The General Counsel and Compliance Officer of any health care organization have a special relationship – not simply to the organization itself, but to one another’s functions. Legal and Compliance have often been uttered in the same breath, as if having blended together in the psyches of industry; however, in reality Legal and Compliance have important distinguishing responsibilities and roles towards the oversight and administration of a health care entity. These two roles, for all their overlapping interests and distinctly different responsibilities, should be the dynamic duo of a health care organization – together, championing adherence to laws, regulations, and standards. It is imperative for organizations, particularly Boards of Directors, to appreciate the differences between these functions and to support structural tools to ensure partnership, collaboration, and independence for their collective success.
Editor's Note: This article was originally co-presented at the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Fraud and Compliance Forum held October 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Published here with permission.
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