Silverman among the first in the nation recognized under new designation
Briarcliff Manor, NY – October 21, 2014 – Digitech Computer, Inc., a leading provider of hosted billing services for ambulance transport agencies, announced today that Jane Silverman, the company’s Chief Compliance Officer, has received certification from the National Academy of Ambulance Coders as a Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer. Ms. Silverman is among the first class of Compliance Officers to be certified under the new designation.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) has brought legal and regulatory compliance front and center for ambulance transport agencies, and the institution of the new CACO program is one way that NAAC is responding to the challenge. Under the PPACA, agencies, institutions, and municipalities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs are subject to new requirements and regulations around the handling of chronically ill or “Frequent Flyer” patients, new cost containment mandates, and new quality standards for pre-hospital care. The law established Accountable Care Organizations to monitor and control reimbursements for healthcare providers, while also monitoring the quality of care delivered to patients. PPACA also sets up a Medicare Shared Services Program (MSSP), which allows the ACOs to contract directly with Medicare. Providers, including EMS services, that wish to reap the benefits of Accountable Care Organizations will need to examine their processes and procedures carefully in order to maintain compliance.
Having a Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer on your side can provide a tremendous benefit to clients attempting to negotiate this changing healthcare reimbursement landscape. “The CACO training I received has been incredibly valuable to the development of a state of the art, highly professional compliance program at our organization,” states Ms. Silverman. “The depth and breadth of the material presented, along with the strong support of the management team at Digitech, ensures that we have a compliance culture based on solid legal and ethical principles.”
“That culture of compliance will be extended to Digitech’s clients,” adds Mark Schiowitz, President and CEO of Digitech. “We believe it’s our responsibility as a partner to make sure that our clients are engaged, informed, and actively invested in their own compliance programs.”
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