Are you thinking of becoming a therapy compliance officer? I often get inquiries by phone, through this website and via email from clinicians asking about becoming a compliance officer. Some inquiries are from clinicians that are excited about compliance, some are from clinicians that are burned out and looking for a new career opportunity, others are clinicians wondering “are you hiring?” Of note, most if not all, indicate that they like to review charts, and have experience in helping clinicians better documentation. Others have experience in facilitating the external medical review and appeals process.
Are You Interested in Becoming A Therapy Compliance Officer?
Now that I have your attention, there are a few areas to begin the journey to see if compliance is the profession for you. In no particular order here are a few things to consider:
- Join the Health Care Compliance Association. A whole new world will open for you. You will begin receiving the Compliance Today journal on a monthly basis packed with up to date information articles from compliance officers, lawyers and consultants sharing valuable insight and expertise on the all things compliance. With membership you will be able to access the compliance library and participate in the discussion groups where resources are shared freely.
- Plan to attend the Compliance Institute in April, 2016 in Las Vegas. The content and quality of the sessions are guaranteed to have your head spinning. When you register be sure to pick up the orange “Rehabilitation” ribbon for your name badge so that those of us “rehab” regulars to the Compliance Institute can welcome you!
- Consider attending an upcoming Compliance Academy to fully immerse yourself in the compliance world. A little prep prior to attending, a lot of onsite study groups and you will be ready to sit for the compliance certification exam at the end of the week.
- Familiarize yourself with the Office of Inspector General’s website. Query the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE), scroll through the audit reports, look at the Annual Work Plan, and don’t forget to visit the OIG’s YouTube Channel. There are also great educational resources for compliance education and training.
- Learn about the “five FACES of fraud and abuse”, otherwise know as the five key health care laws: False Claims Act, Anti-kickback statute, Civil Monetary Penalties, Exclusions Statute and Stark.
As a compliance officer you will likely find yourself conducting investigations, designing and implementing educational programs, writing compliance policies, conducting risk assessments, developing compliance monitors and implementing an audit program. The compliance cycle is designed to detect, correct and prevent compliance problems.
Are you interested in becoming a therapy compliance officer? Have you started your research on how to make the transition? Stay tuned as we will be offering some resource materials and support services for new rehab compliance officers. We want to hear from you.