This week, the OIG collaborated with the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to issue new guidance for health care directors: Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight.
This publication is the ninth compliance resource the OIG has published specifically for health care boards of directors, and focuses on structure, communication and accountability. This new guidance addresses:
- Using Corporate Integrity Agreements to design compliance programs
- Expectations of complex vs. small organizations
- Steps boards can take to stay informed of compliance activity and issues
- Including someone with compliance expertise on the board
- Roles of and interplay between compliance, legal, audit, HR and quality improvement
- Use of executive sessions to increase communication
- Strategies for identifying and auditing compliance risks
- Emerging risks, such as quality and new forms of reimbursement
- Employee accountability
This new guidance can help Compliance Officers work with their boards to make sure the communication, education and oversight in place are contributing to a culture of compliance.