Creating a compliance plan is super important, especially in healthcare. This plan acts like a safety net to make sure everything is done right, there’s good oversight, and everyone’s private info is protected, plus they get billed correctly.
Not having a strong compliance plan can lead to big issues, like fines and unhappy patients when they get the wrong bills or their private info is shared without permission. Here are some important things to do when making a good compliance plan:
- Keep It Simple: When you make your plan, try to make it simple. Instead of having lots of different steps that change all the time, make separate rules for different situations. Like, you can have rules for patients with different types of insurance or those who pay themselves. It’s easier for people to follow clear steps than to figure out what to do each time.
- Have Someone in Charge: It’s really important to have someone who watches over the plan. This person can check if everything is being done right and help train new employees. They should also look at the records to make sure everyone follows the rules and fix any problems. There needs to be some form of accountability.
- Use Special Software: Technology is great for this. There’s software that keeps all the patient info in one place, like treatments, insurance, and changes. This way, you’re less likely to make mistakes with bills or mix up patients.
- Get a Lawyer’s Help: Laws about this stuff can be tricky. There are different levels of information, and you need to know who can see what. It’s smart to have a lawyer help with your plan and keep them around in case there’s a problem. Your plan can also include what to do if info gets leaked because someone didn’t follow the rules.
Your compliance plan could also be primed to include backup measures in case a breach of privacy does occur through improper handling of records. If you need help with formulating a compliance plan, the lawyers at Dike Law Group can help draw up a plan that works best for your practice. Contact one of our attorneys at Dike Law Group and schedule a meeting so we can discuss at dorismeet.com.