Facility Compliance Plan
University Of Missouri Health Care System
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Table of Contents
Topic Page Number
Introduction .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03
I. Standards of Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06
II. Designating Compliance Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06
III. Education and Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06
IV. Maintaining Resource Line (Hot Line) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07
V. Investigate All Reports of Non-Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07
VI. Internal Auditing and Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08
VII. Systematic Problems and Development of Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Proposed Schedule for 2008. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Compliance Education Program 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Approved Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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Office of Corporate Compliance
Facility (Hospital) Compliance Plan 2008
This Compliance Plan applies to all University of Missouri Health Care (UMHC) facilities.
The United States Sentencing Commission defines a compliance program as “a program that has
been reasonably designed, implemented, and enforced so that it generally will be effective in
preventing and detecting criminal conduct. Failure to prevent or detect the instant offense, by
itself, does not mean that the program is not effective. The hallmark of an effective program to
prevent and detect violations of law is that the organization exercise due diligence in seeking to
prevent and detect criminal conduct by its workforce members or other agents.”
This program is a voluntary compliance plan that focuses on several areas and aspects of the
health care industry. We believe that the development and implementation of our compliance
program guidance for the University Health Care System well serve as a positive step in assisting
UMHC facilities in preventing the submission of erroneous claims and/or engaging in unlawful
conduct involving the Federal healthcare programs as well as commercial payer programs. This
is accomplished by utilizing internal controls to efficiently monitor adherence to applicable
statutes, regulations and program requirements.
This compliance plan is intended to provide specific direction to our facilities and health care
providers. Our compliance program will provide a solid basis upon which to build a compliant
environment by following the seven components of an effective facility compliance program as
outlined by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Those seven components are:
I. Practice of Standards and Policy and Procedures, Code of conduct as well as policies
and procedures are located on a UMHC internal web-site and available to all faculty, staff
II. Appoint Compliance Officers, UMHC employed Mike Lynch, MPA as Chief Compliance
Officer (CCO). Operating Unit Compliance Officers (CO) are-
i. Hospital – Jointly: Mike Lynch and Darlene Ornburn (884-0632)
ii. Professional Services (PS) – Darlene Ornburn (882-3295)
iii. School of Medicine (SOM) – Susan Koenig (882-2460)
iv. School of Nursing (SON) – Patti Wright (882-0756)
v. School of Health Professions (SHP) – Beth Hays (882-8425)
vi. Institutional Review Board(IRB)– Michele Kennett (882-3182)
III. Education and Training, quarterly education sessions are open to all workforce
members. New workforce orientation and new provider orientation as well as many other
topics are available through in-service, web-based and individualized training;
IV. Maintaining resource (hot-line) for which staff may report possible violations through
24-hour paging, reporting line in addition to personal contact with CCO and unit COs;
V. Investigate all reports of possible violations, all reports are investigated and reported
to Executive Compliance Committee (ECC) or senior management according to the
protocol established in this plan; and,
VI. Internal Audit, audit reports assist management in identifying where there are potential
problems, as well as recommendations for corrective action; and,
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VII. Systemic problems and development of policies, managers are required to develop a
plan to address negative findings, with modifications of existing policies or the
development of new policies to correct non-compliant activity.
This document has been approved by the UMHC Executive Compliance Committee (ECC), of
which the University Hospital, Columbia Regional Hospital, Ellis Fischel Hospital, the UP Practice
Management Group, the Deans of SOM, SON, SHP and MRC have designed representation.
This plan is revised annually, or as needed based as governmental rules changes. The most
current official Facility Compliance Plan is located on DocuShare as a part of the overall
Corporate Compliance Plan at https://docs.hsc.missouri.edu/dscgi/ds.py/View/Collection-459.
If you have any questions concerning this Compliance Plan, please contact the Office of
Corporate Compliance at 573-884-0632 or Darlene Ornburn at 573-882-3295.
