Awareness : Compliance Tips

UHealth’s Approval Process for Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

As we previously communicated in November 2017, the University of Miami Health System (“UHealth”) partnered with The Greeley Company in a Policy Project to harmonize policies across the health system in order to decrease duplication, increase clarity and promote uniform implementation. The oversight process involved the creation of the Policy Steering Committee with the policy implementation being supported by the Change Management Support Subcommittee.

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Regulatory Compliance Tip for April 2018

Case Study: Why Conflict of Interest Matters

Physician (“Physician”) had several consulting arrangements with various pharmaceutical companies. Physician did not disclose the extent of the relationships to either the physician’s direct supervisor, nor did the physician disclose the relationship via the UDisclose Program; as required by University policy.

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Regulatory Compliance Tip for March 2018

New Year’s resolutions for a compliant workplace

What to do and not to do in the workplace to help us stay compliant

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Regulatory Compliance Tip for February 2018

New Policy Approval Process at UHealth

The University of Miami Health System partnered with The Greeley Company to develop state-of-the-art governance documents for the medical staff.

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Regulatory Compliance Tip for November 2017

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

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.

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

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