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Past Webinars


2018 TAHCH Webinars

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 

Reading the Tea Leaves – What are the Top Ten Risks Your Home Health Agency and / or Hospice will Face in 2018?

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services is required to compile and report survey and enforcement data every year in its Regulatory Services Annual Report. Other than minor changes in position, nine of the top 10 deficiencies listed in the Fiscal Year ’15 Annual Report continue to be top 10 issues or deficiencies in FY16. In this webinar, attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Anthony Cutrona will discuss the latest report to help home health agencies and hospices identify the most frequently cited deficiencies, review sample survey citations, recognize areas where your agency may improve patient services and how to respond to imposition of administrative penalties and enforcement action. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

Wednesday March 7, 2018

Home Health and Hospice Marketing Practices: Are Your Marketing Practices Legal?

H-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Healthcare AttorneyMarketing 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 an agency engages in marketing. In this webinar, attorneys Heidi Kocher and Michael Cook 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. 


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Wednesday April 4, 2018

Workplace Violence in Home Care – Protecting Your Patients and Staff

Cutrona,-Anthony-Optimized croppedPecore, RichardResearchers have found “violence against health care workers accounted for nearly as many injuries as in all other industries combined, which is four times greater than the average U.S. worker.” In this session, we will discuss the current workplace violence risks facing you, your staff and your patients. Attorneys Anthony Cutrona and Richard Pecore will cover strategies for responding to incidents of workplace violence. Participants will learn about the prevalence of workplace violence incidents in health care, about the typical profile of a perpetrator of health care violence, and about the importance of staff training regarding workplace violence prevention. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. 


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Wednesday May 2, 2018

Cybersecurity Issues for Home Health Providers

Health care LawyerCybersecurity threats that can cause financial losses, problems with government regulators and damage to your agency’s reputation. This presentation will provide an overview of current cybersecurity issues faced by home health providers and the latest legal developments. The presenters also will discuss best practices for managing cybersecurity risk and how to address a security breach. Join attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Ashley Morgan as they discuss these important issues. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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2017 TAHCH Webinars

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ADRs, Pre-Payment Reviews, Post-Payment Audits and Suspensions – The Impact of these Administrative Enforcement Tools on Home Health and Hospice Agencies.

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Pre-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 agency. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

Value-Based Purchasing – Where Does Your Home Health and / or Hospice Fit Into Delivery System Reform.

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarMedicare is moving rapidly from fee for service payments to payment based on quality. Through such mechanisms as ACOs, penalties on hospital re-admissions, other value based purchasing initiatives and pilot projects initiated through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations, the program is placing payment incentives for care that is based on quality and not quantity. Many state Medicaid programs and private insurers are following suit. Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher will discuss how your home health agency and hospice can take advantage of these initiatives and avoid being left out in the cold. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Home Health and Hospice Business Relationships – Is Your Agency in Violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark or the False Claims Act?

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarHome health and hospice agencies remain under considerable regulatory scrutiny. Over the past few years, the number of Anti-Kickback, Stark and False Claims Act cases brought against these providers have continued to increase. Is your agency at risk? Have you analyzed your Medical Director and other referral relationships? In this webinar, Robert W. Liles and Jennifer Papapanagiotou will discuss how these statutes work and steps you should be taking to reduce your agency’s potential liability. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The False Claims Act and its Impact on Home Health and Hospice Agencies.

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Home health and hospice agencies 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 how the False Claims Act impacts your home health and / or hospice agency. Learn how to identify and address risks in your agency. Join attorneys Adam Bird and Ashley Hudson 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.


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Buying and Selling Home Health and Hospice Agencies.

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarAre you in the market to buy or sell your agency? What are the various concerns you need to address when engaging in this type of business transaction? What steps can you take to reduce your level of risk? Join attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Heidi Kocher as they discuss these important issues. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Liability of Agency in Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation Reporting.

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarDespite your best efforts to screen and train members of your staff, care issues and complaints will eventually arise.  What steps can you take to prevent incidents of abuse, neglect of exploitation from happening in the first place?  If allegations such as these arise, what are your obligations to investigate and report these complaints?  How can you better prevent allegations of neglect associated with:


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  • The prevention, identification and treatment of bedsores.
  • The safe lifting and transfer of a patient from a bed to a wheelchair in a safe fashion without falls.
  • The proper administration of medication.
  • The communication of patient concerns you have identified to family members.
  • Caring for patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s or another mental condition that can be challenging.
  • Communicating with the patient physician when there is a change in a patient’s condition.

Join Michael Cook and Richard Pecore for a discussion of these issues. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

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

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarJoin us as we discuss the steps your agency can take, prospectively to better face an emergency or a natural disaster.  We will discuss the preparation of a comprehensive policy that your agency 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 Heidi Kocher and Anthony Cutrona as they outline the existing and new OIG regulatory concerns now facing home health and hospice agencies. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

OIG’s 2018 Workplan – Is Your Home Health, Hospice or Personal Care Agency in the Government’s Cross Hairs?

TAHCH WebinarTAHCH WebinarJoin 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 you home health, hospice and / or personal care agency 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 home health and hospice agencies. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A sessions to follow.

 


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