Terms Utilized in this Document
o The term “University of Missouri Health Care System (UMHC)” in this document
refers to University of Missouri Hospital (UH); Community Health Clinics;
Missouri Rehabilitation Center (MRC); Columbia Regional Hospital (CRH); Ellis
Fischel Hospital; and Children‟s Hospital to include those professional service
members who provide health care to our patients.
o The term “workforce” as used in this plan applies to all healthcare providers,
staff, students, residents, volunteers or contractors of the University of Missouri
Health Care System and their entities.
o Facility (Hospital) Compliance Plan – „the Plan‟.
o The Office of Corporate Compliance – OCC
o Chief Compliance Officer – CCO
o Professional Services Compliance Officer - CO
o Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – CMS
o Office of Inspector General – OIG
o Executive Compliance Committee - ECC
o University Physicians & University Physicians Practice Management Group – UP
The CCO or CO will provide oversight and serve as an advisor for development of policies for
departments as related to reimbursement/submission of billing with Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services‟ (CMS) regulations. Those regulations include (but not limited to)
regulations associated with documentation issues in an effort to avoid overpayment situations
for government payers as well as State of Missouri‟s statues and each facility‟s Bylaws. The
CCO/CO will ensure our workforce have the opportunity to review the criteria as designed
within this plan; and that they attest to their knowledge, understanding of, and agreement to
comply with said policies and regulations. UMHC coding and billing staff will be asked to sign
an acknowledgment card stating that they understand it is their responsibility to report
possible non-compliant activity associated with claims submission.
Facility billing and related areas of compliance oversight will be the responsibility of the
CCO/CO and/or assignee. Therefore, OCC has the authority to access all information
necessary to ensure appropriate auditing / monitoring of facility fee billing and may utilize
internal or external legal counsel as necessary. (See Corporate Compliance Policy CC-1.).
The CO will report issues requiring corrective action to the Executive Compliance Committee,
as necessary. The CO will participate in the Compliance Forum as a member and on the
Executive Compliance Committee as a non-voting member. The CO will also convene any ad
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hoc committee(s) as deemed necessary to attain overall compliance within the claims
submission arena. (example: risk assessment committee).
The CCO will provide at least annual reports to the Executive Compliance Committee and to
the CEO describing non-compliant activities identified, and actions taken to correct those
issues. Corrective actions may include; educational programs, additional auditing/monitoring
processes, and/or recommendations for on-going correction. For those non-compliant issues,
a corrective action report will be forwarded to the CEO, Director of the facility involved and/or
other senior management team as appropriate.
Service line/department specific reports will be provided to the manager and their associate
director. For those non-compliant activities that require immediate attention, the CEO, CFO
and/or senior management along with counsel‟s office will be notified. Other individuals may
be included when necessary to protect our health care system.
Ongoing Maintenance of the Plan
Ongoing maintenance for the Plan will include development of additional components and/or
revision to any portion of the Plan due to changes in the government rules, regulations and
guidance and/or the way we conduct business and/or other unforeseen items.
Any modifications to the compliance program which are necessary to ensure conformance
with legal and regulatory standards must be approved by the ECC either at a regularly
scheduled meeting or by an electronic vote of the majority.
The Executive Compliance Committee consists of the chairperson, the Chief Compliance
Officer (CCO), and voting members. Voting members are the Chief Executive Officer (CEO);
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), MRC Director, Chief Quality
Officer, UP Practice Chairman/Director, Dean of School of Medicine, Dean of School of
Nursing, Dean of School of Health Professions, and legal counsel serving in ex-officio
capacity. The PS Compliance Officer will also attend as non-voting member. The ECC
meets on a quarterly basis with emergency sessions as necessary.
The Compliance Forum consists of Compliance Officers from each of the operating units
along with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer and the IRB Compliance Officer. The
CCO will serve as Chair. Each member is expected to report issues and/or concerns to this
Forum for discussion. Recommendations on issues or concerns may be developed and
presented to the ECC for action. The Forum will meet monthly except for those months when
the ECC meets.
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THE FACILITY COMPLIANCE PLAN
I. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The UMHC has implemented a formal „Code of Conduct‟ that must be renewed on an annual
basis. Each faculty, professional and staff member is required to annually demonstrate their
proficiency for the code of conduct by on-line testing or attending an in-service educational
session. New faculty, professional and staff are provided the Code of Conduct during orientation
and required to attend an in-person presentation or to be tested on-line.
