Friday, February 20, 2009

Upgraded Generator for ContractGuardian's Facility

HARDWARE: Rippe & Kingston recently replaced their Generator at the ContractGuardian Data Center. The generator operates on natural gas to provide immediate backup and delivery of diesel fuel is not required . The final steps are being completed that include the secured enclosure and electrical hookups.
SOFTWARE: Contract Guardian includes a very easy to use Microsoft Excel Interface that is available from within the managed service. It allows an authorized user to access their contracts and manipulate in Excel. Stark Law compliance capabilities is also being included in the software.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Contract Guardian Enhancement for Stark Compliance

Several enhancements have been made to Contract Guardian's Other Party capabilities in Contract Maintenance. The Contract Managers can now search for related parties using a "free form" search and the application will search anywhere in the name field for the occurances entered regardless of case and position. Also, the Contract Manager can add a new related party record directly from the search screen. This enhancement will allow the Contract Manager to more fully utilize the application and assist with Stark compliance for conflict of interest. For additional information see our Stark Compliance page at

Stark Law and Contract Management

If you haven’t reviewed your physician contracts lately, it’s high time you did. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are enforcing Stark and federal anti-kickback laws with renewed vigor, and hospitals need to be wary of any and all agreements made with physicians past, present, and future.

Any financial arrangement between a hospital and a physician or a family member triggers Stark. It doesn’t matter what the arrangement is with the physician or what the referral is because any financial agreement, whether it’s new or old, will trigger a Stark question when that physician makes a referral.

To learn more visit our Stark Law Compliance page at