The Collaborative Compliance Conference

Two Days – All About Compliance.

Virtual Only | August 30-31 | *Earn CEUs or CLEs | Pricing: $695 $695

Join us for the AAPC and AHLA’s 2nd annual Collaborative Compliance Conference, a two-day, virtual-only conference specializing in healthcare compliance. You’ll come away with advanced, actionable insight on HIPAA and security, best practices for observation, coding and billing regulations, and physician financial relationships. You’ll also hear firsthand from industry leaders about regulatory changes, expectations, and critical priorities.

Join us as seasoned healthcare experts and lawyers come together and share their experience and expertise.

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief quality officers
  • Presidents/CEOs
  • Senior internal auditors
  • Directors of compliance
  • Regulatory/risk officers
  • Government employees
  • General counsel
  • Compliance attorneys

Register today for just $695 $695

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

General Session

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, MDT | 1.00 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

GS1: OIG Priorities, Enforcement, and Compliance 

Andrea Treese Berlin; Thomas Brannon

This session will provide updated information about the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) including an overview of the OIG’s structure, mission, current priorities, recent settlements, and data analytics. These topics will be incorporated into tips for enhancing compliance policies and procedures for coders.

Breakout Session 1

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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

1A: Telemedicine – Regulations

Kyle Faget

This session will focus on key telehealth regulatory and compliance issues faced by healthcare providers. Topics include key terms, licensure, practice standards, required modalities, prescribing controlled substances, privacy, and coverage and reimbursement. Standards applied during the public health emergency will also be addressed.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

1B: 2021 E/M Guidelines – Risk Associated With Coding for Time and Compliance Concerns for Medically Relevant History and Exam

Jaci J. Kipreos, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEMC; Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

In this session we will discuss the new E/M guidelines that go into effect January 1, 2023. We will review best practices we learned during the implementation of the 2021 E/M guidelines for office and other outpatient services to assist with this new round of revisions. We will discuss areas of risk and how to address through compliance polices.

Breakout Session 2

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

2A: Enforcement Trends, Compliance, and the False Claims Act

Michael E Paulhus

This session will cover OIG enforcement trends, the current state of the False Claims Act, and important legal cases, along with compliance pointers for evolving enforcement trends.

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

2B: No Surprise Billing

Stacy Nicole Harper , JD, MHSA, CPC

Effective January 1, 2022, the Federal No Surprises Act went into effect and providers are required to be in compliance with both the Good Faith Estimate and Out of Network billing requirements. These new regulations are certain to change the way that health care providers interact with uninsured and out-of-network patients. This presentation will focus on the initial requirements and impacts to health care providers and facilities. We will discuss the requirements under the No Surprises Act, review the notice requirements for uninsured and out-of-network patients, develop strategies for provision of the good faith estimate, and analyze the notice and consent process for out-of-network services. With the foundation of the current requirements, we will identify the additional requirements that are coming later in 2022 and talk about things that every provider needs to know and best practices to ensure compliance and minimize risk of non-compliance or enforcement.

Breakout Session 3

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2:15 PM - 3:30 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

3A: Fraud and Abuse Anti-kickback

Stephen Angelette

This session will provide outside counsel and in-house counsel perspectives on the Anti-kickback Statute, when it applies, its role in transactional matters from strategic and operational design to implementation, and the life cycle of investigations into allegations of violations of the Anti-kickback Statute. The impact of the Regulatory Sprint initiative relative to the Anti-kickback Statute regulatory safe harbors will also be discussed, as well as the Biden administration policy initiatives and Congressional behavior.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

3B: Best Practices Under Attorney Client Privilege

Michael D Miscoe, Esq, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

This presentation will discuss the scope, limits, and exceptions to the rule that protects certain communications between an attorney and a client from disclosure. We will also discuss how this rule applies to consulting and testifying experts and, where applicable, how to mark such written communications. Attendees will also be advised of the more common ways that privilege is lost or waived (overtly or accidentally) and what to do if privileged information is erroneously disclosed.

Breakout Session 4

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4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CDEO, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

4A: Effectiveness of Compliance Programs

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, Approved-Instructor

In this session we will talk about how to develop, maintain, and monitor compliance policies that are most beneficial to your practice. Through hot spots, benefits, and template use, attendees will learn the skills needed to enact a diverse compliance program.

