2016 Caris Leadership Development Institute: Our Commitment to Compliance

Caris Healthcare is guided by our values in pursuit of a world-class level of quality care. Our values are an acronym of our name: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Integrity and Service. While integrity is listed third because of how Caris is spelled, it is the most important value in defining who we are and what we do. Caris is strongly committed to compliance and integrity.

Each year Caris invites a representative from Palmetto GBA, a contractor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that oversees Caris participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, to speak at our annual Clinical Leadership Development Institute.

For our July 2016 Leadership Development Institute, Caris Corporate Compliance Officer Sylvia Singleton invited Provider Education Consultant Charles Canaan, RN, to speak on behalf of Palmetto GBA. “I always like to bring someone to speak on hospice criteria and the new and changing rules and regulations that govern our compliance with Medicare,” Ms. Singleton said. “Charles brought us information on Medicare and the ever-changing world of hospice. Having Charles at the Caris Leadership Development Institute keeps us current on Medicare changes and medical review activities and provides us information on how we compare to other providers billing to Palmetto GBA.”

In his presentation, Mr. Canaan’s discussed a variety of case scenarios to illustrate appropriate documentation to support a terminal prognosis. Mr. Canaan also conducted a Q&A session, during which Caris clinicians dug deeper into policies, compliance and best practices.

“Caris understands that the best way to remain compliant is by upholding integrity and consistently educating ourselves on rules and regulations,” stated Founder and CEO Norman McRae.

“We are always happy to see a presentation by Mr. Canaan,” Mrs. Singleton added.


Charles Canaan taking a pause from the presentation to pose for the camera