The IRS is amping up enforcement when it comes to IRC Section 501(r) in the form of field examinations. The rule ensures that charitable hospitals are tax-exempt and explains the criteria to remain exempt. However, organizations found not adhering to all criteria can lead to hefty fines and audits of other areas such as payroll, benefits, etc. That said, it’s important to make sure your care center remains compliant with this section. Here are some quick ways that you can utilize your Intranet to help you follow criteria to remain tax exempt.Read More >
September is National Preparedness Month, and while it typically speaks to families and home life, we see it as an opportunity to talk about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Especially with the November 16th deadline approaching.
We know you’ve been working all year to ensure your organization is compliant with CMS’s new standards. At HospitalPORTAL, we want to help as much as we can. So as you enter the final stretch, here is a checklist we’ve put together for you to ensure you meet the standards.
Facilities affected by this rule are Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), Hospices, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs), All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Transplant Centers, Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF/IID), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs) Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services, Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities.Read More >
When it comes to your Intranet, a little creativity goes a long way. The countless features your portal offers makes it simple to incorporate new projects, pages, and forums to improve internal communications, workflows, and more. Turn your brilliant ideas into reality (your vendor will be able to help you, too!) Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 Intranet project ideas to get you started.Read More >
Simple implementation and an automated system make a Policy Management System a secure and easy way to manage the documents in your healthcare organization. Features such as inline editing, search functions, accessibility, and more work to streamline processes and reduce risk. This solution benefits each department. Here’s a quick look at what it can do for your department.Read More >
Part of remaining compliant is creating a culture that fosters learning and awareness. With all employees on board and in this mindset, your organization has a better chance of detecting risks and putting well-understood plans in place. This can be achieved with strong internal communications through many facets – and your Intranet can assist you in achieving just that.Read More >
The Joint Commission released the top CMS requirements that posed the biggest challenge for hospitals, ASCs, LTCs, etc. to remain compliant with in 2016. Many of these challenges can be mitigated with the use of a standardized, internal communication system. We took a look at the top challenges for hospitals, and here are some ways you can utilize an Intranet to help your organization remain compliant with these requirements.
Access the full list on the Joint Commission website here.Read More >
Stark Law prohibits physicians from providing a referral to a patient to at least one other outside entity where the physician (or their family) has financial or compensation ties; therefore they might get money for the referral. This is to ensure that doctors are making referrals with the patient's best interest in mind.
There are some exceptions to this law, such as providing a referral within your own practice. Ensure that your physicians are kept up-to-date on this important law and its consequences and that they are made aware of any changes.Read More >
Last month, the Department of Justice Fraud Section released an Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guide. The guide hones in on 11 topics, providing numerous questions within each topic to be asked while evaluating the compliance of a company. Specifically, the questions are posed in a way to evaluate after something has already fallen through in the compliance program, in an effort to bring things back to standards.Read More >
Utilizing an Intranet comes with a number of positives, such as enhanced collaboration, organization, and management to name a few. However, like any organization process or product, an Intranet also comes with the responsibility of keeping information secure and private.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 sets a standard for healthcare organizations in terms of security. HIPAA’s strict Privacy Rule and Security Rule of 2003 is especially important for companies using Intranets to warrant that all private health information is protected from unauthorized users.
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Long-term care organizations have had their fair share of critique in terms of cost and competitiveness. That said, those with loved ones in a nursing home, assisted living, etc. want to know that they are receiving the best possible care. Like any healthcare or medical establishment, keeping up-to-date on policies and procedures is major. Not only does it keep you compliant and audit ready, but it ensures your patients are receiving leading care. A policies and procedures management system can work wonders. Besides assisting with compliance, it keeps documents organized, automates workflow to make you more efficient, and integrates easily with your existing portal or system. Here are some of the highlight features of a policy manager that will be most beneficial to your long-term care organization.Read More >