OMA Newsletter

Best Practice Newsletter - Fall 2012

Compliance Corner:

According to the American Medical Association, a compliance plan should be reasonably designed, implemented and enforced so that it will be effective in preventing, detecting, and correcting inappropriate and potentially criminal conduct. The operation of an effective compliance plan demonstrates due diligence and addresses the issue of potential criminal intent. An effective compliance plan should include the following elements:

  1. A general statement of conduct that promotes a clear commitment tocompliance;
  2. Recognition of the importance of compliance by the appointment of a trustworthy compliance officer with a high level of responsibility;
  3. Effective training and education programs for all professional and support personnel;
  4. Auditing and monitoring processes;
  5. Specific and effective lines of communication between the compliance officer and professional and support personnel;
  6. Internal investigation and enforcement through publicized disciplinary guidelines and actions; and
  7. A process to respond to identified offenses and apply corrective action initiatives.

These seven elements constitute the roadmap for the creation of an effective compliance plan. To learn more about each of these elements, visit the American Medical Association Web site at: www.ama-assn.org.

Watch for further tips on creating and maintaining an effective compliance plan in subsequent issues of Best Practice.

Source: American Medical Association