Harris Health System strives to ensure it operates in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
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Harris Health's Corporate Compliance Program is designed to:
• Prevent any accidental and intentional violations of law,
• Detect violations if they occur, and
• Correct activities that may lead to future non-compliance.
The Compliance Program primarily consists of four parts, each of which has certain responsibilities:
1) The Board of Managers Corporate Compliance Committee provides oversight of the program.
2) The Executive Corporate Compliance Committee advises and assists with the operation of the program and supports the Corporate Compliance Officer.
3) The Corporate Compliance Officer directs the daily operations of the program.
4) The staff of the Corporate Compliance Department carries out the plans, policies and assignments that make the program effective in its compliance functions.
Hospital compliance programs consist of seven elements as defined by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The seven elements include the following:
1) Code of Conduct: the foundation document for the Compliance Program. Everyone doing business with Harris Health is subject to the Code and must abide by it.
2) Corporate Compliance Officer: The Corporate Compliance Officer can be reached at 713-566-2332 for direct contact/reporting.
3) Policies and Procedures: written documents describing operational compliance requirements and instructions.
4) Hotline and Communication: provides the ability to report suspected wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.
5) Auditing and Monitoring: involves on-going review of the Corporate Compliance Program and other risk areas.
6) Enforcement: ensures disciplinary standards imposed for non-compliance.
7) Education and Training: ensures all employees can perform job functions in compliance with rules and regulations.