EBSA Speaks On 9/15 On Healthcare Organization’s Health & Other Employee Benefit Plan Rights & Responsibilities Under ERISA

Welcome Back From Summer Vacation To NTHCPA Members & Friends!!!

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION
 Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon
Employee Benefit Security Administration Insights On Healthcare Organization’s Health & Other Employee Benefit Plan Rights & Responsibilities Under Employee Retirement Income Security Act
Featuring
Kristi Gotcher
U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration Investigator
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
DFW Hospital Council Offices
250 Decker Drive
Irving, Texas
RSVP here  by Noon on September 14, 2015
Space Limited!  Register Early To Reserve Your Spot To Participate!
Stay In Touch.  Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News, here
Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to join us on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring a program on “Employee Benefit Security Administration Insights On Healthcare Organization’s Health & Other Employee Benefit Plan Rights & Responsibilities Under Employee Retirement Income Security Act” from U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) Investigator Kristi Gotcher.

The health and other employee benefit plan rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) generally offer important protections and create significant compliance challenges for health care organizations and providers.  On one hand, health care providers generally rely heavily on their or their patient’s ability to obtain health benefits promised under employer or union-sponsored health plans covering their patients to help reimbursement provider charges.  Meanwhile, health care providers and their leaders also can incur significant liability for failing to comply with ERISA’s rules when establishing and maintaining health or other employee benefit programs for their own employees.

Drawing on her involvement as investigator with the Department of Labor agency primarily responsible for both interpreting and enforcing ERISA’s rules, EBSA Ms. Gotcher will share key updates and insights on both how ERISA and the EBSA can help patients and providers enforce benefit rights under ERISA-covered health plans and key health and highlight employee benefit compliance responsibilities that health care organizations and their leaders need to ensure that their own health and other employee benefit programs meet to avoid violating ERISA.

About the Speaker

Kristi A. Gotcher is an Investigator with the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in the Dallas Regional Office.   Kristi began working for EBSA in the Dallas Regional Office in November 2007 as a Benefits Advisor.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Political Relations from St. Edwards University and a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law).  Ms. Gotcher is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the DFW Hospital Council Offices located at 250 Decker Drive, Irving Texas.  Participants who timely R.S.V.P. will enjoy a complimentary luncheon. Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30. Our program will begin at Noon.

NTHCPA encourages members and other interested health care compliance professionals to register early to reserve their spot to participate and to share this invitation with others in the industry who might benefit from participation.
There is no charge to participate in the meeting.  However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis.  To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on September 14, 2015.  Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

 Thanks To Meeting Underwriter Stamer ׀ Chadwick ׀ Soefje, PLLC

NTHCPA and its members extend our thanks to Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. and the other members of Stamer ׀ Chadwick ׀ Soefje PLLC for underwriting this month’s study group luncheon and other support of NTHCPA.

A boutique firm of exceptionally experienced and skilled “big-firm” lawyers committed to changing the way law firms serve their clients, Stamer │Chadwick │Soefje, PLLC delivers sophisticated legal advice and innovative solutions to the most challenging and complex problems. Simply put, Stamer │Chadwick │Soefje, PLLC attorneys are “Solutions Lawyers™.”
Stamer │Chadwick │Soefje, PLLC attorneys deliver sophisticated legal advice and innovative solutions to the most challenging and complex problems. Stamer │Chadwick │Soefje, PLLC attorneys possess the breadth of experience to respond to the unique legal and operational challenges health industry and other clients face and help guide them toward pragmatic resolutions that make sense for them. “Solutions Lawyers™ possess the breadth of experience to respond to the unique challenges our corporate and individual clients face and help guide them toward pragmatic resolutions that make sense for them.

