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Fox Chase's Piccolo Certified in Health Care Compliance; One of First in Nation to Receive Certification

PHILADELPHIA (October 10, 2000) -- Joseph A. Piccolo, MBA, CHC, Glenside, Pa., is one of the first health care professionals in the country to receive the CHC credential, indicating that he is Certified in Health Care Compliance.

The purpose of this certification is to recognize health care professionals who have demonstrated knowledge regarding compliance with the regulatory bodies that monitor the health care industry. Health care compliance encompasses a wide range of issues including federal and state regulations regarding health care, reimbursement, managed care, and due diligence to prevent and detect violations of the law. The role of compliance professional is to educate physicians and other health care providers to the nuances of the regulations, and to provide oversight to insure that the myriad of rules and regulations are followed.

The CHC credential recognizes those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the Health Care Compliance Board (HCCB) and pass the HCCB's certification examination. It also provides a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification, thereby assisting members of the health professions in the assessment of a health care compliance professional.

Individuals who have one year of health care compliance experience and 20 continuing education credits are eligible to take the computerized 100 question multiple choice exam. Those who passed the test received the CHC credential. The examination was first offered in June, and to date, 29 individuals have passed and received certification including Piccolo. The CHC program is the only program in the country that gauges competency based on a statistically valid skill set.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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