Category Archives: Healthcare Compliance

CMS Discharge Planning Standards

Dig Deeper into the IMPACT Act: Is Your PAC Facility Prepared?

Reduce Readmission Rates through Improved Discharge Standards and New Data Elements

Hospitals may aim for a smooth and coordinate patient discharge process, but they’re not reaching that goal often enough according to Medicare. This year, under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Medicare is penalizing around more than 2,500 hospitals for readmissions considered unnecessary, according to More..

CMS antibiotic resistance

CMS Tasks Hospitals with Stopping Superbugs

Antibiotic Stewardship Program is one of many Fed initiatives to control antibiotic over-use

Resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest modern health threats, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with doctors fighting to treat an increasing number of diseases previously easily cured with a dose of antibiotics. Thanks to overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics, “bad” bacteria More..

hospice home health

Hospice Providers: Do You Know Your Star Rating?

Introduction of Hospice Compare Just One of Many New Challenges Providers Face

With so much regulation and scrutiny affecting the hospice industry, it can feel tough for hospice managers to keep their head above water, much less improve their industry ratings. But even with all the change roiling the industry, home health and hospice consultant Beth Noyce More..

CMS Discharge Planning

Changes to Discharge Plan Requirements Still in the Works at CMS

Releases Without Adequate Post-Care Information Lead to Readmissions

Proposed adjustments to the Medicare conditions of participation (CoPs) for discharge planning could mean 2018 will be much different for case management departments in hospitals, home care agencies and other healthcare facilities that work on discharge planning. Those changes, said Toni G. Cesta, owner of More..

Disorder Patient Records

New Privacy Rules for Substance Abuse Complicate HIPAA Compliance

Stricter Confidentiality Affects Nurses, Physicians, Compliance Officers and Even Risk Managers

Patients seeking treatment for substance abuse are afforded special privacy protections under a rule that went into effect in 2017: Is your hospital prepared to comply with this complicated new regulation? The rule for Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records—42 CFR Part 2—requires that More..