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

4B: Managing Conflicts of Interest

Josephine Nelson Harriott; Charise R Frazier

The session will identify situations that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest, explore ethical considerations for compliance officers and attorneys, identify organizational and employee actions that can be taken to mitigate any potential conflict of interest, and explain responsibilities of individual employees.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

General Session

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, MDT | 1.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS2: COVID-19 Compliance Investigations

Christopher Adam Parrella, CPC, CPCO; Courtney Tito; Leonta Williams, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC; Stephanie M Sjogren, COC, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CPC-I

Many regulations were lessened during COVID-19 such as telemedicine, remote patient monitoring as well as increased funding for many practices. Audits have shown areas of fraud and these services and funds are continuously being investigated to make sure we complied with the regulations and other requirements. This panel session will help you get your top questions answered on compliance and what to look for.

Breakout Session 5

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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

5A: Understanding the (Not So) Voluntary Disclosure Rule

Michael D Miscoe, Esq, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CASCC, CCPC, CUC

This session will address the voluntary disclosure and refund requirements imposed under the FERA and ACA amendments to the False Claims Act. Each element of the rule will be addressed in detail, including when the 60-day reporting clock begins to run, what constitutes credible information of a potential overpayment, and what constitutes reasonable diligence once credible information of an overpayment is received. The session will also address how audit findings should be drafted to preclude inappropriate disclosure liability, risks, and penalties for non-compliance, as well as the submission requirements when an overpayment is discovered.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM, CRC

5B: Current Issues and Practical Advice on Doing Risk Adjustment Right

Jeffrey B Miller Esq; Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I

Stakes are in the billions as the OIG and DOJ go after large settlements against Medicare Advantage plans and providers accused of false claims tied to risk adjusting diagnosis codes. Attorney Jeffrey Miller and Sheri Poe Bernard will discuss CMS’ patterns in targeting and predicting organizational audit risks and also provide insight and advice on actions to take now to prevent future negative audit results.

General Session

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11:45 AM - 12:45 PM, MDT | 1.00 CEUs COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM

GS3: Networking Lunch

Breakout Session 6

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12:45 PM - 2:00 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6A: The Compliance Board

CJ Wolf MD MEd CPC COC, COC, CPC

Making sure your compliance program meets all the recommendations for an effective compliance program is important — but making sure the compliance program has the proper oversight from a governing board or compliance committee is paramount to its success. This session will cover compliance program oversight expectations of boards, best practices in roles and responsibilities as they relate to the board, and lessons learned from boards that did not meet their compliance oversight responsibilities.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

6B: MS-DRG Validations

Todd Husty, DO

MS-DRGs drive inpatient reimbursement. There are many factors that support the proper MS-DRG assignment. In this session we will discuss the importance of MS-DRG validation and best practices for compliance.

Breakout Session 7

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2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

7A: HIPAA Update and Enforcement

Astara N Crews, CPC, CPEDC

HHS-OCR has announced several updates and enforcement discretions. Additionally, proposed changes to the Privacy Rule while OCR continues to enforce violations against providers for potential information blocking. This webinar provides an overview of some of these items, as well as addressing key concepts in the context of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information.

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, MDT | 1.25 CEUs CPMA, COC, CPC, CPC-P, CPB, CPCO, CPPM

7B: Opioid Enforcement and Compliance Risks

CJ Wolf MD MEd CPC COC, COC, CPC

As public health efforts continue to try to slow the opioid epidemic in the United States and federal law agencies fight on the enforcement front, it’s important that your healthcare organization’s compliance program addresses risks associated with this devastating epidemic. This session will focus on recent DOJ and OIG enforcement actions against healthcare providers associated with opioid diversion and/or overprescribing; compliance program strategies for addressing compliance risks associated with opioids; and free tools, resources, and clinical guides specifically designed to help healthcare organizations address opioid epidemic risks.


Astara N. Crews, MJ, CPC, CPEDC, CHC, CHPC, CHIAP

Astara N. Crews, MJ, CPC, CPEDC, CHC, CHPC, CHIAP

Astara N. Crews, MJ, CPC, CPEDC, CHC, CHPC, CHIAP, serves as the chief compliance officer at Essen Health Care, New York. As an executive officer of Essen Health Care’s senior leadership team, she oversees the company's corporate compliance program and regulatory governance. Crews has a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology, biology, and chemistry (pre-medicine) and a law degree specializing in health law from Loyola University of Chicago Law School. She began her 20-year career as a revenue cycle manager, and then quickly rose to senior healthcare administration positions at several prominent hospitals and tertiary institutions. Crews prides herself on her vast knowledge of health and regulatory law, including the Anti-kickback/Stark statutes, clinical documentation integrity, fraud and abuse laws, and HIPAA and OSHA. She has served as the president of the Lower Westchester New York, local chapter and sits on the 2022-2025 AAPC National Advisory Board.

