Medical Mutual's Risk Management Department is pleased to offer the following educational webinars to our members:

2016 Webinars

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  • Tap-Dancing in the Minefield: FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Issues for Employers
    While the FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Laws have different purposes—the ADA prohibits discrimination, the FMLA sets minimum leave standards, and Workers’ Compensation laws provide for payment of compensation and rehabilitation for workplace injuries and minimize employer liability—it is important to recognize and evaluate the interaction of all three laws. Join guest speaker, William H.Foster, Esq. with Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP as he reviews the purpose of each law, areas of interplay, and your practice’s legal obligations to comply.

  • Nondiscrimination in Health Care (“Section 1557”): What You Need to Know
    In May 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued a final rule providing guidance for protection of individuals from discrimination in health care based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex. The Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities final rule addresses in more detail Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). Join guest speakers, Susan Fradenburg, Esq. and Allyson Labban, Esq. with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP as they discuss Section 1557 of the ACA and what you need to know.

  • An Introduction to Value-Based Healthcare
    Value-Based Healthcare combines quality improvement initiatives, outcomes measurement, and financial incentives and disincentives to encourage process improvements to improve quality of care. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), all healthcare providers will be measured under value based purchasing of healthcare services. Join guest speaker Scott Jones, Senior Vice President for Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management for the Healthcare Providers Insurance Exchange (HPIX), a Medical Mutual company, to learn how value based purchasing and healthcare will impact your medical practice, and the quality and compliance goals all providers must meet.

  • Healthcare Compliance 101
    Developing a compliance program that promotes adherence to federal and state laws and regulations is an important, while sometimes confusing, step forward for any physician practice. Join guest speakers, Sean McKenna, Esq., with Haynes and Boone LLP and Scott Jones, Senior Vice President for Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management for the Healthcare Providers Insurance Exchange (HPIX), a Medical Mutual company, as they review patient safety, quality of care, and reimbursement provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and related legislation. You will learn what constitutes an effective compliance program and gain valuable insight to the role of a compliance officer.

  • Avoiding Healthcare Compliance Investigations 101
    Healthcare compliance includes numerous challenges and risk areas that could result in an investigation. Subsequently, changes in healthcare policy and regulations include increased penalties to healthcare organizations found out of compliance. Join guest speakers, Sean McKenna, Esq., with Haynes and Boone LLP and Scott Jones, Senior Vice President for Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management for the Healthcare Providers Insurance Exchange (HPIX), a Medical Mutual company, as they discuss the current enforcement landscape and agencies, in addition to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Federal False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statue (AKS), and more.
 

2015 Webinars

Please note that webinars are now viewable on mobile devices

  • (How to) Be as Smart as a Fifth Grader: Prepare for Meaningful Use Audits by 'Showing Your Math'
    If you or other physicians in your practice have adopted an electronic health record (EHR) and participate in one of the Meaningful Use Programs, chances are you will be audited for at least one program year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expects to audit at least five percent of hospitals and physicians participating in the programs. These audits occur both before and after incentive payments have been issued. Read More

    Join our guest speaker, Patricia A. Markus, Esq. with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, as she discusses the audit process for the Meaningful Use Programs. Learn how you can prepare for and pass an audit, the common pitfalls to avoid, and best practices to prevent having your incentive payments withheld or recouped.

     
  • Medical Record Documentation Tips: Think In Ink!
    For decades, the medical record was primarily a communication vehicle among health care providers. It still is; but now it has a myriad of other purposes. A strong medical record communicates valuable clinical information and conveys high-quality patient care. It also should comply with regulatory requirements and help optimize reimbursement. Read More

    Remember, reimbursement is not based on services provided, but the documentation for those services. Furthermore, the medical record is the best defense when patient care is called into question. In this webinar, our speaker, Lisa Banker, MD, President of Ideal Health Care, Inc., and Medical Mutual’s Physician Advisor, offers practical advice on how to improve documentation, protect revenue, and reduce malpractice risk exposure.

     
  • Medical Practice Contracting Strategies
    Do your employment agreements with physicians and physician extenders adequately protect your practice should a long-time practitioner suddenly leave and join forces with a competitor? What's the difference between mediation and arbitration, and which is more likely to settle a contract dispute? Read More

    Why is it necessary to assure that payment terms in the practice's contracts are at fair market value — and how can you structure and document incentive compensation? In this webinar, our guest speakers, Patricia A. Markus, Esq. and Antonia A. Peck, Esq. with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, address these and other important topics that arise in preparing and negotiating employment and services agreements.

     
  • The Emerging World of Telehealth Is One of Opportunity, But Under a Compliance Umbrella
    With the advent of everything electronic in healthcare communications, telehealth options are facing many practices. From the simplest exposures from an on-line patient portal, to full-blown patient encounters via smart devices, access to health care is taking to the internet. Read More

    New guidelines adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards and by other entities and stakeholders, serve as the foundation for doing it right, or facing disciplinary and/or malpractice risk. In this webinar our speaker, David Sousa, Medical Mutual's Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, will ensure your practice is both aware and prepared for these changes.

     
  • Releasing Medical Records in Complex Situations: Should We or Should We Not?
    Guidelines pertaining to the release of medical records can be complicated. Learn what constitutes an enforceable subpoena, if the subpoena and accompanying documents satisfy HIPAA, and if there are other legal restrictions in response to the subpoena. Read More

    Additionally, some of the more confounding questions will be addressed including release of psychiatric and psychotherapy records, restriction of parents' access to minor patients' records and release of records when parents are divorced. In this webinar our guest speaker, Sara R. Lincoln, Esq., partner of Lincoln Derr PLLC addresses these difficult situations, along with the basics of the HIPAA Security Rule and the effects of the HITECH Act on medical record release.