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Brian Santo, Esq., MPH, CHC, CCEP, CHRC, CHPC, PMP

Adjunct Faculty

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Biography

Brian Santo serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration in the MHA program. Mr. Santo possesses over a decade of in-house counsel, people leadership and client management experience, including subject matter expertise in contracting, data licensing, data privacy, human resource issues and corporate compliance programs. He is a member of the Office of General Counsel with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), serving as the firm’s Associate Counsel and Compliance Manager. Mr. Santo maintains responsibility for evaluating complex legal issues across multiple areas of law, providing risk management advice. He leads the Office of General Counsel in preparation and negotiation of all government and commercial contracts and data licenses, maintain responsibility for managing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the corporate compliance program and assists the General Counsel in being a liaison to the Board of Directors and outside counsel.

Prior to his time at NCQA, Mr. Santo worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leveraged his legal background to develop and negotiate all government and commercial contracts. His unique set of legal, health policy, general business and people leadership acumen allowed him to serve multiple roles for the firm. 

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Santo was drafted and played professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization.

Mr. Santo earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from Duquesne University and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Compliance and Ethics (CCEP), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) certifications.

Degrees

JD, , Duquesne University

MPH, , University of Pittsburgh

Research

Research Interests

  • Healthcare law and policy

  • Healthcare compliance

  • Project management

Publications

Santo, B. (2018). Now arrived: Procurement changes to OMB uniform guidance.” Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 20(6). 

Santo, B. (2017). Legal holds: Best practices for meeting preservation requirements. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 19(6).

Santo, B. (2016). Time is on Your Side: DCAA Audit Compliance for Government Contractors. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 18(5).

Santo, B. (2015). HR’s Pivotal Role in a Corporate Compliance Program. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 17(9).

Santo, B. (2014). The Mistake and Reality of One-Size-Fits-All Compliance Management. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 16(8).

Santo, B. (2013). Project Management Methodologies for an Effective Compliance Program. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 15(6).

Santo, B. (2012). Benefits of Voluntarily Addressing the Red Flags Rule for Health Care Providers. Health Care Compliance Association Compliance Today, 14(2).

Santo, B. (2011). Addressing the Issues: The Effectiveness of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Adopting Recommendations to Combat Medicare Fraud and Abuse. American Bar Association Health Law eSource, 7(5).

Santo, B. (2010). The False Claims Act: Analysis of the Recently Expanded Legislation on Qui Tam Actions and Related Impact on Whistleblowers. American Bar Association Health Law eSource, 6, PPACA Special Edition for July.

Santo, B. (2009). Health Courts: The Effect of the Proposed Facelift to the Current United States Malpractice System on the Defensive Practice of Medicine and Related Healthcare Costs. American Bar Association Health Law eSource, 5(7).

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