Awareness : Compliance Tips

Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute

The Stark Law also known as the “Physician Self-Referral Statute”, prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain designated health services.
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Regulatory Compliance Tip for August 2017

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) was enacted by Congress in 1986 to ensure public access to emergency services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
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Regulatory Compliance Tip for July 2017

If a Patient Signs a Written Consent Form, Have the Requirements for Informed Consent Been Met?

Not necessarily. Often times, healthcare providers believe that if a patient signs a written consent form, adequate informed consent has been provided. However, a signed consent form by itself is NOT conclusive, it is just another piece of evidence that informed consent might have been given.
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Regulatory Compliance Tip for June 2017

Conflict of Interest – Interactions with Vendors

A topic in the health care industry that continues to be of interest amongst the regulators and media is conflicts of interest – particularly with vendor relations.
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Regulatory Compliance Tip for September 2017

Teaching Physician Requirements When Participating in Overlapping Surgeries

Pursuant to CMS regulations, in order to bill Medicare for two overlapping surgeries, the teaching physician must be 1) present during the critical or key portions of the procedure, and 2) be immediately available to furnish services during the entire procedure. The critical or key portions of each surgery may not take place at the same time.

What is the difference between a policy, a procedure and a guideline?

What is the difference between a Policy, Procedure and a Guideline?

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Regulatory Compliance Tip for November 2017