As Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne K. Pledgie advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. She develops and manages the array of compliance resources offered through the firm’s learning website, learning.ftlf.com. A former Compliance Officer at a health center, Ms. Pledgie understands the challenges that health centers face in achieving and maintaining compliance.
Ms. Pledgie counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas and reflect the organization’s culture. Often, this work starts with assessing the current compliance program, building a work plan that targets identified gaps and supporting the organization in implementing a proactive compliance program.
Ms. Pledgie also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2. She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. Ms. Pledgie has also counseled clients in responding to investigations by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.