Corporate Compliance

Tip: Get support from the top

Compliance Monitor, March 9, 2011

One crucial element of a good compliance program is having a supportive board and senior management.

The compliance officer has a responsibility to educate and inform senior leaders and the board about changes affecting compliance today. Often, board members do not know enough about compliance and are hesitant to ask, said Kenneth Zeko, of KPMG, LLP, in ­Dallas, during the January 21 Health Care Compliance Association webinar, "Understanding Oversight Liability, Recent Legal Updates, and the Impact on Compliance Effectiveness."

Also include department heads in compliance training. These individuals are often consumed with their full-time jobs and don't have time to focus on compliance.

Go to department meetings; spend time letting them know their role in ensuring compliance across the entire facility.

"The playing field has tipped in favor of Uncle Sam," said Zeko. "As the government becomes more sophisticated, providers should also become more sophisticated to keep up."

This tip was adapted from the April 2011 issue of Strategies for Health Care Compliance. More information about Strategies for Health Care Compliance is available at the HCMarketplace.

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