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Integrity without Ignorance

Monday, September 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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What does it mean to have integrity? In our professional world integrity shows in our honesty with anything from the hours we work to be consistent with our work responsibilities, even the boring ones! Integrity is also about being forthcoming when mistakes are made, regardless if the mistake could have been preventable.  Those working in healthcare must realize the importance of having integrity with all elements of compliance.


  • Examples of what it means to have integrity in our personal and professional lives.
  • How to handle challenges to integrity and manage ignorance.
  • Section 1557 of the ACA Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the dangers that ignorance creates with discrimination and intolerance.
  • How to ensure the integrity of personal health information (PHI) and combat risks to it.
  • How with the proper use of a Security Risk Analysis (SRA) organizations can show their integrity to compliance and protect themselves from risks.
  • Integrity in recognizing, reporting and creating a corrective action when a breach occurs.
  • The integrity of whistleblowers regardless of fear of retaliation, along with what protections are in place for employees who are expose illegal or unethical violations.
  • Policies, procedures, ethics and laws that in place to protect integrity and limit ignorance.
  • The balance of integrity and ignorance in ethical dilemmas.


Sounds easy right? But what happens when your personal integrity conflicts with your professional responsibilities? Recognizing how to apply integrity in challenging situations and knowing what the law requires is a valuable tool for anyone working in the healthcare industry, from physicians to housekeeping. A natural enemy to integrity is ignorance. Ignorance can stem from our own inherited biases, or from a lack of education.


Learn more about each of these key components by purchasing the Compliance Symposium recordings to watch Eric Christensen's session, "Integrity without Ignorance."


About the Author

Eric Christensen is a nationally recognized speaker and author on compliance topics and practice management. Eric co-founded Healthcare Compliance Pros in 2011, bringing his 30+ years’ experience in healthcare compliance, IT administration, and education to the organization. Eric’s background in IT administration has been instrumental in providing a technical view of an organization's adherence to HIPAA Privacy and Security policies. Eric’s experience and expertise are highly regarded in the Security Risk Audits he is asked to perform for hundreds of healthcare entities. Eric’s experience brings a unique perspective into compliance and implementation in the medical community. Eric possesses a broad knowledge of telemedicine, e-PHI, MIPS/MACRA, employee hiring and firing, and more. Eric’s educational experience in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology partners well with his many certifications; MCSE, CCNA, CHCP, and others.


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