MGMA agenda offers wide-ranging coverage of compliance issues

The educational sessions at next week's MGMA Annual Conference (Oct. 21-24 in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center) offer a representative sampling of trending management issues and best practices. In the broad area of compliance, physician leaders and practice administrators in attendance at the conference will be able to select from subject-matter overviews of current developments to specific guidance on well-defined areas such as Medicare RAC audits.

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MGMA organizers have carved out time for presentations in the areas of Medicare/ Medicaid audits (and post-audit analysis), managing/ minimizing employment law risks, Stark Law considerations, mitigation of RAC risk, and even malpractice discovery as it applies to EHR implementation and use (including discussion of EHR weaknesses that could expose physicians to problems with a malpractice defense).

In the area of HIPAA compliance, attendees can choose a session outlining five ways to prevent information leakages in electronic, hybrid and paper environments. A separate session on federal privacy requirements will advise attendees on what government audits are likely to seek, and what enforcement actions the government has recently taken.

ICD-10 will get coverage with a session on new requirements and their impact in areas such as payer contracting, encounter documentation, staff training, benchmarking data and administrative simplification initiatives (e.g., operating rules, health plan identifiers and electronic funds transfer).

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For those looking to drill down to the detail level of EHR meaningful use, officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be on hand to review the structure and administration of the EHR incentive programs.

MGMA's Government Affairs group will also offer a presentation on key Medicare payment initiatives, including the rules for accountable care organizations, shared-savings programs, bundled-payment pilots and new value-based payment modifiers. Presenters will also discuss recent trends in Medicare payment changes such as shifts among specialties and geographic payment variation.

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