2023 Webinars

TAHCH Webinar

Updates on Vaccine and Mask Mandates

Tuesday, January 4, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
COVID vaccine and mask mandates have come, been amended, been removed for some occupations or sites and left in place for others. There have been numerous lawsuits challenging various requirements. Because of this turmoil, there is ongoing confusion about the extent of the mandates, to which occupations or service sites they apply, and what requirements employers may implement as policies above and beyond the baseline mandates, and what steps employers may take as a result of those mandates and policies. Join attorneys Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Heidi Kocher for a discussion of these ever-changing requirements. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
AMBA Webinar

Responding to a Potential Privacy or Security Breach, Internal and External Strategies

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

12:00 Noon EST / 11:00 a.m. CST / 9:00 a.m. PST

Duration: 60 Minutes
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 billing company and / or physician practice can reduce its level of risk. Join attorneys Regina Morano and Robert Liles for a discussion on these costly enforcement actions. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar

Overview of Civil and Criminal Cases Brought Against Home Health and Hospice Agencies

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
In this session, we will examine the conduct cited in civil False Claims Act and criminal Health Care Fraud / Anti-Kickback cases against home health and hospice agencies around the country. What types of conduct are likely to be pursued by Federal prosecutors? We will also discuss ways that you can improve your statutory compliance and reduce your level of risk.
 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act implemented a formal nationwide requirement that the prohibition on discrimination based on national origins requires covered entities to take reasonable steps to provide “meaningful access” to individuals with limited English proficiency who are eligible to be served or likely to be encountered within the entities’ health programs and activities.

Join health care lawyers, Heidi Kocher and Gunnar Jurgensen, as they discuss what “meaningful access” means and how home health and hospice agencies can achieve compliance with this requirement. 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.

AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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 healthcare 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.

 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has now been with us for almost three years is still impacting health care policy and coverage. 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 used or expressed interest in this treatment approach. 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 when utilizing this type of care. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has now been with us for almost three years is still impacting health care policy and coverage. 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 used or expressed interest in this treatment approach.

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 Gunnar Jurgensen for a discussion of the current home health and hospice telehealth environment and the risks that your agency may face when utilizing this type of care. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Most of the claims you file are covered by ERISA – BUT, carriers do not want you to know how to use ERISA to get your claims paid. This webinar will show you how to use ERISA to get claims paid! After you attend this webinar on ERISA - you will know more about it and how it affects more than 80% of the claims you file daily. You will be able to help your physicians, clinics, and hospitals in ways you never knew you could! This webinar will be presented by the foremost expert on ERISA, Don Self. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
According to OSHA, “violence against health care workers accounts for as many injuries as in all other industries combined, which is five times greater than the average U.S. worker.” In this session, health lawyers Richard Pecore and Lester Johnson will discuss (1) the prevalence of workplace violence in health care settings, (2) who is most likely to commit workplace violence, (3) workplace violence risk factors, (4) sexual harassment and violence, (5) the current gun rights landscape, (6) steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence, (7) elements to include in your workplace violence prevention policy, (8) workplace violence training resources.
 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

HHS expanded its Medicare value-based purchasing model in home health from a demonstration model in 9 states to a nationwide program with the first performance year beginning with calendar year 2023. The session would discuss the VBP program and its current requirements.

Join attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher as they will briefly discuss the earlier demonstration project that generated the national program and its results, describe how the program operates under the expanded model, including how it will affect Medicare reimbursement and the appeal process, and provide some practical advice for responding to the program.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

Both healthcare providers and third-party billers often have a difficult time trying to determine whether their efforts qualify as “good faith efforts to collect” outstanding amounts. Additionally, what does HHS-OIG mean when it says that “routine” waivers are likely to violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. When can you give someone a discount? When do you have to return an overpayment?

In this webinar, attorneys Heidi Kocher and Gunnar Jurgen will discuss the risks your practice may run when dealing with overpayments and waiving co-payments and deductibles for patients covered by governmental and private payor plans. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

 
HCLA Webinar
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 or Medicaid participating 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 presentation, we 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 a provider must screen, and how providers must document their exclusion screening efforts in order to comply with the law.

Former DOJ prosecutors, Robert Liles and Paul Weidenfeld will also go over the purpose and nature of the CMS Preclusion List.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
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 Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Heidi Kocher as they discuss these important issues.
 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
In December 2020, the “No Surprises Act” was signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Since being passed, this legislation has been misinterpreted and incorrectly applied by providers.In this session, attorneys Michael Cook and Heidi Kocher will cover the highlights of the legislation and address practical problems that have arisen at the practice level. They will discuss the final rules released in April 2022 and the CMS publications on the guidance of GFEs for uninsured individuals. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.

 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Approximately three years 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, health lawyers 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.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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/home care agency and/or hospice 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.

 
AMBA Webinar
Let’s face it, running a “compliant” organization is tough in today’s over-regulated healthcare business environment. Nevertheless, this is an obligation that can’t be ignored. During this webinar, attorneys Regina Morano and Michael Cook will address ways to establish a workable Compliance Program that can considerably reduce your level of risk. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar
Prepayment reviews of home health and hospice claims are now being conducted by both UPICs and MACs. CNS contractors continue to exercise great latitude in their scope and the length that they are imposed. Similarly, UPIC and SMERC contractors remain in control of postpayments conducted and suspension actions recommended to CMS.

