Corporate Compliance

Tip: Designate a compliance officer

Compliance Monitor, April 9, 2008

The OIG recommends every hospital designate a compliance officer to carry out and enforce compliance activities. This responsibility may be the individual’s sole responsibility or be added to other management responsibilities, depending on the size and resources of the hospital.
The compliance officer is critical to the success of the facility’s compliance program. He or she should have sufficient funding and staff to perform duties. The compliance officer should function independently, reviewing and evaluating compliance and privacy concerns within the organization.
The position should involve advising and recommending actions to the board of directors, management, and employees. The compliance officer’s main duties should include coordinating and communicating the compliance plans, including planning, implementing, and monitoring.
This tip was adapted from the Compliance Program Effectiveness Handbook. For more information about the book or to order your copy, click click here.


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