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Brittany Tomkies

Why, Why, Why, Why, Why You Should Utilize Root-Cause Analyses.

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Over the past decade, risk management and compliance professionals have moved away from asking “what happened” and “who did it” to asking “why” the error occurred in hopes of developing effective safeguards to prevent reoccurrence of those errors. As a result of …
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Understanding Medicare Documentation Requirements

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   With more than one billion claims processed annually by the Medicare Fee-For Service (FFS) Program for more than one million health care professionals, understanding and identifying common errors encountered by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and other contractors such as Recovery Auditors (RACs) …
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Compliance During the Holidays: Following Regulations on Employer Anti-Discrimination

Melody Saveall Senior Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2018   With Halloween already past and the holiday season just ahead, it is important to remember the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidances on respecting employees’ religious beliefs, and reasonably accommodating them. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 governs these policies and …
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Effective Compliance Training Methods to Increase Reporting

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   A September 2016 survey from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) found that 83% of compliance professionals said their program prevented misconduct at least once in the last two years with 46% of respondents saying their compliance program prevented five …
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Medicare Regulations Compliance for Long-term Care Hospitals-within-Hospitals

Christine S. Kim Assistant Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2017   Due to the inextricably association between long-term care Hospitals-within-Hospitals (“HwHs”) and their respective Long Term Care Hospitals (“LTCH”), or host hospitals, efforts to circumvent compliance with federal reimbursement regulations have evolved. This blog article discusses the ways in which the Centers …
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Impaired and On the Clock: Developing Policies and Procedures to Cope with Impairment in the Workplace

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   Drug and substance abuse has become an epidemic in the United States over the past 15 years, reaching an alarming 9.4% of Americans ages 12 and older in 2013. The human and economic costs of substance abuse are astonishing – some estimate …
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19 Ingredients, 2.2 Million Pounds of Product and $368.7 Million to Comply

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD 2017   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on September 2, 2016 establishing that certain over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products (i.e. antibacterial hand and body soaps) containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed as they are not generally …
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Implied Certification: What does it mean for your small business?

Brittany Tomkies Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law,  JD 2017   In a monumental decision for false claims cases, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) unanimously affirmed the viability of the implied certification theory. The ramifications of this ruling may create additional stressors on small businesses and will likely create additional …
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