Heidi Kocher

Basic Compliance Policies and Procedures

(January 5, 2016): Now that you have appointed an individual to be responsible for the compliance program and created a compliance committee to help the compliance officer, the focus should turn to basic compliance policies and procedures. If an effective compliance program is like a house with a solid roof to protect the inhabitants from …

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Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth (or how to deal with holiday gifts)

(December 8, 2015): Last month we discussed performing audits in your practice. With the winter holidays just around the corner, we are going to take a detour from our process through establishing a compliance program. November, December, January and February bring many holidays and parties. These are usually an opportunity for happiness and cheer, but …

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Does Your Practice Have a Compliance Officer or Compliance Committee?

(October 29, 2015): Last month we discussed why having a functioning, effective compliance program is important. If done correctly, a compliance program that is functional, effective, and well-documented is as important as your medical malpractice liability insurance. Indeed, the Affordable Care Act now requires compliance programs and many private payers now explicitly require compliance programs …

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How to Implement a Compliance Plan in Your Practice

(September 17, 2015): Despite the fact that Medicare and Medicaid requires that participating providers implement a compliance plan, most small providers have yet to complete the necessary steps to accomplish this requirement.  “My office manager went to a continuing education program, and she’s come back telling me we need a compliance program. I don’t know about that. …

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