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Powers holds Healthcare Reform Webinars

By May 26, 2010No Comments

Beginning April 22 to May 26, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville held a series of webinars concerning healthcare reform and the major components of the new law, along with how these changes could affect both practitioners and consumers. The series also discussed the Affordable Care Act’s impact on chronic care coordination and long-term care, as well as how it will affect hospitals and physicians. A full review of the series and information from each presentation can be seen below.

First Program – Overview

On April 22, Powers held a health policy and strategic planning briefing webinar on the new Healthcare Reform Law – What It Means for Providers, Practitioners and Consumers:

  • What are the major components of the new law?
  • When will it become effective?
  • What is the likely impact?
  • What YOU should be doing now to prepare.

Presenters included Powers principals Jim Pyles, Peter Thomas, Joel Hamme, Barbara Straub Williams, Mark Fitzgerald, and Diane Millman.

Second Program – Chronic, Rehab, Post Acute & Long Term Care

On May 14, Powers hosted a health policy and strategic planning webinar on PPACA’s Impact on Chronic Care Coordination, Rehabilitation, Post Acute & Long Term Care.   Specific topics covered include:

  • New Service Delivery and Payment Models for Chronic Care Coordination
  • New Demonstrations and Pilots
  • Coverage Expansions in Medicaid and Medicare
  • Independent Payment Advisory Board
  • Provider Reimbursement Adjustments
  • Disability Protections for Providers and Consumers
  • Trends in Home and Community-Based Services
  • CLASS Act
  • New Wellness and Prevention Programs and Services
  • Increased Commitment to the Nation’s Health Care Infrastructure
  • New Program Integrity Initiatives

Presenters included Powers principals Jim Pyles, Peter Thomas, John Kemp, and Joel Hamme.

Third Program – Hospitals

On May 18, Powers hosted a health policy and strategic planning webinar on PPACA’s Impact on Hospitals: Part A Medicare, Medicaid and 340B.  Specific topics included:

  • Market Basket
  • Medicare and Medicaid DSH
  • Wage Index
  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Bundled Payments
  • Reducing Readmissions
  • Hospital Acquired Conditions
  • Care Transition Services
  • GME and IME resident counts and cap redistribution
  • Independent Payment Advisory Board
  • Claims Submission Deadlines
  • 340B Eligibility
  • Accountable Care Organizations

Presenters included Powers attorneys Barbara Straub Williams, Mary Susan Philp, Peter Thomas, Ron Connelly, and Elisabeth Doyle.

Fourth Program – Physicians

On May 26, Powers hosted a health policy and strategic planning webinar on the new Healthcare Reform Law’s Impact on Physicians:  Medicare, Medicaid and related physician issues.  Specific topics covered include:

  • Expansion of Medicare Coverage
  • Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Changes
  • Payment System Reform such as Bundling, ACOs, and Medical Home
  • Role of Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Physicians as Small Employers

Presenters were Becky Burke, Peter Thomas, Diane Millman, Mark Fitzgerald, and Rob Portman.

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