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Seven Mistakes to Avoid when Performing a Compliance Audit

Posted by Michael Rosen, ESQ on Tue, Dec 06, 2016

For our last blog in our audit series, we are sharing insights on effective internal compliance auditing.


New to the scene? Check out our audit series:
Hi, I am an Auditor and I am Here to Help
How to Conduct an Effective Health Care Audit
Be Audit Ready - All the Time
You've Finished Your Internal Audit. Now What?


Let’s face it - healthcare auditors have a tough job today. In order to be effective and relevant it requires careful analysis and investigative skills, while at the same time garnering support and respect from departments and people who may see you as the “Corporate Cop.” The pressure is high. There is a lot of importance placed on auditors to ask the right questions and dig in the right places to have a solid, accurate review.

On top of this, senior management and Board of Directors rely heavily upon a compliance auditor’s results to determine where there are weaknesses, areas for improvements, and/or violations of regulations that may require self-disclosure.

Here are seven mistakes others made to gain insight on what Federal regulators (HHS OIG) deem important or  compliance audit.

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You've Finished Your Internal Audit. Now, What?

Posted by Donna Thiel on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Now, What?

So now you've finished your internal audit and have all sorts of new information. Likely some great outcomes and perhaps some that you weren’t expecting. What should you do next? There isn’t one absolute answer but all audit findings have to be looked at and evaluated for appropriate next steps. Some outcomes are more serious than others and will cause a more immediate response, while others may require nothing more than some re-education and follow up next year. Let’s break down some of the possible audit outcomes and next steps so you don't feel like these fish.

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