Corporate Compliance

Corporate Compliance

Our Mission

ECMCC has a comprehensive compliance program that reflects our mission and core values. The program demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality patient care and to acting with absolute integrity at all times. ECMCC is committed to full compliance with all federal and state health care program requirements.

Corporate Compliance

It is the policy of ECMCC to provide healthcare in a manner that complies with all applicable federal and state laws. Such compliance is critical to the ECMCC’s commitment to operating pursuant to the highest business, professional and ethical standards. To further this policy, and in compliance with Section 6032 of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act, ECMCC maintains a vigorous Compliance Program and has implemented a system-wide policy regarding the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct.

Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Misconduct Policy

ECMCC prohibits the receipt of gifts, regardless of size or value, from health care industry vendors to employees and other individuals associated with ECMCC. We also have a rigorous conflicts of interest disclosure and review process to mitigate any potential conflict of interest that may impact patient care.

Gifts & Interactions With Industry Policy

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health (OIG) and Human Services and the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) provide information regarding waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal and New York state health care programs. The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) is the agency responsible for the enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

Learn more at OIG, OMIG and OCR.

The ECMCC Compliance & HIPAA Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Compliance Hotline callers may remain anonymous and those who choose to give their name will have their identities protected to the extent allowed by law. The Compliance Hotline has multi-lingual operators who can take reports from individuals whose first language is not English. The Compliance Hotline can be reached by calling (855) 222-0758 for English or (800) 216-1288 for Spanish.

We encourage employees, medical staff, vendors, patients, and business partners to report to the Office of Corporate Compliance or the Compliance & HIPAA Hotline any actual or suspected violations of ECMCC’s policies and procedures and/or federal or state law. Calls received by the Compliance & HIPAA Hotline are most often inquiries but can sometimes be reports of potential misconduct. Our investigatory process includes many methods to determine whether any misconduct occurred.

Compliance takes all calls seriously. Inquiries are reviewed by the Office of Corporate Compliance and may also be reviewed by other applicable departments such as Human Resources, Internal Audit, and the Legal Department.

If you would like to discuss any potential compliance concerns, contact the Office of Corporate Compliance at (716) 898-6439. You can also visit the Compliance & HIPAA Hotline at (855) 222-0758 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All reports received by the Office of Corporate Compliance and the Compliance & HIPAA Hotline are appropriately investigated and can be made anonymously.

ECMCC’s Corporate Compliance Program

Vendors are required to complete annual compliance training. Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) Compliance department distributes this training to vendors to complete annually.

ECMCC is committed to having an ethical environment. ECMCC’s Compliance Program demonstrates our firm commitment to the highest standards of ethics and compliance which includes vendors, contractors, subcontractors, and agents complying with our Compliance Program and applicable compliance policies.

Click on the ECMCC’s Code of Conduct and see below compliance policies for your review.

Certain vendors are required to take additional compliance training annually. If you were notified about this training requirement, please click the Vendor Compliance Training to view.

After reviewing the training and policies, kindly fill out the Vendor Attestation form to acknowledge completion of the training and related compliance requirements.

For more information regarding any of the trainings and policies, please contact the Office of Corporate Compliance at 716-898-4595. If you have any questions or compliance issues, you can report them to the Compliance & HIPAA Anonymous Hotline at (855) 222-0758, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports of potential fraud, waste and abuse and compliance issues also may be made directly to the Corporate Compliance Officer or designee in person, in writing, via email, telephone, or Compliance & HIPAA Anonymous Hotline.

This training program runs approximately 60 minutes and will address ECMCC’s commitment to Compliance. If, due to a disability or any other barrier, you need an accommodation to assist you in accessing and/or completing any part of the training module, please promptly contact the ECMCC’s Office of Corporate Compliance at (716) 898-4595. The course must be completed in its entirety to receive credit toward your training record.

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