The on-line address for physicians, residents and Non-physician Practitioner‟s is:
http://umhc.ehealthcareit.net/ and select Code of Conduct. This takes about 15 minutes to
complete and is an annual requirement. Scores will be recorded automatically, no further action is
required. For other workforce, the on-line address is: http://ced.muhealth.org/
Coding standards are established and are posted on the DocuShare (shared drive), all staff have
access to this information at https://docushare.umh.edu/dsweb/View/Collection-2018.
DocuShare also contains a link to the University Collected Rules where workforce is encouraged
to review and follow all guidances. These may be reviewed at
https://docushare.umh.edu/dsweb/View/Collection-142. Each facility has Medical Staff Bylaws
that must be reviewed and followed as well. Bylaws and rules and regulations may be reviewed
on DocuShare at https://docushare.umh.edu/dsweb/.
II. DESIGNATED COMPLIANCE OFFICERS
The Chief Compliance Officer is Mike Lynch, MPA. He provides direct oversight of the Office of
Corporate Compliance staff and performs a coordinating role for the operating unit compliance
officers listed on page 3. Responsibility for facility compliance activities is shared by the CCO and
The CO is Darlene Ornburn, PhD and has a relationship with Missouri Rehabilitation Center
(MRC) in their professional and facility billing compliance activities. She has direct oversight of
compliance auditing related to claims submission, investigation of non-compliant activity,
processes and procedures, related to CMS, OIG and other regulatory guidance.
III. EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The CCO/CO assumes the responsibility in the development of curricula to address practice
management issues to include, training for hospital administration, medical staff, department
managers, staff and volunteers of UMHC. Educational programs will focus on the educational
needs specific to facility compliance.
Mandatory education for all staff working within the UMHC facilities includes the „Code of
Conduct‟. Code of Conduct material is distributed by OCC and is updated annually. Compliance
proficiency testing is required of all workforce who work at the UMHC.
Code of Conduct material is distributed by OCC and is updated annually. Testing is
required of all employees, faculty and professional staff who work at the University
Healthcare System. See section on Code of Conduct.
The Compliance Office staff will respond to other educational needs through a quarterly open
education for all workforce. OCC will continue to provide monthly education sessions for the
coding and billing staff, as well as encourage in-person and electronic learning whenever
possible. Our office also publishes a monthly electronic newsletter that addresses changes in the
regulatory environment as well as prints articles that relate to questions asked of our analysts.
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Compliance education program proposed for year 2008 may be reviewed beginning on page 16
of this document. This program in its entirety may be viewed on our web-site:
The OCC staff will review information and/or materials received from workshops, seminars and
teleconferences prior to implementation. Contact the OCC office when such information is
received at 884-0632.
IV. MAINTAINING RESOURCE (HOT LINE)
The OCC provides a mechanism for workforce members to raise questions and receive
appropriate guidance concerning facility billing and compliance concerns.
Compliance “hot line” (573-884-1729)
Toll free “hot line” (877-201-3146)
University of Missouri “hot line” (866-447-9821)
24-hour pager (573-441-7837)
Contact the Chief Compliance Officer on cell 819-0309
Contact the PS Compliance Officer (573-882-3295)
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
OCC conducts interviews and compliance discussions throughout the year and encourages staff
to be proactive in reporting possible non-compliant activity. Our reporting numbers and contact
information is distributed on note pad, pens, various tools developed, business cards, and during
V. INVESTIGATE ALL REPORTS OF POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS
The OCC will respond to all reports received on suspected non-compliance by initiating an
appropriate investigation. The investigations may be performed in cooperation with other
divisions and/or departments within the UMHC as deemed appropriate by the CCO and/or CO.
Workforce may be subject to disciplinary action, when or if they are directly responsible for
violation of billing standards, or when they are responsible for detecting conduct by another
individual who violates the billing standards, of which they could have “reasonably been
expected” to detect such behavior. Any workforce member who identifies a non-compliant activity
should immediately contact their manager, supervisor, the compliance office, or call the resource
line/ 24-hour paging number. (See Policy CC1 and CC7.)
All such reports will be held in confidence and every effort will be made to protect the identity of
the reporter. No retaliatory action will be taken against any workforce member for reporting in
good faith possible compliance violations. (See Corporate Compliance Policy CC-3).
