The focus on compliance oversight by organizational leaders and governing boards has increased substantially. The expectations for oversight have been the spotlight of new guidance from OIG and a strongly worded memorandum from the Department of Justice, and those expectations have been set high. The April 2015 collaborative guidance issued by the OIG, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, and the Health Care Compliance Association was intended to be an educational resource for health care organization governing boards in carrying out their compliance obligations. The guidance document provides practical ideas for ensuring the appropriate level of Board involvement and emphasizes the need for a meaningful understanding of compliance.
To achieve the appropriate level of understanding, the guidance recommends having someone with compliance expertise serve as a member of, or a consultant to, the Board. Athena’s partners are well-versed in health care compliance matters and Compliance Program maintenance. We can provide the compliance expertise your Board needs on an ongoing or “as needed” basis. Utilizing an external compliance expert as a Board resource allows the members to independently evaluate risk and the compliance efforts used to address that risk.