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TAHCH Webinar Series


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Liles Parker PLLC is pleased to announce its upcoming Webinar Wednesday series in partnership with the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHCH).  Starting January 2016, Liles Parker attorneys will provide a monthly hour-long webinar on pertinent compliance issues facing home health, hospice, and personal care agencies.  Topics address wide array of matters including: compliance risk areas such as face-to-face narratives and screening requirements; pre-payment review and post-payment audits; and business arrangements.

These webinar are preapproved for 1 clock hour for Administrators / Alternates and 1 contact hour of continuing education for nurses.

Registration is free for TAHCH Members and all current Liles Parker clients. Please see below for a list of upcoming webinars:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST)

Reading the Tea Leaves – What are the Top Risks Your Home Health Agency and / or Hospice will Face in 2017?

robert_w_lilesAdam Bird is a Health Law AttorneyJoin us as we discuss the likely challenges and risks facing your home health agency and / or hospice in the upcoming year. What are the chances that your agency will be audited? What are the administrative enforcement remedies currently being pursued by Zone Program Integrity Contractors? How should your agency respond? In this webinar, attorneys Robert W. Liles and Adam Bird 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 TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

Employment Law Update – Home Health / Hospice / Personal Care Agency Employment Issues and Considerations.

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 agency. 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 TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released guidance regarding how home health, hospices, personal care agencies (and other 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 TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

Preventing the Revocation of Your Home Health or Hospice Agency from the Medicare Program – Tips on Avoiding an Adverse Action and on Responding to Such an Event.

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As 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 home health or hospice agency? In this webinar, attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Lorraine Ater will discuss the current revocation actions being pursued by the government how your agency can reduce its risk of being subjected to such an adverse action. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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

Michael CookH-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Medicare 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients. Please register here

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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

Jennifer Papapanagiotourobert_w_lilesHome 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients. Please register here

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

Buying and Selling Home Health and Hospice Agencies.

Jennifer PapapanagiotouH-Kocher-photo-2-199x300Are 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

Liability of Agency in Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation Reporting.

Michael CookPecore, RichardDespite 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:

  • 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

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

IMG_1897Cutrona,-Anthony-Optimized croppedJoin 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 Lorraine Ater 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.  Please register here

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PS)

OIG’s 2018 Workplan – Is Your Home Health, Hospice or Personal Care Agency 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 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients. Please register here