Hospitals Settle False Claims Act Charges 14:20, June 9, 2017

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Two related healthcare entities, Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, paid $34 million to settle False Claims Act charges related to services for patients whose doctors were paid for referrals. As part of the settlement, the healthcare entities signed a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department […]

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Maslow’s now-famous hierarchy of needs suggests that human beings must have their basic physiological and safety needs met before they can seek out higher-level psychological needs such as love, self-esteem, and creativity. This applies to the workplace. The influx of Millennials into the workplace, and research about the importance of values as a business driver, […]

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Having a written code of conduct (sometimes also called a “code of ethics”) is important — but it’s at least as important that you effectively develop and implement your code of conduct. When employees transgress it, employers need to take swift and appropriate action to remedy the situation. This is especially true of conflicts of […]

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“Compliance professionals occupy unique positions of trust in our financial system,” wrote Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director of the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). “Compliance officers perform an essential function, serving as the first line of defense in the fight against fraud and money laundering,” echoed Joon H. Kim, the Acting […]

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Doing the right thing when it’s difficult, uncomfortable, or likely to cause social stigma takes moral courage. Our ethics training course, which focuses on overcoming barriers to acting ethically, calls moral courage “the courage to do the right thing in the face of risk and adversity.” Anyone who blows the whistle on suspected company wrongdoing […]

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 Despite Progress, Compliance Problems Still Exist Most companies are making progress with compliance — they have codes of conduct, are working to improve their cultures, and are hiring staff including compliance, diversity, privacy and ethics officers. These companies should be credited for laying down necessary, ethical infrastructures. Yet, despite these efforts, terrible things happen in […]

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Attracting and retaining the right talent is just as important as growth and revenue. While compensation and work-life balance are important, an ethical culture is critically important to motivate talent and sustain long-term company value. Pay and Flexibility Are Good Starts All companies want to find great talent. They will need to. A report by […]

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Whistleblowers consistently appear in compliance news for reporting wrongdoing to regulators like the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reaping big rewards for their actions. For example, the FCPA Blog reports that the SEC has awarded about $153 million to 43 whistleblowers for reporting wrongdoing such as improper records under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act […]

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Discriminatory remarks by biased decision-makers can lead to lawsuits and subvert policy. They may also demand ethical decision-making in the form of a firm but fair response. For example, in late March of 2017 the United States District Court, District of Columbia ruled that an employer could be liable for two “explicitly discriminatory” remarks about […]

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The legal and ethical risks are growing for organizations to investigate and address the human rights impacts of their activities and relationships, which have far-reaching implications for companies operating in the global economy. This post explores why identifying human rights impacts that occur in a global business operations chain is not just the right thing […]

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