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Weathering the Storm: Critical Legal & Operational Issues Shaping Healthcare in 2010

Seminar
3.04.10
Warwick Hotel
Denver, CO

Husch Blackwell Sanders and The Pinnacle Group invite you to our 2010 healthcare forecast, where you can learn how your organization can successfully ride out the storm.

Date & Time
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Noon to 5 p.m.

Locations
Seminar:
Warwick Denver Hotel
1776 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
303.861.2000

Reception following program:
Husch Blackwell Sanders office
One block west of Warwick hotel
1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4700
Denver, CO 80203

RSVP
This program is complimentary. Please register by Thursday, February 25 using the "Register Now" button above. Please select your breakout sessions and indicate if you will join us for the reception.

CLE
This program is approved for 4 hours of Colorado credit.

Agenda
Noon - 1 p.m. Registration and Lunch

12:45 p.m. Welcome

1 - 1:45 p.m. Keynote
New Trends in Hospital/Physician Integration
Husch Blackwell Sanders' Curt Chase and The Pinnacle Group's Daniel Stech
Hospitals and physicians are searching for new ways to integrate and align incentives to help them deal with several issues: shrinking physician reimbursement; bundled payments and Accountable Care Organizations; greater competition for certain specialists; and the challenge of building a primary care base. Curt and Daniel discuss the strategic, operational and legal structures used and considered around the country, along with the pros and cons of various models, from traditional employment to group practice subsidiaries and clinical co-management arrangements. Presenters also address the challenge of allowing physicians to have autonomy while minimizing hospitals' financial exposure.

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote
A Former Federal Prosecutor's Views on Healthcare Enforcement Trends for 2010
Husch Blackwell Sanders' Stephen Hill
Having served during the Clinton Administration with many of the Department of Justice's current leadership, including Attorney General Holder and Deputy Attorney General Ogden, Steve shares a former U.S. attorney's perspective on the likely approaches local federal prosecutors and colleagues at the Civil Fraud Unit in Washington will take on current healthcare enforcement matters.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session I: 
Preparing for and Responding to RAC & MIC Audits
Husch Blackwell Sanders' David Lewis
What roles do the various Medicare/Medicaid audit and program integrity contractors play? David shares his insight, with emphasis on the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program and lessons learned from the RAC Demonstration Project, along with practical preparations for Medicare and Medicaid audits and tips for successfully appealing contractor denials.

Medical Staff Landmines: Disruptive Physicians
Husch Blackwell Sanders' Mary Stuart and Howard Hahn
Disruptive or impaired physicians can lead to medical errors, poor patient satisfaction, lower employee morale and increased costs; these same physicians may also have protected rights under various state and federal laws. Mary discusses the legal issues to consider in dealing with disruptive practitioners and offers practical advice for addressing those issues.

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session II: 
Maintaining FMV Perspective in Physician Contracting
Husch Blackwell Sanders' Winn Halverhout and The Pinnacle Group's David White
Constant changes in FMV philosophies and techniques - along with increasing physician mobility, regulatory complexities and disclosure considerations - compel hospitals, physicians and their respective executives to stay abreast of trends in physician compensation. Winn and David discuss FMV determinations and applications in hospital-physician contracting.

Healthcare Quality Initiatives: The Next Big Thing
Husch Blackwell Sanders' Barb Miltenberger
The federal government has increased its emphasis on quality as a condition for health care payment and implemented sanctions for failure to meet established patient care benchmarks. In this session, Barb shares proactive measures providers may adopt to address these new mandates. She also addresses hot issues in the OIG's 2010 Work Plan, methods for improving survey outcomes, trends in accountable care, and responsibilities of governing bodies to ensure the quality of services delivered.

4:15 - 5 p.m. Hot Topics Panel and Q&A

5 p.m. Reception at Husch Blackwell Sanders' Office

Event co-sponsored by The Pinnacle Group