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HSC Compliance Office


933 Bradbury Dr SE, Suite 3053
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 925-6053
Fax: (505) 925-0934

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The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center ("HSC") is committed to providing the highest quality patient care, health care research and medical education in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. In fulfilling this commitment, as employees and as an institution it is important that we conduct ourselves in an ethical, legal, and above board manner.

In furtherance of that goal, the University of New Mexico Board of Regents directed the development and implementation of an Institutional Compliance Program ("Program"). This Program will attempt to ensure that the HSC's business (both internally and with outside contractors) is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the various federal and state laws and regulations applicable to its activities.

This Program has been developed in accordance with applicable law and with guidance from the state and federal authorities, including the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. With this Program, the HSC will promote full compliance with all legal duties applicable to it, foster and assure ethical conduct, and provide guidance to the University of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Hospital, and UNM Medical Group employees, collectively referred to as "HSC Employees."

The guidelines set forth in this Program are intended to generally define the scope of conduct which the Program is intended to cover and are not to be considered as all inclusive. Moreover, these guidelines are offered not because the honesty, integrity or ethics of HSC Employees is questioned, but rather because, given the complex nature of today’s heavily regulated academic health care environment, business decisions are more complicated than ever before.

In addition to this Program, the appropriate HSC components--University Hospital, UNM Medical Group, UNM Cancer Center, Office of Research, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center and the School of Medicine--maintain compliance programs that are a part of the HSC's overall legal and ethical compliance endeavors. This Program embraces all elements of the compliance programs maintained by the components that are designed to achieve compliance.

Finally, in developing this Program we recognize that it is unrealistic to expect each and every HSC Employee to know every health care, education and research rule and regulation that exists.

However, each and every HSC Employee should be generally familiar with the rules and laws that apply to his or her job. This document is just one of the many compliance resources available to HSC Employees.

We hope the HSC Institutional Compliance Program will show you ways to avoid putting yourself or the institution at risk. After reading this document, you should understand that, whatever the situation, you have a place to go for the answers.

Sincerely,
Paul Roth, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
October 10, 2010