National Compliance and Ethics Week offers a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of compliance and ethics at Care to Care and in the entire healthcare system at large. The culture of compliance is at the core of medicine.
This begins for doctors with the mandatory Hippocratic oath which is frequently recited at the beginning of medical school and again at its culmination, when the medical degree is received. The Hippocratic oath states the obligations and proper conduct of doctors, laying the groundwork for a career devoted to the care of others through strict adherence to medical ethics and compliance to government laws, hospital regulations, and specialty society guidelines. It is this strict obedience to an unyielding moral code that makes the physician worthy of the trust that the patient bestows on him, a trust that is essential in the physician-patient relationship.
Physicians are entrusted with the most personal information by their patients and are obligated to maintain complete privacy and security of this health care information. Our compliance with federal HIPAA laws is only one way that compliance plays an integral role in the physicians’ daily responsibilities.
Here at Care to Care, the medical directors and physician reviewers are dedicated to maintaining the highest degree of compliance and are committed to upholding the oath we took many years ago.
Rachel Title, MD
Chief Medical Officer