Will compliance programs survive into the next decade? Will they help us navigate healthcare reform? Or will they sink to the bottom of the ocean: too expensive, too distracting and too hard to measure?
The easy answer is that compliance programs will be thriving because they will be mandatory.
And boards and management teams will decide that the fines are too high and the reputational risk is too great not to have them.
But a more honest answer may be that nothing should survive in a post-reform environment if it doesn't deliver high quality for low cost. Like everything in healthcare, compliance programs need to prove their value if they are going to last.