TAHCH Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

TAHCH Webinars

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 pre-approved 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.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Jennifer Papapanagiotou, J.D., M.S.-partner-lilesparker

In July 2021, President Biden began rolling out vaccination mandates covering federal employees and contractors. At that time, President Biden also called on employers to implement their own vaccination mandates. Since that time, thousands of organizations around the country have taken steps to require their employees to be vaccinated if they work in the office. On November 21, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that employers with 100 or more employees would be required to ensure that their workers are either vaccinated for COVID-19 OR are being tested on a weekly basis. On this same date, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that health care workers at most facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid must be fully vaccinated. The CMS mandate covers more than 17 million health care workers and approximately 76,000 health care facilities. Affected health care workers must meet CMS’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirements by January 4, 2022. Notably, CMS’s vaccination mandate applies to 15 types of providers and suppliers, two of which include home health providers and hospices. In recent weeks, State Attorney Generals in 22 states have filed federal cases in Missouri, Louisiana, Florida and Texas, challenging the mandate. A Federal District Court in Missouri has preliminarily blocked the mandate in 10 states and a Federal District Court in Louisiana has blocked the mandate in the rest of the country. What should your home health and hospice do? Join attorney Jennifer Papapanagiotou for a discussion of these ever-changing requirements. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

michael-cook-healthcare-lawyer-lilesparkerheidiKocher-partner-lilesparker

Value-based payments (VBP) and alternative payment methodologies (APMs) are becoming more prevalent both in the public programs and private insurance. Additionally, the HHS has recently published new safe harbors that directly affect these payment mechanisms. The session will discuss some of the various VBPs and APMs that may affect home health agencies and hospices, the new safe harbors related to these payment mechanisms, how you can participate, and the pitfalls of which to be aware. Join attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher as they discuss these important developments. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Regina Morano - Liles Parkermichael-cook-healthcare-lawyer-lilesparker

Over the last year, the HHS Office of Civil Rights has aggressively pursued and publicized alleged HIPAA breach violations and the alleged failure of health care providers to meet their patient “Right of Access” obligations. The penalties assessed have been significant and the collateral damage to an organization’s reputation can be long-lasting. In this session, we will discuss these timely enforcement issues and cover ways that your home health or hospice agency can reduce its level of risk. Join attorneys Regina Morano and Michael Cook for a discussion on these costly enforcement actions. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

heidiKocher-partner-lilesparkerJennifer Papapanagiotou, J.D., M.S.-partner-lilesparker

Are 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 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. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

richard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare AttorneyLes-Johnson-partner-LilesParker

Effective September 2021, Target, probe and Educate (TPE) audits were reimplemented by most Medicare Administrative Contractors around the country. TPE audits are merely the latest iteration of prepayment reviews being conducted by CMS contractors. 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 postpayment audits conducted and suspension actions recommended to CMS. In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Lester Johnson will discuss these enforcement actions and outline the adverse impact each action can have on your home health or hospice agency. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

robert-founder-lilesparker-Robert W. Liles represents providers in audits of CPT Code 87633 and CPT Code 87507 claims

At the outset, it is important to keep in mind that there are significant differences between the OIG Exclusion List and the CMS Preclusion List. During this session, we will discuss your obligations, as a Medicare home health or hospice provider, to ensure that your employees, agents, contractors, and vendors have not been excluded from participation in federal health care programs. We will also discuss the impact of the CMS Preclusion List on your employment and contracting practices. Both OIG and CMS contractors are actively on the lookout for violations. 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 individuals and entities must be screened, and how providers must document their exclusion screening efforts in order to comply with the law. We will also go over the purpose and nature of the CMS Preclusion List. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

noon EST / 11:00 a.m. CST / 9:00 a.m. PST

michael-cook-healthcare-lawyer-lilesparkerheidiKocher-partner-lilesparker

The move to value-based payments has been increasing since the enactment of the ACA in 2010. These developments turned the enforcement of the AKB and Stark on its head, often requiring individual waivers in these programs, and failing to accommodate programs that the public programs would encourage. To account for these changes and the dramatic movement away from volume and towards value and alternative payment mechanisms, in December 2020, CMS and OIG published a new set of safe harbors to the AKB and exceptions to Stark. These changes are highly technical in nature, but absolutely critical for home health agencies and hospices to understand if the wish to play in this venue – especially with the upcoming implementation of the Medicare VBP demonstration project nationwide and expansion of VBPs and alternative payment systems by other payors. Join Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher as they describe the new safe harbors and exceptions and demystify them so that the attendees will understand both the need and how to comply with them and participate safely in these programs. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

john-pierce-Partner-Lilesparkerrobert-founder-lilesparker-Robert W. Liles represents providers in audits of CPT Code 87633 and CPT Code 87507 claims

