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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’s 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 as follows:

  1. By promoting a culture of compliant and ethical behavior at all levels of the organization.
  2. By identifying the possible compliance risks impacting the SOM and ensuring that these risks are eliminated or mitigated.
  3. By ensuring that all impacted SOM departments have operating policies and procedures that are documented, disseminated, up to date , and operational.
  4. By ensuring that all impacted community members have the appropriate knowledge, training and resources to perform their duties in a compliant manner.
  5. By ensuring that open and two-way lines of communication are maintained throughout the organization.
  6. Training and reinforcing the concept that all community members have a duty to report possible non-compliant activities and they may do so without fear of retaliation.
  7. By receiving and responding to reports of non-compliance in a timely manner and initiating corrective actions to mitigate future occurrences.
  8. By enhancing awareness and understanding of all applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures through coordinated educational and training activities in conjunction with the various departments and units of the SOM.
  9. By monitoring for regulatory changes and recommending institutional responses to ensure continued compliance. Serving as a resource to the SOM community by providing research, analysis and regulatory guidance.
  10. By conducting both exploratory and issue-reported internal reviews.

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.

Vacant
Assistant Director of Compliance and Ethics

 

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
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
Health Care Compliance Officer
(217) 545-8993      clantz@siumed.edu

 

Brooke WhitlowInternal 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 Whitlow, CPC, CPMA
Internal Auditor
(217) 545-4123      bwhitlow@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.

Vacant
Compliance Coding Representative