Thursday, September 27, 2018
Health Care Business Relationships – Is Your Practice in Violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark or the False Claims Act
Health care business practices remain under considerable regulatory scrutiny. Over the past few years, the number of Anti-Kickback, Stark and False Claims Act cases brought against health care providers have continued to increase. Is your practice at risk? Have you analyzed your business and referral relationships? In this webinar, Robert W. Liles and Paul Weidenfeld will discuss how these statutes work and steps you should be taking to reduce both your personal and practice's potential liability. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Endocrinologist Considerations When Negotiating a New Employment Contract AND When Leaving a Job
- Preliminary due diligence. Payor mix? Credentialing and payor contracting issues.
- Flat salary vs. production-based compensation schemes. How will revenues be allocated to you?
- Ancillary revenue streams in large, multi-specialty practices.
- Benefits. Retirement plan funding concerns.
- Recruitment agreement considerations (hiring bonus, relocation expenses). What happens if you break your recruiting agreement obligations?
- Applicability of non-compete provisions. What is permissible in your state?
- Non-solicitation restrictions.
- Corporate practice of medicine Issues.
- Partnership track concerns.
- Professional Services Agreements.
Leaving a Job? Considerations:
- Notice provisions.
- Compliance obligation concerns if you received a recruitment bonus and failed to meet your obligations.
- Contractual terminations "for cause" vs. "without cause."
- Non-solicitation issues.
- Long-term planning.
- Benefits. What can you take with you?
- State licensure notice requirements.
- Hanging your own shingle! How should you move forward?
This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Employer Scrutiny and Screening for Current and New Employees and Providers
In recent years, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has "ramped-up" its use of administrative exclusion as a sanction. It is therefore imperative that endocrinology practices (and other health care providers participating in Medicare and / or Medicaid) conduct exclusion screening on a monthly basis. 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. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow.
2018 TAHCH Webinars
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
OIG Work Plan 2019 – Is Your Home Health, Hospice or Personal Care Agency in the Government’s Cross-Hairs?
The Office of Inspector General’s annual “Work Plan” is its general audit and investigative plan for the upcoming year. The publication of OIG’s Work Plan serves to publicize law enforcement’s program integrity concerns with respect to certain claims and services, types of providers and specific conduct that is thought to be improper. It is an essential tool all health care providers should use to know where to focus its compliance efforts. In this webinar, attorneys Meaghan McCormick and Mary Soule will discuss the 2019 OIG Work Plan and how it will effect home health and hospice providers, along with other ancillary providers related to them. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Effective Compliance Program: How will Law Enforcement Evaluate Your Efforts if there is a Problem?
In February 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice published guidance describing specific factors that prosecutors should consider when conducting an investigation of a corporate entity in order to determine whether to bring criminal charges. These factors, commonly known as the “Filip Factors,” include “the existence and effectiveness of the corporation’s preexisting compliance program” and the corporation’s remedial efforts “to implement an effective corporate compliance program or to improve an existing one.” Notably, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), followed-?up in March 2017 with a list of questions that health care providers can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their organization's compliance program. During this session, attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher will examine what the government expects and the steps you can take to better ensure that your health care organization is complying with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Navigating Targeted Probe and Educate & Using PEPPER.
CMS believes results of the Home Health Probe and Educate program have been favorable based on the decrease in claim errors after providers received education. It is now 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, Anthony Cutrona and Heidi Kocher 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.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Importance of Incorporation and Asset Protection for Home Health and Hospice Owners
Unfortunately, sometimes even you best efforts are insufficient to keep an organization solvent. If your home health or hospice agency 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 home health or hospice agency? Join attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Leonard Schneider as they discuss these important issues. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Current Regulatory and Operational Challenges for Hospices
In this webinar, Robert Liles and Meaghan McCormick will discuss the challenges facing hospices in navigating current state and federal regulatory requirements and how hospices can address the day-?to-?day challenges they face in providing quality and essential end-?of-?life care to its patients and their families. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Sensitive Issues in Home Health and Hospice Employment
Home health and hospice agencies 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, attorney 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.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
WTF! How Should Your Agency React When Something Goes Wrong?
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.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Cybersecurity Issues for Home Health Providers
Cybersecurity 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.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Workplace Violence in Home Care – Protecting Your Patients and Staff
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 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
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Home Health and Hospice Marketing Practices: Are Your Marketing Practices Legal?
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 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.
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?
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 UPICs and ZPICs? How should your agency respond? In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Lorraine Rosado 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