Constance Wilkinson, Member of Epstein Becker Green, will co-present on a webinar on “340B Program and the Proposed Mega-Guidance” on October 22, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.

With recent publication of the long-awaited proposed “Mega-Guidance,” the federal 340B Drug Discount Program (“the 340B Program”) is poised for significant changes. This webinar describes the 340B Program’s historical background, practices, and challenges that resulted in the proposed policies and goals reflected in the Mega-Guidance. In addition to learning about the history of the 340B Program, participants will be educated on how it works—what manufacturers and providers must do to participate in and comply with the Program, how to navigate the 340B website and database maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and what specific reforms have been proposed for public comment.

This webinar is free and is being hosted by ACI. To register, please click here.

Epstein Becker Green’s Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Senior Member of the Firm, and Tanya Vanderbilt Cramer, Of Counsel, will present “Accountable Care Organizations and Other Provider Risk Sharing Arrangements — a Legal and Regulatory Overview,” a webinar hosted by Bloomberg BNA.

While the federal government has encouraged the growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs) through the Affordable Care Act, the regulation of ACOs and other provider risk sharing arrangements remains a patchwork of federal and state requirements that span many different areas of law. This webinar will explore some of the regulatory issues faced by ACOs, integrated delivery systems, and other provider organizations that assume some or all of the financial risk for providing covered health care benefits to patients through reimbursement arrangements such as capitation or shared savings.

Epstein Becker Green would like to offer you a 25% discount off the registration fees for this program.  To sign up at this discounted rate, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.bna.com/accountable-care-organizations-m17179934019/
  2. Click on “add to cart.”
  3. Sign in to your bna.com account – if you do not have a bna.com account, please click “create an account & continue”
  4. On the checkout screen you will see a box on the right side labeled “promotion code”.  Please enter the code FIRMDISC25 in this box and click submit.  Then click proceed to checkout.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET, George BreenChair of Epstein Becker Green’s National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee, will co-present “Opportunities and Obstacles: Preparing for the Transition to the ICD-10 Code Set,” a webinar hosted by Bloomberg BNA.

With the transition to the ICD-10 code set coming in October, the health-care industry is grappling with adopting new technology and making last-minute preparations. The switch to ICD-10 also presents new opportunities to increase productivity and improve patient health.

The International Classification of Diseases is a standardized coding system used by providers for identifying illnesses and treatments, as well as for reimbursement. ICD-10 updates health-care diagnoses and procedure codes from the currently used 13,000 in ICD-9 to 68,000, and will be required for all entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Providers have several concerns about ICD-10, including how it will affect their reimbursements. Health-care professionals are going to have differences over what constitutes the correct diagnosis code under ICD-10, which might negatively impact reimbursement and also result in fraud and abuse concerns.

Epstein Becker Green would like to offer you a 25% discount off the registration fees for this program.  To sign up at this discounted rate, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.bna.com/opportunities-obstacles-preparing-m17179930152/
  2. Click on “add to cart.”
  3. Sign in to your bna.com account – if you do not have a bna.com account, please click “create an account & continue”
  4. On the checkout screen you will see a box on the right side labeled “promotion code”.  Please enter the code FIRMDISC25 in this box and click submit.  Then click proceed to checkout.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued proposed regulations addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to corporate wellness programs.  Namely, the proposed rule amends the ADA regulations to provide guidance on the extent to which employers may use incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries and/or medical examinations.  The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015.  Comments will be due 60 days from the date of publication.  The pre-publication version of the proposed rule can be viewed here. For additional information, visit Epstein Becker Green’s website to sign up for our upcoming webinar:  EEOC Wellness Regulations – What Do They Mean for Employer-Sponsored Programs?

 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

The past year has demonstrated that no organization is immune to security incidents that could affect its employees, customers, and reputation.  Understanding the complex legal framework governing data privacy and developing a plan to mitigate risk can be the difference between an incident and a disaster.

