OWINGS MILLS, Md., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Compliance Services is bringing its information-rich and one-of-a-kind health care compliance seminar to industry professionals working in and near the nation's capital. In November and December, full-day seminars will be held in the Gaithersburg, MD/metro Washington, D.C.; Owings Mills/Baltimore, and Richmond/North Chesterfield, Virginia.
Early bird registration for these events is already open – and seating is limited. These seminars could not come at a better time, given the strict regulatory environment and increasing diligence on the part of federal and state agencies.
"Our mission is to empower health care professionals to focus on patients rather than worrying about whether their offices and staff people are in full compliance," explains Gregory Ewing, attorney and founder of Star Compliance Services. "I've spent 17 years studying and monitoring the changing climate of health care compliance. I believe it's important to share these insights as part of helping small and local providers deliver the best possible services without fear of costly fines and penalties that could shut down an entire business."
Star Compliance Services designs its seminars and resources for everyone working under the umbrella of Medicaid and Medicare, including physicians, dentists, home health agencies, nursing homes, independent pharmacies, psychologists, physical therapy and health care office managers. Every seminar concludes with a question-and-answer session with Ewing and other compliance experts.
Today, no health care provider, office or physician is too small to avoid regulatory scrutiny. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently meted out $750,000 in fines to Cancer Care Group, a private organization consisting of 18 physicians. The fine is the result of a 2012 incident where an employee's laptop containing unencrypted, personally identifiable health data on 55,000 patients was stolen from a vehicle.
In addition to the enormous fine, Cancer Care Group must also comply with a point-by-point Corrective Action Plan (CAP). Investigators for the government found that the organization had been non-compliant with data security rules for seven years. The surprising thing, then, is that a data breach had not already happened. Health care regulations call for a detailed risk analysis of all security practices, along with written policies governing the storage and transport of sensitive data, especially when leaving the premises.
Compliance also deals with working conditions and employee policies like wages and overtime. Such was the case in a recent D.C. Circuit Court Ruling that reinstated the 2013 Department of Labor interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), as applied to home health workers. Three home health companies had argued against the application of the FSLA to their employees. The Supreme Court denied a stay on the ruling, so it's clear now that all home health workers are entitled to the federal minimum wage and overtime pay.
Star Compliance Services offers a gradual but ultimately comprehensive introduction to the world of health care compliance in all its facets. Every seminar covers the most important compliance areas at both the federal and state level, including Medicaid/Medicare; HIPAA; Stark Law/Anti-Kickback Statute; False Claims Act; Fraud, Waste and Abuse; and OSHA.
Attendees of these upcoming seminars will leave armed with all the tools and knowledge to implement a rock-solid and sustainable compliance program within their own organizations. Most importantly, attendees will understand exactly how to bring their offices and staff into 100% compliance. Star Compliance Services even provides a template compliance document to help anyone jumpstart a solid compliance program.
The most well-conceived compliance program cannot provide total immunity from state and federal audits. To that end, Star Compliance Services provides hands-on guidance for dealing with audits, as well as staff training tips to ensure that adherence to compliance best practices become part of the organization's DNA rather than a temporary phenomenon.
The Gaithersburg, MD (metro Washington, D.C.) seminar is scheduled for November 20. Ewing and his team will be in Owings Mills (Pikesville/Baltimore) on December 4 and in Richmond (North Chesterfield), Virginia on December 18.
About Star Compliance Services
Star Compliance Services is the host and organizer for Medicaid and Medicare compliance seminars in Texas, and a repository of knowledge and trends on the evolving issue of regulatory compliance in the wake of the Affordable Care Act.
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