The reporting mechanisms a hospice uses for its corporate compliance program may be the best defense the hospice has against future whistleblowers. The number of hospice whistleblowers has increased in recent years. An effective corporate compliance program is one of the most critical tools a hospice has in mitigating the potential damage a whistleblower can cause. Specifically, proactive mechanisms for reporting potential fraud and abuse are will help to identify causes for concern as well as possible disgruntled employees. Topics covered in this webinar include: The relationship between compliance program reporting mechanisms and whistleblowers How effective corporate compliance programs can mitigate the potential damage caused by whistleblowers The importance on non-retaliation for reports of potential compliance violations
Introduction and How to Spot a Whistleblower What whistleblower activities are protected and what laws protect them Prohibited whistleblower retaliatory practices Managing an employee whistleblower at your hospice – do’s and don’ts When do separation and severance agreements make sense Compliance best practices to guard against a whistleblower
Howard Young, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare fraud and abuse matters, is a partner in Morgan Lewis's FDA and Healthcare Practice with nearly 20 years of health law experience. Mr. Young advises a broad range of healthcare organizations - including hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, retail and specialty pharmacies, and more - on fraud and abuse, regulatory, and compliance program matters, and represents clients on federal and state investigations and self-disclosures involving False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, quality of care, coding and billing matters. Disclosure: Howard J. Young, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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