The Oversight Role of the Audit Committee in Healthcare: Supporting Effective Compliance Programs

To be truly effective, a compliance program must be an integral part of a healthcare organization’s strategic planning, ongoing operations, and daily decision-making. The audit committee plays an important role in the program’s oversight. Throughout this article are portions of sample reports the audit committee might receive from the organization’s compliance officer, as well as groups of questions the audit committee should consider asking the compliance officer. Addressing these questions will go a long way toward fulfilling the fiduciary responsibility of the committee and supporting effectiveness of the organization’s compliance program.