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Vendor Risk Management: Business Associate Agreements

Healthcare organizations can give third-parties (“business associates”) access to patient data, including an independent medical transcriptionist hired by a physician, outsourced claims services, a consultant, or a CPA firm whose services require access to protected patient information.  HIPPA regulations state that you must enter into a contract with these third parties in which they agree to protect the data. Building a systematic way to distribute and collect these contracts, or Business Associate Agreements, should be an essential part of any vendor risk management strategy. Not doing so exposes your organization to a huge amount of liability, as the government puts the burden for protecting patient data on healthcare organizations.

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OIG Exclusion Check and the Role of HR

It's no secret that performing an OIG exclusion check on a monthly basis is industry best practice and the best way to reduce your organization's overall risk and liability. But what role does your HR department play in ensuring your OIG exclusion check is done most effectively? Your compliance department typically handles ongoing an OIG exclusion check for all of your employees, referring physicians, and vendors in addition to monitoring the SAM dataset and all available state exclusion lists. However, it's really your HR department that plays the single most cohesive role in the process. Here's why…

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