Founded by nationally-known, healthcare and labor & employment attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer; labor & employment attorney Robert G. Chadwick; and professional liability and civil litigation attorney Timothy B. Soefje, Stamer │Chadwick │Soefje, PLLC focuses on advising and representing businesses and professionals nationally in the areas of healthcare, cyber liability, ERISA, employee benefits, labor & employment, corporate and commercial litigation, professional liability, construction litigation, and insurance defense.  All three attorneys are rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ Ms. Stamer and Mr. Chadwick are both Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, are Fellows in the American Bar Foundation, and recognized as “Top Lawyers” in Labor and Employment Law.  Ms. Stamer also has received recognition as a “Top” attorney in health care and employee benefits law and is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Council.

Ms. Stamer more than 28 years’ experience advising and representing health industry and employee benefit clients on a wide range of legal, public policy, management and operational concerns as well as extensive leadership and management experience serving in on the board of health industry nonprofit organizations. Nationally recognized for her legal work, advocacy, publications, writings and presentations on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer provides legal and management advice, training and coaching, defense, public policy and regulatory advocacy to health industry and other clients on health and other regulatory and operational compliance, federal and state public policy and enforcement, managed care and other contracting, reimbursement, fraud, quality, employment, staffing and other workforce, benefits, licensing, credentialing and peer review, safety, disaster preparedness and response, HIPAA and other privacy and data security, corporate governance, investigations and internal controls, and a host of other health industry compliance and risk management and other legal and operational concerns. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Stamer also contributes her experience and talents to serving in a number of health industry and other civil and professional groups.  Among other things, Ms. Stamer serves as Vice President of the NTHCPA, the RPTE representative to the American Bar Association (ABA) Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Council and scrivener for its annual agency meeting with the Office of Civil Rights, the ABA International Section Life Sciences and Health Law Committee Vice President of Policy, RPTE Liaison to the ABA Health Care Coordinating Counsel, TIPS Employee Benefit Committee Vice Chair, Founder and Executive Director of the Project COPE:  The Coalition on Patient Empowerment, and National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy.  She also previously served as President and Founding Board Member of the Alliance for Health Care Excellence and its Health Care Heroes and Patient Empowerment Programs, as RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group Chair and Welfare Benefit Committee Vice Chair, Exempt Organizations Coordinator of the Gulf States Area TEGE Council, Board President and Audit Committee Chair of the Richardson Development Center for Children ECI Agency, National Kidney Foundation of North Texas Board Audit Committee Chair, the United Way of North Texas Long Range Planning Committee.  She also has and continues to serve in the leadership of many other civic and professional boards, seminar faculties, editorial advisory boards and publishes and speaks extensively on health industry and employee benefit related concerns.

Mr. Chadwick has extensive experience advising and defending health industry and other clients on OSHA and other occupational health and safety, employee benefits, compensation and other labor and employment  concerns as well as defending boards and other management leaders against management liability claims.

Mr. Soefje has extensive experience advising and representing health industry clients and professionals on medical malpractice, officers and directors liability and other professional liability, errors and omissions, construction defect and other litigation and disputes.   For additional information, see the firm’s website here or contact Ms. Stamer via e-mail here.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles.  The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals?  Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our Linked In Group here and checking out the NTHCPA News here.   To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by joining the NTHCPA here or registering for the meeting at here.

We also invite interested members to volunteer to help make our study group a success.  If you or someone you know would like to help support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour, speaking at or helping to plan upcoming meetings, suggesting a speaker or topic, helping with the newsletter or website getting more involved in other ways, let us know by emailing us here.

Notice:  This communication may be considered marketing purposes.  If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading here.
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“Healthcare Governing Board Best Practices For Compliance Oversight” Topic of 5/19 NTHCPA Meeting

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

“Healthcare Governing Board Best Practices For Compliance Oversight”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

DFW Hospital Council Offices

250 Decker Drive

Irving, Texas

RSVP by Noon on May 18, 2015 here

Space Limited! Register Early To Reserve Your Spot To Participate!

Stay In Touch. Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News, here

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to join us on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring on “”Healthcare Governing Board Best Practices For Compliance Oversight.”

