care and patient safety. Industry regulators have provided updated guidance and newer technologies have allowed leading organizations and systems to improve the efficiency of their screening efforts.

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.

Top Takeaways from the 2015 NAMSS Conference for a Brighter Future

Last week, I traveled to the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington for the National Association Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition. Similar to the recent American Society for Healthcare Human Resources (ASHHRA) conference, the theme for this year’s NAMSS conference, “Embracing Change: A Journey of Leadership,” also focused on leadership.

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Healthcare License Verifications

To avoid hiring and engaging unlicensed or sanctioned individuals, ongoing license verification and monitoring is critical. In healthcare, nothing is more damaging than employing a clinician without the proper skills and training to practice at your facility. Failing to properly verify or monitor licenses and certifications will not only result in non-compliance with state and federal rules and accreditation standards, but it will also put patients and staff at risk.

Here are five do’s and don’ts that will aid in your license verification and monitoring initiatives.

4 Healthcare License Monitoring Tips That Will Increase Your Productivity

Today’s demanding healthcare environment pressures employers to explore more effective and efficient means to manage licenses and certifications. Manual record systems, like spreadsheets and checklists, are cumbersome and expend invaluable time that can be used to address other key issues affecting healthcare organizations, such as improving patient outcomes and readmission rates.

Considerations for Creating an Ongoing Healthcare Background Check Policy

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations generally aren’t required to run time-of-hire or ongoing background checks, they often do as part of their voluntary due diligence procedures and to mitigate their liability risk. Some states do require background checks for candidates for certain healthcare positions, but organizations typically run them on all staff members.

This February, we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of LicenseManager Pro, PreCheck’s healthcare license management system. Since its debut in 2005, we’ve been committed to providing healthcare organizations with a comprehensive, streamlined credentialing system to aid in the tedious process of monitoring expired licenses and certifications. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with our development team to discuss how LicenseManager Pro came to be and how it has evolved over the past 10 years.

6 Best Practices for Avoiding Negligent Credentialing

The consequences of negligent credentialing can be costly to a healthcare organization and its medical staff services department. Organizations that want to renew their focus on credentialing can follow several best practices to protect themselves and ensure they’re doing all they can to remain compliant.

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