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As you know, better than most, compliance professionals must deal with complex and cumbersome laws and regulations on a daily basis. But health care laws and regulations have been around for a long time. Even the False Claims Act, which figures so prominently in today’s discussions about Medicare compliance, dates back to the Civil War. We in health care have always been doing compliance but just didn’t label it as compliance. We have watched compliance as a profession evolve over the years and are approaching compliance in a more formal, systematic way. Many universities are offering degrees that have a compliance focus. Armed with a mandate from management and guidance from the government, we are creating and implementing compliance programs—programs that embody and fulfill our organizations’ commitment to compliance as part of providing the best possible health care services.

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