During the program, NTHCPA President Erma Lee, Compliance and NTHPCA Vice President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer will brief participants on the tips and guidance provided in the “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight,” jointly released on April 20, 2015 by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OIG), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) to assist governing boards of health care organizations to carry out what HHS views as their compliance plan oversight obligations. Following the briefing, Ms. Lee and Ms. Stamer will facilitate a discussion and sharing among participants about strategies for using this new resource along with other OIG guidance and participant’s experiences to help their health care organizations, boards and leaders carry out and document their compliance and compliance oversight responsibilities to help promote defensibility in the event of an investigation or audit.

About the Speakers

NTHCPA President, Erma Lee, CHC and NTHCPA Vice President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, Esq. will lead this month’s discussion.

Ms. Lee is the Compliance Officer for JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas, the county hospital system responsible for caring for the needs of families in Tarrant County, Texas. In her role with JPS Health Network, Ms. Lee oversees and leads the compliance activities for the system including supporting its Board with their oversight of the compliance efforts of the organization and its activities. Ms. Lee is certified in Healthcare Compliance and is a member of the Healthcare Compliance Association, American Healthcare Lawyers Association, Privacy Officers Association and the National Association for Health Services Executives.

A practicing attorney and health industry thought leader, advocate and author with more than 27 years’ experience advising, representing and defending health and managed care organizations, their board and other leaders, and others on legal and operational compliance, risk, performance and other legal and operational management and health industry concerns. In her role as outside operations and special counsel, Ms. Stamer has worked extensively with health care organization boards and other leaders to design, oversee, administer and defend compliance, risk management, governance and other policies, programs, practices to promote legal and operational compliance and defensibility.. An attorney Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Specialization, Ms. Stamer’s experience includes advising and supporting health care organizations, their boards and other leaders to anticipate and respond to statutory, regulatory and enforcement, contractual and operational compliance and performance management needs and challenges, to assess, design, document and communicate, administer, monitor and defend governance, internal controls, up the ladder reporting and oversight, and other compliance and risk management policies and practices, to conduct and respond to audits and investigations, and to implement, enforce and defend these practices. As a serial board member and audit committee chair of various non-profit health care and professional organizations, Ms. Stamer brings to the table an understanding of both the legal and other management challenges of organizations, their boards and other leaders. A widely published author and frequent speaker who serves in the leadership of many professional and civic organizations, Ms. Stamer also conducts board, leadership, and compliance training for a broad range of health industry and other organizations including the Medical Group Management Association, Decision Health, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Care Organizations, the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, numerous medical societies and others. She also annually serves as a planning committee member and faculty member of numerous health and managed care and other programs and conferences. To explore engaging Ms. Stamer to provide legal services, training or other services or to learn more about Ms. Stamer, her work and publications, see here.

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the DFW Hospital Council Offices located at 250 Decker Drive, Irving Texas. Participants who timely R.S.V.P. will enjoy a complimentary luncheon. Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30. Our program will begin at Noon.

NTHCPA encourages members and other interested health care compliance professionals to register early to reserve their spot to participate and to share this invitation with others in the industry who might benefit from participation.

There is no charge to participate in the meeting. However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on May 18, 2015. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles.  The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals?  Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our Linked In Group here and checking out the NTHCPA News here.   To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering for the meeting or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here.

We also invite interested members to volunteer to help make our study group a success. If you or someone you know would like to help support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour, speaking at or helping to plan upcoming meetings, suggesting a speaker or topic, helping with the newsletter or website getting more involved in other ways, let us know by emailing us here.

This communication may be considered marketing purposes.  If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading here.

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

Health Care Billing: Internal Controls Strategies For Building Defensibility At 4/21 NTHCPA Study Group

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

“Health Care Billing:

Internal Controls Strategies For Building Defensibility”

Featuring

Jennifer Smith, CPA, JD, MBA, CFE, CFF

CBIZ Valuation Consultant/ Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Commerce

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

DFW Hospital Council Offices

250 Decker Drive

Irving, Texas

RSVP here  by Noon on April 20, 2015

Space Limited!  Register Early To Reserve Your Spot To Participate!

