Achieving Quality Care
Through Compliance

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February/March/April 2015: Mr. Hoffman will be speaking at upcoming events in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Lake Buena Vista, FL. Click here for more details.

November 2014: Mr. Hoffman has been elected as a Fellow to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional medical organization in the country. >

November 10, 2014: Hoffman A Panelist at the Ernst and Young's 2014 Philadelphia Business Forum >

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March 2015: Using compliance principles to address hand hygiene
As I write this, the country is bracing for flu season to begin in earnest. The CDC has made its recomendations and hopefully, those patients at risk will take heed and get a flu shot. I often wonder why healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are so troublesome to remedy, and why routine hand-washing is so difficult to enforce. If we can’t get healthcare workers to wash their hands, how do we expect them to act compliantly with all of the other complex clinical and regulatory requirements? As a compliance officer routinely asks, "What are the barriers to compliance?"

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David HoffmanHealthcare providers continue to be confronted with multiple challenges: higher acuity levels, shrinking reimbursement, a national nurse staffing shortage, more stringent and complex regulations, and increased litigation. As a result, the struggle to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements often appears to be an uphill battle. This is especially frustrating to owners, administrators, clinical staff, and researchers who aim to go beyond compliance to provide innovative care and services. In some instances, patients in institutional settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, may be at risk based upon the failure of providers to adequately address basic care needs.

David Hoffman & Associates provides a proactive approach to compliance, viewing clinical and financial operations as well as clinical research programs through a legal lens to:

  • create a culture of compliance
  • conduct an evaluation to assess the degree of compliance
  • collaborate with the provider to develop a plan for compliance
  • identify organizational strengths and develop an action plan that helps organizations realize their fullest potential

Creating a culture of compliance is accomplished through a customized plan that includes varying degrees of the following:

  • evaluation
  • education
  • customized action plans
  • discussions with regulators

The development of systems to provide quality care to vulnerable populations requires meaningful quality improvement efforts that systemically monitors organizational and clinical processes of care and is constantly revising these processes based upon clinical and regulatory outcomes. David Hoffman & Associates brings legal and clinical expertise in addressing these difficult issues.

David Hoffman is the President for The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (EPGS), a multidisciplinary group of health professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers and attorneys, and is the regional affiliate of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). EPGS is dedicated to the goal of advancing high standards of clinical care and quality of life for elderly individuals.