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Effective Compliance Programs Are Important Says DOJ to HCCA

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Assistant Attorney General, DOJ, Speaks Out On Compliance Programs

In the May issue of Compliance Today, the magazine of the Healthcare Compliance Association, there was an article containing an interview with Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, Lanny A. Breuer.  In response to questioning concerning what value there is to an organization’s compliance program, Mr. Breuer stated as follows:

Strong compliance programs help prevent illegal activity from occurring within the organization, and they ensure that any misconduct that does occur is uncovered quickly and handled responsibly. In recent years, the Justice Department has increased enforcement in several areas of white collar crime, so having an effective compliance program has never been more important than it is today.

This is yet another expression by the individuals who are charged with enforcing health care fraud laws that effective compliance programs are crucial.  Now that the Supreme Court has upheld that Affordable Care Act, mandatory compliance programs have a clear path to move forward.  I believe we wil start seeing regulations released implementing mandatory compliance program requirements over upcoming months.


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