June 1, 2015
Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (”OIG”) released guidance for health care governing boards (“Boards” or “Board”) in their supervision of their institutions’ compliance with federal health care laws and regulations. This guidance underscores the increasing importance of a Board’s role in maintaining institutional compliance. It advises that a crucial aspect of a Board’s oversight is “asking the right questions of management.”

Boards should: 

• Be active and engaged
• Stay abreast of regulatory risks
• Be aware of how their institutions’ compliance programs respond to those risks
• Understand how problems are reported within the institutions
• Promote a culture of compliance

For more information on the expectations of Board responsibility and oversight, please click here.