Every compliance officer knows “The OIG’s Seven Fundamental Elements of an Effective Compliance Program” and strives to place these elements at the core of their organization. Here's a review of The Seven Elements...they can be intimidating! Implementing written policies, procedures and standards of conduct. Designating a compliance officer and compliance committee. Conducting effective training and [...]
Medicare’s competitive bidding program has been delayed until 2021, with the possibility of the open window extending even longer than the next two years.
Home medical equipment (HME) ranges the spectrum from incontinence supplies and breathing apparatuses to hospital beds and a variety of mobility devices. There are a few different ways to get the medical equipment and supplies you or a loved one may need; however, some items are not covered by insurance.
The U.S. healthcare industry loses billions every year due to fraud, abuse, and administrative waste. Here are five startling facts on healthcare fraud. 1. $225 billion of the $750 billion in healthcare spending was wasted on fraud, unnecessary services, and excessive administrative costs. According to researchers, in 2009 roughly 30 percent of the total healthcare [...]
The Current Dilemma with DME Documentation Needs Medical supply companies who provide all types of HME or DME products to patients face a slippery slope when it comes to compliance regulations. The regulations for documentation for proving necessity for an item can be rigorous and complex, and if not careful, suppliers can find themselves in [...]
“Hey _________ , order me more laundry detergent.” Fill in the blank with Google, Alexa, or Siri and experience the most efficient mode of technology to date in terms of purchasing items from the comfort of your home. The trend is common practice for most people and quickly becoming the new norm for shopping. All industries [...]
We often think of innovations as occurring in the perpetual future, but wearables are changing the healthcare industry today, even as you’re reading this article. These devices, often no larger than a watch, can track your blood pressure, heart rate and more—and wearables’ impact in healthcare is just getting started. Below, we briefly cover the [...]
While telehealth services have been around for more than four decades, in the past few years the explosion of healthcare technology has really caused a boom in patient-centered telemedicine solutions. As defined by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), telemedicine is “the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes [...]
Struggling to get in to see your physician? Worried about long wait times? Or maybe in between providers and not feeling positive about your search for a new practitioner? While the traditional healthcare system can be slow and frustrating, healthcare is changing. More practitioners are adopting virtual care models and apps that allow patients to [...]
You don’t get a whole lot of time to spend with your doctor. Best case scenario, you’re in his or her office for a total of 20 minutes per year, usually during your annual exam. Because you probably don’t have unlimited access to your physician, you’ve got to make every minute of your checkup count. [...]