The Compliance & Ethics Blog

How to Avoid Compromising Patient Information in an Emergency

By Inga Shugalo Healthcare Industry Analyst at Itransition There’s no denying that ensuring patient data security is a continuous challenge for healthcare organizations. According to the Verizon’s recent report, the outside activities, involving the loss of data assets (e.g., laptops, flash drives, documents), hacking, using malware and social engineering, account for almost 50% of the HIPAA […]

Michael Morgan on Getting and Keeping a Seat at the Table [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub It’s important for compliance to have a seat at the table when a business makes big decisions.  On a practical level, it means compliance can help the business team understand the risks and respond to them appropriately.  On a symbolic level, it’s a sign that compliance is integrated into the organization’s operations. […]

5 Critical Questions to Ask About Your Third-Party Risk Management

  By Kristy Grant-Hart When was the last time you thought through your third-party management and due diligence process?  Perhaps you inherited a system that was in place when you arrived, and you’ve never changed it.  Perhaps you’re trying to manage it on an Excel sheet.  Perhaps you know it’s a problem, but you’ve […]

Jane Brown on a Compliance Program of One [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Sometimes the compliance department isn’t so much of a department.  It may be just one person responsible for the program, and he or she may be wearing other hats as well.  That’s the case for Jane Brown, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Business Operations for THD America. When stepping into […]

An Excerpt from The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual – 2019

An excerpt from “Artificial Intelligence in Corporate Compliance” By Adrian Sierra AI in Corporate Compliance Most of the information regarding artificial intelligence (AI) is focused on identifying how it will help across multiple industries. Less is available that touches specifically on how AI will help corporate compliance. Below is an excerpt from SCCE’s 2019 newly-transformed, […]

Six Motivating Reasons That Tend Not to Work with Compliance

By Yolanda del Valle Legal Compliance This article looks at the six motivating reasons that tend not to work with Compliance; there are others, but those set out below are the most frequent. Some days ago, I made use of a business trip to get some time to myself – something that’s difficult to come by […]

Robin Singh on Healthcare and General Compliance in the Gulf Cooperation Council Region [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Robin Singh isn’t that much different from most healthcare compliance professionals.  He works for a healthy system with 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees and over 60 clinics.  What’s different, at least for most of the readers and podcasts listeners, is he does all this Abu Dhabi.  Although the healthcare system in the […]

Australia’s Modern Slavery Act Sets New Global Benchmark

By John Bray Director, Singapore Office of Control Risks Australia’s new Modern Slavery Act, which was enacted in November 2018, is part of a broader global trend of new or impending legislation requiring companies to address human rights risks. The repercussions extend well beyond Australia. International suppliers, contractors and consultants working with Australian business partners […]

Carolyn Barton on the State of Managed Care Compliance [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub It’s a busy time in the managed care industry, reports Carolyn Barton, the Vice President Compliance and Regional Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente Washington.  There are new entrants, evolving models of care and more communication with patients than ever before.  At the same time, she notes in this podcast, regulators are […]

NFL to Hire Director, Compliance

By David D. Dodge The National Football League (NFL) recently announced its search for a newly created position in its New York League office, Director, Compliance.  This is news – big news. The major professional sports leagues in the U.S. – the NFL, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball, and the National […]

Tipping Point for the Profession: Compliance 2.0 Starts with Compliance SME

By Donna Boehme “Lion of Compliance” and Principal of Compliance Strategists, LLC.  Sometimes you just have to state the Blindingly Obvious.  We’ve been spending the last decade defining Compliance as a separate profession and subject matter expertise (SME) that needs independence, empowerment, line of sight, seat at the table and adequate resources to do its job […]

Ethics, Compliance, and Yoga Pt.1

By Bonnie Silvestri, Ethics & Compliance Officer, CCEP Katerina Tapas, Ethics, Senior Consultant, Allstate Yoga seems to fit well with ethics and compliance for us. We are Katerina K. Tapas, Ethics Sr. Consultant for Allstate Insurance Company and Bonnie Silvestri, Ethics and Compliance Officer of Sarasota County. Although we haven’t met in person yet, through SCCE, […]

Compliance and Continuous Improvement – A Natural Affinity

By Tim Kane, CCEP, JD Two roads CONverged in a wood, and I – well, I took it.  (With apologies to Robert Frost) Early in my career I found myself trying to choose between what I believed were two distinct “expertise roads” – one reserved for legal or compliance professionals and the other intended for […]

Gerry Zack’s 2019 Update [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub In November 2018 Gerry Zack assumed the CEO role of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association.  It was the culmination of a well-choreographed and seamless transition between Gerry and long-time CEO Roy Snell. Now that Gerry fully has the reigns of the organization he sat […]

A Tasting Menu for Hospitality Policies

By Ann Sultan, Counsel, Miller & Chevalier Nathan Lankford, Member, Miller & Chevalier Restaurant weeks around the country bring together many people for business lunches and dinners.  On the occasion of last week’s Restaurant Week in our hometown, Washington DC, and the current Restaurant Week in New York, we thought it would be a good […]

Alexandra Wrage on Gifts and Facilitation Payments [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub In many parts of the world, the giving and receiving of gifts is a normal business practice.  The challenge is that gift giving can pose significant risk and constitute a violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act. There is also great risk in the paying […]

I Want to be a Compliance Officer!

By Jessica Vander Zanden CHC, VP, Compliance and Audit, Network Health It’s rare or even nonexistent to hear a child stating: “I want to be a compliance officer when I grow up.” However, here we are in need of qualified and sharp individuals ready to take on the numerous challenges of working in a compliance […]

Christian Focacci on Artificial Intelligence in Compliance [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub We hear a lot these days about Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and all that it can do.  But it’s hard to understand what’s real and what isn’t. Christian Focacci, Vice President, Offering Management at Steele Compliance Solutions, sat down and demystified AI for compliance professionals.  In this conversation he explains: […]

ISO9001:2015 – Breaking Down the Emphasized Role of Leadership

By Carrie Salters Freer Consulting Co. Executive management leadership and commitment plays a critical role in setting the foundation for a successful ISO certified quality management system as well as ongoing efforts toward continual improvement. Executives must provide the structure and resources to set the foundation during implementation and through ongoing internal audits, corrective action, […]

Beth Socoski on Disclosures and Culture [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub When considering whether or not to make a disclosure to a regulator, legal considerations typically dominate.  Beth Socoski, Senior Manager at WellCare Health Plans, argues that one other key factor needs to be considered:  the impact on corporate culture. In this podcast, she argues that disclosures are an opportunity to demonstrate […]


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