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Liles Parker currently serves as “Compliance Legal Counsel” for the American Medical Billing Association (AMBA). Our attorneys founded and co-sponsored a monthly, interactive webinar series with the AMBA which is participated in by hundreds of health care providers and medical billers each and every month.  These free webinars are currently approved for the following CEU credit:

1 CEU through AMBA

1 CEU through AAPC

1 CEU through PMI

1 CEU through PAHCOM 

Please see below for a list of upcoming webinars:

January 10, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

HIPAA Privacy — Audits, Privacy and Security Challenges

jcabelheadshotLes JohnsonHealth information privacy is serious business. When is the last time you assessed your privacy practices? OCR (and contractors working for the agency) are in the process of auditing covered entities and business associates around the country – are you prepared for an unexpected audit? Join Jason Cabell and Lester Johnson as they discuss the steps you can take TODAY to reduce your chances of having  a privacy breach. We will discuss recent cases where OCR has assessed penalties and assess the reasons behind each breach. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

February 14, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Employer Scrutiny and Screening for Current and New Employees and Providers.

Paul.Weidenfeldrobert_w_lilesThe Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released guidance regarding how health care providers participating in Medicare and / or Medicaid must handle mandatory exclusion screening procedures. This guidance has dramatically transformed exclusion screening from a simple, annual check to a thorough monthly screening obligation that includes mandatory checks of all employees, contractors, and vendors. Last year, OIG screening audits greatly intensified. In this webinar, attorneys Paul Weidenfeld and Robert W. Liles will discuss the importance of exclusion screening, how to screen and which exact databases must be screened – according to both federal and state regulations, how often and which employees providers must screen, and how providers must document their exclusion screening efforts in order to comply with the law. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

March 13, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Employment Law Update – Issues and Considerations Facing Your Practice or Your Third-Party Billing Agency.

H-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Cutrona,-Anthony-Optimized croppedIn this session, we will also discuss a number of recent employment law changes.  We will discuss your obligations under the FLSA, and whether you are required to pay overtime.  We will also discuss whether it is proper for you to engage staff as independent contractors or whether they should be treated as an employee.  Finally, we will discuss recent case holdings by the EEOC and how these rulings may impact your organization. Join attorneys Heidi Kocher and Anthony Cutrona for a discussion of these employment issues and ways that you can reduce your level of risk. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

April 12, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Discounts and Waivers – When are they permissible?  When are they likely illegal?

Jennifer PapapanagiotouMichael CookBoth health care providers and third-party billers often have a difficult time trying to determine whether their efforts qualify as “good faith efforts to collect” outstanding amounts.  Additionally, what does HHS-OIG mean when it says that “routine” waivers are likely to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.  When can you give someone a discount? In this webinar, attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Michael Cook will discuss the risks your practice may run when waiving cop-payments and deductibles for patients covered by governmental and private payor plans. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

May 9, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Practice or Billing Company Ready to Respond in the Event of a Disaster or an Incident of Workplace Violence?

Pecore, RichardCutrona,-Anthony-Optimized croppedJoin us as we discuss the steps your organization can take, prospectively to better face an emergency or a natural disaster.  We will discuss the preparation of a comprehensive policy that you can utilize to train your staff.  We will also go over the steps you can take to respond to an incident of workplace violence. Join attorneys Richard Pecore and Anthony Cutrona as they outline the steps you can take to effectiveness respond to an emergency or a workplace violence incident. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

June 13, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Balance Billing and Billing Out of Network.

IMG_1897Ashley-OptimizedOne of the most controversial issues in medical billing circles is the practice of “balance billing.” While there is no federal prohibition against this practice, a number of states have passed legislation seeking to reign in this practice. During this webinar, we will discuss the current legal and regulatory environment associated with balance billing. We will also discuss the risks an out of network provider may face when engaging in this practice.  Join attorneys Lorraine Ater and Ashley Hudson as they outline the steps you can take to effectiveness respond to an audit of your practice. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

July 13, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Preventing Medicare Termination and Revocation – Tips on Avoiding an Adverse Action and on Appealing Such an Event.