Once an issue is reported and identified as a possible non-compliant issue, the CCO/CO will
perform or arrange for an investigation with a report of findings to be shared with members of the
ECC and/or other senior management, as appropriate.
When an investigation is identified to be of a grievous nature, the ECC membership, in
collaboration with appropriate senior leadership and/or legal counsel, may make recommendation
on a process for corrective action. Less severe violations will follow OCC‟s routine audit
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VI. INTERNAL AUDITING AND MONITORING
The OCC objective is to establish an ongoing integrated evaluation process in an effort to
establish standards and procedures that are current and accurate, and will also assist in ensuring
that the compliance program is working. The OCC‟s goal is to identify areas within the
organization at risk for noncompliance with state and federal regulations through internal audits.
The OCC performs two types of audits in accordance with the Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Effective Compliance Guidance:
1. Regulations and standards
2. Claims submission review
The facility compliance program also participates and assists in HIPAA compliance reviews.
Note: Our analysts apply a modified version of the OIG’s Auditing Standards as
the basis for all audits undertaken.
General Standards for Auditing
There are four general standards for conducting audits that apply to UMHC facilities:
1. Qualifications of OCC auditors:
OCC auditors are experienced, knowledgeable and skilled in the areas necessary to
conduct audits. OCC auditors are professionally certified in quality, coding and
compliance standards. OCC auditors receive continuing education each year to maintain
their professional skills and knowledge necessary to conduct audits.
2. Independence is maintained in all audits processed through OCC.
OCC auditors are responsible for maintaining independence so that opinions, judgments,
and recommendations are viewed as impartial by third parties. Audit staff is located
organizationally at the corporate level and do not report to service lines, departments or
divisions being audited.
Note: Should an auditor have an apparent conflict of interest, he or she will
withdraw from the audit.
3. Due Professional Care is taken on all audit processes:
The OCC uses auditing principals in accordance with generally accepted government
auditing standards and are reflected in audit reports. It is also the responsibility of the
auditor to use sound professional judgment in determining standards that apply to
specific topics under investigation.
Note: Our audit team meets prior to beginning an audit process to research any
new or revised rule associated with the audit criteria.
4. Quality Control is conducted on all audit findings:
The OCC has an internal quality control process to assure that it has adopted and is
following applicable audit standards, policies, procedures, and also undergoes quality
control standards to assure accuracy of the information being collected, analyzed and
Note: All findings are evaluated to assure they meet required elements with
federal, state and local guidelines. When there is a question, assistance is
sought from legal counsel, or other regulatory representative.
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The OCC utilizes four variations of audit processes. These include but are not limited to:
1. Routine Audits encompass multiple regulatory issues within a single hospital service line,
clinical department, division or clinic. OCC periodically audits each unit within UMHC.
During this process, we analyze claims submission, templates are reviewed, interviews
are conducted with key staff members, and audits are performed for HIPAA compliance.
2. Tracer Audits look at an individual patient throughout the course of a hospital inpatient
admission. Patient records for this audit will be collected according to the nursing unit to
which the patient was originally admitted. Information reviewed may include an itemized
bill, medical records, pharmacy records, medication records, electronic medical record,
hard copy medical record, and other billing information. Interviews may be conducted
with key workforce members involved in the care or billing of this patient.
3. Focused Audit are initiated by complaint, request, findings from another classification of
audit, or emerging issues or trends as seen in industry journals or CMS advisories. The
scope of these audits is specific to the concerns identified.
4. Follow-Up Audits are audits performed for which a CAP was accepted by OCC for a
previous audit. This allows OCC overview and oversight of the monitoring process, and
assures that appropriate interventions or corrective actions were implemented and are
effective. Follow-up reports will be developed and provided to leadership previously
identified. Continued negative findings will need to be addressed in a revised CAP
modified by the service line, department/division. The CAP must be submitted to OCC for
approval. The OCC will work closely with the service line, department/division to assure
compliance has been achieved.
5. Regulatory Audits are determined annually by OCC administration, or by CMS as
required under any future Plans of Corrections filed in response to a CMS survey. Other
Regulatory Agencies may request audits be conducted to assure compliance with rules
and regulations. These audits are specific to the concerns identified.
