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Regulatory Compliance

Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Christopher Carraway

Service Animal Laws and Etiquette

Written by Christopher Carraway
By conservative estimates, there are over 20,000 service and companion animals in the United Stares.  That numbers is going to increase as we discover more ways to use these wonderful creatures. “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purpose of this definition.  The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
DG Comfort

Service Dogs In The Office

Written by DG Comfort
Here is a situation that I’ll bet most healthcare providers have not invested very much thought.  Does your office have a policy which covers the proper procedures addressing the issue of service animals in the office?  With all the HIPAA guidelines that can easily cause problems in a healthcare office and the time expended to cover every eventuality regarding patient privacy, my guess is that concerns over medical compliance with the ADA regulations are probably overlooked in most offices.  Don’t let this oversight cost your office in fines or lost revenue from patients being turned away from your office because…
It seems that this latest fad called the Internet is here to stay, and along with it, a new way to communicate:  social media.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a variety of other ways to communicate over the Internet carry the majority of messages around the world today.  CEO’s of multinational corporations make major news announcements over social media outlets, bypassing traditional media outlets to get their message directly to the public.  Even email seems to be losing ground as the preferred way to communicate among the tech-savvy population.
As the nation rushes headlong toward national healthcare, the opportunities for healthcare abuse will also dramatically increase.  Yes, you read that right!  Despite all the public disclaimers that the purpose of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Obamacare is not to seek a national healthcare system, the ultimate result of the PPACA will be a one-payer healthcare system in America.  All you need to do to actually look at the language of the bill and the regulations that the Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius imposed.  The only conclusion that rational people will make is that the goal…
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Sherry Krueger

Healthcare Compliance Alert

Written by Sherry Krueger
**ALERT ** ALERT ** ALERT** The office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its “2011 Workplan”. In other words, these areas of compliance are going to be targeted for audit (and fined accordingly, I’m sure). The areas of specific focus for physicians / medical practices are:
An HNA interview with Michael Manere, founder and VP of Total Compliance Solutions To provide it’s members with the latest information on compliance in the medical practice, HNA interviewed known compliance expert, Michael Manere, VP and founder of Total Compliance Solutions, Inc. Mr. Manere has been at the forefront of the movement to outsource physician’s office regulatory compliance.
A quick update on the type of things that the OIG is going after that are very easy for your office fall victim to. Do not let these violations happen to you!