On March 5, 2005, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) launched its Compliance 101 website. The website contains links to guidance and educational training materials for health care providers, practitioners and suppliers.
The site contains segment-specific compliance guidance for nursing facilities, ambulance suppliers, physician practices, etc. Although the materials are from 1998-2008, the compliance program guidance is still relevant and details the high-risk areas for each health care segment.
The Compliance 101 site links to provider compliance education materials, including Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (“HEAT”) video and audio podcasts, HEAT webcast modules, and presentation materials on such topics as fraud and abuse and health reform.
Also, demonstrating that a culture of compliance begins at the top, the site contains a toolkit and compliance resources for health care governing boards. Lastly, the site provides a link to “A Road Map for New Physicians” in helping physicians navigate the complex regulatory environment.
Mandatory compliance plans are on the horizon for many segments of the health care industry. Providers may find this website helpful in adopting these materials into their own compliance training.