In this webinar, health lawyers Meaghan McCormick and Christin Thompson will discuss these various audit mechanisms and outline the adverse impact each action can have on your agency.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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, John Pierce will discuss the current criminal risk areas facing home health and hospice agencies, their owners, staff and the physicians with whom they work. 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.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released guidance regarding how healthcare providers participating in Medicare and / or Medicaid programs should approach OIG exclusion screening. 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.
 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Should your home health or hospice discover issues or activities that you believe may potentially run afoul of the myriad of regulatory prohibitions, what should you do? The OIG has developed a formal program under which organizations that discover such violations can voluntarily report these issues and potentially receive reduced penalties.

Similarly, CMS has developed a mechanism to formally disclose Stark violations. Join health lawyers Lester Johnson and Richard Pecore for a discussion of these programs and factors to consider in deciding whether to avail your organization of these processes.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Approximately three years 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, health lawyers 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.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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 various healthcare providers and suppliers around the country in criminal healthcare fraud investigations and prosecutions.

During this session, Mr. Pierce will discuss the current criminal risk areas facing third-party companies, owners, and staff, along with the physician practice for whom they work. He will discuss recent prosecutions by the government and cover steps 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 billing company and/or physician practice. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a Q & A session to follow.

 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
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 Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Heidi Kocher as they discuss these important issues.
 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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 or hospice agency’s regulatory 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.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Unfortunately, most third-party billing company agreements with physicians have either been copied from the internet or modeled off of a general “service” contract. Neither of these approaches protects your company! During this webinar, we will discuss the pitfalls of using a poorly written billing agreement. We will also discuss how you can incorporate compliance into your agreement, thereby making it easier to protect yourself (and your physicians) by periodically auditing your client’s charts to ensure that their billing is properly documented and supports medical necessity.

We will also discuss several new State regulatory restrictions imposed on third-party billing companies and the physician practices that utilize these services. In this webinar, attorneys Heidi Kocher and Richard Pecore will discuss the importance of having a sound and regulatorily compliant billing contract in place. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a Q & A session to follow.

 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Now, more than ever, it is essential that home health and hospice agencies take steps to ensure that their existing and proposed business relationships fully comply with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. In this session, health lawyers Jennifer Papapanagiotou and Ashley Morgan examine several of the most prevalent Federal statutes likely to apply to your business dealings. These statutes include: the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, EKRA, Stark and the False Claims Act.
 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

According to OSHA, “violence against health care workers accounts for as many injuries as in all other industries combined, which is five times greater than the average U.S. worker.” In this session, health lawyers Richard Pecore and Lester Johnson will discuss

  1. The prevalence of workplace violence in health care settings,
  2. Who is most likely to commit workplace violence,
  3. Workplace violence risk factors,
  4. Sexual harassment and violence,
  5. The current gun rights landscape,
  6. Steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence,
  7. Elements to include in your workplace violence prevention policy,
  8. workplace violence training resources.
 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Providers can and often are non-compliant with regulations and policies that they are required by law to follow. Hear from John Uecke on best practices to approach and rectify non-compliance issues with your providers and when/how to break the provider/biller relationship when all else fails. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
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 or hospice agency’s regulatory compliance efforts. Health lawyers Regina Morano and Michael Cook will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk through the successful enhancement of your compliance program.
 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

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 or Medicaid participating 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 presentation, we 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 a provider must screen, and how providers must document their exclusion screening efforts in order to comply with the law. Former DOJ prosecutors, Robert Liles and Paul Weidenfeld will also go over the purpose and nature of the CMS Preclusion List.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
This webinar, presented by Sonal Patel, will help certified professional coders and auditors understand the important details of the TPE program. These fine points are instrumental in helping providers and their medical practices “beat” a TPE audit very early in the process. Along the way, physicians and clinicians will better understand how to improve their documentation and coding to meet compliance standards moving forward. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
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, John Pierce will discuss the current criminal risk areas facing home health and hospice agencies, their owners, staff and the physicians with whom they work. 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.

 
TAHCH Webinar

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes

Join us as we discuss the likely challenges and risks facing your home health and / or hospice agency in 2024. What are the chances that your agency will be audited? What are the administrative enforcement remedies currently being pursued by CMS program integrity contractors against home health and hospice agencies? How should your agency respond?

In this webinar, health law attorneys Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk.

 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
During this session, attorneys Richard Pecore and Gunnar Jurgensen 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 OIG requirements. They will discuss what enforcement actions, criminal and civil, can be enforced in the event a violation is identified. They will also discuss provider self-disclosure protocols. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow.
 
HCLA Webinar

Monday, December 18, 2023

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Join us as we discuss the likely challenges and risks facing your home health and / or hospice agency in 2024. What are the chances that your agency will be audited? What are the administrative enforcement remedies currently being pursued by CMS program integrity contractors against home health and hospice agencies? How should your agency respond? In this webinar, health law attorneys Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk.
 
AMBA Webinar

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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

Duration: 60 Minutes
Join us as we discuss the likely challenges and risks facing your practice and/or third-party billing company in the upcoming year. What are the chances that your organization will be audited? What are the administrative enforcement remedies currently being pursued by Zone Program Integrity Contractors?

How should your organization respond? In this webinar, attorneys Richard Pecore and Leonard Schneider will discuss ways your organization can reduce its level of risk. This webinar is scheduled for 60 minutes with a Q & A session to follow