Due to expanded regulations going into effect in many different industries, companies are forced to show that they are compliant and have ethics programs in place. These measures are not only to ensure that companies are within the lines of regulations, but also to demonstrate that their programs are working. The healthcare industry is at the forefront of this movement.
Federal Regulations in the USA
To ensure that companies are being compliant and taking necessary actions, the United States has given set regulations to oversee compliance. This blueprint for compliance is the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a framework for evaluating cooperation in determining non –compliance and how to charge violations. There are several resource available for insurers as they strive to assess their compliance programs and to show that they indeed working. Specifically for healthcare facilities, there are more steps that need to be taken for compliance. From OSHA to EPA, healthcare facilities are forced apply for regulations and guidelines.
Taking the Right Steps
Guidelines should often be revised and published, even at the most basic level. Also, a company should distribute the code of conduct directly to all employees and collect attestations that code has been read and understood. Employees should be able to include subject matter questions if there any questions regarding how to be compliant. Logging, investigating, and tracking incidents related to the code of conduct can also make sure your facility stays compliant all the time.