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Alive Hospice and Palliative Care

Vice President of Quality & Compliance

Alive Hospice and Palliative Care


Job Summary

We are seeking a leader in hospice care to join our team as the Vice President of Quality and Compliance.  You will play a pivotal role in supporting the excellence in care that our organization has provided middle Tennessee for nearly 50 years!  If you are eager to use your talents and skills in a way that truly makes a difference for hundreds of patients and their families each day we look forward to talking with you!

The Vice President of Quality and Compliance provides direction and oversight of performance improvement through data and quality and compliance measurements to provide direction and oversight of the QAPI while leading process improvement efforts to ensure compliance with agency, local, state, and national quality initiatives. 

The Vice President of quality and compliance is also responsible for Identifying and assessing areas of compliance risk for the organization; communicating the importance of the QAPI program to executive management and the Board of Trustees;  preparing and distributing the written Code of Conduct setting forth the ethical principles and policies, which are the basis of the Compliance Program; developing and implementing education programs addressing compliance and the Code of Conduct; implementing a retaliation-free internal reporting process, including an anonymous telephone reporting system; and collaborating with executive management to effectively incorporate the Compliance Program within system operations and programs and to carry out the responsibilities of the position. 

For purposes of clarification, Compliance is defined as all healthcare regulatory compliance including OIG, CMS, TJC, HIPAA, and other regulations that directly or indirectly impact the operations of Alive Hospice.

Job Responsibilities


  • Collaborate with the VP of Information Technology and Security for optimization of Agency information systems to support and improve processes
  •  Facilitation of Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Performance Improvement efforts
  •  Data gathering to identify opportunities for performance improvement
  • Collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure reporting needs are identified and met
  • Analytic support for departments across the organization
  • CMS quality reporting
  • Incident reporting and service recoveries
  • Collaborate with Deyta for the collection and reporting of family satisfaction surveys
  • Contract management
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) enhancement support
  • Collaborate with the VP of Information Technology and Security to design and/or refine data tools and systems to streamline agency processes


