Awards & Recognition

History of Award Winning Practices & Fellows of the Trust

Best Practice Awards, Certification Recognition & Fellows of the Trust

Best Practice Awards, as selected by the Health Ethics Trust’s Best Practice Committee, are presented annually to the winning organizations. In addition to Best Practice Awards, all compliance professionals who have achieved CCP, CCE certification or recertification during the calendar year will be recognized during the Forum. The Forum is also the venue where the Fellows of the Health Ethics Trust are announced.

Best Practice Award Winners

2021 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Service Line Compliance Teams, Covenant Health
  • Mindfulness and Compliance, Guidewell Source
  • Enterprise Policy and Procedure Initiative, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Fraud, Waste and Abuse Awareness Campaign, VA Office of Integrity and Compliance
  • Integrating Compliance in Operations, Ivy Rehab
  • Corporate Policy Spotlight, WPS Health Solutions
  • Risk Management Transformation, VA Office of Integrity and Compliance
2020 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Third Party Compliance Oversight, BCBS Michigan
  • Navigator Program Compliance Analyzer Tool, Guidewell Source
  • International Compliance Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc.
  • Implementation of a Physical Compliance Performance Metrics, Baylor, Scott and White
  • Management Certification Tool, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Building A Culture of Compliance, Waud Capital Partners
  • Integrity During The Pandemic, Veterans Health Administration
  • Privacy Committee, WPS Health Solutions
2019 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Creative Content to Engage and Educate Employees on Compliance Policies and Practices
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Delegate Oversight
  • Brookdale Senior Living, Apply Your Compliance Training To Everyday Scenarios
  • Baylor, Scott & White Health, Implementation of a Physical Compliance Performance Metric
  • Erlanger Health System, Code of Conduct
  • GuideWell Source, An Effective Correction Action Process
  • HCA Healthcare, Engaging Senior Leaders in Cybersecurity Excercises
  • Health Care Service Corporation, Preventing Tomorrow’s Fraud Today by Positively Positvely Influencing the Ethical Behavior of Medical Providers
  • Northwell Health, Policy Oversight
  • Novo Nordisk, Ethics App and Training
  • UPMC, Code of Conduct
  • Veterans Health Administration, VHA’s Compliance Transformation
2018 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Atrium Health: Risk Based Provider Audits
  • Northwell Health: Clinical Research Auditing & Monitoring
  • Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute: Institutional Conflict of Interest Program
  • Northwell Health: Security & Phishing Awareness & Training
  • Atrium Health: Physician Network Compliance Continuous Monitoring
  • BCBS Tennessee: Encourage and Reward – A Culture of Compliance
  • Baylor Scott & White: Game-Changer: Adding a Communications Professional to the Compliance Team
  • Health Care Service Corporation: Measuring Training
  • Highmark Health: Effective Education & Management Program
  • GuideWell Source: Navigator Code of Business Conduct
  • Erlanger Health System: Camp Compliance
  • ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.: Compliance Risk Assessment Process
2017 Best Practice Award Winners
  • BCBS Tennessee: Compliance Training Vignettes
  • BCBS Tennessee: Governance and Monitoring Program
  • BCBS Tennessee: Leveraging Compliance Process Automation to Improve Effectiveness
  • BCBS Tennessee: Medicaid Program Audit Protocol
  • Erlanger Health Systems: Code of Conduct Video
  • HCSC: Code of Business Ethics and Compliance
  • HCSC: Speak Up Program
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Inc.: Compliance Department Strategic Plan
  • NHS Health Services: Quality and Compliance Organization Case Management System
  • Northwell Health: Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Palmetto GBA: Integrating Audit and Internal Controls with Ethics & Compliance
  • Parkland Health and Hospital System: Code of Conduct and Ethics Rewrite & Redesign Project
  • PGBA: Compliance Challenge Training
  • Restorix Health: Necessity is the Mother of Compliant Invention
2016 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Baptist Health South Florida:  Risk Assessment Methodology
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:  Compliance Risk Assessment and Compliance Plan
  • Health Care Service Corporation:  Effective Collaboration in the Fight Against Health Care Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • HealthTexas Provider Network:  Becoming a Best Practice Compliance Program by Being Physician-Driven
  • Legacy Health: Compliance Education
  • Maxim Healthcare Services: Legal Billing Analysis
  • NHS Human Services, Inc.:  Quality and Compliance Organization
  • Northwell Health:  Professional Fee Coding and Billing Practices
  • Northwell Health:  Identity Theft Prevention Program
  • PGBA:  Utilizing Staff Creativity to Promote Compliance Awareness
  • UPMC Insurance Services Division:  Policy and Procedure Management Program
2015 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Florida Blue Peer-to-Peer Compliance Program Effectiveness Audits 
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Records & Information Management Compliance Conflict of Interest & Training Efficiencies 
  • Community Medical Centers 340B Compliance Program 
