A ZPIC audit is a very serious matter that could have serious consequences for the entire facility and some of the professionals who work in the facility. For that reason, it is a good idea to make sure everything is in order and prepared for a ZPIC audit, especially if you know one is coming. Make sure everyone in your organization is as ready as possible, including your staff.
Although you don’t always have time to prepare, it doesn’t hurt to make plans just in case. Even if you know that you face an audit in the future, the first thing you should do is to contact your legal representative as well as the individual or group responsible for all the medical records.
You’ll need to be able to plan for staffing so that anyone who needs to help with the audit can give it their full attention. You may need to schedule extra staff members to be at the facility so that the business of the day can go on without delays, while making sure there are also enough people available to work with the audit undisturbed.
Even if you aren’t facing an audit, you can involve your legal representative. Your attorney can advise you, ensure you retain your rights from the beginning, and help you determine the best way to proceed. Your attorney can also be present for the audit and request documentation to review the validity of it.
Although a ZPIC audit should be taken seriously, it is not the end of the world. In some cases, it’s really just a random pick or a minor error, so your facility may not have even sent up red flags. It’s important to help your team and staff members remain calm. Although it’s business as usual, there is some risk, so it’s a good idea to ask your staff to review all elements of the necessary files to make sure everything is in order.
Essentially, you need to make sure you have enough staff to handle the audit as well as the daily functions. However, the most important thing to do is make sure you have a qualified legal team on your side, whether you’re just preparing for an audit, facing an audit, or planning to appeal. Your attorney can often share information regarding specific things your facility needs to do to prepare for an audit or reasons your facility might be targeted.
Contact a ZPIC Audit Lawyer Today
It’s important for your business that you make sure everyone is prepared in the event of a ZPIC audit. This could mean extra training or self-assessment, or it could mean helping your staff remain calm throughout the audit.
In any event, you have a much better chance of successfully managing an audit, if you have an experienced attorney in your corner. Contact Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP at (888) 727-5159 or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential consultation.