To solve its need for the upmost compliance in its health initiatives, Howard University has chosen Erica Alexander, OTD/L, CHPC, CFE, CPHQ as the new deputy chief compliance officer. Learn more about her and her plans for Howard in the official release below.

Howard University is pleased to announce that Erica Alexander, OTD/L, CHPC, CFE, CPHQ, has been selected as the deputy chief compliance officer. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the compliance oversight for health sciences, which includes the Faculty Practice Plan (FPP), colleges of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing and allied health. In addition, she will serve as a liaison to the hospital and work in collaboration with the current compliance team for Howard University Hospital. Alexander is charged with overhauling the health sciences compliance and ethics program, including training and awareness, policy development and implementation, hotline management and investigations and the HIPAA privacy program. Additionally, she will serve as the official privacy officer for health sciences. She is a certified fraud examiner and earned the nationally recognized certification in health care privacy compliance.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Alexander into this critical role as we work together to strengthen the compliance supporting our internal customers, educating new clinicians and the teams delivering care to our community,” said Robert Clark Jr., CCEP, CIA, CBM, Howard University’s chief compliance officer.

Most recently, Alexander served as administrative chief of staff for Inova Health System’s Clinical Enterprise in Northern Virginia. There she led acquisitions and joint venture efforts in addition to guiding complex initiatives for the offices of the chief medical officer, chief administrative officer and chief nurse executive. Prior to that, she served in executive leadership compliance roles spanning the past 15 years, including serving as the chief compliance officer of United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. and vice president of corporate compliance and quality assurance for a mid-Atlantic post-acute care organization. Alexander brings versatility in senior leadership by serving previously in interim senior roles for risk management, human resources and contracts/procurement.

Alexander has a clinical background as an occupational therapist by trade and enjoys treating neuro specialties from birth through geriatrics. She’s lectured across the country on topics related to occupational therapy, compliance and health care quality best practices. She is currently one of nine certified instructors nationally for the National Association of Healthcare Quality’s (NAHQ) certification prep course. She previously served on the Board for Northern Virginia Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Currently, Alexander spends her spare time as a volunteer for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scholarship Committee, Volunteers of America (VOA) Health Services Board Committee and the board of Bite Me Cancer Foundation.

Alexander received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from Western Michigan University; she also earned a post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Chatham University. In 2018, Alexander was a selected applicant and completed the Department of Justice’s FBI Compliance Academy.

Alexander reports directly to the chief compliance officer of Howard University. Her office is located in the Howard University Hospital Towers Building, which is on the 6th floor in the Health Sciences Administration suite.