St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has appointed Theodore Brown as chief compliance officer. In this role, Brown leads the corporate compliance department and is responsible for assessing organizational risk for misconduct and noncompliance, establishing objectives for compliance, and implementing initiatives to foster a culture of compliance throughout the organization.
Brown oversees financial and operational internal audits and develops metrics to evaluate compliance policies and benchmarks to monitor program performance. In addition, he briefs the board of trustees and the executive management team on compliance related risks, incidents and initiatives, as well as progress in achieving program goals. He also chairs the executive compliance committee.
Under his leadership, the compliance department investigates complaints reported through various sources, including the SJHS Hotline, involving patient privacy and security violations, regulatory infractions, fraud and abuse allegations, and other misconduct. The department responds to inquiries from the Office of Inspector General, the Office of Civil Rights, the Medicaid Fraud Division, the State Comptroller, and other external agencies regarding regulatory citations, alleged violations, surveys and other compliance related matters. The department also develops training materials and conducts initial and follow up compliance training for employees.
Brown joins St. Joseph’s from Rutgers University, where he served as chief ethics and compliance officer since 2013. In that capacity, he headed the University's new enterprise risk management initiative, and was charged with identifying risks in all programs, and on all Rutgers’ campuses and prioritizing them for appropriate corrective action.
Brown joined Rutgers in the merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) where he served as general counsel and successfully guided the university through a deferred prosecution agreement and a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government. Previously, he served as deputy general counsel as well as the University’s compliance attorney.