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  1. COVID-19 emergency preparedness kit

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Catherine Boerner  | Published: July 2020 

    As compliance professionals, I am sure all of you have discussed with your families a COVID-19 emergency preparedness family plan. My husband and I did it early on. We discussed where someone would quarantine (our master bedroom) and what they would need. I ordered a finger pulse oximeter, blood pressure wrist cuff, extra thermometers, and extra batteries. We didn’t buy extra toilet paper, but we bought extra bottled water, vitamin water, Gatorade, chicken noodle soup, and made a list of possible meals and filled the freezers with food...

  2. IRF monitoring during COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: John Falcetano  | Published: July 2020 

    COVID-19 has forced compliance professionals across the nation to take steps to protect themselves while still monitoring for compliance. Many compliance professional now work remotely to prevent contracting the contagious virus. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several regulatory waivers to ease the burden on providers and allow them to focus on patient care. This month I will focus on inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) compliance monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect of some CMS waivers...

  3. Teladoc visits skyrocket during COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Teladoc Health, a New York-based telemedicine company, reported a 60.8% year-over-year increase in US paid membership in the first quarter of 2020.[1] Although the surge is driven by COVID-19 and may taper off after the pandemic has subsided, the numbers show that people are willing to access medical help online and post-pandemic visits to portals such as Teladoc may maintain higher levels going forward...

  4. Compliance with the new COVID-19 business assistance loans

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Published: July 2020 

    By Gabriel L. Imperato, Esq., and Romain Balard, Esq...

  5. Proactively addressing revenue integrity in the era of COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Vasilios Nassiopoulos  | Published: July 2020 

    The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly leave a permanent imprint on the healthcare landscape. The heightened role of technology, especially as it relates to data access and analytics, is one area that will leave a lasting mark as a differentiator for care and operational efficiency, as well as actionable response...

  6. American Academy of Actuaries releases FAQs for COVID-19

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    The FAQ, released April 24, gives insight into the effects the pandemic will have on Medicaid and Medicaid managed care organizations.[1] The document addresses six questions:...

  7. COVID-19, stealth IT, and expedient operations: A challenge for ethics and compliance professionals

    ethikos Volume 34, Number 7. July 01, 2020  | Author: Alan Brill  | Published: July 01, 2020 

    One of the challenges facing the compliance community involves what is known as “stealth IT” or “shadow IT,”[1] which refers to cyberactivities that occur in a company that the information technology (IT) team does not know about. Sometimes called the “do-it-yourself information technology,” it consists of services that are arranged by units of an organization, set up without the knowledge or approval of the IT or legal departments, and are often paid for with employees’ credit cards and reimbursed as an expense account item. These services may include specialized calculations provided through online (cloud) services or remote storage, and in...

  8. Let's keep doing that

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Gerry Zack  | Published: July 2020 

    Last month I wrote about managing new and changing risks in the face of crisis, specifically as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, while the effects of the virus continue as I write this column in late April, another possibility has emerged—whether some of the “temporary” changes made to get through this, or any, crisis actually reveal efficiencies or improvements that warrant making the change permanent...

  9. President Trump announces nominee for HHS inspector general

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    The White House announced its nominee for the inspector general role at the Department of Health & Human Services late Friday, May 1.[1] The announcement came after Christi A. Grimm, the current principal deputy inspector general, released a report, Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23-27, 2020,[2] detailing the shortages and challenges the Office of Inspector General found within the healthcare system. The report listed what hospitals that responded to the survey wanted the government to do, such as:...

  10. Another argument for analytics

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Gerry Zack  | Published: July 2020 

    If you are like most compliance professionals, your travel has been restricted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the time between when I write this in late April and when you read it, you may still be under a travel restriction. Hopefully, you’re not also thinking, “There goes my monitoring and auditing plan for the year!”...

  11. Considerations for incident response: What changes during a national healthcare disaster?

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Marti Arvin  | Published: July 2020 

    Most healthcare organizations perform drills for a variety of situations. It might be an airplane crash at the local airport, a hurricane or tornado hitting the local community, a major fire or earthquake, or a cyberincident, but those are all relatively local incidents. While healthcare organizations in the affected area may have issues, they can generally rely on the support of other nearby facilities. The preparation is not the same when the entire country is hit with the disaster...

  12. Compliance activities curtailed due to pandemic

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Compliance professionals are finding it hard to do their job during the pandemic, in part due to the social distancing practices instituted by most organizations. Reliance on remote apps to do audits means certain compliance activities have either halted or been significantly reduced...

