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HHS OIG Release of New "General Compliance Program Guidance" Provides Valuable Insight on Prevention of Health Care Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The Health Law Firm

On November 6, 2023, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), released 91 pages of "General Compliance Program Guidance" (GCPG) on its website. This is the first compliance program guidance the OIG has released since 2008.

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Biosafety Labs, Public Safety, and Politics

Bill of Health

The purpose: to research highly contagious diseases affecting animals and humans, such as foot and mouth disease. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which will retain jurisdiction as owner/operator, “NBAF is necessary to meet the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9 (HSPD-9).” The location of this lab?

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What you should know about Part B drug payments to comply with IRA 2022

Innovaare Compliance

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has wide-ranging impact on payments for drugs used by Medicare beneficiaries, whether they are administered in the provider’s office (Part B) or used in the ambulatory setting (Part D). Between 2008-2021, Medicare Part B drug spending per enrollee grew on average at 9.2 percent annually.

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Five Digital Health Imperatives for Patient Safety

The Digital Health Corner

Perhaps the best definition of patient safety is that of the World Health Organization. Simply put, it is “…the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care.” Improving health literacy. In fact, low health literacy is related to higher mortality rates. The use of AI in workflow.

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Avoiding “Gotcha” Moments in Compliance 

YouCompli

Unfortunately, with a title like “compliance officer,” we have some image issues to overcome if we want our healthcare leaders to see us more like a business partner and less like an obstacle. Let’s imagine someone is conducting an audit involving the review of medical-necessity documentation for physical therapy services.

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The Critical Shift in ASC EHR Adoption: Overcoming Barriers

HIT Consultant

Electronic health records (EHRs) are one of many health IT advancements in recent years, and they prove to have a significant impact on both providers and patients alike. While an EHR optimizes workflow efficiencies for providers, it also enables a more comprehensive view of a patient’s health.

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Trust Is a Key Social Currency for COVID-Embattled Consumers

Health Populi

Combine these new life-flows with conflicting information about the nature, severity, and life-span of COVID-19: From three levels of government leaders: The President and the Executive Branch at the Federal Level, Governors of States, and Mayors of cities; Public health agencies, especially the U.S. How do health care providers build trust?