From Report on Patient Privacy - Anne Adams, whose titles include chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer for Emory Healthcare, was glad to “get the call” seeking her participation in a meeting of an “operations team” to discuss how the Atlanta-based health system was going to handle communications related to a patient with Ebola. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - How board members respond to reports of a compliance issue at their organization may turn partly on whether the compliance officer has a personal relationship with them, according to a former federal prosecutor. “You need a personal relationship with the board and it can’t begin when you identify problems. It needs to begin when you are hired, so when you go to the board and say ‘there’s a problem,’ it feels… Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - While hospitals fend off claim denials in core compliance risk areas, they also face revenue losses from pay-for-performance programs and their sometimes counterintuitive consequences. At the same time, pay-for-performance programs may create compliance risks for hospitals under fraud and abuse laws, because of the temptation to reward physicians for improving quality of care and give free goodies to patients to improve their health. Read more
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