Posted by Kelly Sauders, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Entering into contractual agreements with non-hospital employed physicians and other ancillary providers is becoming a high priority for hospitals as they seek to increase patient numbers and keep up with competition. As a result, hospitals are dealing with increased regulatory scrutiny and facing settlements being brought forward by whistleblowers. This furthers the need to evaluate practices for identifying and monitoring physician arrangements. Hospitals should be implementing compliance procedures to monitor
such arrangements on an on-going basis. Including:
Remember, many physician arrangements whistleblower cases stem from situations where someone doesn’t feel they are receiving the same benefits as someone else. Thus, the importance of having a consistent process in place to evaluate and monitor these relationships can increase your organization’s ability to respond to complaints internally, address external inquiries and help you more efficiently do business.