Charise  R. Frazier

Charise R. Frazier

Charise R. Frazier is a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. She concentrates her practice in general health, working for a variety of healthcare entities on a wide range of matters such as clinical services, patient care, behavioral and mental health, data management, electronic health records, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance counsel. As compliance counsel, Frazier provides fraud and abuse analyses under Stark Law and the Anti-kickback Statute, conducts compliance assessments and mock audits, develops policies and procedures, provides training and education, conducts internal investigations, and responds to government investigations. She has over 18 years’ experience advising clients regarding state and federal privacy and security laws, including multi-state breach incidents, and responding to government investigations. She has successfully navigated numerous breach investigative requests from the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the state attorney general. Frazier speaks locally and nationally on health law issues and serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Courtney Tito

Courtney Tito

Courtney Tito is a Member of McDonald Hopkins, LLC and counsels and represents clients in the health law industry, including, federal and private payor audits and disputes, reimbursement matters, enrollment revocations, payment suspensions, internal investigations, compliance and regulatory matters, and in responding to federal subpoenas and civil investigative demands.

Christopher A. Parrella, JD, CPC, CPCO, CHC

Christopher A. Parrella, JD, CPC, CPCO, CHC

Christopher A. Parrella, JD, CPC, CPCO, CHC, is director 3rd-party payer reimbursement, coding, and documentation at the Health Law Offices of Anthony C Vitale, PA, which focuses exclusively on criminal, civil, overpayment, regulatory, licensure, and compliance representation for all healthcare provider/supplier types. He travels the country on behalf of a wide range of healthcare organizations, lecturing on varying topics affecting their industries. Parrella is also a member of AAPC’s National Legal Advisory Board (NAB) and Ethics Committee. He participated in developing the national certification examination on the HITECH Act for the American Society of Health Informatics Managers and AAPC’s Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO™). He received his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and his Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the State Bar.

C.J. Wolf, MD, M.Ed., CPC, COC

C.J. Wolf, MD, M.Ed., CPC, COC

C.J. Wolf, MD, M.Ed., CPC, COC, has been involved in healthcare for over 22 years beginning with his years in medical school. Dr. Wolf made a career change to healthcare administration, reimbursement, and compliance. He has worked in various coding, reimbursement, or chief compliance officer roles for lntermountain Healthcare, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas System, and an international medical device company. He currently holds faculty appointments at two universities and provides coding, compliance, and training services through Compliance Reality.

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, COC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEMC

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, COC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEMC

Jaci Kipreos, CPC, COC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CPC-I, CEMC, has been in the field of medical coding and auditing for over 30 years and received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Virginia Tech. She has worked in a variety of practice settings and has expertise in coding for family practice, urgent care, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, and Medicare’s teaching physician guidelines, with an emphasis on compliance with evaluation and management guidelines. Kipreos has been an instructor for various AAPC workshops for the past 10 years and is a frequent speaker at AAPC’s national and regional HEALTHCON conferences. She has also provided presentations for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state event in Virginia and the national event for the American Association of Medical Assistants. Kipreos is a past president of the Richmond, Virginia, and Charlottesville, Virginia, local chapters, and served as president of AAPC’s National Advisory Board from 2015-2018.

Jeffrey Miller, Esq.

Jeffrey Miller, Esq.

Jeffrey Miller, Esq., is senior counsel and director-in-charge for Granite Governance, Risk & Compliance, for over 25 years. He has held executive legal counsel, chief compliance, and privacy and security officer positions for various companies, including Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pa., DermOne, LLC, and Johnson & Johnson.

Josephine Nelson Harriott

Josephine Nelson Harriott

Josephine Nelson Harriott is director of compliance at Adventist Healthcare, where she leads the compliance team at Howard University Hospital. She was previously senior associate general counsel for Health Sciences at Howard University, where her practice included health law, regulatory compliance, business transactions, and governance. Prior to joining Howard, she was a senior associate at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, where her practice focused on healthcare reform implementation, employee benefits, civil litigation, and internal investigations. Harriott entered Howard University School of Law in 2004 after 20 successful years in the healthcare and government contracts arenas. Immediately prior to law school, she was employed by ValueOptions, Inc. and held positions such as vice president of corporate compliance and privacy officer, director of contracting, and director of commercial Operations.

