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Advice for new compliance professionals

Rob E. Foster ( is Assistant Director of Compliance/ECO/FPO at Parallon in Nashville, TN.

At various national or local healthcare and/or compliance conferences, we often hear about the latest hot topics and industry trends. I always think to myself, “How would a new compliance professional build and monitor an effective compliance program?”

I would venture to say that most, if not all, compliance professionals did not think they would have a career in compliance. Personally, I never went to bed thinking, “Boy, I can’t wait to develop a set of standards for a full-service revenue cycle company.” However, I’m fortunate enough to be in a position and work for a company that I love. If I could go back more than a decade ago and give myself—or any new compliance professional—some tips, what would they look like? Can one really simplify compliance? What would my building blocks be?

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