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Ask-A-Consultant: Implementing a Compliance Plan


My attorney tells me that I may be better off not having a compliance program at all if I donít intend to implement the plan to the letter. However, everything that I read suggests that I need to have a written compliance plan, but I really donít want to add any more administrative workload to my already overburdened office staff. What do you think?


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Your attorney is giving you good advice. Having a compliance plan and then ignoring its implementation actually may put your practice at greater risk in the event of a compliance audit since you clearly cannot argue ignorance of the law. However, we encourage all of our clients to develop a written compliance plan, but to do so in a manner which is reasonable and implementable.

Peter F. Lyle
Director of Practice Management Services

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