Lea Fourkiller
Managing Director

Compliance, Internal Investigations & Program Effectiveness; Corporate Integrity Agreements

Lea Fourkiller is a Managing Director at Ankura with more than 30 years of experience in diverse operational, legal, and compliance areas, particularly in healthcare and petroleum marketing and refining. She has worked with non-healthcare corporations, sovereign nation government healthcare systems, and for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare systems. Her expertise is in healthcare compliance, contracting, policy development and implementation, marketing and promotions, and advisory at all levels of an organization on various issues.  She is based in Chicago.

  • Experience

    Lea has developed and executed healthcare compliance programs and initiatives for over 15 years, creating general and specialized employee training and development sessions, implementing process improvements, investigating complex compliance issues, performing compliance program effectiveness reviews and evaluations, and advising all levels of the organization on ethics and compliance issues. Her healthcare experience includes health systems, single hospitals, children’s hospitals, rehabilitation units, ambulatory care clinics and revenue cycle services.

    In addition, she has experience navigating a significant corporate integrity agreement, during which, as part of the compliance department leadership, she worked closely with the company president and the various corporate compliance committees. Accordingly, she collaborated with the human resources, legal, operations, and financial management departments.

    Lea is an experienced compliance officer at the corporate, regional, and local levels.

    She has more than 16 years of experience in management at a major oil corporation where she was responsible for federal tax filings, developing the sales and use tax department, monitoring regulatory requirements, and providing in-house legal counsel for the marketing, refining, petrochemicals, lubricants, and treasury departments.

    Lea’s professional experience includes:

    • Vice president and chief compliance officer for Conifer Health Solutions where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and leading the values-based ethics and compliance program encompassing revenue cycle, physician services, consumer finance, conflict of interest, and value-based care.
    • Regional compliance director at Tenet Healthcare where she oversaw the compliance and ethics efforts of 13 hospitals, supervised regional compliance staff, collaborated with hospital leadership to develop and implement compliance and ethics programs, investigated compliance-related issues, and chaired the regional compliance committee.
    • Compliance officer for three Tenet Healthcare hospitals in Dallas, Texas, where she developed compliance champions and monitored compliance and ethics at three Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex hospitals. She served as chair of the hospital committees and advised hospital leadership and governing boards on compliance and ethics matters.
    • Compliance officer and contracts administrator for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians & Indian Health Services and part of the leadership team effectuating self-governance for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians healthcare funding.
    • Operations and in-house counsel for a major oil marketing and refining corporation.

    Lea is a faculty member for Health Care Compliance Association Healthcare Academies and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Academies and speaks at their events on topics including the development, implementation, auditing and monitoring, and effectiveness of ethics and compliance programs. She is also a member of the item writing committees for the compliance and privacy certification examinations.

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