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OIG Offers Provider Compliance Training Videos And Audio Podcasts
Videos Provide Guidance on Fraud, Abuses Laws

The Office of Inspector General has posted 11 free videos and audio podcasts (averaging about four minutes each) on its website. These podcasts cover major health care fraud and abuse laws, the basics of health care compliance programs, and what to do when a compliance issue arises.

The latest video, "A Toolkit for Health Care Boards” is narrated by Lewis Morris, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General. It provides tips for health care boards to promote quality of care and embrace compliance with the law.

The OIG's provider compliance training initiative is an outgrowth of the HHS/DOJ Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team's ("HEAT") efforts. The videos are hosted on YouTube.com and are embedded on OIG's web pages. They provide a three-pronged message about provider compliance.

  • Get the Facts. Understand the law and the consequences of violating it.
  • Make a Plan. Cultivate a culture of compliance within your health care organization.
  • Know Where To Go. Learn what to do when a compliance issue arises.

The videos and podcasts listed below can be accessed at the OIG web site:

  • How to Use the Exclusions Database 
  • How to Report Fraud to the OIG 
  • OIG's Self Disclosure Protocol 
  • Importance of Documentation 
  • Tips for Implementing an Effective Compliance Program 
  • Compliance Program Basics 
  • OIG Guidance 
  • Physician Self-Referral Law 
  • False Claims Act 
  • Federal Anti-kickback Statute 
  • Exclusion Authorities & Effects of Exclusion
APTA

Please note that you may be prompted to login to the APTA site before you can access some of the documents below.

  • Home Health Government Affairs--APTA
  • PTNow - Tools for Advancing Physical Therapist Practice (APTA)
  • APTA's Core Documents
    • Code of Ethics
    • Guide for Professional Conduct
    • Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy
    • Criteria for Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy
    • Guidelines: Physical Therapy Documentation of Patient/Client Management
    • Professionalism in Physical Therapy: Core Values
    • Standards Of Ethical Conduct For The Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant
SECTION MEMBER SURVEYS

You will also find some interesting practice-related information in the responses to the Section's membership surveys. Click here to access the page containing those links.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OR RESOURCES OF INTEREST
  • Home Care State Listings--NAHC Home and Hospice Care Associations
  • American Disabilities Act--from the Dept. of Justice
  • JCAHO--Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • CHAP--Community Health Accreditation Program
  • NAHC--Home Care Online, the National Association for Home Care
  • AOTA--American Occupational Therapy Association
  • APTA--American Physical Therapy Association
  • ASHA--American Speech, Language & Hearing Association
  • NLM--National Library of Medicine
  • Final Briggs National Quality Improvement/ Hospitalization Reduction Study Released
    The final Briggs National Quality Improvement/ Hospitalization Reduction Study has been completed and the full report is now available. The study, which was launched to determine the best practices used by home health agencies to reduce patient re-hospitalizations, was sponsored by the Briggs Corp. and cosponsored by National Association of Home Care (NAHC) and Fazzi Associates. A copy of the study is available from the NAHC website: www.nahc.org.
  • The OASIS Certificate & Competency Board (OCCB) sponsors a quarterly, ongoing teleconference series providing scheduled updates on CMS guidance related to OASIS data collection. There are registration fees associated in participating in these teleconferences and please note that they are not a product of, nor sponsored by the Home Health Section. The Section does feel the teleconferences are a valuable resource to members. The OCCB is the certifying organization for OASIS.
  • Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons (Endorsed by APTA)- Created by American Geriatric Society (AGS/BGS) , this resource includes a clinical algorithm that outlines, step-by-step, recommended evaluations and interventions, and emphasizes the key role of evidence-based strength and balance training in effective multi-factorial interventions. For older adults who have fallen or report gait and balance disorders, the guidelines recommend a fall risk assessment. The resource can be accessed from the AGS website via the following website URL:  http://www.americangeriatrics.org/education/prevention_of_falls.shtml