Watchdog is your source for an all-inclusive platform that can streamline your internal processes allowing your organization to focus on what matters the most; your patients. Our cloud-based solution also provides healthcare compliance education and assists in the medical credentialing process. Our SAM exclusion list and other notifiers will keep your staff up-to-date on provider information. For more information about Watchdog and how we can optimize your healthcare facility, contact us today!
Healthcare compliance can be defined as the ongoing process of meeting or exceeding the legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to a particular healthcare organization or provider. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has helped to define healthcare compliance through their compliance guidance documents. This guidance calls for programs to establish a compliance culture within healthcare organizations. A culture of compliance promotes prevention, detection and resolution of risky behaviors that do not conform to government laws, public and private, payor requirements, and ethical and business policies.
The scope of compliance extends to many areas including-
The Joint Commission standards, and HIPAA privacy and security, to name a few. Some of these have far-ranging implications such as the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Laws, False Claims Act, and HIPAA and HITECH laws that are designed to protect the privacy of patient information. Healthcare compliance means meeting all the rules and regulations applicable to your organization across a broad range of criteria, and that may vary considerably depending on the type of organization and the services you provide. The largest challenge for healthcare organizations and their compliance officers is to keep track of all the requirements and regulations, which can be overwhelming.
Effective Compliance Programs can be defined as those that avoid or minimize risk, including legal or regulatory penalties and potential civil litigation. It can be challenging to develop an effective compliance program when the regulations are constantly changing. New laws and regulations come into play on a daily basis from all levels of government. To avoid having an ineffective compliance program, healthcare organizations and providers should develop effective processes, policies, and procedures to define appropriate conduct, train their staff, and then monitor the adherence to the organization’s processes, policies, and procedures. For most organizations, the biggest hurdle is to track and report on the efficacy of their compliance programs.
Annual Security Risk Analysis:
The HIPAA Security Rule requires that covered entities and their business associates conduct an annual Security Risk Assessment (SRA) to assess potential risks and vulnerabilities of electronic protected health information (PHI).
HIPAA Watchdog is a SaaS and consultant-driven solution that simplifies completion of annual Security Risk Assessment (SRA) and allows stakeholders to identify and manage security risks. The SRA through HIPAA Watchdog covers all 20 Security Standards and more than 60 Safeguard Criteria. Our comprehensive process provides healthcare organizations with a concise and unbiased analysis of your organization’s compliance and security posture.
Our comprehensive assessment includes these essentials:
Vendor Risk Management:
With an established risk management system, healthcare organizations are better able to identify and remediate threats within their vendor ecosystem. This helps healthcare facilities maximize their relationships with vendors and ensure that valuable patient information is protected at all times.