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AMBA Webinar Series


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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 9, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Reading the Tea Leaves – What are the Top Risks Your Practice and / or Third-Party Billing Company will Face in 2019?

Robert W. Liles defends health care providers in Medicare audits

Join 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 UPICs and ZPICs? How should your organization respond? In this webinar, attorneys Robert W. Liles and Paul Weidenfeld 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

February 13, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Private Payor Risks and Headaches

Healthcare AttorneyHealthcare AttorneyHealth care providers are continually having to deal with new, unfunded regulatory mandates while reimbursement rates are continuing to fall. It is therefore essential that you understand the proverbial “Rules of the Road” when it comes to your private payor contractual obligations.  In this session, we will discuss the importance of understanding your practice’s cost structure before recommending to your physicians that they enter into a contract.  Moreover, we will discuss factors that will determine whether you have the leverage to negotiate key aspects of the contract. Finally, we will discuss the importance of complying with the terms and conditions of your private payor contract.  We will also discuss the ramifications should you fail to live up to your obligations under the agreement. Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Heidi Kocher will present this important webinar. 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, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

ADRs, Pre-Payment Reviews, Post-Payment Audits and Suspensions – The Impact of these Administrative Enforcement Tools on Your Practice (and the Associated Impact on Your Third-Party Billing Company)

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Pre-payment reviews are now being conducted by both UPICs and ZPICs. 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 Lester Johnson and Jason Cabell will discuss these enforcement actions and outline the adverse impact each action can have on your practice (and on your third-party billing company). 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 17, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

What the Heck? How Should Your Practice or Third-Party Billing Company React When Something Goes Wrong?

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Mistakes happen.  What should you do if an “excluded” party is advertently hired?  How should overpayments be handled?  What are your obligations is you uncover evidence of patient abuse?  How should you respond if you learn that one your marketing personnel has been engaging in improper or illegal solicitation activities?  How should you react if a physician demands a “fee” in order to receive referrals? Join us as we discuss these issues and more!  Attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher will discuss the steps you should take to reduce your level of risk and make any necessary disclosures to the government.  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

May 8, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Health Care Employment Issues – From Marijuana to Sexual Harassment

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Health care employers are facing more regulatory challenges on a daily basis than ever before. The employment landscape has changed in recent years and it is essential that you remain up-to-date on the current state of the law. Join us as we discuss the following cutting-edge issues so that you can reduce your agency’s level of regulatory risk:

  • • Religious Discrimination in the Workplace. How is the EEOC Viewing These Issues?
  • • Transgender Discrimination – What is the Current Position Being Taken by EEOC?
  • • Sexual Harassment, Workplace Harassment and Violence in the Workplace
  • • Marijuana Use and Drug and Substance Abuse Testing
  • • Recent Holdings Under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • • New EEOC Guidance on Domestic Violence and Stalking

In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Anthony Cutrona will discuss ways your agency 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

June 12, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

The False Claims Act – Recent Cases Against Health Care Providers and Suppliers.

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Health care providers and suppliers around the country are under the microscope.  With the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the False Claims Act is more important than ever before.  Join us as we discuss the basics of the False Claims Act and discuss its use in a number of recent cases brought by both whistleblowers and the government. Learn how to identify and address risks in your agency. Join attorneys Lester Johnson and Jason Cabell as they discuss how the government is applying the law, prosecuting the cases and interpreting the statute. 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 10, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

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

Robert W. Liles defends health care providers in Medicare audits

Unfortunately, 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 Robert W. Liles and Paul Weidenfeld 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

August 14, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Communication Risks – E-mail, Text Messages, Video, Social Media, Cell Phones & Metadata: How Many Ways Can You Get Into Trouble? 

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The risks associated with poor or improper communications in healthcare compliance cannot be understated as they permeate virtually every aspect of a health care provider’s organization and operations.  In this session, we will discuss how everyday communications, that we all take for granted, can go very, very wrong. What are the risks do you face when receiving e-mails and texts on your cell phones? Are your patients recording your evaluations of their care? Can you stop your employees from making inappropriate work-related posts on social media? It’s truly a crazy world that we live in. Join Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider 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 11, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Preventing Medicare Termination and Revocation – Avoiding Common Mistakes and Appealing the Revocation of Your Billing Privileges.

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There are fourteen regulatory bases for revocation that may be relied upon by the government when revoking a health care providers Medicare billing privileges.  In this session, we will go over each of these reasons for revocation and discuss actual cases where “the train left the proverbial tracks.” We will also discuss the ways that you can better ensure that your practice doesn’t make one of several common mistakes that may result in revocation. Finally, we will discuss how you should respond if your Medicare number if terminated or revoked?  What impact do these actions have on a third-party billing company?  Join Attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Michael Cook as they discuss these important challenges.  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 9, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

Health Care Marketing Practices:  Are Your Marketing Practices Legal

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Marketing activities that would normally qualify as ordinary business courtesies if extended to an actual or potential source of referrals in other industries, are often illegal in the context of Federal health business programs. In this session, we will discuss whether a number of common marketing practices comply with Stark and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.  We will also examine various Texas State laws that must be considering before a health care provider or third-party billing company engages in marketing. In this webinar, attorneys Heidi Kocher and Anthony Cutrona discuss how Stark regulates gifts and other marketing activities aimed at referral sources.  They will also learn how the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute impacts the provision of gifts and other marketing activities aimed at referral sources.  Finally, the presenters will discuss how Texas State statutes regulate the provision of gifts on referral sources.  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 13, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

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

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Unfortunately, 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 Leonard Schneider 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 11, 2018 at 12pm ET (11am CT, 10am PT)

OIG Work Plan Update – What are the OIG’s Current Areas of Focus

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For the past year and a half, OIG has updated its Work Plan on a monthly, rather than an annual basis.  This has really “upped-the-ante” so to speak, in terms of your need to monitor the agency’s ever-changing priorities.  In this session, we will discuss a number of the current projects that OIG is conducting and examine several recurring areas of concern that just don’t ever seem to leave the list! We will also 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 your 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