Thursday, October 17, 2013

What is CMS going to cook up next for DME providers?

Whatever it is, you’ll want to have a solid compliance program in place.

Now that the Congress has reached an agreement to keep the federal government in operation (for a few months, at least), the folks at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can get back to dreaming up new audit regimens and other requirements for you to contend with.

Speaking of requirements, did you know that 2010's Affordable Care Act will make having a compliance program mandatory for any provider who bills Medicare? That’s right: mandatory, as in the opposite of optional.

But don’t despair, while compliance programs can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive to develop from scratch, AAHomecare has a way to make starting your program easier, faster, and cheaper! Our new Focus on Compliance Workbook, written by attorney Asela Cuervo and reviewed by members of the Association’s Regulatory Council, will guide you through the process.

The Focus on Compliance Workbook provides explanations and sample forms for these important elements of an effective compliance program:

•    written standards and procedures
•    the compliance officer
•    employee training
•    means for employees to report misconduct
•    processes to investigate reports of misconduct and take corrective action
•    enforcement through disciplinary action
•    ongoing monitoring

In addition to maintaining enrollment in federal healthcare programs, the benefits of a custom compliance program include built-in audit support, more effective internal controls, and quality improvements.

Take a look at the table of contents to get a better sense of the impressive scope of this detailed 80+ page workbook, then order your copy today and save with our early-bird pricing special:

•    $499 for AAHomecare members
•    $799 for non-members

These introductory prices are valid through December 31.

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