Stay In Touch.  Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News, here

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to join us on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring on “Health Care Billing:  Internal Controls Strategies For Building Defensibility.”

Registration & Meeting Details

During the program, Ms. Smith will present and discuss a case study of an OIG investigation of a hospital system and its providers for billing (in)accuracies primarily due to acuity of care issues relating to the 24-hour requirement for admission to highlight and illustrate key lessons all health care providers can draw from her real world experiences about practical internal audit and internal controls insights for improving hospital and other health care billing accuracy and defensibility including:

  • The 990 process
  • Reviewing care for billing accuracy related to acuity
  • Cost, implementation & other challenges presented by go-forward audit process.

About the Speaker

Jennifer Smith, CPA, JD, MBA, CFE, CFF has worked in healthcare regulatory compliance for 18 years, first with a focus on long-term care followed by ten years of accounting, finance, and regulatory compliance for a broader spectrum of healthcare players, working in both a valuation and dispute advisory capacity. Currently Ms. Smith is a consultant for CBIZ Valuation and is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Commerce. At A&M, her primary teaching and research interests are forensic accounting and financial auditing, with a focus on healthcare issues in these areas.

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the DFW Hospital Council Offices located at 250 Decker Drive, Irving Texas.  Participants who timely R.S.V.P. will enjoy a complimentary luncheon. Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30. Our program will begin at Noon.There is no charge to participate in the meeting.  However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis.  To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on April 20, 2015.  Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

NTHCPA encourages members and other interested health care compliance professionals to register early to reserve their spot to participate and to share this invitation with others in the industry who might benefit from participation.

Thanks To Meeting Underwriter Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C.

NTHCPA and its members extend our thanks to Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. for its underwriting support with the luncheon.

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. counsels, represents and defends health industry and other clients on regulatory and operational compliance, employment and other workforce, federal and state public policy and enforcement, reimbursement, licensing and credentialing, peer review, HIPAA and other privacy and data security, and other health industry internal controls, compliance and risk management and other legal and operational concerns. Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Stamer, has worked and conducted training for the Association of State & Federal Health Care Organizations and a wide range of other public and private health care organizations on pandemic and other crisis prevention and response in public and private health care settings. For additional information about Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C., contact its founder and Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at 469.767.8872 or see http://www.cynthiastamer.com.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles.  The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals?  Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our Linked In Group here and checking out the NTHCPA News here.   To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering for the meeting or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here.

We also invite interested members to volunteer to help make our study group a success.  If you or someone you know would like to help support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour, speaking at or helping to plan upcoming meetings, suggesting a speaker or topic, helping with the newsletter or website getting more involved in other ways, let us know by emailing us here.

This communication may be considered marketing purposes.  If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading here.

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

3/18 New Date For NTHCPA Study Group Annual “OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update” At Special Location

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

“OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update”

Featuring

Veniecy Nwigwe, JD, MSA

Office of Civil Rights Region IV (Dallas) Acting Manager

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Offices of Medsynergies, Irving, Texas

(Note Special Meeting Date & Meeting Location)

RSVP here  by Noon on March 13, 2015

Register Early As Space Is Limited

Space Limited! Register Early To Reserve Your Spot To Participate!

Stay In Touch.  Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News, here

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

 The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to join us on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring Veniecy Nwigwe, JD, MSA, Acting Manager of Region VI (Dallas) of the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights speaking on “OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update.”

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 18, 2015. To accommodate the anticipated larger than anticipated attendance, the meeting will be held at the offices of Medsynergies in Irving, Texas. In addition to the program, participants who timely R.S.V.P. will enjoy a complimentary luncheon. Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30. Our program will begin at Noon.

