Compliance with CMS Regulations More Important Than Ever Warns Industry Leader Clear Vision Information Systems

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Medicare Advantage plans and physician groups have been put on notice by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid that stiffer penalties await, including more severe sanctions and fines, where fraud, abuse or waste is found. That makes compliance with CMS regulations more critical than ever.

To help keep compliance “top of mind,” has developed a simple computer accessory imprinted with five essential tips to remain in CMS compliance. Included in the tips are quick reminders concerning standards of conduct, annual training, employee screenings, monitoring of vendors, and fostering a culture of non-retaliation. Medicare Advantage plans and physician groups can get this combination mouse pad, cleaner and screen protector free of charge at .

“As part of the massive changes taking place in healthcare with the Affordable Care Act, CMS has significantly stepped up its efforts to unearth fraud and abuse at Medicare Advantage health plans nationwide,” said Clear Vision Vice President Donovan Ayers. “Today plans don’t just need to have a paper compliance program in place, but they must also demonstrate that their program is supported by company leadership committed to driving ethical standards that ensure that their plans are serving the best interest of their members.”

Ayers has been assisting health plans with CMS compliance for more than 20 years and worked directly with CMS to develop and implement various compliance training programs for health plans and provider groups in California. Certified in healthcare compliance and a national leader in the field, Ayers developed focused Medicare compliance expertise working on Medicare risk activities at three health plans prior to co-founding Clear Vision. He has testified at Health and Human Services subcommittee hearings on compliance-related issues and has been instrumental in regulatory reform and changes related to the Medicare appeals process.

An industry leader in Medicare compliance consulting, Clear Vision works with Medicare Advantage plans around the country to make sure that compliance programs are in place and that there is an effective route to troubleshooting problems when concerns of non-compliance emerge. Clear Vision expanded both software and consulting services in 2012 and announced that for the sixth year in a row the company experienced double-digit growth through a combination of new clients, the opening of new markets, and the expansion of services provided to existing health plans and providers. The company once again recorded a better-than 95 percent retention rate and witnessed a nearly 30 percent growth in clients served.

Clear Vision Information Systems provides Medicare Advantage risk adjustment solutions and strategies to health plans and providers nationwide. Leveraging decades of experience at the forefront of Medicare policy, the Clear Vision team provides an integrated mix of risk adjustment analytics, continuity-of-care strategies and compliance consulting tailored to the individual needs of each client. The “20/20 clarity” and easy-to-implement, high-impact tools Clear Vision brings results in revenue optimization and improved quality of care. For further information, visit .