Finding and Observation Report
A report with our findings and observations will be provided to the service line,
Department/Division Manager, Department Chair(s), and/or Senior Staff. All negative findings
identified within a service line, department/division are required to be addressed in a CAP that is
developed by the service line, department/division. The CAP must be submitted to OCC for
approval. OCC works with the department on education and development of tools to assist with
Note: After implementation of corrective action plans, a follow-up audit will be conducted
to assure compliance has been achieved. If areas of non compliance continue, a
modified corrective action plan must be submitted to the OCC addressing the areas of
continued noncompliance followed by another audit. The OCC will work closely with
these department and divisions to correct the areas of continued non-compliance.
Steps for Facility Audits
The OCC developed standardized processes for the development of the focus and scope of
facility audits. The audit plan is the first step in an audit after the issue or topic has been
established. Regardless of the type of audit being undertaken, universal audit steps are
developed to assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of compliance issues
and topics. The steps are as follows:
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Development of Audit Plan
Issue identified for investigation. Issues can be identified in various ways that may
include but are not limited to complaints, requests, new guidelines or regulations,
resource line, OIG work plan, findings or observations from another project, probe audits,
change in rules or regulations, mandated by government agency or identified by billing
Audit team assigned and discussion group meets to formulate audit plan. Once a topic or
issue is identified, a Team Leader is assigned to the issue. The Facility Team meets to
discuss and make plans to develop and research the risks.
Research topic for current policies, procedures, best practices, federal and state
regulations, rules and/or laws. Researching the issues to identify rules, regulations and
best practice is of paramount importance to the validity of the project. Each issue must
have consensus documentation or other reliable source of information to support the
billing and/or issues identified as noncompliant.
Sample methodology identified. Sample methodology is identified by Team members
with input from several other stake holders. As part of the planning process, the Team
must identify the population, sample sizes, randomization, data sources, facilities and
Audit criteria developed and tested to capture to objectives of the project. In some cases
where data can not be captured from claims or billing information, a data abstraction tool
specific to the topic must be developed. The development of the tool is based on the
research, and scope of the issue identified. After the tool is developed, it is tested on a
small number of cases to assure the information being captured will accurately reflect the
scope of the project.
Implementation of Audit Plan
Perform random sampling of identified issue; obtain medical records, billing information
and/or any other appropriate audit information.
Perform audit as outlined in the project plan as described above.
Quality control/assurance is undertaken on a sample of cases or audit information being
used for the audit to assure validity of the information. This is performed by the analysts
who did not perform the original data abstraction. A comparison of the results is
undertaken by Team to assure validity. If a discrepancy exists, the CO will review all
information to make the determination of validity.
Report development by Team Leader. The Team Leader will develop the report with
input from the Team. The report will consist of an executive summary, background,
scope, methodology, findings, recommendations and a detailed list of items reviewed or
actual copies of the supporting documentation.
Education is an essential part of our auditing process and is based on the results of our
audit findings. A face to face meeting with service line/department managers and other
appropriate staff are conducted.
o If non-compliant activities were identified, a CAP is required to address each of
Monitoring of Audit Results
Post Audit Monitoring will usually be performed by the service line, department or division
responsible for non compliance activity. The OCC will request a copy of their written
report thirty days after implementation of their intervention activities outlined in their CAP.
Based on the results of that report, additional monitoring may be conducted. In addition,
the OCC may pull a sample of the cases included in the follow-up analysis to verify the
information in the report.
Follow-up Monitoring will be performed by the OCC once interventions and corrective
action has been accomplished to verify compliance. If areas of noncompliance remain
after the initial CAP, a revised CAP, following OCC audit, will be required to address the
areas of continued noncompliance. At this point, OCC will work closely with the service
line, department or division to correct the deficiency.
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The OCC has the responsibility to provide oversight for all billing audits and/or reviews where a
service line, Department and/or Division within the UMHC System engaged external auditors or
consultants. The service lines, departments and/or divisions must forward a copy of the written
report of their findings to the OCC.