During this second annual visit from the Dallas Regional OCR Office, Ms Nwigwe will share the latest about OCR’s rules, audits, enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification rules, and the health care Civil Rights rules enforced by OCR and provide tips to help health care organizations promote compliance and deal with OCR in audits, enforcement or other situations.

NTHCPA encourages members and other interested health care compliance professionals to register early to reserve their spot to participate.

Please note that the meeting will take place on a special date, Wednesday, March 18, and at a different meeting location. While NTHCPA’s monthly meeting usually takes place on the third Tuesday of the month, the March meeting has been moved to the third Wednesday, March 18 to accommodate the scheduling needs of Manager Nwigwe. Additionally, the location of the meeting has been moved to expand NTHCPA’s ability to accommodate the higher than usual expected attendance. To expand available seating to meet expected demand, MedSynergies has agreed to host the meeting in its training rooms. Even with this added space, we expect the popularity of this program to restrict attendance. Accordingly, persons interested in attending this meeting are encouraged to register in advance as soon as possible here.

There is no charge to participate in the meeting. However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on March 13, 2015. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

Thanks To Meeting Hosts & Underwriters MedSynergies & Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C.

NTHCPA and its members extend our thanks to MedSynergies for sharing their facilities and other support with hosting this meeting and Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. for its underwriting support with the luncheon.

MedSynergies partners with health care organizations and physicians to align their operations by providing revenue cycle management, practice management, consulting services, business process analysis and software integration solutions. Leveraging its knowledge and experience in hospital-physician alignment, MedSynergies improves processes, optimizes technology and builds on trusted patient relationships, enabling hospitals and physician practices to offer quality health care. Founded in 1996, Irving, Texas-based MedSynergies is part of Optum, a leading information- and technology-enabled health services business. MedSynergies partners with hospitals and health networks and serves more than 7,600 providers across the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.medsynergies.com.

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. counsels, represents and defends health industry and other clients on regulatory and operational compliance, employment and other workforce, federal and state public policy and enforcement, reimbursement, licensing and credentialing, peer review, HIPAA and other privacy and data security, and other health industry internal controls, compliance and risk management and other legal and operational concerns. Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Stamer, has worked and conducted training for the Association of State & Federal Health Care Organizations and a wide range of other public and private health care organizations on pandemic and other crisis prevention and response in public and private health care settings. For additional information about Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C., contact its founder and Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at 469.767.8872 or see http://www.cynthiastamer.com.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles.  The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals?  Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our Linked In Group here and checking out the NTHCPA News here.   To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering for the meeting or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here.

We also invite interested members to volunteer to help make our study group a success. If you or someone you know would like to help support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour, speaking at or helping to plan upcoming meetings, suggesting a speaker or topic, helping with the newsletter or website getting more involved in other ways, let us know by emailing us here.

This communication may be considered marketing purposes.  If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading here.

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!

 

Date Changed To 3/18 For NTHCPA Study Group Annual “OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update” At Special Location

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to join us on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring Veniecy Nwigwe, JD, MSA, Acting Director of Region VI (Dallas) of the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights speaking on “OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update.”

Please note that the meeting will take place on a special date, Wednesday, March 18, and at a different meeting location.

During this second annual visit from the Dallas Regional OCR Office, Ms Nwigwe share the latest about OCR’s rules, audits, enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification rules, and the health care civil rights rules enforced by OCR and provide tips to help health care organizations promote compliance and deal with OCR in audits, enforcement or other situations.

Registration and Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 18, 2015. To accommodate the anticipated larger than anticipated attendance, the meeting will be held at the offices of Medsynergies in Irving, Texas.  In addition to the program, participants who timely R.S.V.P. will enjoy a complimentary luncheon.Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30. Our program will begin at Noon.

NTHCPA encourages members and other interested health care compliance professionals to register early for the second annual “OCR Civil Rights & Privacy Update” from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights Veniecy Nwigwe, JD, MSA.

