2021 Webinar

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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

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


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, July 7, 2021

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

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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.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

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

ADRs, Pre Payment Reviews, Post Payment Audits and Suspensions


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.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

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

The Updated Stark and Anti-Kickback Regulations and How They Affect Your Agencies


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.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

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

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


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 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, March 24th, 2021

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

Medicare Telehealth and Telecommunications Technology in Home Health and Hospice.


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.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

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

COVID-19 Employee Health Issues for Home Health Hospice Agencies


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 Papapanagiotou for 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.