There are eight common compliance program failures that the government would view as evidence of an “ineffective compliance program,” which in turn results in increased fines, penalties, and settlement terms. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for effective compliance programs was first adopted in 1991 and has been updated frequently thereafter. (1) The Office of Inspector General (OIG) followed with a number of compliance guidance documents (2) relating to specific health care sectors. The result has been that compliance programs have taken root in the health care sector and most organizations have built programs to one degree or another that follow the guidance.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the January-February 2017 Edition of the Journal of Health Care Compliance. Published here with permission.
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