About the Healthcare Compliance Program

Why earn a graduate certificate in healthcare compliance?

There are a number of key drivers within the healthcare industry, which are requiring a new level of expertise and more trained personnel with a well-grounded knowledge in healthcare compliance. These include market consolidation, a growing emphasis on cost reduction, the need to increasingly manage privacy, security, and risk, and the demand to reduce medical errors.

In addition, because of healthcare reform legislation, an ever-increasing number of regulations, and a fairly widespread lack of understanding about what is required for healthcare organizations to be in compliance, there is increasing demand for training programs.

The mission of this program is to prepare compliance professionals to embrace the challenges involved in the complex and ever-changing environment of healthcare.

Chief Compliance Officer Salary

The 2012 Health Care Chief Compliance Officers Salary Survey reported the "Average Chief Compliance Officer Salary by Number of Years Managing the Compliance Department" as the following:

1 year $96,236
2 years $101,926
3 years $123,140
4 years $105,639
5 years $118,907
6-10 years $130,917
11-15 years $145,089

About Healthcare Compliance

Compliance is the state of being in accordance with established guidelines, specifications, or legislation or the process of coming into compliance. In the legal system, compliance refers to behavior in accordance with legislation, such as the initial piece of healthcare compliance legislation — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), passed in 1996.

Due to healthcare reform and the growing emphasis combating and preventing on fraud, waste, and abuse in healthcare by the federal government, there is a growing demand for individuals with solid healthcare compliance knowledge and training. Healthcare compliance includes numerous challenges and issues in areas such as reimbursement, coding/billing, audits, managed care, physician contracts, EMTALA, HIPAA, OSHA, The Joint Commission, regulations, licensure, and due diligence to prevent and detect violations of the law.

There have been dramatic changes in healthcare policy and regulation over the past decade and as a result, compliance has become increasingly important in the industry. Compliance professionals can have a profound impact on the healthcare organization's success or failure. Legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the federal Anti-Kickback and Stark Laws has created the need for compliance professionals to increase the knowledge and education in this increasingly specialized and complex field. Recent health reform legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has raised the bar even higher. These new initiatives have made significant changes to the laws and regulations that govern the healthcare industry, including increased penalties to healthcare organizations found out of compliance.

Careers and Job Titles Related to Healthcare Compliance

(partial list - visit HCCA's Job Board for more)

  • Assistant Compliance Officer
  • Chargemaster Coordinator
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Clinical Compliance Auditor
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Trials Billing Compliance Auditor
  • Coding Auditor
  • Compliance Administrator
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Assistant
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Consultant
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Compliance Project Specialist
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Compliance Training Educator
  • Corporate Responsibility Coordinator
  • Data Security Analyst
  • Environmental Health & Safety Officer
  • Health Care Fraud Data Analyst
  • Health Plan Auditor
  • HIM Manager/ Director
  • Information Security Officer
  • Internal Auditor
  • Internal Review Board (IRB) Coordinator
  • Medicare Billing Manager
  • Medicare Compliance Analyst
  • Nurse Auditor
  • Pharmacy Regulatory Affairs
  • Physician Practice Manager
  • Physician Services Compliance
  • Privacy Breach Response Services Manager
  • Privacy Consultant
  • Privacy Officer
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Coordinator
  • Regulatory Auditor
  • Regulatory Counsel
  • Release of Information Manager
  • Revenue Integrity Manager
  • Risk Manager