Kyle Faget

Kyle Faget

Kyle Faget is a member of Foley & Lardner's Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Groups and the FDA and Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Teams. She advises clients on state and federal laws applicable to telemedicine practice, and on regulatory and compliance matters involving the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the False Claims Act, the Anti-kickback Statute, the AdvaMed Code and the PhRMA Code.

Leonta Williams, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC, CCS, CCDS

Leonta Williams, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC, CCS, CCDS

Leonta Williams, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPCO, CRC, CEMC, CHONC, CCS, CCDS, is director of education at AAPC. She holds multiple credentials across several professional organizations and has more than 20 years of health information management experience as a coding director, auditor, educator, trainer, practice manager, and mentor. Williams is founder and past president of the Covington, Ga., local chapter and served as secretary on AAPC’s 2018-2021 National Advisory Board.

Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA, AAPC Fellow

Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA, AAPC Fellow

Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO, CPMA, CEMA, AAPC Fellow, has over 25 years of experience in healthcare coding and over 20 years as a compliance expert, forensic coding expert, and consultant. He has provided expert analysis and testimony on a wide range of coding and compliance issues in civil and criminal cases on behalf of providers and payers. His law practice concentrates on representation of healthcare providers involved in post-payment disputes with commercial and government payers. Miscoe has an extensive national speaking background and has been published in numerous publications on a variety of coding, compliance, and health law topics. He served as president of AAPC’s 2018-2021 National Advisory Board, is a member of the AAPC Legal Advisory Board, and is the chair of AAPC’s Ethics Committee.

Mike Paulhus

Mike Paulhus

Mike Paulhus is a healthcare litigation partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, specializing in defending providers in government investigations, False Claims Act litigation, and crisis management. He also leads proactive compliance assessments, regulatory counseling, and the submission of self-disclosures to regulators. Paulhus also serves as an adjunct faculty member, teaching a Healthcare Fraud & Abuse seminar at Georgia State University School of Law.

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC

Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CIC, CPB, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, has over 26 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. She is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader in the business of healthcare and serves as a coding liaison to the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel. Over the past 12 years at AAPC, Jimenez has held a variety of responsibilities including leading the development of certification exams and exam preparation materials, overseeing the operations for exams, and distance learning and education licensing program departments. As the senior vice president of products, she oversees all AAPC product lines. Prior to joining the AAPC, Jimenez spent many years running billing and coding departments, audit services, provider education programs, and client services. At Concorde Career Institute, she served as assistant academic dean, program director for the coding and medical assistant programs, and director of graduate services. Jimenez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the Salt Lake City, Utah, local chapter.

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor

Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, COPC, CPEDC, AAPC Approved Instructor, has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, working in the management, reimbursement, billing, and coding sectors, in addition to be an instructor. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC, AMA, HIMSS, AAO-HNS, AGA, and ASOA.

Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I

Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I

Sheri Poe Bernard, COC, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPC-I, is managing consultant at Granite GRC Consulting, where her chief responsibilities are risk adjustment auditing, clinical documentation improvement, and training. With 28 years in coding and reimbursement publishing, training, and test development, Bernard is an expert communicator of coding concepts. She is the author of the AMA publication Risk Adjustment Documentation and Coding, now in its second edition, and served as coding content developer at Optum360 for 15 years. Bernard served as vice president at AAPC for three years and was on the AAPC National Advisory Board for eight years.

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC

Stacy Harper, JD, MHSA, CPC, counsels healthcare organizations on regulatory compliance reimbursement and data security issues. She provides clients first-hand knowledge of the legal and practical reimbursement structures for government and private payers and aids clients in the navigation of medical billing and coding standards, Stark Anti-kickback and other state and federal reimbursement laws. Harper assesses risks and develops plans for healthcare providers and other businesses to address data privacy, data security and data breach response in accordance with HIPAA, HITECH, and state data laws.

Stephen Angelette

Stephen Angelette

Stephen Angelette is board certified in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and recognizes that in today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, proactively understanding the business challenges clients face can positively impact their outcomes. He applies his unique understanding of healthcare issues toward hospitals, physician groups, and other healthcare professionals. He has extensive experience with structuring healthcare arrangements, including equity and asset purchases of hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, laboratories, and urgent care centers, and has represented numerous healthcare providers in establishing clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations. He has also provided guidance to healthcare organizations related to their enrollment with Medicare and Medicaid and various state licensing agencies, and assists in responding to government inquiries, suspensions, or terminations of such facility enrollment or licensure.    

*Educational Credits Available

Total Minutes: 705

  • CLE 60 Minutes 11.75
  • CLE 50 Minutes 14.1
  • CEUs 12
  • CPE 14.0
  • CCB 14.1

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