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!
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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.

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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.

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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!
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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.

Get “Tutoring On OCR’s Latest HIPAA Homework” At 3/18 NTHCPA Meeting

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

“Tutoring On OCR’s Latest HIPAA Homework”

Featuring

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, J.D.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council Offices

250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706

RSVP here by Noon on March 17, 2014

Register Early As Space Is Limited

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

The North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to prepare to meet upcoming HIPAA tests by coming for “Tutoring On OCR’s Latest HIPAA Homework” from attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at our next NTHCPA Study Group Luncheon on Tuesday,  March 18, 2014 from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

About the Program

A series of supplemental guidance issued by the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in recent weeks is giving health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses (Covered Entities) and their business associates even more to do in reviewing and updating their policies, practices and training for handing protected health information (PHI) beyond bringing their policies and practices into line with OCR’s restatement and update to the Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule (Omnibus Final Rule) OCR published January 25, 2013.

Covered Entities generally have been required to comply with most requirements the Omnibus Final Rule’s restated regulations restating OCR’s regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules to reflect HIPAA amendments enacted by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act since the Omnibus Final Rule took effect on March 26, 2013 and to have updated business associate agreements in place since September 23, 2013.  Meanwhile, the Omnibus Final Rule generally has required business associates have updated business associate agreements in place and otherwise to have come into compliance with all of the applicable requirements of the Omnibus Final Rule since September 23, 2013.  Although these deadlines are long past, many Covered Entities and business associates have yet to complete the policy, process and training updates required to comply with the modifications implemented in    the Omnibus Final Rule.

In addition to the Omnibus Final Rule, however, Covered Entities and Business Associates also have more homework to do to comply with a series of supplemental guidance issued by OCR since it published the Omnibus Final Rule including:

With OCR stepping up both audits and enforcement and penalties for violations higher than ever since the HITECH Act amended HIPAA, Covered Entities and business associates should act quickly to review and update their policies, practices and training to implement any adjustments needed to maintain compliance and manage other risks under these ever-evolving HIPAA standards.

Scribe for the ABA JCEB Annual Agency Meeting With OCR and a widely published author and popular speaker on HIPAA and other health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer will brief participants on these and other HIPAA developments and lead a discussion of practical challenges and options for managing these and other HIPAA compliance and risk management challenges.

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the offices of the Dallas Ft Worth Hospital Council, 250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706 will feature a complimentary snacks and drinks  for those who timely R.S.V.P.  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 March 17, 2014. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About The Speaker, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, Esq.

Preparing to lead for the fourth year the ABA JCEB annual agency meeting with the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights, attorney, author and health industry leader Cynthia Marcotte Stamer has advised health care providers, health plans, health and other technology, and other clients about privacy and data security, investigations and enforcement, and other compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management concerns for more than 25 years.

As a key focus of her work,” Cindy” helps clients design, administer and defend HIPAA, FACTA, data breach, identity theft and other risk management, compliance and other privacy, data security, confidential information and other data security, technology and management policies and practices affecting their operations.   She also helps clients prevent, investigate and mitigate HIPAA PHI and other data breach hacking, identity theft, data breach, theft of trade secrets, spoofing, industrial espionage, insider and other parties misuse of data or technology and other cybercrime and technology use concerns.  A primary author of the Bolivian Social Security privatization law, she also advises and represents these and other private and public organizations, governments and others on legislative and regulatory concerns.

Cindy also is widely recognized for her regulatory and public policy advocacy, publications, and public speaking on privacy and other compliance, risk management concerns. Among others, she is the author of “Privacy & Securities Standards-A Brief Nutshell,” “Privacy Invasions of Medical Care-An Emerging Perspective,” the E-Health Business and Transactional Law Chapter on Other Liability-Tort and Regulatory;” “Cybercrime and Identity Theft: Health Information Security Beyond HIPAA;” “Personal Identity Management Legal Demands and Technology Solutions;” “Tailoring A Records Management Plan And Process To Meet Your Legal And Operational Needs;” “Brokers & Insurers Identity Theft and Privacy Perils;” “HR’s Role In Personal Identity Theft & Cyber Crime Prevention;” “Protecting & Using Patient Data In Disease Management Opportunities, Liabilities And Prescriptions;” “Why Your Business Needs A Cybercrime Prevention and Compliance Program;” “Leveraging Your Enterprise Digital Identity Management Investments and Breaking though the Identity Management Buzz;” “When Your Employee’s Private Life Becomes Your Business;” and hundreds of other works. Her insights on privacy, data security, and other matters have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Spencer Publications, and a host of other publications. She speaks and has conducted privacy training for the Association of State & Territorial Health Plans (ASTHO), the Los Angeles Health Department, the American Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, a multitude of health industry, health plan, insurance and financial services, education, employer employee benefit and other clients, trade and professional associations and others.

Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Recognized in the International Who’s Who of Professionals; Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association; founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Health Policy and Project COPE: The Coalition on Patient Empowerment; Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section, Past Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas Board, and a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Council, the American Bar Association (ABA) and State Bar of Texas,  Cindy serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Insurance Thought Leadership, Employee Benefit News, HR.com, on the leadership of the ABA JCEB Council and several ABA Sections, and in many other professional and civic organizations and educational faculties.  For more information about Cindy as your Solutions Lawyer, to conduct training for your organization, or for other information, you may call her at 469.767.8872 or see 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.

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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Parkland CIO Martinez Speaks On Managing Latent Risk At 2/18 NTHCPA Meeting

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

“Managing The Latent Risk In Your Organization”

 Featuring

Fernando Martinez, PhD, CHCIO, FHIMSS

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Parkland Health & Hospital System

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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

Dallas Ft. Worth Hospital Council Offices

250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706

RSVP by Noon on February 17, 2014  here

Register Early As Space Is Limited

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

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,  February 18, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring Fernando Martinez, PhD, CHCIO, FHIMSS speaking on “Managing The Latent Risk In Your Organization.”

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the offices of the Dallas Ft Worth Hospital Council, 250 Decker Drive, Irving, TX 75062-2706 will feature a complimentary lunch and drinks  for those who timely R.S.V.P.  Our program will begin at 1:00 p.m.  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 February 17, 2014. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About The Speaker, Fernando Martinez, PhD, CHCIO, FHIMSS

Dr. Fernando Martinez, PhD, CHCIO, FHIMSS is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. He is a veteran Healthcare Executive and Technologist who has worked with some of the largest healthcare systems in the country. Dr. Martinez is a recognized technology expert with a history of developing innovative and transformational technology strategies for organizations of all sizes. His experience spans a variety of healthcare settings including academic medicine, county and government systems, public sector healthcare, private non-profit, faith-based systems and foreign territories / governments.

Dr. Martinez was recognized as the 2012 Technology Executive of the Year for South Florida and is the 2009 ISE Southeast Executive Award Winner. He has published numerous articles focused on management, technology strategy, IT security and governance, is a frequent speaker at national IT meetings on technology and is a Faculty member of Graduate Healthcare Management Programs for the Chapman School of Business at Florida International University. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Information Technology with concentrations in information security and has an earned PhD in Educational Leadership and Organization.

 Awards and Professional Recognition:

2012 Technology Executive of the Year, South Florida

2009 Information Security Executive of the Year, Southeastern U.S.

FHIMSS – Fellow, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

CISSP-Certified Information Systems Security Professional

CISA- Certified Information Systems Auditor

CISM- Certified Information Security Manager

CGEIT-Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT

CHCIO-Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer

CPHIMS- Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems

Professional Affiliations:

Board of Directors, South Florida chapter ISACA

Board of Directors, South Florida chapter HIMSS

Board of Directors Advisory Group, South Florida Federal Credit Union

Board of Directors Advisory Group, Dade County Public Schools Academy Programs

Academic Advisory Group, Fl. International University Chapman School of Business

South Florida CIO board, founding member

CHIME – College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

(ISC) 2 – International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium

ISACA – Information Systems Audit and Control Association

HIMSS – Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

About North Texas Health Care Professionals Association (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, join our North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals LinkedIn Group and/or checking out the NTHCPA News here. We also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering to receive health care updates registering to receive health industry updates here, or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number here.  Make sure you don’t miss announcements by staying involved through the LinkedIn group and by ensuring that your e-mail is set to accept our announcements.