  • Health Care Service Corporation Privacy Awareness and Breach Prevention 
  • Maxim Healthcare Services Auditing and Monitoring; Claims Testing; Issues Management 
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System Facility Coding Controls 
  • PGBA Reimagining Risk Assessment 
  • Royal Philips, N.V. The Philips Legal Compliance App 
  • Wound Care Specialists Compliance by Collaboration
2014 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC Conflict of Interest Mitigation and Monitoring
  • CGS Administrators, LLC Project Administrators Role
  • Community Medical Centers Physician Compensation Arrangements Contracting Compliance
  • Covenant Health Corrective Action Planning
  • Health Care Service Corporation Computer-Based Training for Members of the Board
  • Houston Methodist Effective Monitoring and Assessment Program
  • Maxim Healthcare Services Ethics Education and Training Program
  • National Government Services Conflict of Interest Monitoring
  • NHS Human Services Prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System HIPAA Implementation
  • PGBA, LLC Multi-Purposing Resources
  • UPMC Insurance Services Division Corporate Compliance Records Management Program
  • Veterans Health Administration Virtual Onboarding Training Plan for Compliance Officers
  • WellPoint, Inc. Making the Most of OCR Audit Preparation Regulatory Exam Monitoring Process COI Process
2013 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Management of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC Integration of Quality in Compliance
  • CaroMont Health Quarterly Provider Documentation and Coding Reviews
  • CGS Administrators, LLC Conflict of Interest Process
  • DaVita Compliance Training Program
  • Florida Blue Internal Investigation of Improper Conduct and Corrective Action Procedures
  • Health Care Service Corporation Code of Conduct Education Training
  • National Government Services Innovative Online New Hire Training
  • NHS Human Services Integrating Internal Controls and Quality of Care when Opening, Closing, or Modifying Revenue Systems
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System Trustee Compliance Training, Education, and Governance
  • PGBA, LLC Annual Compliance Survey and its Affects on Management Incentives
  • Veterans Health Administration, VISN 6 Vendor Relations with Compliance, Privacy, Information Security, and Records Management programs
  • WellPoint, Inc. Risk Management Program External Audit Process First-Tier, Downstream, and Related Entities Oversight Program
2012 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Adventist Health Physician Payment Audit Process
  • Baylor Health Care System Conflict of Interests Management Program
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee Compliance Inquiry Management Program; Education and Training
  • Bon Secours Health System Compliance Education Program
  • Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC Communication and Training Program
  • CaroMont Health Corporate Responsibility Education and Awareness
  • Florida Blue Compass Program, Code of Ethical Business Conduct
  • Health Care Service Corporation Compliance By Design Program
  • National Government Services Disclosure of PHI Reporting Procedure
  • NHS Human Services Quality and Compliance
  • North Shore LIJ Health System Compliance Risk Assessment
  • OSU Physicians, Inc. Compliance Audit Program
  • UPMC Insurance Services Division Corporate Compliance Training Program
2011 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Using Technology to Improve Compliance Program Performance
  • Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC Compliance Training
  • CareFusion Corporation Internal Reporting System
  • Covenant Health Sanctions Checking Process
  • Health Care Service Corporation Corporate Compliance Ambassador Program
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Integrating Compliance, Quality & Patient Safety
  • National Government Services, Inc. Associate Culture and Empowerment (ACE) Program
  • NHS Human Services Assessing Compliance Risks; Code of Conduct
  • North Shore LIJ Health System Annual Training; Vendor Relations Program
  • Palmetto GBA Improper Access to PHI and PII Reporting Process
  • Premier Health Partners Physician Compensation Management Process
  • SummaCare, Inc. Code of Ethical Conduct
  • University of Connecticut Governance, Oversight & Self-Assessment;
  • University of Connecticut Health Center Monitoring Financial COI in Research
  • Veterans Health Administration Compliance and Business Integrity Metrics Framework
  • Veterans Health Administration: VISN 16 Integrating Audit & Internal Controls with Ethics and Compliance
2010 Best Practice Award Winners
  • Bon Secours Health System Conflict of Interest Process (COI)
  • CareFusion Corporation Code of Conduct
  • Covenant Health Dashboard, Investigation Tracking System
  • Health Care Service Corporation Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program
  • National Government Services Compliance and an Established Partnership with Management; Response to Internal Investigations of Improper Conduct & Corrective Action Process
  • NHS Human Services Integrity Education Program; Response to Internal Investigations of Improper Conduct & Corrective Action Process
  • Sharp HealthCare Data Mining & Data Analytics for RAC Success
  • WellPoint Inc. Code of Conduct Review; HIPAA Implementation
2009 Best Practice Award Winners
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Compliance Common Newsletter