Please note that the meeting will take place on a special date, Wednesday, March 18, and at a different meeting location.  While NTHCPA’s monthly meeting usually takes place on the third Tuesday of the month, the March meeting has been moved to the third Wednesday, March 18 to accommodate the scheduling needs of Director Nwigwe.  Additionally, the location of the meeting has been moved to expand NTHCPA’s ability to accommodate the higher than usual expected attendance.To expand available seating to meet expected demand, MedSynergies has agreed to host the meeting in its training rooms. Even with this added space, we expect the popularity of this program to restrict attendance. Accordingly, persons interested in attending this meeting are encouraged to register in advance as soon as possible here.

There is no charge to participate in the meeting.  However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis.  To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on March 13, 2015.  Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles. The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals? Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association LinkedIn Group and checking out the NTHCPA News here. To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering to receive health care updates here or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you like to show your support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour? Want to help plan upcoming meetings? Suggest a speaker or topic? Help with the newsletter or website? Serve on the steering committee or get more involved in other ways? Get more information about membership or involvement with the NTHCPA? Send your inquiry by e-mail here.

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“The ACO: The New Tie that Binds”

“The ACO: The New Tie that Binds”
Featuring
Kenya Woodruff
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council Offices
250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706
RSVP here

Register Early As Space Is Limited
Stay In Touch. Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News!

About the Program

 North Texas Health Care Compliance Association (NTHCPA) invites NTHCPA members and other health industry leaders to discuss these concerns, share best practices, and explore other concerns joining with other NTHCPA members and guests for an open forum discussion on “The ACO: The New Tie that Binds” at the next NTHCPA Study Group Luncheon on January 20, 2015.
Kenya will discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by ACOs as well as other business and operational implications. She will explore the role of specialists in this new primary care driven healthcare economy and how primary care providers are responding to their new-found popularity. She will also discuss the implications of ACOs and narrow networks on provider business models.

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the offices of the Dallas Ft Worth Hospital Council, 250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706 will feature a complimentary luncheon and drinks for those who timely R.S.V.P. here.

Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program beginning at Noon. There is no charge to participate in the meeting. However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on January 19, 2015. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About the Speaker: Kenya Woodruff

 Kenya S. Woodruff is Counsel at Haynes and Boone, LLP in the Healthcare practice group. She provides advice to health systems, hospitals, accountable care organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups, diagnostic imaging centers, and pharmacies on regulatory and transactional matters. She has more than 15 years of experience, having previously served as a Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer of a national publicly-traded radiology services company and as Deputy General Counsel at a large urban academic medical center. In 2011, she was reappointed by the Governor of Texas to her second six-year term as a public member on the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She has held each of the executive roles in the Dallas Bar Association, Health Law Section, culminating in her tenure as chair in 2010. She was featured in D Magazine’s Best Lawyers list for Healthcare Law, 2014; selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars in Healthcare Law in 2009 and 2013, and Texas Super Lawyers in Healthcare Law in 2014; and invited to join the Texas State Bar College in 2013. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1999 and her B.A. in philosophy and political science from Emory University in 1996.

About the Sponsors, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. & Solutions Law Press, Inc.

NTHCPA thanks our sponsors, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, PC. and Solutions Law Press, Inc.

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. counsels, represents and defends health industry and other clients on regulatory and operational compliance, employment and other workforce, federal and state public policy and enforcement, reimbursement, licensing and credentialing, peer review, HIPAA and other privacy and data security, and other health industry internal controls, compliance and risk management and other legal and operational concerns. Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Stamer, has worked and conducted training for the Association of State & Federal Health Care Organizations and a wide range of other public and private health care organizations on pandemic and other crisis prevention and response in public and private health care settings. For additional information about Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C., contact its founder and Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at 469.767.8872 or see http://www.cynthiastamer.com.

