Auditing Physician Contracts Under the New 2016 Stark Rules

Joseph-Wolfe
Speaker: Joseph Wolfe
Health Care Attorney, Hall Render
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Duration: 60 Minutes
Product Code: 300006
Level: Beginner
Key Take Away

Get a proper overview of the Stark Law and its 2016 changes and best practices for implementing audit process for physician compensation arrangements to minimize liability exposure and penalties, including conducting compliance audits, instituting policies and establishing ongoing monitoring processes.

Overview

On October 30th CMS finalized a number of significant changes to the Stark Law that will be effective for the 2016 calendar year. With changes on the horizon, health care organizations should be monitoring and auditing their Stark Law training arrangements to ensure they are compliant with Stark rules requirements and key tenets of defensibility (e.g., fair market value, commercial reasonableness, and not taking into account designated health service referrals, etc.) in case their physician contracts are ever challenged.

why should you attend

Given the substantial awards and settlements in recent Stark Law enforcement actions, this has become more than just a compliance issue: it is an enterprise risk management issue. As medical groups, hospitals, and health systems pursue integration strategies and transition to more innovative hospital-physician arrangements, these organizations must manage their compliance and enterprise risk by ensuring their compensation arrangements are defensible under the Stark Law.

Areas Covered in this Webinar

In this webinar Mr. Wolfe will provide an overview of the Stark Law and its 2016 changes. He will also discuss best practices for implementing audit process for physician compensation arrangements to minimize liability exposure and penalties, including conducting compliance audits, instituting policies, and establishing ongoing monitoring and review processes.


Learning Objectives
  • Provide a general Stark Law Overview
  • Explain the requirements for compliance with key regulatory exceptions
  • Summarize the upcoming changes to the Stark Law for 2016
  • Discuss the audit process and how to resolve issues that may arise during the hospital auditing process

Who Will Benefit
  • In-House Counsel
  • Health Care Compliance Officers
  • Health Care Human Resource Professionals 
  • Health Care CFO’s
  • Health Care Executives
Speakers Profile
Joseph Wolfe

Joseph Wolfe is an attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., the largest health care focused law firm in the country. Mr. Wolfe provides advice and counsel to some of the nation's largest health systems, hospitals and medical groups on a variety of health care issues.  

He regularly counsels clients on a national basis regarding compliance-focused physician compensation and alignment strategies. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to the physician self-referral statute (Stark Law), hospital-physician transactions, physician compensation governance and health care valuation issues.  

Before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin, he served as a combat engineer in the United States Army.

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