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Compliance Training Programs: A Consolidated Approach;
Reaching Compliance Inquiries: A Self Assessment of Program Effectiveness

Health Care Service Corporation
The HCSC Corporate Integrity Hotline and Incident Tracker

MedStar Health
Communication and Training

South Central Veterans Affair Health Care Network
Integrating Audit and Internal Controls with Ethics and Compliance

University of Connecticut Office of Audit, Compliance, and Ethics
Risk Assessment and Compliance Monitoring Plans

WellPoint, Inc.
Annual Training Enhancements;
Delegated Entity Oversight Program;
Priority Report Program

2008 Best Practice Award Winners
Health Care Service Corporation
Vendor Governance Program

National Government Services
Compliance Program Assessment;
Influencing Corporate Culture through Training & Communication;
Integrating Audit and Internal Controls with Ethics and Compliance

NHS Human Services, Inc.
Behavioral Health Compliance Program;
Quality Performance Review Process;
Response to Internal Investigations of Improper Conduct & Corrective Action Procedures

Government Programs Compliance Department

The Methodist Hospital System
Education & Training

University of Connecticut Health Center
Clinical Research / Adverse Event Reporting

Veterans Health Administration: Mid-Atlantic Health Network (VISN 6)
Revenues Cycle Compliance Risk

WellPoint, Inc.
Response to Internal Investigations of Improper Conduct & Corrective Action Procedures

2007 Best Practice Award Winners
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.
Integrating Audit and Internal Control with Ethics and Compliance;
Vendor Relationships

Covenant HomeCare
Integrating Technology and Focused Audits for Compliance and Quality

Health Care Service Corporation
Medicare Part D: Chapter 9 – Program to Control Fraud, Waste & Abuse

Highmark, Inc.
Identifying, Preventing and Reporting Part D Fraud, Waste and Abuse

MedStar Health
Focus Summaries

Sharp Healthcare
An Interventional Coding Compliance Inter-Disciplinary Team Approach

SummaCare, Inc.
Compliance Awareness, Communication and Training;
Fraud and Abuse Case Tracking Database

WellPoint, Inc.
Corporate Compliance Program Assessment;
Corporate Individual Rights Database;
Ethics and Compliance Training Program

West Penn Allegheny Health System
Compliance Program Assessment

2006 Best Practice Award Winners
Adventist Health System
Physician Contract Review Process

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Regulatory Reports Tracking

Central Connecticut Health Alliance
Compliance Program Quarterly Reporting

Covenant Health
Laboratory Employee Compliance Training;
Outpatient Rehab Compliance Training;
Research Compliance Program

Health Care Service Corporation
Regulatory Oversight Office

Intermountain Healthcare
HIPAA Security Regulations

Massachusetts General Hospital
HIPAA Breach Management Program

NHS Human Services, Inc.
Quality Call Back System

Palmetto GBA
Integrating Audit & Internal Controls with Ethics & Compliance

Quest Quiz

Riverbend GBA, Inc.
Change Management Success;
Integrating Audit & Internal Controls with Ethics & Compliance

Veterans Affairs
CBI Qualitative Claims Analysis Program

Veterans Health Administration
CBI Annual Report Process

2005 Best Practice Award Winners
Health Care Service Corporation
Compliance Program Assessment

Northwestern Human Services
Integrating Audit/Internal Controls with Ethics and Compliance

TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, Inc.
Response to Internal Investigations and Corrective Action Procedures

United Government Services
HIPAA Implementation

Zimmer, Inc.
Vendor Relationships

2004 Best Practice Award Winners
Health Care Service Corporation
Management Compliance Certification Process – Core Values

Fresenius Medical Care North America
Decreasing Data Entry Errors Through Compliance Process Improvement; A MultiDisciplinary Approach

Catholic Health System
Integrating Audit and Internal Controls with Ethics and Compliance

Covenant Health
Conducting Internal Investigations

TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, L.L.C.
TrailBlazer Compliance Awareness & Communications Activities

North Broward Hospital District
HIPAA Auditing and Monitoring

2003 Best Practice Award Winners
West Penn Allegheny Health System
Integrating audit and internal controls with ethics and compliance

Palmetto Government Benefits Administrators
Management control review

Memorial Hermann Health System
Integrating audit and internal controls with ethics and compliance

Health Care Service Corporation
Internal controls: Ineligible parties screening program

Anthem, Inc.
Training and education: Web-based ethics and compliance training programs

2002 Best Practice Award Winners
Documentation Program

VA Rocky Mountain Health Care Network
Internal Audit System for inpatient and outpatient nedical records

Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Inc.
Documentation Program

Health Care Service Corporation, BCBS of Illinois, Texas and New Mexico
Compliance Training Program

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.
Standards of Business Conduct

BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana
Code of Business Conduct

Covenant Health
Report Line Data Management and Tracking System

2001 Best Practice Award Winners
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Texas and New Mexico
Conducting Internal Compliance Investigations

Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health System
Billing, Coding and Documentation, Program Plan and Staff Education

Massachusetts General Physicians Operations
Billing, Coding and Documentation, Policy and Physician Education

2000 Best Practice Award Winners
Covenant Health
Criminal Background Checks Process

Danville Regional Medical Center
Government Investigations Process

North East Medical Center
Audit/Compliance Process

Code of Conduct

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Compliance Instructors’ Training

1999 Best Practice Award Winners
Arden Hill Senior Health System
Long Term Care

Sturdy Memorial
Small Community Hospital

Interim HealthCare, Inc.
Code of Conduct

Sisters of Providence Health System
Training Video

1997 Best Practice Award Winners
Holy Cross Health System
Organizational Culture

Tenet Healthcare Corporation 
Internal Reporting

Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. 
Code of Conduct

Training and Communications

Fellows of the Trust

2019 Fellows of the Trust
Bob Michalski
Chief Compliance Officer
Baylor Scott & White
2018 Fellows of the Trust
Mary Findley, CCE
Senior VP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Sally Jones-McNamara, CCE
Healthcare Regulatory Compliance Consultant

2017 Fellows of the Trust
Jim VanderSteeg
President and CEO
Covenant Health

Barbara Senters
Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer

Michael Smith
Corporate Compliance Officer

2016 Fellows of the Trust
Joel T. Allison
Chief Executive Officer
Baylor Scott & White Health

Tom Anderson
Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
GuideWell Source

Robert Westervelt
Vice President, Operational Audit & Compliance
ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.

2015 Fellows of the Trust
Sandy Coston
President & CEO
GuideWell Source

Amy Griffin
VP & Compliance Officer
West Tennessee Healthcare

Greg Radinsky
VP & Chief Compliance Officer
North Shore-LIJ Healthcare

2014 Fellows of the Trust
Paul Belton
Chief Compliance Officer
Sharp HealthCare

Tim Joslin
President and CEO
Community Medical Centers

Steven B. Smith
President and COO
CGS Administrators, LLC

2013 Fellows of the Trust
Tom Lubben
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Health Care Service Corporation

Emma DeVito
President and CEO

2012 Fellows of the Trust
Sherrie D. LeMier
President & COO
Cahaba GBA

Laura Macaluso
Executive Director
Southcoast Health System

Mike Barton
Executive Vice President
Eastern Region of NHS Human Services

2011 Fellows of the Trust
Cathy Burzik
Chief Executive Officer
of Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

Debra Muscio, CCE
Chief Audit and Compliance Officer
Community Medical Centers

Jim Neal, CCE
Director of Ethics and Compliance

2010 Fellows of the Trust
Caitlin O’Brien
Chief Compliance and Business Integrity Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs

Linda Greer
Board Member
Palomar Pomerado Health System

2009 Fellows of the Trust
Laurence Tanner
Chief Executive Officer
Central Connecticut Health Alliance

John Ciavardone
Senior Vice President for Compliance & Quality
NHS Human Services

Patricia “Tish” Breeding
Chief Compliance Officer
Covenant Health

2008 Fellows of the Trust
M. Joseph Rocks
Chief Executive Officer
NHS Human Services

Tara Dowd Gurber
Senior Vice President and Corporate Compliance Officer,
Audit, Compliance, and Security
Health Care Service Corporation

2007 Fellow of the Trust
Vicky Gregg
President & Chief Executive Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
2006 Fellow of the Trust
Michael H. Covert F.A.C.H.E
President & Chief Executive Officer
Palomar Pomerado Health
2005 Fellow of the Trust
Maryanne Spicer, CCP
Director of Compliance
Massachusetts General Hospital
2004 Fellow of the Trust
Anthony L. Spezia
President & Chief Executive Officer
Convenant Health
2003 Fellows of the Trust
Edward Gaines
Senior Vice President Compliance
Healthcare Business Resources, Inc.

Carl Josehart
Former Senior Vice President & CCO
Sinai Health System

2002 Fellow of the Trust
Jeffrey C. Oak, PhD
Former Associate CFO for Compliance and Business Integrity
Veterans Health Administration
2001 Fellow of the Trust
June Gibbs Brown
Former Inspector General
Department of Health and Human Services
2000 Fellow of the Trust
Neil Hadley
Retired Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct
Tenent Health Care
1999 Fellow of the Trust
Fred Verinder
Former Vice President, Compliance Operations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, & New Mexico