Dianne Pledgie Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Compliance Counsel, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP

As Compliance Counsel with the firm’s Health Law practice group, Dianne assists health centers with the implementation of effective compliance programs and she manages the array of www.HealthCenterCompliance.com.Dianne works with health centers to design compliance programs that focus on their highest risks by conducting risk assessments, developing targeted compliance work plans, and coaching compliance officers throughout the process. She also conducts trainings across the country on building compliance programs that engage the entire organization – from the Board of Directors to front-line employees – in the compliance program. She also researches and writes in-depth articles on various compliance topics, produces the firm’s compliance e-Newsletter, and drafts sample policies and procedures. As the first point of contact for health centers with compliance questions, Dianne is always ready to guide clients to the resources they need.

Dianne is well-versed in the compliance issues facing health centers because of her experience as Chief Compliance Officer and Manager of Government Grants for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, one of the largest health center programs in the country. She implemented a compliance program which addressed federal and state grant requirements(Section 330, Ryan White, Department of Public Health), the FTCA and risk management activities, and HIPAA and state privacy requirements. She led internal investigations, oversaw internal and external audits, developed internal policies and procedures, and conducted annual and new employee training. Dianne currently serves as the Interim Compliance and Privacy Officer with a large, multi-site health center in Washington, D.C. In addition, she is an editor and contributing author to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Compliance Watch newsletter. While attending Northeastern University School of Law, Dianne completed legal internships with the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin; Judge Margaret M. Hinkle; and U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.