On April 20th, Daniel R. Levinson, the Inspector General for the Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") delivered an address at HCCA's 19th Annual Compliance Institute. He was his usual captivating, thoughtful self, delivering a few gems for those in attendance. One of those gems was that that day the OIG released a new document for the industry titled: Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight ("Practical Guidance"). The Practical Guidance is an educational resource to assist governing boards of health care organizations carry out their compliance plan oversight obligations. The document will also assist internal auditors, lawyers, and compliance officers that report to those boards.
The Practical Guidance, the OIG says, is the first collaboration of its kind between the HHS OIG, the American Health Lawyers Association ("AHLA"), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors ("AHIA") and the Health Care Compliance Association ("HCCA"). The Practical Guidance provides ideas that boards may consider implementing in their organizations. The document includes processes for identifying risks, tools for improving adherence to program objectives, and effective reporting tools for board meetings. Check it out in your MediRegs product, in the OIG Library.