Hopefully, you have a compliance program established in your office. A compliance manual collecting dust at the front desk is NOT a compliance program, in case you were wondering. Practices without compliance programs in place that treat Medicare, Medicaid or other federally insured patients are more likely to miss errors and potentially violate rules and regulations. The good news is that you don’t have to be the one to implement the program. In fact, many consultants recommend that you designate a trusted employee to act as the compliance officer for your practice.
With the recent wildfires in the Northwest U.S. and the destruction left by hurricanes Harvey Irma and Maria, providers are left wondering how to maintain a compliant office while facing the wrath of Mother Nature. Every office should have a contingency plan to go into effect in the event of a natural disaster. Here are a few things you can do to stay safe and compliant in the face of catastrophe.