Corporate Compliance

Tip: Support your compliance program with a compliance committee

Compliance Monitor, December 1, 2010

Creating and facilitating a compliance program is no easy task, so the responsibilities should not rest solely on the compliance officer’s shoulders. Designate a compliance committee to assist the officer in the implementation and monitoring of your compliance program. To ensure an organized program, the committee should:

  • Understand the content and operation of compliance program
  • Review actions taken to ensure consistency with standards and expectations
  • Discuss necessary disciplinary actions taken against those who violate hospital policy
  • Review audit results
  • Approve annual compliance program work plans
  • Approve outside consultant hires
  • Ensure the compliance officer has the necessary resources to effectively perform his or her role
  • Report compliance activates to the board

As your compliance program expands, you will need to address future functions and concepts as they become part of the overall hospital operating structure and daily routine.

This week’s tip was adapted from The Compliance Officer’s Handbook. For more information about the book or to order your copy, visit the HCMarketplace.

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