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5 Compliance Issues You Should be Looking at in Your Organization

Thursday, August 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Written for AAOE by Eric Christensen

Regulatory compliance in healthcare is a complex, ever-changing industry. Regulatory change means constant vigilance is necessary to prevent serious vulnerabilities that will lead to costly penalties and fines. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), “hospitals and hospital systems must meet 341 healthcare compliance requirements” (as of March 2017). For hospitals with post-acute care, the number of regulations continues to grow.


Managing the Costs of Compliance

Healthcare regulatory compliance comes down to proper implementation of an effective compliance program. Federal agencies have created the regulations to provide patient and provider safety, but the healthcare industry spends over $39 billion annually just for the administrative aspects of an effective regulatory compliance program.

In the AHA report, they also found that regulatory compliance requirements can end up costing healthcare entities the equivalent of 58 full-time employees to ensure all requirements are met. As healthcare compliance costs continue to increase, and regulations are always changing, it is essential for healthcare organizations to find ways to effectively manage compliance without needing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on compliance. Customized compliance programs are reducing the burden of compliance by tailoring programs to each healthcare entities individual needs.   


The Top 5 Compliance Issues to Consider

When it comes to compliance, it can be difficult to navigate all of the information needed to maintain regulatory requirements. Here are the five compliance issues that are the highest priority needed to maintain an effective compliance program:

  1. Security Risk Analysis (SRA) - Including an Insufficient EMR or Checklist
  2. Current Cybersecurity Trends
  3. Social Media Policy and Procedures Missing or Not Being Followed
  4. Exclusion Screening Not Being Performed Correctly, or at All!
  5. Mobile Device Usage


Learn more about each of these key components by attending Eric Christensen's session at AAOE's Compliance Symposium, September 9 in Washington, DC.


About the Writer:

Eric Christensen is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. Eric co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30+ years’ experience in healthcare compliance, IT administration, and education to the organization. Eric’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. Eric’s experience and expertise are highly regarded in the Security Risk Audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of healthcare entities. Eric’s experience brings a unique perspective into compliance and implementation in the medical community. Eric possesses a broad knowledge of telemedicine, e-PHI, MIPS/MACRA, employee hiring and firing, and more. Eric’s educational experience in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology partners well with his many certifications; MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, and others. 

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