  13. Johns Hopkins University releases ethics framework for post-pandemic reopening

    ethikos Volume 34, Number 7. July 01, 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 01, 2020 

    As nations around the world prepare to reopen businesses and other services after months of social distancing, scientists, economists, and ethicists are concerning themselves with the steps in that process...

  14. Crisis management: The aftermath

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Walter E. Johnson  | Published: July 2020 

    At some point, a crisis does come to an end. When and how it will end is speculation. Some individuals may be optimistic, while others are pessimistic about the outcome. Individual reactions are unpredictable and vary. Regardless of mindset, there are lessons to be learned in the midst of the crisis and others learned afterward...

  15. Who moved my cheese?

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Kelly M. Willenberg  | Published: July 2020 

    In the spring, many research sites saw their staff working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were changes at nearly every healthcare facility, and they were swift. Nobody expected what happened. Research staff experienced layoffs, modified hours, working from home, and cutbacks in studies and research patient visits. Most of the change occurring was out of our control, and it caused stress for many...

  16. Are boards missing the ethics boat?

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sally March  | Published: July 2020 

    The coronavirus crisis has lent urgency to the public discussion of ethics and sustainability as some very large listed corporations snapped up government assistance intended for small businesses[1] and were pilloried in the press for their behavior.[2] Some complained that they had done nothing illegal; the rules were badly crafted.[3] The business media warned senior executives that how they behave now will affect the future of their businesses. Executives who took a pay cut during the crisis got a pat on the back for recognizing, if not exactly sharing, the pain of their furloughed employees. After the crisis, executive remuneration...

  17. Cybersecurity breakdown of popular remote meeting apps

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    Mozilla, creator of the Firefox browser and a stalwart proponent of privacy and cybersecurity, ranked the most popular remote meeting apps according to privacy criteria.[1] The results show that the majority of the apps met Mozilla’s minimum-security requirements. Zoom, which has faced reports of privacy and security lapses[2] since it gained immense popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, scored 5/5 on the test...

  18. EU considers changes to fossil fuel regulatory framework

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

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  19. Gartner survey ranks cybersecurity as most present threat

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Sascha Matuszak  | Published: July 2020 

    An April 14 survey conducted by Gartner of 145 legal and compliance leaders found that more than half of the respondents rated cybersecurity and the possibility of a data breach as the third-party compliance risk that has increased the most during the pandemic.[1]...

  20. Meet Andra M. Popa: Approaching compliance with a focus on design

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Roy Snell  | Published: July 2020 

    Andra M. Popa, CHC, Consultant at Ankura Consulting Group, Chicago, IL, and Florida...

  21. Data protection and information security with remote work

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Robert Bond  | Published: July 2020 

    Several months into the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us are working from home in circumstances that were never anticipated. Many of us are operating without the right technical and organizational structures to manage the information we are processing. Data protection authorities around the world have reinforced the fact that while they may be reasonable about the challenges that organizations face in managing data protection and information security, the laws still apply...

  22. EHRs are a DOJ priority: Recent cases may explain why

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Christopher C. Sabis  | Published: July 2020 

    In late February, Joseph (Jody) Hunt, assistant attorney general (AAG) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Division, told the Federal Bar Association about the DOJ’s civil enforcement priorities for 2020. Alongside elder justice initiatives and skilled nursing facilities—the presentation preceded the coronavirus pandemic taking hold in the United States—AAG Hunt listed electronic health records (EHR) systems as targets for future action.[1] Scrutiny of EHR-related issues is not new, and it is not surprising given that the federal government has invested more than $35 billion in meaningful use incentive payments over the last decade.[2] A brief review of the history...

  23. Revenue integrity crisis management: Be ready

    Compliance Today - July 2020  | Author: Kelly M. Willenberg  | Published: July 2020 

    Maintaining revenue integrity is a daunting task if you have a clinical trials program. In order for a site to develop a risk-based revenue compliance plan, you need to appreciate the risk areas that surround billing compliance. In ranking these risks, you must know the universe of research. Evaluating revenue optimization includes a careful review of the entire billing compliance process. Understanding the types of trials taking place while vetting their effect on your program will help you move toward a positive audit plan and review the revenue integrity as you progress. With the slowdown of some studies due to...

  24. Fight corruption and fraud with data and technology

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author: Parth Chanda  | Published: July 2020 

    Corruption and fraud cost companies dearly, upwards of 5% of annual revenue according to some estimates.[1] Beyond monetary costs, corruption and fraud damage a company’s brand, erode its organizational culture, and hurt the consumers and countries that a company strives to serve and support...

  25. Meet Blair Marks: The best defense is training

    CEP Magazine - July 2020  | Author:  Adam Turteltaub  | Published: July 2020 

    Blair Marks, CCEP, Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland, USA...