VII. SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS AND DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES
Investigation findings will be documented through written reports. The ECC will be provided a
brief overview of our findings, and detailed information will be provided to the appropriate senior
leadership, management or administrative personnel. As necessary, the CCO/CO will work in
cooperation with legal counsel and corporate administration on issues that require mandatory
reporting to governmental agencies. Reports of flagrant or intentional non-compliance will be
sent to the ECC through the CCO. Those less severe findings will be handled by the CCO/CO
with advice from senior management and/or legal counsel, as needed.
Based on the results of the investigational findings, several activities may be initiated to assist
with correcting identified deficiency. Based on the severity of the deficiency, one or more of the
following interventions may be instituted. These interventions are based on proven industry-wide
Types of interventional activities may include the following for less severe issues:
Repayment of all overpayments
Deficiency meeting or group meeting to discuss findings and observations on
noncompliant issues. Meetings will include service line, department/division
management, supervisors, other key staff and from the OCC Project Team, Compliance
Administrator and Director of Compliance.
Education (e.g., new workforce orientation, one-on-one education, group education,
screen savers, flyers, posters, online courses.) Education will also be topic/issue
specific to the deficiency identified.
Work groups/Taskforce may be convened to focus on a particular process that may
cross several service lines, departments/divisions. Workgroups will assist in developing
a resolution to the identified issue.
Root cause analysis may be performed to identify systematic problems and develop a
corrective action plan.
Mentorship/shadowing: Mentorship is one-on-one education by a workforce member
who may be considered an expert in the field and is willing to share their knowledge.
Shadowing is a process where one person follows another person who provides
education on proper techniques.
More severe issues identified may require intervention or consequences, to include:
Mandatory reporting to Government Agencies. This is only cases requiring mandatory
reporting or issues that may be identified that should be self reported.
Repayment of monies to Government Agencies if UMHC was found to submit inaccurate
Self-reporting to criminal and/or civil law enforcement authorities
Self-reporting to licensing or credentialing agencies in areas with gross or flagrant fraud
The OCC will request a CAP for all confirmed deficiencies identified. An effective CAP should be
based on the principals of quality improvement. The CAP should include the following:
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Deficiency identified (area identified through the audit review and analysis)
Steps to correct the deficiency must be identified after thorough evaluation of the current
process. This allows identifying processes that needs to be changed for the correction to
Responsibly party(s) must be identified who will assume responsibility for the actions
being undertaken. This provides the OCC with a consistent contact.
Timeline for implementation and monitoring is also an integral part of the plan. Timeline
should include milestones and implementation timeline on when activities should be
Monitoring process should address how modified processes are going to be internally
monitored to assure compliance.
Results must be forwarded to the OCC for review and oversight. A copy is maintained in
the OCC file.
As part of the department‟s internal monitoring process, the OCC will request written copies of the
results of the department‟s monitoring process and any outside audit report.
If non-compliance continues, additional education will be provided by the OCC and the
appropriate hospital associate director will be notified in a detailed written report. Continued non-
compliance will result in notification to the CEO through a detailed report of the issues and of prior
corrective actions taken.
Intentional violations or high risk violations will immediately be reported to ECC and the
appropriate hospital administrator and/or department chairperson, legal counsel, Director of
Compliance and the CEO for action. After the initial intervention, the OCC analyst will monitor for
In the event that the CCO/CO has a conflict of interest with the subject of an investigation, the
ECC will designate an individual who will assume the investigative role.
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Audit Schedule (proposed)
Pathology Source of Admission Code/Discharge Disposition
OB/GYN Medical Necessity Survey
APRN Main OR observation x2
OB/GYN CRH- IRF
Ophthalmology Unit Clerk Medical Necessity Training
Child Health Development of med. nec. screen savers
Oversight/Quality Control High Dollar
Endoscopy Observation x1
Internal Medicine University Physician- Radiology Orders
Child Health IV Therapy/Services
Oversight/Quality Control Orthopaedic Peak Performance PT inquiry
Travel Policy & Procedure Audit
Advanced Beneficiary Notices/Polysomnography
Main OR x2 & SDSC x1
Unit Clerk Medical Necessity Training x2 sessions
Internal Medicine Ambulance Billing Follow-Up
Follow-up Pathology One Day Stay vs. OBS
Oversight/Quality Control CRH- ER
CRH- PoO (POA/DC dis.)
