Compliance at Availity
Availity’s Compliance Mission is to promote an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law. Compliance is a core competency. Strengthening it not only reinforces our mission and our values, but also provides us with a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program is consistent with controls set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), as well as additional modifications to fit our unique environment.
Availity’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs serves as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer and is responsible for Compliance Program management and oversight.
Code of Conduct and Ethics
Availity has a long-standing and deep commitment to conducting business ethically, with integrity and in compliance with the law. Availity employees, and how they conduct themselves each and every day, are the key to Availity’s business success. This is why we make it a priority to educate our management, employees, and contractors on our high ethical standards through training, communications and the promotion of dialogue in ethical dilemmas.
Our Code of Conduct and Ethics establishes our expectation that management, employees, and contractors always act in accordance with applicable laws and company policy. It ensures that all employees understand the success that comes from ethical behavior and that, at Availity, our “actions speak louder than words.”
Supplier Code of Conduct
The ethical business practices of Suppliers is essential to providing the best possible service to our customers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth Availity’s expectations of Suppliers as well as their personnel, agents, and subcontractors. All Availity Suppliers are required to hold themselves to the same high ethical standards that Availity promotes.
Our Compliance Program
Availity’s Compliance Program is structured in accordance with the Seven (7) Elements of an Effective Compliance Program as prescribed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines issued by the United States Sentencing Commission. Elements from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General program guidances are also heavily incorporated into Availity’s compliance practices. Availity’s Compliance Program has components dedicated to HIPAA Privacy as well as Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Compliance.
The seven (7) elements of an effective compliance program are:
These guiding principles have served as the foundation for Availity’s own Ethics and Compliance Program Manual.
Knowing the Risks
Healthcare statutes, rules, regulations and obligations can be extremely complex and ambiguous at times and penalties for non-compliance can be quite severe. At Availity, we recognize the importance of taking preventative measures to minimize the risk of a violation. Availity is continually assessing risk within the organization by conducting various privacy and security assessments both annually and on a rolling basis. We have pushed risk assessment deep into the organization and these assessments help to identify risk concerns throughout the year. In addition, Availity follows requirements and standards established by CMS, EHNAC, and HITRUST for risks associated with our industry, which include, but are not limited to HIPAA Privacy and Security.
Helpful Links and Materials
Protected Health Information (PHI) is individually identifiable health information that is held or transmitted by a covered entity or business associate in any form or media (electronic, paper or oral). Below are the 18 identifiers of PHI:
At Availity, we believe that knowing when and how to report ethical issues is just as important as being educated on our ethical standards. The Compliance Program is designed to facilitate open dialogue with anyone who wishes to report a compliance issue or concern. The Compliance Team maintains open lines of communication and encourages anyone with any ethical or compliance concern regarding Availity to reach out as soon as the concern arises.
To report any compliance or ethical concerns about Availity, its employees or its vendor partners please use the following methods:
- Call our anonymous 24/7 Compliance Helpline at 1-800-826-6762
- To report online, visit www.availity.alertline.com
- Email privacy concerns to PrivacyOffice@Availity.com
- You may also send correspondence to the following:
Availity Chief Compliance Officer
5555 Gate Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32256