John Pierce served as a federal prosecutor in three different U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country. He also served on the Attorney General’s Advocacy Committee for Health Care Fraud. After leaving the DOJ, Mr. Pierce has represented a wide variety of health care providers and suppliers around the country in criminal health care fraud investigations and prosecutions. During this session, Mr. Pierce will discuss the current criminal risk areas facing home health and hospice agency owners and staff. He will discuss recent prosecutions by the government and cover steps that you can take to reduce your level of risk. Join John Pierce and moderator Robert Liles as they discuss the current criminal enforcement landscape facing your agency. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Jennifer Papapanagiotou, J.D., M.S.-partner-lilesparkerashley-Morgan-seniorCounsel-lilesparker

Two years ago, the number of reasons that CMS can cite when revoking a Medicare provider’s billing privileges was greatly expanded. Since that time, CMS contractors have been aggressively revoking providers on a near-constant basis. How can your agency avoid being revoked? How should your agency respond if your billing privileges are terminated or revoked? What impact can these actions have on a home health or hospice agency? In this webinar, attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Ashley Morgan 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. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

ashley-Morgan-seniorCounsel-lilesparkerJennifer Papapanagiotou, J.D., M.S.-partner-lilesparker

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has now been with us for two years and isn’t expected to fade away any time soon. In the wake of COVID-19, CMS has taken a number of steps to make it easier for patients to be treated remotely, using telehealth. Many home health and hospice agencies have expressed interest in this treatment approach and are still evaluating whether or not to implement its use in their agency. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of confusion with regard to the use of telehealth when providing home health or hospice care. During this webinar, we will try to address a number of your questions in this regard. Join attorneys Ashley Morgan and Jennifer Papapanagiotou for a discussion of the current home health and hospice telehealth environment and the risks that your agency may face should you choose to employ this type of care. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow. Click here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

richard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare AttorneyLes-Johnson-partner-LilesParker

Researchers 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 Richard Pecore and Lester Johnson 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. Click Here to view this webinar.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Regina Morano - Liles Parkerrichard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare Attorney

Despite your best efforts, regulatory violations are likely to still occur. Nevertheless, there are a number of steps you can take that can significantly improve your home health and hospice agency’s compliance. Attorneys Regina Morano and Richard Pecore will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk through the successful enhancement of your compliance program. 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. Click Here to Register.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

richard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare Attorneyleonard-partner-lilesparker

Join 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 CMS program integrity contractors? How should your agency respond? In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider 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. Click Here to Register.

Previous Webinars

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

heidiKocher-partner-lilesparkerJennifer Papapanagiotou, J.D., M.S.-partner-lilesparker

Despite the approval, release and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, the numbers of available doses are still not sufficient to vaccinate all at-risk populations and individuals. Thus, home health and hospice agencies may have to make difficult decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. The questions we will cover include whether the State of Texas, the Federal Government or a home health agency or hospice may require employees to receive a coronavirus vaccine, what conditions may exempt or excuse an employee from getting a vaccine, and what recourse an employer may have if an employee refuses a coronavirus vaccine. And how should you handle patients who ask if their caregivers are vaccinated? Join attorneys Heidi Kocher and Jennifer Papapanagiotoufor a discussion of the considerations home health agencies and hospices must evaluate in developing their policies. 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.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Risks Facing Your Home Health or Hospice Agency if You Hire Someone on the OIG Exclusion List OR the CMS Preclusion List.

