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Board Leadership Series: Corporate Compliance

This video provides board of directors, leaders, and physicians a basis to understand what a corporate compliance program is and why the seven elements are important to include in a hospital’s corporate compliance program.

This video will give you a better understanding of:

  • Why a corporate compliance program is important
  • Introduction to the seven elements of a corporate compliance program
  • Key aspects of each of the seven elements of a corporate compliance program

Video Presenters

Joseph M. Watt, CPA | Partner/Audit | FORVIS

Joe has served the healthcare industry since 1991. He is a member of the Healthcare Practice and is the regional healthcare industry leader. Joe also is the engagement executive for a large number of hospital, physician, and long-term care facility clients. He provides financial statement audit services, Medicare and Medicaid strategic consulting services, and corporate integrity services and assists healthcare organizations with strategic positioning. He manages many client engagements, which includes supervising engagement teams, presenting recommendations for improving operations and positioning, and communicating results to senior management and boards of directors. He also has experience providing strategic consulting related to market position and effective operations as well as affiliations, mergers, and acquisitions. Joe leads FORVIS’ corporate integrity solutions services for clients across the country and acts as the independent review for Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice audits regarding corporate integrity agreements. He assists in developing and redesigning compliance programs, conducting compliance effectiveness reviews, facilitating compliance retreats, and consulting with compliance officers on a range of matters. Joe has had articles published in a variety of national magazines, including hfm, Nursing Homes, and Compliance Today. He also presents on a regular basis and has spoken at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) National Institute, National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference, and other state hospital association conferences across the country. Joe is a licensed CPA in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Douglas Tanner | CEO | Grove Hill Memorial Hospital | Grove Hill, AL

Douglas is a seasoned healthcare leader with over thirty-one years of experience in acute and long-term care facilities, together with nine years of experience in the managed care arena. For the last nineteen years, he has had the privilege of holding CEO roles in three rural community hospitals, one of those being a critical access hospital and the others being PPS facilities. During his rural healthcare tenure, Douglas has served two terms as President of the Alabama Hospital Association’s Southwest Alabama Hospital Council and also serves as a member of AlaHA’s Telehealth and Education task forces. In 1980, Douglas graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a B.S. in Business Administration/Management, in 1983 received an M.S. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Discussion and Reflection Questions 

  • How does your hospital's corporate compliance program compare to the OIG’s expectation of a corporate compliance program and their recommended seven elements of an effective compliance program?
  • Based on the OIG’s seven elements of an effective compliance program, which element does your hospital do really well?  Why? Which element does your hospital need to improve? Why?
  • Is your corporate compliance program operating effectively?  What are the reasons for your answer?

Suggested Activity

At your next corporate compliance committee meeting have a discussion about the seven elements of an effective compliance program and have each member grade how the hospital's compliance program is operating using the attached Scorecard.  Accumulate the scores for each answer and then have a follow-up discussion regarding the scores.


Office of Inspector General Supplemental Compliance Program Guidance for Hospitals.  This publication from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an update to the road map for compliance programs based on the OIG views and the input of various provider groups in the health care industry. 


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