Clinic Reviews- x3 (FCM- Keene St. x2, Pre-Op clinic)
Unit Clerk Medical Necessity Training x2 sessions
PM&R Cardiac Rehabilitation Follow-up
Neurology GI Lab Follow-up
ENT DME (supplies) 4 floor
Follow-up Psychology/Radiology Clinic Review x3 (Wound clinic, Fairview clinics)
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Audit Schedule (proposed)
Anesthesiology Modifier 25
Follow-up OB-Gyn/Child Health IV Therapy/Services follow-up
Oversight/Quality Control Conscious Sedation Follow-up
Clinic Review x3
Family and Community Medicine Medicare Secondary Payer
Oversight/Quality Control P&O Audit, Clinic Review x3
Surgery Same Day Re-Adm.
Follow-up Internal Medicine Clinic Review x3
Oversight/Quality Control Follow-up Reviews
Follow-up Anesthesiology Inpatient Hosp pmts for New Technologies
Oversight/Quality Control Clinic Review x3
Psych Dialysis- Inpt vs. OBS
Missouri Rehab Center RACC- Medical Records
Dermatology Clinic Review x3
Follow-up Family and Community Med Oversight/Quality Follow-up Reviews
Facility Tentative: Payments to Organ Procurement Organizations
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2008 UMHC COMPLIANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Education for compliance related issues for targeted and general audiences is available through
the Office of Corporate Compliance (OCC). Education is a component of the overall
comprehensive auditing processes conducted through the OCC as well as a focus area for
ensuring all University of Missouri Health Care workforce members are given applicable
instruction in pertinent compliance issues associated with their work.
The frequency and content of the education will be based on applicable changes and updates to
local, state and federal laws and regulations; organizational policy; and need for education in any
given area. Need is identified through observation of practice, results of OCC auditing and
monitoring, or as expressed by individuals or groups involved in a compliance-related issue.
Recommendations for mandatory or required education are made based on need to meet local,
state, and federal guideline requirements and to become knowledgeable of our own
Mandatory education includes:
Code of Conduct
Documentation guidelines as handed down by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) for both 1995 and 1997
UMHC Policies and Procedures
Certain web-based compliance instruction as required for re-credentialing
Target audiences would include:
Physicians Hospital coding and billing staff
Residents and medical students Hospital department managers
Department Administrators New staff for any of the above
Hospital Associate Directors positions
Physician coding and billing staff
DEFINITION OF COMPLIANCE EDUCATION AND EDUCATION FOR UMHC
Compliance education and education within our organization is defined as:
In-services as requested
Pre-scheduled education for targeted groups
Monthly meetings (e.g. Updates for Coding and Billing Staff)
Ad hoc meetings
Distribution of third party payer bulletins and information (e.g. CMS updates, etc.)
Compliance information on internal website
On-the-job education (e.g. education provided at the department or clinic level)
New Staff Orientation
Telephone conferences with carriers
A good faith effort will be made to document all education and educational materials so both the
content and the attendee information is easily accessible for both internal and external review.
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Identified Education Needs
Education needs will be identified through:
Compliance Reporting Line calls Questions received from employees
Risk Assessment Tool Provider and employee requests
Automated Audit Tool Information from audits (both E/M
Payer bulletins documentation audits and other types of
Program memorandums audits)
Education Plan Design
Groups have been identified for targeted education (see Education for Targeted Audiences
A targeted education plan has been developed for these groups. This education is in the
form of lecture/classroom education and in some cases, computer based education.
Education topics for each group has been identified to target their specific needs (see Education
for Targeted Audiences section).
Schedule education dates and times.
Schedule rooms / locations for education.
Education could be scheduled so it is frequent, but limited to small components so
compliance is continuously kept in front of employees.
Identify subject matter.
Involve subject matter experts to develop content.
Create appropriate means of delivery; handouts, power point presentations, etc.
Maintain a Central File of Course Materials
Maintain a central file of the original paper handouts, slides, and overheads for ease of
Maintain a central file of handouts, slides, overheads, etc. on the shared network drive when
electronic copies are available.
