Hello everyone –
Our physician practice is trying to determine the right staffing size for its compliance department. Currently, compliance is a department of one with broad responsibilities for compliance, including revenue cycle. Our physician practice is a multi-specialty practice with 30 providers. The revenue management/billing department was outsourced about 18 months ago. Our HIPAA/Privacy compliance function is staffed separately.
Could some of you provide information on how your compliance department/function is staffed for supporting your physician practice/clinics?
How much work is there with 30 physicians? To me that's the real question. You need to take a look at what's in place in terms of infrastructure (I.e do you have adequate policies / procedures), what are your risk areas (I.e, how much work will we have because we need to do X, y and z) and what is your intake (I.e, do you get a lot of reports and requests for help). Once you've analyzed these factors you can make a business case for your staffing - probably somewhere in the range of 1-3 people I'd guess with possibly combining privacy into one of those positions.
As for staffing, certifications don't impress me. It's easy to pass a test and not know anything.