Join Epstein Becker Green’s Privacy & Security Practice for a comprehensive overview of data breach priorities impacting organizations that deal in electronic data.  Presenters will identify strategies to prepare for and prevent security incidents as well as summarize key takeaways from the biggest breaches of 2014.

Attendees will also learn about:

  • Complying with the evolving legal landscape
  • Minimizing data breach exposure
  • Developing an incident response plan and effectively responding to an incident
  • Setting organizational priorities, and getting buy-in

Speakers:

Adam C. Solander, Member of the Firm

Patricia M. Wagner, Member of the Firm

Who Should Attend:

Compliance Professionals, In-House Counsel, Board Members, and Information Security Professionals

To register for this webinar, please click here.

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 colleague Stuart M. Gerson of Epstein Becker Green’s Litigation and Health Care and Life Sciences practices in the firm’s Washington, DC and New York offices will join a panel discussion on “The Manay Faces of the Affordable Care Act.”  Christopher Farella of Epstein Becker Green’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practices in the firm’s Newark office will serve as moderator.

Issues to be addressed include:

  • State of play with respect to various aspects of the ACA, particularly the employer mandate, including a discussion of recent case law.
  • How recent election results could impact amendments to the ACA.
  • The interplay between the ERISA settler and fiduciary functions that the ACA requires.
  • The interplay between the ACA and other employment laws.
  • Managing employee populations and the treatment of full time, part time and variable hour employees for coverage offerings.
  • The impact of the ACA insurance market reforms on the individual and small employer insurance markets in NJ.
  • The unintended consequences of the ACA for employers.

For more information, click here.

WHEN: November 17, 2014

TIME:    2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Please join us for a complimentary webinar addressing the professional and business challenges encountered by health care providers dealing with Ebola and other infectious diseases. This webinar will offer a clinical overview as well as a review of the guidelines which offer protocols for addressing concerns over Ebola and similar diseases, the health regulatory and risk management issues providers might consider in developing a response strategy, and the resulting labor and employment considerations facing health care employers. A question and answer period will follow the program.

Topics will include:

  • Clinical Overview and Emergency Management Issues
  • Health Regulatory Considerations for Providers
  • Risk Management Concerns
  • Employment Issues Confronting the Health Care Industry

Speakers:

  • Bruno Petinaux, M.D. – Associate Professor, Co-Chief of the Emergency Management Section, Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates
  • George B. Breen – Member, Epstein Becker Green, Chair, Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee
  • Frank C. Morris, Jr. – Member, Epstein Becker Green, Employment, Labor and Workforce Management Practice
  • Amy F. Lerman – Associate, Epstein Becker Green, Health Care and Life Sciences Practice

To register for this webinar, please click here.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Whitney Krebs at (202) 861-0900, or wkrebs@ebglaw.com.

Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, will host a complimentary webinar titled The Impact of Value-Based Purchasing and Other Employee Initiatives on Population HealthThis session will discuss several approaches for population health managers to reduce costs and improve health care.

The webinar, scheduled for November 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. ET, will be led by Laurel Pickering, MPH, President & CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health, and David Lansky, PhD, President & CEO of Pacific Business Group on Health. Adam Solander of Epstein Becker Green will moderate the session.

For more information, click hereTo register, click here.

Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, will host a complimentary webinar titled Moving to an Integrated Population Health Management Model. This session will highlight several approaches to help manage populations to promote better clinical outcomes, more cost savings and enhanced patient satisfaction.

The webinar, scheduled for October 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET, will be led by Sarika Aggarwal, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Fallon Community Health Plan, and Julie O’Brien, RN, BSN, MS, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Alicare Medical Management, and moderated by Mark Lutes, Chair, Epstein Becker Green.

For more information, please click here.  To register, please click here.

 

Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, will host a complimentary webinar in August on emerging trends in value-based purchasing in health care. The session, Population Health Strategies for Employer-Based Coverage, will assess how employers and other health plan sponsors are developing new programs to promote enhanced clinical and financial outcomes for the groups and populations they manage. In particular, speakers will highlight how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is influencing population health management strategies for employer-based coverage.