  • Monitoring the Compliance Program to help the organization prevent and/or detect violations of law, regulations, policies, or the Code of Conduct.
  •  Regularly reviewing the Compliance Program and recommending appropriate revisions and modifications, including advising Executive Management and the Board of Trustees of potential compliance risk areas.
  • Coordinating resources to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the Compliance Program.
  • Implementing and operating retaliation-free reporting channels, including an anonymous telephone reporting system available to all employees, volunteers, and affiliated providers.
  • Developing education programs for all employees, agents, affiliated providers, or others working with the organization.
  • Ensuring that the internal controls are capable of preventing and detecting significant instances or patterns of illegal, unethical, or improper conduct by employees, agents, affiliated providers, or others working with the organization.
  • Ensuring that the system has effective mechanisms to reasonably determine that persons either promoted to or hired in management and certain other sensitive and/or responsible positions (to be designated) do not have a propensity to violate federal or state laws and regulations or engage in improper or unethical conduct in their designated areas of responsibility.
  • Providing input and/or direction to Human Resources policies and procedures and the performance appraisal and incentive programs to ensure that improper conduct is discouraged and that support of and conformity with the Compliance Program is part of any performance evaluation process for all employees.
  • Coordinating as appropriate with outside legal counsel, conducting or authorizing and overseeing investigations of matters that merit investigation under the Compliance Program.
  • Overseeing follow-up and, as applicable, resolution to investigations and other issues
  • generated by the Compliance Program, including the development of corrective action plans, as needed.
  • Tracking all issues referred to the Compliance Office.
  • Developing productive working relationships with all levels of management.
  • Presenting periodic and annual reports on the Compliance Program to the Board of Directors.
  • Developing and implementing, upon approval by executive management and the Board of
  • Directors, an annual review of an update to the Compliance Plan.
  • Reporting on a regular basis to the Board-appointed Quality and Compliance Committee on matters involving the Compliance Program. Additionally, the Compliance Officer at his/her discretion is expected to regularly report issues to the VP of Finance and Board of Directors.
  • Working with Executive Management to provide adequate information to employees to ensure that they have the requisite information and knowledge of regulatory issues and requirements to carry out their responsibilities in a lawful and ethical manner.
  • Ensuring that all contracts contain language that is corporate-compliant
  • Representing the board-appointed Quality and Compliance Committee, including developing appropriate agendas, reports, and information as directed from time to time by the committee.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and monitor the day-to-day compliance activities of Alive Hospice and the adherence to the Code of Conduct.
  • In consultation with legal counsel, establish a company compliance manual. Maintain and supplement the manual as necessary.
  • Develop and coordinate appropriate compliance training and education programs for all employees.  
  • Ensure and understand the company’s commitment to comply with all laws, regulations, company policies, and ethical requirements applicable to the conduct of the business. 
  • Assess the need for additional training and education and develop appropriate compliance programs.
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or oversee internal and external audit procedures for the purpose of monitoring and detecting any misconduct or noncompliance. If any misconduct or noncompliance is detected, recommend a solution, and follow up to ensure that the recommendations have been implemented.
  • Formalize and monitor a system to enable employees to report any noncompliance without fear of retribution, ensuring that the reporting system is adequately publicized and that allegations of noncompliance are investigated and responded to promptly.
  • In consultation with the Human Resources Department, help ensure that there is a mechanism in place for disciplining instances of noncompliance (including the failure to prevent, detect, or report any noncompliance), appropriate to the nature and extent of the deviation, and ensure consistency in the application of disciplinary action.
  • Work with the Human Resources Department to ensure a workforce with high ethical standards, including the establishment of minimum standards for conducting appropriate background and reference checks on potential employees.
  • Continually improve the Code of Conduct program and implement any necessary changes on an ongoing basis to improve the prevention and detection of any noncompliance.
  • In conjunction with the legal counsel, interface and, when appropriate, negotiate with external regulatory agencies.
  • Report to the board-appointed Quality and Compliance committee at its regular as otherwise wise when necessary, on any significant compliance issues to ensure appropriate discussion of such compliance issues and to ensure that appropriate action is taken.
  • Carry out all duties and responsibilities as assigned by the board-appointed Quality and Compliance Committee and/or under the Corporate Integrity Program.
  • Performing other duties as assigned 


  • Work collaboratively as a part of the Leadership team for activities/issues that cross departmental supervisory lines.
  • Ensure compliance with all  business regulations for departments for whom direct supervision responsibilities are granted to include but not limited to:
  • Human Resource standards of practice and compliance 
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act for security and privacy of protected health information and other related provisions
  • Compliance with Stark and  Anti-Kickback statutes including but not limited to referral relationships
  • CMS and The Joint Commission standards as applicable to departments supervised
  • All other business regulations that govern Alive Hospice practices.
  • Complete annual training in a timely manner, no later than companywide deadlines
  • Provide input and/or direction to Human Resources policies and procedures and the performance appraisal and incentive programs to ensure that improper conduct is discouraged and that support of and conformity with the Compliance       Program is part of any performance evaluation process for all employees.
  • Monitors clinical staff compliance with appropriate orientation, staff development, in-service education, and other educational plans.
  • Participates through preparation, report writing, presentation, and presence at Board and Board committee meetings at the request of the Board and/or the President/CEO.
  • Maintains and develops knowledge of evolving hospice and palliative care philosophy and practices.
  • Recruits select, orient, mentor, and discipline staff based on agency policy, practice guidelines, and staffing.
  • Develops protocols and algorithms for process management in conjunction with other directors as needed.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Manages and supervises employees involved with quality, compliance, analytics, medical records, 
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these teams. 



Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred; RN License is required; CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) preferred; 3-5 years Clinical Informatics background; demonstrated professional experience working with clinical records, electronic documentation, healthcare billing, and auditing. Experience creating and executing an organization-wide compliance and QAPI plan. Knowledge of Joint Commission standards and regulations, and quality and compliance experience in the hospice arena are strongly preferred.

Additional Information


Alive offers a full benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan to which Alive will match your contribution up to 3% at a rate of 0.5, a team-centered environment, and ongoing education and professional development.

How to Apply

Apply directly here or go to alivehospice.org/careers.


  • Date Posted: December 16, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 02/19/2024