Ethics Whisperer

Thursday, January 8, 2009

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  • Thank you Mark Can't agree with you more. So much of what I am hearing seems to be driven by fear of doing something wrong rather than the commitment to do things right. I have been in healthcare Quality & Compliance for more than 14 years - prior to some of the government regulations we have to deal with currently. We understood the need to do what is right not just because "Big Brother-OIG" is looking, but because it was the right thing to do. We relied on good judgement, common sense and integrity to decide what is right and what is wrong. Somehow we need to find that balance again- doing what is right because it is right.

    By Blogger Sherrie, At January 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

  • Sherie, I couldn't agree with you more. One of the requests I most often get, "Could you please scare the docs / board / executive team witless," which I can do. But why do it? If you can only motivate through fear, don't expect a whole lot of success as motivator!

    By Blogger Mark Pastin, At January 13, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

  • I have seen what focusing on gifts can do, A nurse brings a 1000 dollar check and turns it into the company when a patient mailed it to her home, Who would have known but she knew her company policy , She did not feel right about taking it. A lot of a compliance officers time is spent on gifts and meals yet the most rewarding part of my Compliance Job is seeing folks refusing gifts. I fully believe there is no more important topic than teaching about gifts.

    By Blogger PAB, At January 13, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

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