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What to Do When The Government Comes Knocking

by admin on January 3, 2021 No comments

business meeting between healthcare professionals and govermentBy: Karen Davila

You do everything right.  You’re careful to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.  Compliance is hard-wired because you’re in an industry that’s highly regulated and you’ve built into your operations a series of compliance checks and balances.  However, even with strong controls in place, compliance efforts sometimes fall short– and whether you’re a physician group, a pharmacy, a durable medical equipment company, a home health agency, or any other health care provider, someday you might find yourself face-to-face with law enforcement officials or regulatory enforcement authorities.  What do you do?  How do you assure the most successful outcome with minimal business disruption?

Compliance is the foundation to mitigating the risks inherent in any health care operation.  Compliance can reduce the likelihood that regulators or law enforcement suddenly appear on your doorstep.  But preparation for emergencies and uncertainties is the key to reducing the risk that non-compliance leads to lengthy business interruption.  Although you may be saying “if”, you really should be thinking and acting more like “when”.  It costs everything to be ill-prepared and it costs very little to be well-prepared.  The following preparation can prevent much of the uncertainty that arises in these cases.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

First and foremost, make sure you have well-developed policies and procedures for what to do in such instances.  You should review these policies and procedures with your employees regularly, focusing on the importance of compliance.  Out of fear and uncertainty, employees can do things that create unnecessary challenges.  Educating them as to what their rights and responsibilities are will mitigate those risks.  Make sure your policies and procedures include the designation of who is in charge (“person in charge”) when the government does show up.

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Webinar | 2020 Behind Us, Business Lessons to Take into 2021

by admin on December 9, 2020 No comments

The year 2020 is one for the history books from the start of a global pandemic, COVID-19 shutdowns of “non-essential” businesses to a rise in telemedicine fraud schemes. Join Board certified healthcare attorney Jeff Cohen for insight on 2021 healthcare business preparation topics and lessons from 2020.Webinar register here button

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Webinar | Top Down Legal Look at Treatment Center Relationships

by admin on September 16, 2020 No comments

Attorney Jacqueline Bain is part of a select group of Florida attorneys who have achieved both Florida Bar Board Certification in Health Law and a Certification in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. Ms. Bain routinely advises her clients about statutes and regulations that govern healthcare businesses, including regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and healthcare marketing. During this webinar she will review with attendees the regulatory compliance considerations specific to the behavioral healthcare and treatment center businesses.

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