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

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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.

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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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!