Sarah Couture is a Managing Director at Ankura based out of Chicago. A registered nurse for over 18 years, she has spent the past nine years focused on healthcare management and compliance, specializing in compliance program assessment, development in various types of healthcare entities, and interim compliance program staffing. In addition, she performs and provides training in research billing coverage analysis and clinical auditing.
Sarah specializes in healthcare compliance including program effectiveness assessment, risk assessment and program development, interim compliance staffing, research billing coverage analysis, and clinical and medical necessity auditing. In her tenure as a compliance consultant, she has provided interim compliance management services in pediatric and academic medical centers, performed effectiveness and risk assessments for hospitals, pharmacies, and long-term care entities; served as a board compliance expert for organizations under Corporate Integrity Agreements; performed and taught research billing coverage analysis for academic medical centers; and conducted clinical and medical necessity auditing to various entities including several inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
Prior to her current role as a compliance consultant, Sarah was the hospital compliance manager at the University of Kentucky Healthcare Office of Corporate Compliance. In this role, she was responsible for compliance related to hospital departments and the revenue cycle. While there, she was responsible for oversight of the hospital’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) work plan process, led the Medicare Compliance Review audit, and led the interdisciplinary revenue integrity committee. She also developed and provided high-risk compliance education and training and performed various audits.
Before that, she managed clinical operations for a two-site free clinic that provided care for indigent patients. Her role included the development of content for a patient education plan and physician documentation auditing and improvement, oversight of clinical operations (including the development of policies and procedures and responsibility for materials management), compliance with state regulations, patient advocacy, and community awareness.
Prior to this role, Sarah worked with children and adults in multiple practice settings, including a skilled nursing facility, federally qualified health center and free clinic, outpatient primary care, and the inpatient hospital care. Before she entered the compliance field, she always gravitated to opportunities within the clinical setting that would enhance both care for the patient and functionality of the facility, such as quality and safety, monitoring and auditing, development of educational materials and plans, and effective clinical management.
Sarah is a regular speaker at regional and national compliance events and recently co-wrote a chapter of the “Healthcare Compliance Professional’s Manual.” She also regularly develops compliance education including material for a monthly regulatory webinar.