Robert W. Liles represents providers in audits of CPT Code 87633 and CPT Code 87507 claimsPaul.Weidenfeld-lilesplarker

At the outset, it is important to keep in mind that there are significant differences between the OIG Exclusion List and the CMS Preclusion List. During this session, we will discuss your obligations, as a Medicare home health or hospice provider, to ensure that your employees, agents, contractors, and vendors have not been excluded from participation in Federal health care programs. We will also discuss the impact of the CMS Preclusion List on your employment and contracting practices. Both OIG and CMS contractors are actively on the lookout for violations. In this webinar, attorneys Robert W. Liles and Paul Weidenfeld 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. We will also go over the purpose and nature of the CMS Preclusion List. 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.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

ashley-Morgan-seniorCounsel-lilesparkerMarySoule-Associate-LilesParker

With the advent of COVID-19, CMS has taken a number of steps to make it easier for patients to be treated remotely, using telehealth. Many home health and hospice agencies have expressed interest in this treatment approach and are still evaluating whether or not to implement its use in their agency. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion with regard to the use of telehealth when providing home health or hospice care. During this webinar, we will try to address a number of your questions in this regard. Join attorneys Ashley Morgan and Mary Soule Cutler for a discussion of the current home health and hospice telehealth environment and the risks that your agency may face should you choose to employ this type of care. 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.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

ashley-Morgan-seniorCounsel-lilesparkerjennifer-papapanagiotou-partner-LilesParker

A little over a year ago, the number of reasons that CMS can cite when revoking a Medicare provider’s billing privileges greatly expanded. Since that time, CMS contractors have been aggressively revoking providers on a near-constant basis. How can your agency avoid being revoked? How should your agency respond if your billing privileges are terminated or revoked? What impact can these actions have on a home health or hospice agency? In this webinar, attorneys Ashley Morgan and Jennifer Papapanagiotou 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.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

michael-cook-healthcare-lawyer-lilesparkerrobert-founder-lilesparker

CMS and OIG have recently released updated regulations for the Stark Law and Anti-kickback statute which revised several of the existing safe harbors and adopted several new safe harbors that can affect home health, personal care and hospice providers. In this webinar, attorneys Michael Cook and Robert Liles will discuss these important developments. The presenters will provide an in-depth discussion of these changes and discuss how providers should respond. 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.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

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

orraine-seniorcouncel-Lilesparkermeghan-associate-lilesparker-Call Meaghan McCormick for help with an 1155 waiver

Pre-payment reviews are now being conducted by both UPICs, MACs 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 Lorraine Rosado and Meaghan McCormick 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.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Value-based purchasing – Where does your agency / hospice fit into delivery system reform

michael-cook-healthcare-lawyer-lilesparker-Michael Cook Joins DMAS and Volunteers in Wise CountyheidiKocher-partner-lilesparker

Value-based payments(“VBP”) and alternative payment methodologies (APMs) are becoming more prevalent both in the public programs and private insurance. Additionally, the HHS has recently published new safe harbors that directly affect these payment mechanisms. The session will discuss some of the various VBPs and APMs that may affect home health agencies and hospices, the new safe harbors related to these payment mechanisms, how you can participate, and the pitfalls of which to be aware. Join attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher as they discuss these important developments. Registration is free for all TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

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

robert-founder-lilesparker-Robert W. Liles represents providers in audits of CPT Code 87633 and CPT Code 87507 claimsjohn-pierce-Partner-Lilesparker

Home 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 John Pierce 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.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Buying and Selling Home Health and Hospice Agencies

heidiKocher-partner-lilesparkerjennifer-papapanagiotou-LilesParker

Are 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 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 TAHCH members and Liles Parker clients.

Monday, October 18th, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Workplace Violence in Home Care – Protecting Your Patients and Staff

Les-Johnson-partner-LilesParkerrichard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare Attorney

Researchers 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 Lester Johnson 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. Registration is free for all TAHCH member and Liles Parker clients.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Using PEPPER to Assist You in Analyzing Your Home Health Claims Practices

heidiKocher-partner-lilesparkerLes-Johnson-partner-LilesParker

For several years now, CMS has been moving from a broad Probe and Educate program to a more targeted one. The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is a comparative data report that summarizes a single provider’s Medicare claims data statistics in areas identified as at risk for improper Medicare payments. To develop the HHA PEPPER, Medicare claims data for all HHAs in the nation were analyzed to identify “target areas” which could be at risk for improper Medicare payment. In this webinar, attorneys Heidi Kocher and Lester Johnson will discuss details of these programs and what steps take to navigate and utilize them. 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.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

1 p.m. EST / Noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Reading the Tea Leaves – What are the Top Ten Risks Your Home Health Agency and / or Hospice will Face in 2022?

richard-pecore-lilesparker-Healthcare Attorneyleonard-partner-lilesparker

Join 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 CMS program integrity contractors? How should your agency respond? In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider 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 THCH members and Liles Parker clients.