Corporate Compliance

Tip: Policies to encourage compliance, reporting, and cooperation

Compliance Monitor, June 4, 2008

Employees should be required to report all known suspicions of improper conduct in the organization. These policies should be enforced through progressive discipline if necessary. Employees need to know the organization wants to ferret out illegal or unethical behavior. They need to understand failing to report a compliance concern is as serious as the underlying conduct.
 
In addition, compliance performance must be an express element of each employee’s job and appropriately reflected in job descriptions as a key duty. Each employee must be obligated by job description and policies to follow the law in all actions, to report each instance of improper conduct of which they become aware, and to cooperate with investigations into illegal or unethical behavior within the organization.
 
This tip was adapted from The Healthcare Compliance Professional’s Guide to the False Claims Act. For more information about the book or to order your copy, click here.

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