Healthcare News & Insights

Healthcare providers face a number of regulatory challenges, including privacy laws, malpractice suits and many other issues. Read here to see how hospitals are dealing with those obstacles.

New HHS division will protect ‘religious freedom’: What this means for you

Providers who don’t want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients or offer other services that conflict with their religious or moral objections now have more support from President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But is this religious freedom or discrimination? 

Joint Commission: New maternal infectious disease requirements coming for hospitals

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission will soon have new requirements for infectious diseases transmittable by birth. Any organization with a labor and delivery unit will need to implement three new elements of performance (EPs) by July 1, 2018, to better identify mothers at risk of passing on infectious diseases to their babies. 

9 tips to keep mandatory compliance training from becoming mundane

Effective compliance and regulatory training is a major challenge for most hospitals. In this guest post, Peter Cizik, VP of corporate development at an online training platform, offers nine ways to maximize compliance training efficiency and effectiveness.

2017 OIG Work Plan: What’s critical for hospitals

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its annual Work Plan. The updated Work Plan has several new areas of focus that hospitals must know for the new year to avoid federal scrutiny and stay in compliance. 

New DOJ and DOL rules could change providers’ business operations

The healthcare industry is inundated with complex regulations and laws that most industries don’t have to navigate. But as executives and compliance officers dig their heels deep into ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA and other healthcare-specific regulations, the employee payroll – business’ great common denominator – still can’t be overshadowed. In this guest post, Keith Dennen, a […] [MORE]

2 big HIPAA settlements show why hospitals must protect computers, PHI

Your hospital needs to make sure it’s taking HIPAA compliance seriously, especially regarding its computers and networks. Any breaches or security problems involving patients’ protected health information (PHI) can have significant consequences for facilities – including hefty fines from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Recent settlements show cost of HIPAA violations

The feds are constantly on the lookout for HIPAA violations – and one high-profile case involving a reality show filmed at a hospital shows just how costly they can be for facilities. 

Fraud or compliance issue? Supreme Court hears debate on ‘implied certification’

A case being heard by the Supreme Court could have far reaching consequences when it comes to healthcare fraud. 

Nonprofit hospitals may have to pay property taxes

The future of nonprofit hospitals being exempt from local taxes may be in jeopardy, all thanks to a recent legal decision that prompted a tax settlement for a New Jersey hospital. 

Cutting clutter: One hospital’s approach

With all the focus on boosting the quality of care in hospitals, other problems may fall through the cracks – such as clutter that creates obstructions in entryways and hallways. Ignoring this issue can cause headaches for facilities.