Our Company is firmly committed to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, professionalism, and compliance. Our Compliance Program includes auditing and monitoring, enhanced lines of communication between the Chief Compliance Officer and team members, consistency in the standards we set for ethics and compliance, and increased awareness of these standards through a vigorous training and education program. In everything we do, our actions and decisions are aligned with our mission and vision. We are committed to doing the right thing every time—with integrity.
Code of Conduct
Our company Code of Conduct provides guidance to all team members on carrying out daily activities within appropriate ethical and legal standards.
Code of Conduct was developed to help ensure we meet our ethical standards and comply with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. It is a critical component of our overall Compliance Program and is an important resource for our team members.
The Code of Conduct includes potential consequences affecting both the company and our team members for failure to comply with all statutes, regulations, and guidelines applicable to federal and state healthcare programs. The standards set forth in the Code are mandatory and should be applied in all decision-making. The business practices that are addressed in the code include, but are not limited to:
- Coding and billing
- False Claims Act and Deficit Reduction Act (whistleblower provisions)
- Financial accounting systems
- Stark Law
- Anti-Kickback Statute
- Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
- Privacy of patient information
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Conflict of interest
- Gifts and business courtesies
- Use of resources and assets
- Corporate opportunities
- Accuracy of records and document retention
- Confidential business information
- Information technology and resources
- Requests for information pursuant to an investigation or legal proceeding
- Political and charitable activities
- Harassment/discrimination prevention
- Workplace violence
- Workplace health
- Workplace safety
- Team member screening
- Professional licensing
All company team members are encouraged to conduct themselves in a way that supports the highest standards of ethics and integrity and to follow the standards set forth in our Code of Conduct and our policies and procedures.
Training and education
All new team members must have Corporate Compliance training upon hire or contracting and annually thereafter. Each employee, including contractors, must receive, acknowledge, and attest to the Code of Conduct. We also require annual distribution of the code, as well as employee receipt, review, and attestation.
Additional specialized training is assigned in areas such as HIPAA Privacy and Security, EMTALA, fraud and abuse, and harassment and discrimination prevention. Training is delivered through webcasts, online courses, and instructor-led sessions. All training is tracked in the company’s learning management system.
We have a full suite of compliance policies and procedures. We perform a routine review and revision of our policies and procedures to stay abreast of both internal and external developments. Team members receive and review updated policies and procedures, specifically those that are directly related to job function and accessible through company portals.
Auditing and monitoring
Our company has developed extensive auditing and monitoring of our Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine divisions to assess internal controls and processes for compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The Office of the Inspector General has published areas of concern, and our compliance department has developed an annual work plan along with audit tools for each area of concern to assist in evaluating our company’s risk for each of these areas. SCP compliance professionals work in conjunction with other departments to accomplish the necessary goals and objectives of our Compliance Program.
Privacy and security
Our company is committed to maintaining the confidentiality, privacy, and security of its patients’ protected health information. Consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, we do not use, disclose, or discuss patient-specific information, including patient financial information, with others unless it is necessary to serve the patient or required by law.
We are committed to being conscientious and accountable when handling confidential company information. In addition, because of its confidential nature, business, health, and financial information must be protected by an effective internal control environment, including policies and procedures to secure the company’s assets, and made available outside the company only with appropriate authorization and after consideration of the interests of the company as a whole.
Protecting the company’s information assets is everyone’s responsibility. Examples of confidential information include:
- Patient’s protected health information
- Company financial information, including financial statements, payroll records, accounts payable summaries, vendor listings, and price/cost information
- Written and verbal agreements between team members, agents, strategic partners, vendors, and/or other third parties
- Trade secrets
- Due diligence information about potential acquisitions
- Customer lists and agreements, market share data, and strategic plans
- Policies, procedures, and processes
Confidential Compliance Hotline
Our company’s Compliance Hotline provides a confidential and anonymous line of communication for anyone, including team members, to report complaints or concerns. Individuals may contact the Compliance Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1.800.826.6762, or via email. The toll-free telephone number is hosted by an independent third-party vendor.
Our company makes every effort to maintain, within the limits of the law and within the bounds of an appropriate investigation, the confidentiality of the identity of any individual who uses the Compliance Hotline. There will be no retaliation or retribution for anyone who reports a possible violation in good faith.
The success of our corporate Compliance Program relies on high-level oversight from our Board of Directors as well as buy-in, support, and accountability from team members. Listed below are the committees and individuals who support our Compliance Program.
- The Audit Committee and the Quality and Compliance Committees of our Board of Directors provide regular guidance regarding the direction of the company’s Compliance Program. In addition, the committees receive regular reports on the status of the Compliance Program. Our Chief Compliance Officer has a direct reporting line to the committees.
- The Corporate Compliance Committee monitors the Compliance Program. It is composed of a cross-section of SCP employees across varying levels and all key departments.
- Our Chief Compliance Officer oversees the Compliance Program and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization. The Chief Compliance Officer helps ensure that the Board of Directors, management, and team members are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies, that company policies and procedures are being followed, and that behavior in the organization meets the company’s Code of Conduct.
- Each team member has a shared responsibility and commitment to our mission of healthcare service to our patients. Compliance is the responsibility of every team member, as is to always conduct job responsibilities with integrity and to make all clinical decisions based solely on the needs of the patient.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Corporate Practice Medicine State Laws
- Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant State Practice Laws
- Internal Controls over Financial Reporting Program
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) compliance involves the understanding and interpretation of multifaceted concepts involving the issue of when and how a patient may be refused treatment or transferred from one hospital to another when he or she is in an unstable medical condition. The intent of EMTALA was to ensure patient access to emergency medical care and to prevent the practice of patient dumping, in which uninsured patients were transferred because they could not pay for services provided and were transferred from private to public hospitals without consideration of their medical stability. It is company policy that all individuals presenting to the emergency department receive an appropriate medical screening examination upon presentation and/or request for treatment. All patients are stabilized within the capability and capacity of the facility and, as needed, appropriately transferred. All employees and providers complete EMTALA training upon hire or contract commencement and annually thereafter. We work with our hospital clients to ensure that our providers are in compliance with the requirements of EMTALA.
Additional Compliance Policies and Statements
- Schumacher Clinical Partners complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. View the Nondiscrimination Statement for information on services available to our patients.
- Notice of Privacy Practice