Thanks To IBM

The NTHCPA thanks IBM for its generous underwriting support of the June 18, 2013 luncheon.  Healthcare leaders work with IBM to solve complex business challenges at times when they:

  • Require security and regulatory compliance tools and solutions
  • Are looking to solve complex business issues
  • Need to reduce capital and operating costs
  • Seek to drive out inefficiencies
  • Need business insights particularly as this business climate changes
  • Are looking for ways to improve the recruitment, acquisition and growth of the   best talent
  • Seek to utilize and gain insights from the Big Data
  • Focus on improving the Patient Experience
  • Need to improve and automate workflows

For additional information about IBM and its health care solutions, contact Kevin Briggs IBM Client Executive, Healthcare at 972-795-9721or email ksbriggs@us.ibm.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.

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Register for 11/19 NTHCPA Study Group On “Should You Care ABout Remote Care?

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Invites Health Industry Compliance, Finance, Management & Other Members and Guests to Our Next Group Luncheon

Should You Care about Remote Care?

Featuring

Bill Paschall

Vice President, Business Development,  Vivify Health

 Tuesday, November 19, 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 5:00 p.m. on November 18, 2013

No Charge To Attend But Register Early As Space Is Limited

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

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, November 19, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for our Study Group Luncheon featuring attorney Bill Paschall leading a discussion on “Should You Care about Remote Care”

With recent changes in healthcare and a strong focus to deliver quality of care that prevents readmissions, Bill Paschall will discuss Remote Care solutions available to the patient, how these solutions align with new reimbursement methodology and compliance rules and standards that apply to the remote care process.

Registration & Meeting Details

The meeting scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 19, 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., with the program discussion 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 5:00 P.M on November 18, 2013. Walk in guests will be accommodated on a space-available basis only.

About The Speaker, Bill Paschall

In early 2013 Bill Paschall was recruited by Vivify Health to serve as VP, Business Development, and jumped at the opportunity.  Vivify supplies a cloud based, Remote Care Management platform utilizing consumer electronics and wireless personal health devices empowering patients to better control health conditions.  Prior to this,   Bill spent 6 ½ years with ATT as  Director of Clinical Applications and Senior Manager of the health Solutions Practice.  He has over 27 years of healthcare experience and almost 20 years in Telemedicine(real time and store and forward, image and encounter management, and Telemonitoring) Bill is a Current Advisory Board Member of the following companies: American Doctors Online, Operational Strategies, Paratus, Inbound Interactive, and Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine. He is a past board member and Industry Council Chair of the American Telemedicine Association and uses his experience, expertise, and passion to create partnerships and solutions that improve patient outcomes and engagement, and satisfaction.

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, join our North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals LinkedIn Group and/or checking out the NTHCPA News here. We also encourage interested persons to make sure we have your current contact information by registering to receive health care updates registering to receive health industry updates here, or sending your current contact information including name, title, company, preferred mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number here.  Make sure you don’t miss announcements by staying involved through the LinkedIn group and by ensuring that your e-mail is set to accept our announcements.

Thanks To Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, PC

The NTHCPA thanks Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. for its generous underwriting support of the November 19, 2013 luncheon.  Founder and managing partner Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, is nationally recognized for her more than 25 years of legal consultation and representation, policy advocacy, thought leadership to and about public and private health care systems, organizations and providers, provider and insurer-owned managed care organizations and other payers, health technology and other service providers, public health and community organizations, policymakers and others on health care and related matters.  With experience serving as both operations and special counsel for health industry clients, Ms. Stamer continuously advises hospitals, physicians, health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and other managed care organizations, MSO and other provider services organizations, health information technology government and community leaders and other health industry clients about health care operations and process improvement, risk management, staffing and employment, reimbursement, quality and peer review, licensing and credentialing, managed care and other contracting, privacy and data security, patient rights and empowerment and a diverse range of other concerns.  As a key element of her work, Ms. Stamer uses her extensive health industry regulatory and operational experience to provide real-time, on demand support to health industry management, compliance, and other leaders to assess and respond to compliance, risk and other challenges arising in the course of their operations, to develop, implement, administer and defend key quality, compliance, risk management and other management processes, training and other tools to support key objectives and mitigate risks.  She also represents and advises health industry clients to develop and investigate a broad range of risk management, compliance and other management processes and controls, conduct audit and investigations, anticipate, monitor and respond to federal and state legislative and regulatory developments, investigations and audits, and other actions.  With a lengthy resume of non-profit agency leadership and board leadership, Ms. Stamer also advises for-profit and non-profit health industry boards, audit committees, and other leaders about governance, recruitment, management and other leadership matters.  He experience includes real time on demand crisis response, as well as long-term strategic, compliance and management work.

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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