Jennifer PapapanagiotouAdam Bird is a Health Law AttorneyAs Medicare transitions away from “pay-and-chase,” more and more health care providers are finding their company’s Medicare number subject to termination or revocation, usually based on one or more recommendations of a Medicare contractor.  How can you avoid one of these adverse actions?  How should you respond if your number if terminated or revoked?  What impact do these actions have on a third-party billing company?  Join Attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Adam Bird as they discuss the challenges presented if your practice is terminated or revoked from participating in the Medicare program.  This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

August 8, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Cyber Update: HIPAA Audits / Encrypted Cell Phone E-mails and Texts / E-faxing / Cloud Computing Guidelines and Concerns. 

H-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Michael CookThe Office of Civil Rights is aggressively auditing both Covered Entities and Business Associates in an effort to better ensure that these organizations are meeting their privacy obligations under HIPAA and HITECH.  What are the primary risks of breach facing your organization? What risks do you face when receiving e-mails and texts on your cell phones?  What steps should you take before signing-up to use a cloud storage provider?  Join Heidi Kocher and Michael Cook as they discuss the current enforcement landscape and how you can reduce your level of risk. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

September 12, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Third-Party Billing Agreements – Is Your Contract Protecting Your Interests?

Ismail Cropped 14robert_w_lilesUnfortunately, most third-party billing company agreements with physicians have either been copied off of the internet or modeled off of a general “service” contract. Neither of these approaches protects your company! During this webinar, we will discuss many of the pitfalls of using a poorly written billing agreement. We will also discuss how you can incorporate compliance into your agreement, thereby making it easier to protect yourself (and your physicians) by periodically auditing your client’s charts to ensure that their billings are properly documented and support medical necessity. In this webinar, attorneys Ismail Laher and Robert W. Liles will discuss the importance of having a sound contract in place.  This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

October 10, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

ADRs, Pre-Payment Reviews, Post-Payment Audits and Suspensions – The Impact of these Administrative Enforcement Tools on a Physician Practice.

Ashley-OptimizedAdam Bird is a Health Law AttorneyPre-payment reviews are now being conducted by both ZPICs and RACs. While the government has placed some restrictions on their use, contractors continue to exercise great latitude in their scope and the length that they are imposed. Similarly, contractors remain in control of post-payments conducted and suspension actions recommended to CMS. In this webinar, attorneys Ashley Hudson and Adam Bird will discuss these enforcement actions and outline the adverse impact each action can have on your practice. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

November 14, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

The Importance of Incorporation and Asset Protection for Third-Party Billing Companies and Physician Practices.

H-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Jennifer PapapanagiotouUnfortunately, sometimes even your best efforts are insufficient to keep an organization solvent. If your third-party billing company or your practice is forced into bankruptcy, can you be held liable? Are your personal assets at risk? What impact will a bankruptcy action have on your ability to start a new company? Join attorneys Heidi Kocher and Jennifer Papapanagiotou as they discuss these important issues. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

December 12, 2017 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

OIG’s 2018 Workplan – Is Your Practice or Third-Party Billing Company in the Government’s Cross Hairs?

Pecore, RichardCutrona,-Anthony-Optimized croppedJoin us as we discuss the new and recurring areas of concern outlined in OIG’s 2018 Workplan. We will review a number of the areas deemed problematic by law enforcement and discuss steps you can take to keep your practice and / or third-party billing company within the four corners of the law. Join attorneys Richard Pecore and Anthony Cutrona as they outline the existing and new OIG regulatory concerns now facing organization. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

January 9, 2018 at Noon ET (11am CT, 9am PT)

Reading the Tea Leaves – What are the Top Risks Your Practice and / or Third-Party Billing Company will Face in 2017

robert_w_lilesAdam Bird is a Health Law AttorneyJoin us as we discuss the likely challenges and risks facing your practice and / or third-party billing company in the upcoming year. What are the chances that your organization will be audited? What are the administrative enforcement remedies currently being pursued by Zone Program Integrity Contractors? How should your organization respond? In this webinar, attorneys Robert W. Liles and Adam Bird will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Registration is free for all AMBA members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

 

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