The Office of the Inspector General recently released their report: Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries OIG Report
There is a lot to learn in the OIG report. However, an often overlooked aspect of deficiencies and corporate compliance are managing HR tasks.
In APPENDIX A of the report we have a list of conditions of participation for the Medicare Hospice Program. 2 of the conditions are directly related to professional qualifications.
CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Citation:
§418.62 – Licensed Professional Services – Described as: Licensed professional services provided directly or under arrangement must be authorized, delivered, and supervised only by healthcare professionals who meet the appropriate qualifications.
§418.114 – Personnel Qualifications – Professionals who furnish services directly, under an individual contract, or under arrangements with a hospice, must be legally authorized (licensed, certified or registered) in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws, and must act only within the scope of his or her State license, or State certification, or registration. All personnel qualifications must be kept current at all times.
Furthermore, the CMS Top Ten Hospice Survey Deficiencies Compliance Tip Sheet lists under §418.114 – professional Qualifications, the specific deficiency of criminal background checks on top of ensuring professional qualifications and maintaining a record of those qualifications being current.
Hospice HR pros often have their own makeshift system comprised of multiple folders, spreadsheets, calendars, and a good memory. Alternatively, many agencies, recognizing the risk these requirements pose eat the significant expense of yet another expensive & cumbersome software system to maintain clean organized records of employee professional qualifications.
The lack of simple and easy tools for Hospice HR professionals to store and track these qualifications is a recipe for disaster.
Hospice Tools is the flexible EMR. Recognizing the risks these issues pose to hospice agencies, and our continual efforts to deliver massive efficiencies and compliance, we built out a fully functional HR tab directly into our EMR User Management section.
Check out how Hospice Tools simplifies & organizes employees’ professional qualifications for hospice HR pros!
1. Click MORE and then navigate to USER MANAGEMENT
2. Select the Employee & Click on DETAILS
3. Click the HR tab
4. Click EDIT
5. Enter the information. Upload Attachments/Images.
Click ADD for more fields. Click UPDATE when finished
6. Run Reports & Stay Current
Click on 360° & scroll down to Employee Info Reports
Hospice Tools flexible EMR delivers user-friendly charting, massive efficiencies, automatic compliance and much more!