OIG’s Big Boost for CCO Independence


Here’s news sure to leave healthcare compliance officers feeling good: the guidance released last week on healthcare compliance programs expressly says that compliance officers should not be the general counsel or the CFO, and should directly report to the CEO or the board. An eagle-eyed compliance officer noticed that directive on Page 39 of the…

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New Healthcare Compliance Guidance


The Department of Health and Human Services has released long-awaited guidance on compliance programs in the healthcare world, a 91-page booklet that’s meant to be a single source of compliance wisdom for the wide range of individual sectors in the U.S. healthcare industry. The booklet, blandly titled “General Compliance Program Guidance,” was published on Monday…

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COSO Guidance for Healthcare Firms


Fresh news on the guidance front: COSO has released a new guide to help healthcare organizations implement its internal control framework widely used by public companies. Nonprofit hospitals and related healthcare firms don’t need to use the COSO internal control framework per se, but they do have plenty of internal issues related to system access…

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Lessons for All From Healthcare Compliance Study


Last week SAI Global released a report on compliance trends in the healthcare sector, with conclusions telling enough that even compliance professionals in other industries should give the report some attention. The lessons and frustrations they feel in that sector might feel familiar. The report polled 388 compliance officers across a range of hospital systems,…

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