Solutions Law Press, Inc.™ publishes the Solutions Law Press Health Care Update and other resources, as well as provides health care risk management, compliance and risk management and other operational consulting, briefings, training, policy, event management, recruiting and other resources and services on health care, human resources, employee benefits, compensation, data security and privacy, insurance, and other key compliance, risk management, internal controls and other key operational concerns. Though its Project COPE: The Coalition On Patient Empowerment & Coalition on Responsible Health Policy public services projects, Solutions Law Press, Inc. helps support health care quality and access by promoting the development of strategic working groups and other collaborations, awareness practices, information ideas, education, best practices and other tools that patients and their families, health care providers, employers, health plans, communities and policymakers can use or share to help patients, their families and others plan for and meet health care needs. To review or receive the Health Care Update, learn or get involved with the Coalition on Responsible Health Policy or its PROJECT COPE: The Coalition on Patient Empowerment, or participate in discussions in a Solutions Law Press, Inc.™ LinkedIn Group or for other information about Solutions Law Press, Inc™ resources and services, see http://www.SolutionsLawPress.com.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you like to show your support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour? Want to help plan upcoming meetings? Suggest a speaker or topic? Help with the newsletter or website? Serve on the steering committee or get more involved in other ways? Get more information about membership or involvement with the NTHCPA? Send your inquiry to Cstamer@solutionslawyer.net.
Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!
This communication may be considered marketing purposes. If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please unsubscribe or update your profile here.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles. The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.
Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals? Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association LinkedIn Group and checking out the NTHCPA News here. To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering to receive health care updates here or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at Cstamer@solutionslawyer.net.

8/20 NTHCPA Meeting Rescheduled; Next Meeting 9/17 On Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Role: Managing Physician Conduct In Health Care

NO AUGUST MEETING; 8/20 MEETING RESCHEDULED

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

SEX, DRUGS & ROCK ‘N ROLE:

MANAGING PHYSICIAN CONDUCT IN HEALTH CARE

Featuring

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, J.D.

Managing Shareholder, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. & NTHCPA Vice-President

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council Offices

250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706

RSVP here by Noon on September 16, 2013

Register Early As Space Is Limited

Stay In Touch. Check Out Our New Newsletter, the NTHCPA News, here!

Whether false claims and other aggressive billing, referral or treatment practices, chemical dependency or other impairment, medical staff or other rule breaking, harassing or other disruptive conduct or a host of other personal behavioral or performance concerns, preventing and addressing personal misconduct and other risky behaviors by physicians on the staff or team of a hospital, medical practice personal misconduct often present major legal, quality, financial, political and operational challenges and risks for health care compliance, medical staff, risk management and other leaders.  Alternatively, properly directed physicians can significantly help the operation and performance of health care organizations in many critical ways.

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals faced with these and other challenges to join us on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer speaking on “Sex Drugs & Rock ‘N Role: Managing Physician Conduct in Health Care.”

While physician involvement remains an operational necessity for most hospitals, group practices and other health care organizations, these and other health care organizations and other members of their team often face significant legal, financial, reputational and operational risks when a physician becomes impaired by chemical dependency, mental illness, stress, personal tragedy or other personal impairment; is disruptive; or engages in sexual or other harassment of staff or patients, billing, treatment, referral, anticompetitive or other illegal conduct, medical board or facility rule violations, or other acts of personal or professional misconduct. While these behaviors often create major risks for health care organizations and others, successful redress of these or other physician performance or misconduct concerns often depends upon the ability to successfully negotiate a complex minefield of due process and other procedural, legal, political, operational and other challenges.

Attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer will use lead participants in a workshop examining these challenges and discussion of strategies to help health care organizations and their compliance officers can use to help their organization prevent, investigate and redress these and other physician performance and misconduct concerns while managing HCQIA and other peer review, licensing board, contractual, defamation and other legal, professional and operational traps that often arise out of physician discipline or other corrective actions. On the other hand, well-motivated and properly focused physicians play a key role in leading quality, financial, compliance and other improvements in health care organizations and practices.

 Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 17, 2013 at the offices of the Dallas Ft Worth Hospital Council, 250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706 will feature a complimentary luncheon for those who timely R.S.V.P. Networking and lunch service will begin at 11:30 a.m.. Our program will begin at Noon.

There is no charge to participate in the meeting. However space is limited and available only on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure your spot and help us to arrange for adequate space and refreshments for this meeting, R.S.V.P. here as soon as possible and no later than Noon on September 16.

About The Speaker, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, J.D.

Attorney, author and health care change leader Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, J.D. is nationally and internationally recognized for her more than 25 years of health policy and legal work, process improvement and reengineering, publications and programs, and advocacy. Ms. Stamer works extensively with public and private health care organizations, managed care and health insurance organizations, governments and community leaders and others health industry compliance, risk management, quality, staffing, workforce, patient, quality and performance management, operations, governance, compensation, reimbursement and financing, regulatory and public policy, process improvement and reengineering and other health industry legal and operational concerns.

Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Vice-President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, past Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Past President of Former Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, combines her health industry operations compliance, and risk management experience with an in-depth knowledge of federal and state healthcare, workforce, governance, internal controls, enforcement and other operational issues to help health industry clients to support legal and operational risk and performance management. Her experience includes advising public and private health care systems, hospitals, managed care organizations and physician management organizations, physicians and physician practice groups, skilled nursing, home health, rehabilitation, pharmacy, and other health industry clients domestically and internationally on a wide range of matters including physician and other staffing, credentialing and peer review, gainsharing and other performance management, compliance, enforcement, and a wide range of other matters matters. A widely recognized health industry thought leader, advocate, author and speaker, Ms. Stamer’s insights are sought out by government and business leaders, and quoted in HealthLeaders, Managed Care Executive, the Wall Street Journal and many other national popular, business and industry publications. She also conducts continuing board, medical education, workforce and other health industry compliance and risk management training for many organizations on a wide range of topics.  She also regularly represents health care organizations and other health industry clients before peer review and other disciplinary bodies, federal and state regulators, investigators, Congress and state legislatures, licensing and credentialing and other governmental and regulatory authorities.

About the NTHCPA

NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles. The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas.

Would you or someone you know like to join the NTHCPA, get notice of upcoming meetings or events and network on relevant professional developments with other health care professionals? Stay on top of information about upcoming meetings and share and dialogue with other NTHCPA members about health care compliance challenges and developments by participating in our meetings and events, joining our Linked In Group here and checking out the NTHCPA News here. To be added to our invitation list, we also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering for the meeting or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here.

Thanks To Solutions Law Press, Inc.

The NTHCPA thanks Solutions Law Press, Inc™. and its Coalition for Responsible Health Policy and Project COPE: the Coalition on Patient Empowerment, for its generous underwriting support of the September 17, 2013 luncheon.

Solutions Law Press, Inc.™ publishes the Health Care Update and other resources, as well as provides health care risk management, legal compliance, management effectiveness and other briefings, training, policy and operational consulting, and other resources and services on health care, human resources, employee benefits, compensation, data security and privacy, insurance, and other key compliance, risk management, internal controls and other key operational concerns. To review or receive the Health Care Update, participate in discussions in the Solutions Law Press, Inc.™ Linkedin Group or for other information about Solutions Law Press, Inc. resources and services, see http://www.SolutionsLawPress.com.

Sponsorship and Other Involvement Opportunities

Would you like to show your support for the NTHCPA by sponsoring the luncheon or hosting a social hour? Want to help plan upcoming meetings? Suggest a speaker or topic? Help with the newsletter or website? Serve on the steering committee or get more involved in other ways? Get more information about membership or involvement with the NTHCPA? Send your inquiry by e-mail here.

This communication may be considered marketing purposes. If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading here.

Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in this topic or other NTHCPA events!