The roles of a compliance officer: A fresh view of the profession

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Over the past three decades in my career as a compliance adviser and advocate for healthcare organizations, I have been asked the same question countless times: “What is a compliance officer?” Even within a single organization, if you pose this question to 12 people, you will likely receive at least 13 different answers. I have repeatedly faced this conundrum in various contexts, such as presenting to governing boards and senior leaders, assisting organizations in defining the roles of legal and compliance professionals, evaluating compliance programs, and mentoring in the field of compliance. This persistent ambiguity regarding the role of a compliance officer has hindered the growth of the profession for far too long. It is time to address the issue from a fresh perspective, which I aim to do here.

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