HCCA moves ahead with effectiveness standards

The Philadelphia-based Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) announced April 23 that it is initiating a public- and private-sector effort to develop "Generally Accepted Performance Measurement Standards" for health care compliance programs. The objective is to establish standards for the health care industry to measure compliance program performance and quantify the return organizations achieve on their investment in compliance programs.

HCCA has appointed L. Stephan Vincze, a member of the HCCA board of directors and ethics and compliance officer for TAP Pharmaceutical Products in Lake Forest, IL, to chair the Compliance Program Measurement Task Force and lead the project.

According to Vincze, the keys to success are shifting the focus from criminal sentencing to "good business practice," from abstract data concepts to practical concrete tools, and from an "us-against-them" mentality to a genuine public-private sector partnership.

The first segment of the health care industry to be explored is hospital compliance programs. HCCA plans to draft and review hospital program measurement products and provide drafts to the HCCA Task Force, OIG, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for review by August 2002 and release draft hospital measurement checklists for public review and comment by October 2002.