“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” ~ Confucius

“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
~ Richard Cushing

“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

(For others, check out this great blog: 20 great quotes: the importance of planning)

The adage from Confucious, Cushing and Emerson comes to mind when I think about planning in the healthcare compliance world. In essence, without a plan, there can be no compliance.

How do you know if your compliance program is compliant?

The OIG has long been an advocate for and provider of guidance for how a compliance program should look. The OIG has taken both a stand and a role in not only recommending a compliance program to exist but in some healthcare verticals, requiring its existence. The OIG has even provided resources to help companies get started as well as how to check against the minimum guidelines for an effective compliance plan.

Healthcare compliance training resources:

The OIG is focused on complying and enforcing anti-fraud laws. CMS helps by providing materials, such as the one for Physicians. OIG also offers compliance training (materials include videos, audio podcasts, webcasts, slides and numerous informational documents).  

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines also provide healthcare companies an added incentive to implement an effective compliance plan. As we have blogged about earlier, it is best practice to review your compliance plan annually to ensure it is up to date and current with the ever changing compliance laws.  

If you are in healthcare and get reimbursed by CMS with federal health care dollars for your services, then you should have a compliance plan in place. Further, you should have a designated compliance officer in place with designated responsibility to train, audit and shepherd the plan in the organization.

Fortunately, there are some great resources out there and OIG compliance guidance from the great enforcer – the OIG for HHS.

See how Nashville fits into the healthcare compliance world according to Daniel Levinson himself!

Keep an eye out for our compliance plan blog series! It kick starts later this week! Our hope is to explain the importance of legal jargon connected to compliance plans while demystifying the compliance fog for your organization.

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Michael Rosen, Esq.

Written by Michael Rosen, ESQ
ProviderTrust Co-Founder, mrosen@providertrust.com

Michael brings over 20 years of experience founding and leading risk mitigation businesses, receiving numerous accolades such as: Inc Magazine’s Inc 500 Award and Nashville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
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