Whether a family wants a surveillance camera in their loved one’s room or your staff takes random pictures to post on social media, camera use compliance—not to mention patient privacy—in long term care (LTC) facilities is a real concern. You have an obligation, mandated by More..
As a HIPAA-covered entity, your medical establishment is required by the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI). Depending on the number of individuals your PHI breach affects, you may need to notify each affected individual, More..
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The good news is that awareness and prevention strategies work to decrease HAI rates by more than 70 More..
Every year, millions of Americans get sick—and some even die—because of foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mission to prevent foodborne More..
Supporting residents to set their own goals is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement. CMS regulatory tag F553 gives residents the right to participate in their care planning and be included in decisions regarding care and treatment, and tag F655 states that More..
Nobody’s perfect—including your hospital staff. Patients will complain. But you have a responsibility to your patients and to your hospital to comply with the grievance requirements called for by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the More..
Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission have ramped up their scrutiny of contract management at hospitals—and with good reason. Data breach and communication breakdown are very real risks given that multiple hospitals departments are regularly accessing the contracts More..
Restraint and seclusion is a hot spot with both CMS and the Joint Commission—and an area where hospitals are frequently cited for being out of compliance. In a recently issued CMS memo summarizing all of the deficiencies against hospitals, the number one? You guessed it: More..
If your life science organization fails to meet regulatory requirements during a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit, you can expect to receive a Form 483. While some 483 observations are resolved amicably, other cases have serious consequences for the concerned organization— ranging from warning More..
Durable medical equipment (DME) billing continues to be scrutinized by Medicare and other commercial carriers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers extensive and detailed documentation guidelines for DME in general, as well as other guidelines for documentation that can be found in More..