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A weekly newsletter on the latest compliance issues and how those issues are affecting therapy providers.
Recently on 5/25/17 CMS announced Medicare will cover "Supervised Exercise Set", SET for Peripheral Artery Disease, PAD. This can be good news for therapists and practices who understand how to take advantage of this expansion in coverage.
A couple of weeks ago we chatted about the findings of an OIG report covering a physical therapy private practice, Audit (A-07-14-01147).
Recently the OIG released another report on an outpatient PT provider resulting in a substantial repayment to the Medicare.
I hate to say it but my general impression of owner/operators when it comes to providing compliance training for employees is, "let's keep it to a minimum". I understand the operational side, I do. The idea of pulling the clinical staff to train when there are patients to be seen and there is revenue to be generated in that hour.
This week I'd like to continue along the line of the discussion we started last week regarding ramifications of ethical issues. Last week we mentioned about the potential issues associated when a therapist has an action against his or her license and the requirement to report the action to credentialing entities.
This week we will discuss a compliance topic which we typically haven't provided much input on but yet the potential for losing our livelihood for compliance violations exists. That is a little scary for me and is a very real risk.
Reading about a recent Workers Compensation case in California has me thinking about how we as therapists in private practice distinguish ourselves to our referral sources, our payors, and the communities we serve.
I am not sure about you but I am excited to see the spring flowers starting to bloom and the prospects of cleaning up the yard. Just to be outside after the cold winter is exhilarating. Spring also brings to mind the end of another school year.
In this week's edition, we will continue to talk about some of the courses attended at our recent compliance conference.
Today we continue our update from our compliance conference with a HIPAA update from OCR. The update was provided by Iliana Peters, Sr. Advisor on Compliance and Enforcement at HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).