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Archive for May, 2012

Primary Care Rate Increases in Proposed CMS Rule

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Primary Care Would Benefit From Proposed Rate Increases

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule that will have the net affect of increasing Medicaid payments for some services provided in a primary care setting. The propsed rule, which was published on May 11, 2012 would implement provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires that Medicaid reimbursement for certain primary care services be increased to Medicare levels instead lower Medicaid rates that have been established by the states.  The rate increases apply to primary care services provided by family medicine, general internal medicine, or pediatric medicine physicians.  The increased payment for these services will be funded by the Federal government.

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week 2012

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week 2012

Use Corporate Compliance Week To Increase Aweness of Your Compliance Program

This week (May 6-12, 2012) has been designated as Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association.  Corporate Compliance Week is a great time for you to reinforce the message of compliance throughout your organization.  At a minimum you should use this opportunity to publicize your program, hot-line and reporting system and anti-retaliation policy. 

Some ideas to help you leverage Corporate Compliance Week to increase the visibility if your compliance program include:

– Send E-mail to all employees announcing that it is Corporate Compliance week.

– Release a special compliance week newsletter or alert.

– Publish a quiz about information that all employees should know about the compliance program.

– Release a message on compliance from the CEO and/or Compliance Officer.

– Have a breakfast, lunch or “meet and great” with a brief message about the compliance program.

– Post signs in break and other visible areas announcing Corporate Compliance Week and your compliance program.

– Hold a raffle and have employees complete a brief questionnaire on the basics of the compliance program in order to enter.

With a little creativity, you can make the most of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week.  Your focus should be to enforce compliance as a positive element of your corporate culture.  Reinforce the message that the organization encourages reporting of compliance concerns through its reporting system and takes information that it receives seriously.  You should also reinforce the organizations intolerance for retaliation or retribution against parties that provide compliance information.

Take this opportunity to have fun with your compliance program and put a positive face on your efforts.  Take the information that you learn through the interactions that you have with employees to make improvements to your compliance program.

 Ruder Ware has an active Corporate Compliance and Ethics practice.  We counsel clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, transportation, banking and manufacturing on various aspects of their compliance and ethics programs.  We assist clients in assessing the effectiveness of programs and suggesting steps to take in order to increase program effectiveness.  Ruder Ware is actively involved in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association.  Two of our attorneys recently attended the Midwest meeting of the SCCE.  One of our attorneys is Certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association.

John H. Fisher

Health Care Counsel
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