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Office of Compliance and Ethics Mission Statement

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SOM) and related organizations wish to ensure that their affairs are conducted in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, program requirements from external fund sources, and policies and procedures of Southern Illinois University and its School of Medicine. Areas of applicability include but not limited to: billing of professional medical services, externally funded research, human subject research, fraud, waste and abuse, HIPAA , industry relations, and conflicts of interest/commitment.

The Mission of the Office of Compliance and Ethics is to assist the SOM in meeting its multi-faceted mission of education, research, patient care and service to the community while being compliant with associated laws and regulations, policies, and funding source mandates. The Office of Compliance and Ethics will have compliance oversight and in some situations direct operational responsibility to support the institution’s compliance obligations.

The Office of Compliance and Ethics will accomplish its mission by the following provisions:

  1. Establishing an effective compliance program that is designed to enhance organizational commitment to quality and excellence both to internal and external parties.
  2. Allowing employees to benefit by having a framework for adherence to all pertinent regulations and can assist in preventing and reporting issues related to compliance.
  3. Allowing the institution to identify high risk areas and properly mitigate that risk before they become a compliance issue for the institution.
  4. Providing guidance through the development of written standards of conduct, policies and procedures that guide personnel at all applicable levels of the University and provide the outline for how to prevent, detect and correct non-compliance.
  5. Providing a mechanism for employees to raise questions and receive appropriate guidance concerning compliance which will decrease the likelihood of external reporting. Establishing clear lines of communication for reporting non-compliance.
  6. Providing a process for employees to report instances of possible non-compliance and for such reports to be fully reviewed and acted upon.
  7. Providing a process for formulating corrective action plans to address any instances of non-compliance.
  8. Establishing the existence of an active and effective compliance program that decreases the level of exposure for the institution in the event penalties are applied for past practices.

Candice LongChief Compliance Officer

The Chief Compliance Officer has overall administrative responsibility for all compliance functions and operations of the SOM, including clinical services, externally funded research, conflict of interest and commitment, industry relations and a multitude of other regulatory compliance requirements. The position reports directly to the Dean and Provost and has an indirect reporting relationship to the SIUC Chancellor, SIU President and the Audit Committee of the SIU Board of Trustees.
Candice Long, CPA,CIA,CHC
Chief Compliance Officer
(217) 545-8532     clong@siumed.edu

 

VacantAssistant Director of Compliance and Ethics

The Assistant Director has the primary function of assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in the strategic management and oversight of the SIU School of Medicine's (SOM) multiple and varied compliance programs primarily related to clinical services and organized research. This position manages and directs the audit function for professional fee billing and other compliance areas. This position will administratively report to the Chief Compliance Officer.

Shawn Wilson, CCEP
Assistant Director of Compliance and Ethics
(217) 545-4248     swilson39@siumed.edu

 

 

Mary CurrySenior Health Care Compliance Officer

The Senior Health Care Compliance Officer shall function as the lead administrative and technical authority for matters relating to coding, billing and documentation of clinical services of the faculty practice plan at the SOM. The position manages and assists in the day-to-day operations of the clinical compliance activities of the health care service enterprise. The Health Care Compliance Officer reports to the Assistant Director and the Chief Compliance Officer.

Mary A. Curry, CPC, CPMA, CEMA
Senior Health Care Compliance Officer
(217) 545-6012      mcurry@siumed.edu

 

Courtney LanzHealth Care Compliance Officer

The Health Care Compliance Officer shall function as an administrative and technical authority for matters relating to coding, billing and documentation of clinical services of the faculty practice plan at the SOM. The position assists in the development, organization, and presentation of training and education related to Clinical billing compliance and documentation.  The Health Care Compliance Officer reports to the Senior Health Care Compliance Officer.

Courtney M. Lantz, CPC, CPMA, CEMA
Health Care Compliance Officer
(217) 545-8993      clantz@siumed.edu

 

Brooke WhitlowHealth Care Internal Auditor

The Internal Audit position shall provide auditing and analytical expertise in support of SIU School of Medicine and SIU Health Care’s Compliance Program. The position will assist management in the day-to-day operations, data analytics, auditing and clinical compliance activities of the health care service enterprise. The Internal Audit position reports to the Assistant Director of Compliance and Ethics and the Chief Compliance Officer.

Brooke Mullink, CPC, CPMA
Health Care Internal Auditor
(217) 545-4123      bmullink84@siumed.edu


 

VacantCompliance Coding Representative

The Compliance Coding Representative shall function as an administrative and technical authority for matters relating to coding, billing and documentation of clinical services of the faculty practice plan at the SOM. The position assists in the day-to-day operations and clinical compliance activities of the health care service enterprise. The Compliance Coding Representative reports to the Senior Health Care Compliance Officer.

Elizabeth McDermand-Bishop, CPC-A
Compliance Coding Representative
(217) 545-3676     emcdermand-bishop35@siumed.edu