|Mr. Larry Plutko
Larry Plutko was appointed UT Systemwide Compliance Officer on September 29, 2008 by Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, Chancellor ad interim of the UT System. Prior to joining the UT System, Mr. Plutko served as the corporate compliance and privacy officer for the Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut. In this role, he provided chief oversight for the compliance program at the hospital system. The system includes Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, and Greenwich Hospital. He joined YNHHS in March 2005, after serving as the system integrity officer for the Providence Health & Services, Seattle, Washington, from 1997 to 2005, and from 1993 to 1997, as its system director, Office of Ethics.
As chief compliance and ethics officer for the Providence Health & Services, Mr. Plutko provided leadership and oversight for system compliance and ethics support services for a multi-state healthcare system, with 27 acute care hospitals, 35 non-acute facilities, and 57,000 employees in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and California. The system also sponsors a health plan with more than 775,000 members and other eligible lives in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Mr. Plutko holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Mount St. Mary's University and completed postgraduate work in philosophy and ethics at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Georgetown University. He served as Adjunct Faculty, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and, School of Medicine, University of Washington, as well as Adjunct Faculty in Business Ethics, Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University.
He was granted Compliance Officer Certification by the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1998 and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Association of American Medical Colleges, and American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Plutko has provided numerous consultations and presentations on corporate compliance and healthcare and business ethics throughout the country and written articles on ethics and compliance.
Wesley G. Byerly, Pharm.D. is the Assistant Systemwide Compliance Officer for Research for University of Texas System. His responsibilities include developing, implementing, and overseeing a comprehensive research compliance program in the areas of sponsored programs, protection of human and animal research subjects, research integrity, conflict of interest, biosafety, environmental health and safety, and export controls across the fifteen institutions that comprise the University of Texas System. Dr. Byerly works closely with the Chief Systemwide Compliance Officer as well as the heads of the compliance programs and research administrative units at each of the University of Texas campuses to facilitate and coordinate communication on research-related issues, develop and implement research compliance standards, policies and procedures, assist with education and training, ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor and enforce research compliance standards, and to collaborate on investigations of non-compliance.
Dr. Byerly has previously held research administrative positions as the Director for the Office of Clinical Trials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, Associate Dean for Research Support for Duke University School of Medicine, and Executive Director for Research Regulatory Affairs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in 1980 and Pharm.D. degree in 1986, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified in Heath Care Research Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association and maintains an active pharmacy license. He has held academic appointments at Duke University School of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, and Rutgers University School of Pharmacy. Prior to his career in research administration he has been Director of Drug Information at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and Director of Pharmacy Management for QualChoice of North Carolina.
David Givens began his work at the UT System in 2005 and is the Systemwide Compliance Manager providing guidance and direction to the compliance programs at the nine academic and six healthcare institutions.
Prior to joining UT System, Mr. Givens held various finance management and controller positions for 15 years at Dell, Intel and AMR (parent of American Airlines). His responsibilities included serving as controller accountable for all financial aspects of the vendor funding program which had revenue in excess of $100 million annually, and supporting the worldwide corporate capital acquisitions operations team in purchasing fabrication capital equipment in excess of $2 billion annually.
Mr. Givens graduated with a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.
Laura Jarrett is the Assistant Systemwide Compliance Officer for Healthcare. In her role, she assists the UT System healthcare institutions with the planning, design, implementation, and ongoing direction of all compliance programs, and policies and procedures in accordance with the UT System mission and vision.
Prior to joining UT System, Ms. Jarrett was the Regional Manager of Revenue Control in Revenue Cycle Management at Providence Health and Services. During her time there, she developed, implemented, and managed a new operational compliance function whose goal was to protect revenue by identifying and mitigating regulatory and financial risk to the organization. She worked with many different health care service lines across two states including 10 hospitals, 100+ physician and outpatient specialty clinics, outpatient laboratory services, and home health, hospice and nursing home care. In her role, she conducted risk review audits, managed the regulatory audit workflow, appeal, and risk mitigation processes, acted as a subject matter expert for regulatory and billing compliance, and worked on other major health care initiatives for the system including a systemwide EHR implementation and ICD-10 preparation. Before taking her position at Providence, Ms. Jarrett worked at KPMG in the forensics practice. In this role, she worked primarily with health care organizations to identify and implement compliance, regulatory, business, and operational best practices through risk assessments and compliance-related investigations or risk mitigation projects.
Ms. Jarrett received her BA in Political Science and her MBA with a specialization in health care administration from Baylor University. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Health Care Compliance Association, and is certified in Healthcare Compliance.
Lewis Watkins is Chief Information Security Officer for The University of Texas System. He is responsible for implementation and coordination of an information security compliance program spanning the System's nine academic and six health institutions, The University of Texas System Administration, and The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).
Previously, Mr. Watkins served as Director of Information Resources for the University of Texas System Administration. He was responsible for managing the operational components of information technology including user and network support, records and document management, systems development, and IT security. Before this, Mr. Watkins managed IT at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas where he had oversight of all IT operations and applications development and where he implemented the agency’s first information security program. Earlier he held various student support, research, and technical positions at UT Austin in the School of Business, School of Education, General Libraries, and Information Technology Services. Mr. Watkins has extensive experience in the development of large automated applications including library automation, student registration, insurance enrollment, annuity payroll, and investments.
Before entering the field of information technology, Mr. Watkins taught adult continuing education classes for six years at Anchorage Community College, Anchorage, Alaska. He is author of three math workbooks. Mr. Watkins holds a BS in Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a MEd from the University of Alaska. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).