In my years as an ethics consultant, the one question that never goes away is, “What do we do about whistleblowers?” Companies always fear the trouble that whistleblowers may cause, but they seldom take the right precautionary steps. The whistleblower you need to worry about is the one who takes a concern outside of the company whether through litigation or the use of media or both. In order, not to have to worry about these external whistleblowers, you have to learn to love your internal whistleblowers – something few companies do. I write about this in some detail in a recent piece for the Globe and Mail‘s Leadership Lab. You can read it at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/leadership-lab/why-embracing-whistleblowers-could-save-your-reputation/article17858924/ and give me comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first myth about compliance program assessment is that it is an optional part of an effective compliance program. The same sentence in the Sentencing Guidelines that mandates a hotline also mandates compliance program assessment. And, even if program assessment were not mandatory, it is would be incumbent on your organization to undertake assessment. Org […]
We are contacted by headhunters because we know a lot of compliance officers and we know whether they are available. However, it is extremely difficult to help these folks as they often have no idea what a compliance officer does. They are generally working from a job description written by someone in HR who also has little idea what a compliance officer doe […]
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Hear yea! Hear yea! Hear yea! The next hot word in compliance will be UPQUALING. This, of course, is on the model of UPCODING. Healthcare reform is a gamble on the idea that incentives can be given to lower the cost of care while maintaining or improving its quality. This has been tried before with limited success under the rubrics "managed care," […]
Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius recently announced that health plans offered through exchanges will not be considered Federal health plans – and many breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not so easy.What the Secretary's announcement means is that plans purchased through exchanges will not be administratively unde […]