Accounting and Audit Enforement

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Accounting and Audit Enforcement

Using the Internet, Strayer databases, or the Securities
and Exchange Commission’s Website, located at http://www.sec.gov/divisions/enforce/friactions/friactions2012.shtml,
perform a search on several U.S. health care publicly-traded companies and
choose a health care organization that has been accused of committing health
care fraud.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Evaluate
    the level of SOX regulations that applied to for-profit and not-for-profit
    health care organizations, indicating whether or not mandating SOX requirements
    for non-profits might reduce fraud and increase corporate governance. Provide support
    for your rationale.

  2. Determine
    whether SOX has been effective in regulating ethical behavior of for-profit
    health care organizations. Defend your position,

  3. Determine
    whether deficiencies existed in the IT environment, and suggest ways to improve
    audit trails, data integrity, and procedures in order to reduce the risk of
    fraudulent activity.

  4. Review
    the audit report issued by the external auditing firm from the company’s
    Websites for the year it was accused of fraud. Then, determine whether the
    external auditors were negligent in preparing the audit report for the company.
    Formulate an opinion regarding which Internal Control was deficient or what
    GAAP was violated. Defend your position.

  5. Determine
    what provision(s) of SOX was/were violated in the health care fraud case in
    question. Indicate whether or not SOX adequately provides sanctions to deter the
    behavior or if changes are needed to the regulations to remedy the issue(s) and
    thus ensure compliance.

  6. Based
    on the fraudulent activity that occurred, recommend two (2) improvements to the
    internal control environment to reduce those occurrences. Provide detailed
    recommendations.

  7. Use
    at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not
    qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New
    Roman font (12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references
    must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
    instructions.

  • Include a cover page containing the title of
    the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and
    the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the
    required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with
this assignment are:

  • Evaluate internal controls within an
    organization and create a risk assessment.

  • Analyze ethical theories to evaluate a
    decision-making process to determine compliance with professional codes of
    ethics.

  • Evaluate the health organizations to
    assess the level of risk in an audit engagement.

  • Evaluate financial data for potential
    fraud and prepare an audit approach for detecting fraud.

  • Assess the risk of financial misstatement
    in an IT-based environment.

  • Use technology and information resource to
    research issues in accounting management.

  • Write clearly and concisely about
    accounting management using proper writing mechanics.

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