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Health Care Compliance Certificate Program

The Health Care Compliance (HCC) Certificate program teaches you the relevant law and practical applications of compliance. Gain knowledge of best practices through exploration of current issues, and learn from Pitt Law’s expert faculty, including professors of the School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health, current and former federal regulators, and compliance-industry experts.

This program is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. That means that, with your Health Care Compliance Certificate in hand, you will be eligible to sit for the CCEP®, CCEP-I®, CHC®, CHRC®, and/or CHPC® exams, giving you a valuable opportunity to advance your career.

Health Care Compliance Certificate Program Benefits

  • Learn on your schedule with asynchronous classes
  • Complete the program in 10 months
  • Learn from experienced, working legal experts who teach courses and concepts applicable to real-world challenges
  • Gain access to a valued and diverse network of colleagues and mentors within the Pitt Law and broader Pitt communities
  • Graduates of the Health Care Compliance Certificate who have fulfilled the applicable requirements are eligible within one year of earning the certificate to sit for industry exams, including:
    • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
    • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional–International (CCEP-I)®
    • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)®
    • Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)®
    • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®)

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Objectives of the Health Care Compliance Certificate Program

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Through the coursework in the HCC program, students will:

  • Understand the laws that shape the health care industry in general, and compliance in particular
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the regulatory context of compliance
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify compliance issues, guide change, and navigate complexity while supporting an ethical culture
  • Be able to identify best practices in compliance management
  • Grow critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a compliance context
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to manage conflict
  • Improve communication and presentation skills
  • Participate in peer-to-peer learning that will facilitate networking opportunities

Pitt Law's HCC Certificate Program Students

The Health Care Compliance Certificate is designed for:

  • Compliance professionals who wish to enhance their understanding and professional development
  • Health care professionals who routinely engage with compliance regulations
  • Health care industry administrators and leaders
  • Career changers looking to increase their credibility in regulated health care spaces
  • Attorneys who want to acquire an appreciation of the compliance industry, client needs and issues

The past cohorts of Pitt Law’s HCC Certificate program have been made up of a diverse array of professionals in direct health care positions and in adjacent roles, including compliance managers and directors, therapists, social workers, nurses, and doctors. Cohorts have also included several several senior administrators, business leaders and many life science research professionals. IT professionals and several attorneys have sought their certificates in this area, as well.

Here is a sampling of the titles HCC students hold:

  • Compliance and risk management fellow
  • Corporate contracts specialist
  • Practice manager
  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Business analyst for Medicaid programs
  • Compliance analyst
  • Licensed therapist
  • Senior research technician
  • Database and compliance manager
  • Paralegal
  • Director of learning and engagement
  • Health care IT compliance analyst/administrator
  • Clinical fraud, waste and abuse auditor
  • Medical receptionist
  • Senior claims examiner
  • Clinical corporate contracts officer

Health Care Compliance Certificate Courses

The Health Care Compliance Certificate consists of five courses totaling 15 credits.

  • Introduction to the Legal System for Health Care and Compliance (3 credits)
  • Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance (3 credits)
  • Effective Compliance Program Development and Skills (3 credits)
  • Professional Judgment and Ethics, the Canvas of Compliance (3 credits)
  • Selected Applications in Compliance (3 credits)

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Seminar Descriptions

This seminar will provide an overview of the compliance function in a hospital as well as in a large provider’s office. It will look at challenges and best practices in implementing and measuring compliance with Medicare conditions of participation and payment, survey and certification requirements, HIPAA, Stark, anti-kickback, professional relations, coding obligations and guidelines, and quality.

HCC Certificate Course Spotlight

Legal Aspects of Health Care Compliance

This course will address the importance of corporate compliance for health care organizations and provide an overview of the legal landscape regarding health care compliance. As one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States, health care entities are required to comply with numerous statutes and regulations at the federal and state level. These laws are increasingly complex, thereby exposing health care entities to liability for non-compliance. Individuals involved in the administration and delivery of health care must be well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern health care compliance, as well as the strategies health care entities employ to address these compliance concerns. Moreover, they must be prepared for internal and external audits, investigations and disclosures.

Through lecture and class discussion, students will explore specific issues facing the health care industry, including fraud and abuse concerns (Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, and Civil Monetary Penalties); conflicts of interest and governance; privacy, data, and security. Students will also gain an understanding of: key federal health care programs; the evolution of compliance programs; the seven elements of effective compliance programs; significant compliance risk areas for various health care entities; corporate integrity agreements (CIAs) and certificate of compliance agreements (CCAs); internal and external audits and investigations, including working with legal counsel; and self-disclosure protocols.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the role of regulation in the health care industry and the importance of compliance to health care entities.
  • Discuss the laws and regulations applicable to health care entities regarding health care compliance.
  • Identify the elements necessary for an effective compliance plan.
  • Identify and analyze the risk areas specific to different health care entities.
  • Apply current compliance laws and regulations in various health care settings.
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Meet ​​HCC Online Program Director Mary Nell Cummings
As the Director for the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Care Compliance, Mary Nell Cummings brings significant experience to Pitt Law. Professor Cummings is the principal of the Cummings Law Practice and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing law. As a former litigator at K&L Gates and Assistant General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, Professor Cummings guides businesses on a variety of issues concerning social media, public relations strategies, privacy, claim support, clinical issues, regulatory compliance, data use, and contracts related to the development, approval, manufacture and marketing of drugs and medical devices.

Professor Cummings teaches a Life Science Compliance seminar and Introduction to the Legal System for Health Care and Compliance. She treats students like colleagues and works to create an engaging experience to form strong connections, especially in the online format.

Earning Your Health Care Compliance Certificate is Just the Beginning

With your Health Care Compliance Certificate in hand, you may be eligible to sit for the CCEP, CCEP-I, CHC, CHRC, and/or CHPC exams, giving you a valuable opportunity to advance your career.

Additionally, you have the option to pursue the Master of Studies in Law degree if you decide you’d like to continue on with Pitt Law. Certificate students who successfully complete a graduate certificate program with a 3.0 GPA will automatically be considered for admission with no additional application or application fees.

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Admissions Deadlines

Jul
11
Priority Deadline
July 11
Fall 2022
Aug
8
Final Deadline
August 8
Fall 2022
Aug
22
Start Date
August 22
Fall 2022