The webinar, scheduled for August 26, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. ET, will be led by two thought leaders from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3): Francois de Brantes, MS, MBA, Executive Director; and Douglas Emery, MS, Program Implementation Leader, Western Region. Gretchen K. Young, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), will also serve as a panelist and Adam Solander, Associate, Epstein Becker Green, will moderate the session. To register, click here.

During the webinar, the panelists will discuss:

  • How ACA’s Cadillac tax on health benefits is changing the way employers pay for insurance coverage and how employees access and use insurance and wellness benefits.
  • How employers are creating and implementing new incentive programs to align prudent purchasing with proper care management techniques.
  • Emerging legal and reporting requirements based upon ACA and state requirements.

The Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series offers participants informative and insightful guidance on how population health strategies are transforming the health care paradigm as the industry moves towards measurement and management of integrated delivery systems such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). All previous webinar programs can be viewed online. To register for this session, please click here.

“The Population Health Webinar Series attempts to find some common ground for health care professionals and other health care stakeholders by identifying best practices and creating a call to action for collaboration and outcomes improvement nationwide,” says Mark Lutes, Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s Board of Directors. “From the Affordable Care Act and data analytics to advancement in health IT systems, a number of factors are having a significant impact on the health care delivery system.”

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The Speakers

Francois de Brantes, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute

As Executive Director of HCI3, Mr. de Brantes is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy of the organization. This includes supervising the implementations of Bridges To Excellence and PROMETHEUS Payment pilots, leading the development of new programs, and designing incentive efforts for employers, health plans and provider organizations.

Previously, Mr. de Brantes was the Program Leader for various health care initiatives at GE Corporate Health Care Programs, responsible for developing the conceptual framework and the implementation of GE’s Active Consumer strategy.

Mr. de Brantes attended the University of Paris IX – Dauphine where he earned a MS in Economics and Finance. After completing his military service as a platoon leader in a Light Cavalry Regiment, he attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an MBA.

Douglas Emery, MS, Program Implementation Leader, Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute

Mr. Emery serves the Operations Manager for the Western Region for HCI3. He has been working in health care reform policy for over 15 years. Beginning in 1991, at the Institute of Political Economy, he and other colleagues began to work out a new microeconomic model for health care economics and episode of care purchasing.

Since then, Mr. Emery has worked in the public sector (Public Employees Health Program of Utah) and the private sector as an executive and consultant (Oxford Health Plans, HealthSouth, HealthMarket, Medstat, Definity Health, and others).  Mr. Emery has published many articles and two books on moving toward a more consumer-directed model and episode purchasing.

Gretchen K. Young, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, the ERISA Industry Committee

Ms. Young is the Senior Vice President, Health Policy, for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). She works in Washington, D.C., where her primary responsibilities include working as a registered Congressional lobbyist on federal health issues and monitoring the work of Congress and the executive agencies with respect to health benefits.

Her primary focus over the past two years has been the Affordable Care Act and the accompanying regulations. She also has devoted considerable time and attention to employer wellness programs and the threats to them posted by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prior to her work at ERIC, Ms. Young covered both retirement and health issues for several large consulting forms. She has worked for over 25 years in the employee benefits field, including stints at three federal agencies that regulate ERISA plans – IRS, PBGC, and DOL.

Adam Solander, Associate, Epstein Becker Green

Session moderator Mr. Solander is an associate of Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Solander advises health care clients on issues concerning ERISA preemption, obligations of plan fiduciaries and breach of fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions, and denial of benefits. He is also has experience advocating on behalf of health care trade associations and disease-specific patient advocacy groups, to the Congressional and Executive branches.

To learn more, log on to www.ebgadvisors.com or click here to register for any of these webinars. A Q&A period will follow the webinar, so don’t miss this unique opportunity for leading population health experts to answer your questions. To listen to the previous webinars from our Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, please click here.