Corporate Compliance

Tip: Refer to OIG guidance for compliance program fundamentals

Healthcare Auditing Weekly, December 30, 2008

The OIG’s Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Hospitals outlines seven elements of an effective compliance program. The OIG recognizes that full implementation of all elements may not be immediately feasible for all hospitals. However, hospital administrators—especially the governing body and the chief executive officer (CEO)—will contribute to a program’s success by making a meaningful commitment. According to the OIG, comprehensive programs should include the following seven elements:
  1. Establishment of standards and procedures
  2. Designation of a compliance officer
  3. Conducting effective training and education
  4. Developing effective lines of communication
  5. Enforcing standards through well-published disciplinary guidelines
  6. Internal auditing and monitoring
  7. Responding to detected offenses and developing corrective-action initiatives
This tip is adapted from The Compliance Program Effectiveness Handbook. For more information about the book or to order your copy, visit HCMarketplace.

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