By Adam Turteltaub
Few can look back at a career in compliance and ethics as rich as Alan Yuspeh’s. He served as the coordinator of the Defense Industry Initiative (DII), Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for HCA Healthcare and as a president of the Health Care Compliance Association.
In a fascinating conversation he shares his experiences and learning from a remarkable career.
In 1986 he began his role with the DII, which includes 50 of the largest defense contractors. Many of the elements of compliance programs that are commonplace today owe much of their existence to the efforts of DII members: codes of conduct, compliance training, and hotlines to name a few.
Then in 1997 he joined HCA and moved from the highly-regulated defense arena to the equally regulated healthcare industry. A great deal of what worked in defense found a place in healthcare as well.
During his time at HCA he developed a compliance program that had three aspects that he felt were particularly valuable and distinctive:
- Having effective local compliance and ethics officers
- The development of Responsible Executives for each area of compliance risk: experts tasked with developing strategies, policies and procedures for mitigating key risk areas
- Energetic compliance reviews processes
Listen in as he explains more about this trio of programs and discusses both micro and macro ethics.