Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The Importance of Incorporation and Asset Protection for Home Health and Hospice Agencies
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.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
What are the Obligations of Your Home Health or Hospice Agency with Respect to Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation Reporting.
Despite 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.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Buying and Selling a Texas-Based Home Health and Hospice Agencies
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.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
No-Cost and Low-Cost Digital Marketing Steps You Can Take to Ethically Market Your Home Health, Hospice and / or Private Duty Agency
Home health, hospice and private duty agencies have heavily relied on old-school marketing practices to ramp-up patient referrals. Today, patients and their families are actively reviewing their care options using the internet. With the exception of large home health and hospice agencies, most agencies haven’t engaged in active online marketing. In this session, Salma Mokbel and attorney Meaghan McCormick will cover a number of the digital marketing steps you can take that are free or very inexpensive. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Value-Based Purchasing – Where Does Your Home Health and / or Hospice Fit Into Delivery System Reform
Medicare 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.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Improper 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 a number of problematic home health and hospice marketing practices and whether such practices violate Federal or State laws. In this webinar, attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher will also discuss the importance of ensuring that an agency’s employment of a Medical Director fully comply with applicable Federal and State laws. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Preventing the Revocation of Your Texas Home Health or Hospice Agency from the Medicare Program - Tips on Avoiding an Adverse Action and on Responding to Such an Event
Over the past year, the number of revocation and termination actions taken against Texas home health and hospice agencies has continued to increase. How should you respond if your agency if revoked or terminated from the Medicare program? What impact do 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.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TPE Audits, ADRs, Pre-Payment Reviews, Post-Payment Audits and Suspensions - The Impact of these Administrative Enforcement Tools on Home Health and Hospice Agencies
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 Meaghan McCormick and Mary Soule 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.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The Current Enforcement Environment Facing Texas Home Health, Hospice and Personal Care Agency Owners, Staff and Affiliated Professionals
In this session, we will go review the types of civil and criminal cases brought against Texas home health, hospice and personal care agencies, their owners, staff and affiliated professionals. We will also discuss the statutory violations that have repeatedly led to criminal prosecutions in Texas. Finally, we will discuss steps you can take to reduce your level of statutory and regulatory risk. In this webinar, attorneys Paul Weidenfeld and Ashley Morgan will discuss the importance of compliance and the likely penalties of non-compliance with the law. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness Including the Use of Surveys, and/or Sanction Screening
Home health, hospice and personal care agencies remain under considerable government scrutiny. The development, implementation and monitoring of an effective Compliance Program is an essential step that your agency can take to reduce its level of statutory and regulatory risk. In this webinar, attorney Heidi Kocher will discuss your compliance obligations under Federal and State law. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Texas Home Health Providers Remain Under the Statutory Microscope. The Impact of the “Review Demonstration Project” on Your Agency
Despite repeated delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), remains committed in its efforts to initiate the Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services project here in Texas. This initiative is the renamed, repackaged version of the prior Pre-Claim Review Demonstration project that was initiated, then placed on hold (due in large part to provider protests), in April 2017. In this webinar, attorneys Ashley Morgan and Lorraine Rosado will discuss the Review Demonstration Project and its likely impact on your home health agency. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
2019 AACE Webinars
Monday, August 19, 2019
EKRA, the Anti-Kickback Statue and State All Payor Rules- Steps Your Endocrinology Practice Should Take to Stay Out of Trouble
EKRA was designed to address patient brokering and other kickback schemes involving private payor claims. Under EKRA, the maximum penalties for illegal remunerations paid by recovery homes, clinical treatment facilities, or laboratories in an effort to induce referrals can result in penalties of $200,000 and 10 years of imprisonment per occurrence. In this webinar, attorneys Robert Liles and Paul Weidenfeld will discuss EKRA, the Anti-Kickback Statue and State All Payor Rules along with steps your practice should take to stay out of trouble. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q and A session to follow.
2019 Provider Hour Webinars
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The Implications and Fallout from the Forest Park Medical Center Convictions
This month's webinar is a roundtable discussion with Attorneys Heidi Kocher and Jennifer Papapanagiotou regarding the implications and fallout from the Forest Park Medical Center (Dallas) convictions and what this means for the future of physician arrangements and contracts. The jury in this case decided that the defendants conspired to pay or receive healthcare bribes. Federal prosecutors originally (in December 2016) obtained indictments against 21 Forest Park officials, including eight doctors. Ten of the defendants, including three physicians, pleaded guilty before trial. Some of them, including a founding physician, testified for the government as part of their plea agreements. The main allegation was that physicians steered patients to the hospital for expensive out-of-network surgeries in exchange for bribes. Those kickbacks were disguised as marketing payments.
We encourage attendees to ask questions, and our presenters will attempt to address as many as possible live in the sessions. We expect this webinar to be of great value for providers who are trying to better-understand their ongoing and ever-changing responsibilities with regard to compliance.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
10 Steps to Improve Compliance and Help You Stay Out of Trouble with The Government
Being a medical provider in 2019 means navigating a difficult compliance landscape. The experienced team at Liles Parker is pleased to present this monthly webinar to aid providers in cutting through to the most pertinent information. We are kicking off with 10 steps that providers should be taking to improve their compliance and stay out of trouble with the government. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes and will be followed-up with a Q&A session. Attendees are strongly encouraged to submit their questions so we can address them during the session.