There are few industries in which risk assessment is such a vital process as in the medical field. There are more lawsuits filed against medical care agencies each year than in any other public or private services sector. Entire agencies such as, www.healthaware.com have been created as a means of improving risk assessment for medical companies, through special software programs and staff visits from compliance lawyers and experts. Still, there are many medical companies out there today who are not doing as much for their own risk compliance as they should, and might end up losing millions of dollars, or even their whole company. In the article bellow we will highlight the issues which health care companies should be aware of for potential risk compliance. Using the following tips can lead to a greatly reduced risk of non-compliance for medical caregiving agencies.
Making sure that all staff members are up to date with basic certification is a huge part of risk compliance, and one which is often overlooked. Risk compliance has an entire section of codes which stipulate all of the certificates which people involved in patient care must hold. Even if a doctor or nurse has a certificate at the moment, if there is a time in the past when certifications were not being met, the problem could come back to haunt the medical agency. During risk assessment, people should create a timeline for all medical care employees which demonstrates their certifications along the way. If There are any employees that are behind on their certifications, pull them off duty as soon as possible and have them get their certifications up to date before they are allowed to return to duty. It is important to keep in mind the fact that while doctor and nurse certifications tend to be the most closely watched, anyone on a medical staff can be looked into in order to make sure they have had proper certifications throughout their employment with a company.
Make sure that your insurance company covers all of your activities. One of the areas which is often neglected in risk compliance is the need to have full insurance coverage for all activities the medical agency undertakes. There have been a number of recent cases in which slight changes in the processes of medical agencies have resulted in their insurance companies rejecting claims. If for instance a medical caregiver has started to offer patient services in the homes of patients, they will need to inform their insurance provider about the change, as an adjustment to their policy might be called for. since insurance policies can often be vague and difficult to interpret, the best thing to do when making sure that a policy covers all areas is to hire a lawyer who can check the situation out from a standpoint of protecting the medical agencies interests. Any time a new policy is issues by an insurance company the medical agency should also have it checked by an expert, as small changes may affect a lot of basis services the agency provides.