OMS Compliance Planning

Today’s regulatory landscape for oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) practices can seem daunting with so many compliance issues. There’s Stark, ADA, DEA, Anti-Trust, Anti-Kickbacks, OSHA, HR, overpayments, FCA, HIPAA and Medical Records—just to name a few.

I was having dinner with a new client when the topic of compliance came up. He said he hadn’t addressed many of compliance regulations at his solo practice. It’s a difficult balance between what you can do and how comfortable you are with the risk involved in potential violations. I see this a lot with small practices – you don’t have enough time, resources, or staff (especially experienced, fully trained staff) to cover it all. And you most likely don’t have compliance officers like the big systems. Unfortunately, though, none of that makes compliance an option – it’s the law. You could end up with heavy fines or worse (e.g., jail time) if you’re caught in violation. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a tolerance for that kind of risk, and so I advise practices to take a more conservative approach.  Read full article…