Muscio receives corporate compliance highest honor

Debra Muscio, Community Medical Centers’ corporate vice president and chief audit and compliance officer, was recently named a Fellow of the Health Ethics Trust at the Healthcare Compliance Best Practices Forum in Washington, D.C. The title is the highest honor available to a corporate compliance officer and was established almost fifteen years ago to honor those who have made an exceptional contribution to health care compliance.

Debra Muscio receives the highest honor given a corporate compliance officer from Health Ethics Trust president Mark Pastin.

Mark Pastin, president of the Health Ethics Trust said, "Debra has long been considered by her peers to be one of the best compliance officers in the country. I have always been personally amazed at how much Debra can get done with the resources at hand. Debra is a tireless worker with the ability to inspire others. She has helped me any number of times and I am glad that Debra has finally been named a Fellow of the Trust."

Muscio was nominated for this award by a peer compliance officer to whom she provided substantial assistance. It recognizes her leadership not only at Community Medical Centers, but also in her previous role at the Central Connecticut Health Alliance. While there, she authored a Best Compliance Practice on the topic of quarterly management reporting that is the single most referenced best practice since the Forum was established.

The Health Ethics Trust established the Healthcare Compliance Best Practices Forum in 1995 as a peer review process to recognize compliance achievements in health care organizations.

Jennifer Avila-Allen reported this story. She can be reached at