If you missed the December webinar from Pathology Webinars on “How to Create the Most Effective Compliance Plan for Your Laboratory: Get Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Fraud, Abuse, and the Risk of Lawsuits and Financial Penalties,” you still have a chance to purchase the CD of this event.
More and more laboratories have a compliance plan in place, or are in the process of creating one. And for good reason. With investigations and prosecutions by CMS, HHS, and other federal agencies on the rise, it’s more critical than ever to have a compliance plan that protects your lab from potential fraud and abuse risks.
The first such guidance was released almost 20 years ago. And recently, the Affordable Care Act required HHS to establish a date for making laboratory compliance programs a condition of enrollment in federal healthcare programs. While an implementation date hasn’t been set yet, it is most certainly on the horizon.
Any laboratory compliance program should include policies and procedures for employees to follow on issues such as proper coding and claim submission, relationships with referring physicians, how to report problems, and more. But creating the program is only the first step.
Your compliance plan must be a dynamic and evolving year-round program that changes with your laboratory’s business and responds to new developments in the law and the shifting priorities of relevant enforcement agencies. The regulatory environment isn’t static so your compliance program shouldn’t be either.
Find out how to create and implement a compliance plan that will help protect your laboratory from lawsuits and significant financial penalties when you purchase the CD of “How to Create the Most Effective Compliance Plan for Your Laboratory: Get Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Fraud, Abuse, and the Risk of Lawsuits and Financial Penalties” on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Experts Jackie Baratian and Joyce Gresko will show you how to identify new and existing compliance risk areas in your laboratory and how to create a compliance plan to better mitigate those risks and monitor your progress.
Whether your laboratory has a well-established compliance program or one you just started working on, now is the perfect time to get a better understanding of your laboratory’s biggest compliance challenges, how to identify where they are, and the mitigation policies you can implement to protect your lab.
If you’re a laboratory manager, compliance officer, billing and coding expert, general counsel, sales and marketing team member, or anyone who needs to understand the latest fraud and abuse laws and how to create a program to comply with them, this is one webinar you can’t afford to miss.
Jackie Baratian is a partner with Alston & Bird LLC where she works with clients on regulatory and litigation aspects of the healthcare industry, with an emphasis on fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, qui tam actions and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
Ms. Baratian has experience in federal regulatory enforcement and as chief compliance officer at a national health insurer and a national provider, and in navigating corporate integrity agreements (CIAs) and deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs).
Ms. Baratian was senior counsel at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch (ACRB), representing the OIG in cases brought under the federal Civil False Claims Act involving allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and violations of the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, negotiating settlements in civil monetary penalty cases and handling matters pertaining to the OIG’s exclusion authority. She worked with U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide, the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Ms. Baratian was also vice president and chief Medicaid compliance officer for a national health insurer, investigating reports of potential misconduct and providing compliance-related regulatory and statutory guidance to senior leadership. She previously served as vice president and chief compliance officer of a diversified healthcare services company, handling requests for information from regulatory bodies and governmental agencies.
Joyce E. Gresko is a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office, where she is a member of the Health Care and Legislative & Public Policy Teams. She focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory, legislative, and compliance matters affecting laboratories.
Ms. Gresko’s clients include clinical laboratories, pathologists, durable medical equipment suppliers, hospitals, healthcare professional associations and other healthcare entities. She helps clients understand and resolve issues relating to Medicare and Medicaid payment and coding, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, effective compliance programs, and healthcare quality.
Ms. Gresko draws on her experience of more than a decade as a public policy advocate and campaign professional. She worked for Democratic candidates campaigning for president, governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. She was selected by Super Lawyers to the 2014 Washington, DC Rising Stars list.