Harmony Healthcare International Ushers In “2015: Year of Compliance”

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Company Launches New Educational and Consulting Focus on Compliance

“2015 brings an increased attention and a sharper focus from the OIG on compliance issues in the post-acute industry.”

Harmony Healthcare International, the leader in long term care reimbursement, operations and compliance consulting, as well as training and education programs and talent management, announces today an intensified commitment to compliance education and training for both company clients and employees.

“2015 brings an increased attention and a sharper focus from the OIG on compliance issues in the post-acute industry,” said Kris Mastrangelo OTR/L, LNHA, MBA, President and CEO of Harmony Healthcare International, “We, at Harmony, believe that by preparing our clients to address compliance issues and helping them to create compliant environments, we are ensuring the best quality of care for patients.”

Harmony Healthcare International will launch, throughout 2015, a new two day course, “HHI MDS Academy: The Critical Role of the MDS Coordinator”.    Geared towards MDS Coordinators, Directors of Nursing, Administrators, Nursing Unit Managers, State Surveyors and Auditors, this course offers contact hours for administrators and nurses. In response to the need for better compliance education, a new Corporate Compliance Program section has been added to the current MDS Section Intent and Accurate Coding, MDS 3.0 Assessment Scheduling and Accurate RUG-IV calculation sections.

“In the new compliance section we will discuss Whistleblowers and the False Claim Act, the Seven Elements of a Compliance Program and PEPPER: A Great Place to Start,” said Beckie Dow, Vice President of Field Operations, Harmony Healthcare International and course instructor. “We want to make sure that attendees have the tools at hand to address, correct and build a compliant environment at their facilities.”

The 2015 HHI MDS Academy will visit 9 US locations from February through October. For a complete listing, registration, course details and fees, visit http://www.harmony-healthcare.com/education-training/schedule/.

“For nearly 3 years, we have helped clients understand, complete and interpret the government-mandated PEPPER report which can serve as an excellent starting place to build a viable compliance program,” said Mastrangelo, “This tool is invaluable as a bellwether for identifying areas for improvement or areas that may be red flagged for investigation. Every facility needs a living, breathing compliance program that is part and parcel of daily operations. We can help facilities grow in that direction.” To that end, Harmony Healthcare International offers clients PEPPER analysis, RUGs analysis, mock compliance audits and compliance consulting.    

The company’s consultants and management staff are completing the Health Care Compliance Association’s (HCCA) Compliance Institute course and obtaining certification. “At Harmony Healthcare, we are committed to bringing our clients the best trained healthcare consultants equipped with the latest information,” added Mastrangelo.

For more information on Harmony Healthcare International’s consulting services visit: http://www.harmony-healthcare.com.

About Harmony Healthcare International
Harmony Healthcare International was founded in 2001. With headquarters in Topsfield, MA, Harmony Healthcare International services clients in the skilled nursing, acute care and assisted living markets with operational and compliance consulting, training and educational programs and talent management services. With a staff of accomplished healthcare clinicians who serve as consultants to For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, Standalone and Multi-Facility Chains across the country, Harmony Healthcare International has been ranked among the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for 3 consecutive years by Inc. Magazine. Harmony Healthcare International, “We care about care.”
Visit us at: http://www.harmony–healthcare.com.

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