HFMA-NEHIA Compliance & Internal Audit Conference – Speaker Q&A – Donna Schneider, RN, MBA, CPHQ, CPC-P, CHC, CPCO, CHPC, CCEP
Vice President, Corporate Compliance & Internal Audit, Lifespan, Providence, RI
- Tell us about your compliance career journey – I am a registered nurse with a master’s in business administration. After some time in various clinical settings and managed care, I found myself in an acute care hospital doing managed care contracting and working on Finance projects. The Chief Financial Officer at the time thought my healthcare background, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal would be a magical fit for Compliance. So there my Compliance career was born.
- What one piece of advice would you offer young compliance professionals who are starting out in their careers? I view mentorship to those new to the Compliance profession as one of my responsibilities. I frequently share with those individuals that they need to “give themselves grace.” There is so much to know, or even to understand you do not know, in our profession. I always remind people that the best thing they can do for themselves, and their organizations/teams is to ask questions and be present. Curiosity, patience, and collaboration will lead to enlightenment and success in the field of Compliance.
- What is one health care compliance area that you think has the potential to change drastically in the coming years that compliance professionals should keep on their radar and why? The risks associated with Telemedicine will be drastically changing as this initiative continues to grow in multiple areas in our healthcare system.
- If somebody googled you, what would they not find out about you? I love to do a class in either pure barre or cycle bar (spin) along with running every day. I am an avid runner having run 18 marathons (including the Boston Marathon 4 times) and doing cross training with pure barre or cycle bar (spin) is very helpful to my training.