Health Care Compliance & Corporate Integrity
Health care is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. Thousands of health care entities have been excluded from participating in federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, for violating laws. Government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) target health care fraud and abuse as high-priority areas to conduct inquiries and investigations.
BKD National Health Care Group has been assisting health care organizations with corporate compliance services since health care fraud and abuse became a top government priority. Our consultants teach compliance in conferences and seminars, write articles published in national journals and consult with health care organizations across the nation. We have developed innovative compliance tools and approaches to help organizations stay out of hot water. Each service can be customized to meet an organization’s specific needs.
Compliance Program Effectiveness Reviews
We can measure the effectiveness of your organization’s corporate compliance program, conduct risk assessments, facilitate an organizational SWOT analysis and provide your organization with recommendations to improve your compliance program. BKD National Health Care Group has developed specific tools to help health care providers evaluate the effectiveness of their compliance programs. These tools include questionnaires, checklists, surveys and other forms designed to identify gaps and flaws in compliance programs.
Program Review & Design
BKD National Health Care Group consultants have developed tools to help health care providers create an effective, customized compliance program. Our approach incorporates the OIG’s model compliance program guidance and regulatory developments. Provider programs developed before the original OIG guidance most likely need revision. BKD National Health Care Group can review your compliance plan document, recommend enhancements and draft the revised compliance plan to incorporate the OIG’s model compliance guidance and other recommended compliance provisions.
We facilitate the process of identifying potential risks to your organization and quantifying the level of risks. We also can assist in developing a work plan to define the scope of compliance work your organization will perform.
Corporate Integrity Agreements
If your organization has committed a compliance violation and is required to enter into a new Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA), we can assist by designing compliance organizational structures and compliance processes to reduce the risk of violations from recurring and to meet the CIA requirements.
Independent Review Organization
If your organization enters into a CIA with the DOJ, it typically must contract with an independent review organization (IRO) to provide independent verification that your organization is complying with CIA terms. BKD serves as an IRO to health care organizations by combining our knowledge and expertise of corporate integrity agreements, compliance program operations and coding and billing audits to provide health care organizations with cost-effective and proven results that meet the CIA requirements.
Training & Education
BKD can help train your compliance committee, employees, management, board members and physicians on compliance issues. Examples of training include fraud and abuse, current industry developments, compliance program effectiveness, board governance and corporate responsibility and coding and billing issues.
Coding & Billing Audits
BKD’s team of credentialed and certified consultants perform independent and objective reviews to virtually all health care areas including inpatient and outpatient hospital services, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation and psychiatric services, home health and hospice services, community health centers and physician services. Our reviews can be performed using a randomly selected sample or a sample that is statistically valid.
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Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc.
“Compliance is my number one focus, and BKD helps me navigate those challenges. Over the years, I have relied on BKD for assistance, and the firm consistently demonstrates health care industry expertise and value. BKD is effective at connecting us to what we need and helped us develop a strategy to get us where we needed to be.”
— Dave Gerwig, Chief Financial Officer
Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc.
Deaconess Health System
“BKD’s coding and billing consultants deliver quick results and solid support for our complex issues. In addition, they provide helpful insights on the various options we may have for implementation. The BKD team has a deep understanding of revenue cycle, coding and compliance that is second to none. Further, the BKD professionals reach out to a broad network to understand the implication to operations of a particular issue and how it flows through our revenue cycle. We have been fortunate to work with BKD over the past several years, and we value their service.”
— John Zabrowski, System Controller & Director of Finance
Deaconess Health System
“We engaged BKD to audit our compliance program—one of the first in the Midwest—and were very pleased with the services provided. We have now engaged BKD as the independent auditors for all Heartland entities, and we have been very pleased with BKD’s quality and professionalism.”
— John Wilson, CPA, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
St. Joseph, Missouri