Provide the Education
Capture attendance at each event by providing a sign-in sheet.
Be aware of the audience. Provide the intended information using appropriate examples and
Provide education as scheduled as well and in response to impromptu requests
EVALUATE EDUCATION FOR EFFECTIVENESS
Provide evaluations of the session for staff at the time of education.
Administer test or ask attendees to provide return demonstrations (where appropriate) so you
know they understand how to do the task and to indicate that they understood the
Examine the results of the tests and/or return demonstrations given at the time of the
education to see if remediation is needed.
Spot-check with supervisors to see if attendees are using the information effectively on the
Do follow-up audits to verify education effectiveness.
Look at trends such as payer denials and follow-up audits to see if education had a positive
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Provide Corrective Action (as needed)
If education has not been effective, create a corrective action plan. This might include:
Talk to or survey the participants to identify reasons the information presented has not been
incorporated into practice.
Re-educate (if material wasn‟t communicated effectively).
Evaluate policies for appropriateness.
DOCUMENT EDUCATION IN DATABASE & IN PAPER FILE
Document attendance in the appropriate learning management system to update transcripts
of individuals in attendance.
Place sign in sheet in a central file.
Run education reports on a monthly basis for Compliance Officers, Corporate Compliance
Officer, Executive Committee, and Administration.
Run end of year education report.
Assessment and Evaluation of Education Programs
Assessment of the education programs will be ongoing. Suggestions for improving the program
can be derived from several sources such as:
Feedback through evaluations.
Audit and reimbursement staff (hospital & UP).
Compliance Office staff and Corporate Compliance Officer.
Regulatory standards groups within the organization.
Other sources (e.g. current information from list serve, OIG work plan, etc.)
EDUCATION FOR TARGETED AUDIENCES
Compliance Education for Physicians
Physicians at Teaching Hospital guidelines Stark Laws
(PATH) Kickback regulations
E/M Documentation Guidelines Exclusion rules
Non-physician billing Verbal orders
Medical necessity / ABN Completion of the medical record
Observation Codes HIPAA
72-hour Rule Corporate Compliance
Compliance Education for Department Administrators and Hospital Associate Directors
Physicians at Teaching Hospital (PATH) Signatures
E/M Documentation Guidelines Fraud and Abuse (specific examples e.g.
Non-physician billing changing the code for the payment after the
Medical necessity / ABN fact)
Modifiers Handling of Complaints (Preventing
Observation Codes Whistleblowers)
72-Hour Rule HIPAA
Completion of the medical record
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Compliance Education for Billers and Coders
Corporate Compliance Observations Codes
Physicians at Teaching Hospital guidelines 72-Hour Rule
Fraud and Abuse Non-physician billing
E/M Documentation Guidelines Medical Necessity
Hospital Department Managers
Corporate Compliance Signatures
Medicare Intermediary guidelines MSP Survey
Medical Necessity / ABN and HINN Non-physician billing
Observation Codes Overpayments
72-Hour Rule Fraud and Abuse
Kickback regulations Handling of complaints
Exclusion rules HIPAA
All Other Members of the Workforce
Code of Conduct
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Effective 1-1-2004 JCAHO expects all prescribers and hospital staff to discontinue use of the
following prohibited abbreviations:
U for unit (write "unit")
Reason: “U” can be mistaken as zero, four or cc.
IU for International Unit (write "international unit")
Reason: “IU” can be mistaken as IV (intravenous) or 10 (ten).
Q.D. for once daily (write "daily")
Q.O.D. for every other day (write "every other day")
Reason: Mistaken for each other. The period after the Q can be mistaken for an "I" and the "O"
can be mistaken for "I".
trailing zero (e.g., "2.0 mg") (write "2 mg")
lack of leading zero (e.g., ".25 mg") (write "0.25 mg)
Reason: Decimal point is missed.
MS for either morphine sulfate or magnesium sulfate
MSO for morphine sulfate (write “morphine sulfate”)
MgSO for magnesium sulfate (write “magnesium sulfate”)
Reason: Confused for one another. Can mean morphine sulfate or magnesium sulfate.
For the full JCAHO explanation click on:
Policy MOI-07: Abbreviations in the Medical Records may be read at:
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