Compliance Programs: What Are They? – Review of Ophthalmology
Optional for now, compliance programs are a part of the ACA. Here are steps to develop a program before they’re mandatory.
This article answers the following questions:
- What is the Office of Inspector General compliance program for physician practices, and are all physician practices required to have a formal compliance program?
- Who will establish the mandatory guidelines and set the implementation date?
- What is involved in developing a compliance program?
- Do guidelines exist to assist with developing a program?
- What are the core elements in the OIG guidance document?
- What is involved in auditing, and how extensive does the audit need to be?
- Who should do these internal audits?
- What is the role and responsibility of a compliance officer?
- How does the compliance officer check the OIG’s list of Parties Debarred from Federal Programs?
- Are there any benefits to having a voluntary compliance program while waiting for mandatory implementation?
This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:
See page 16.