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2018 HBMA Compliance Symposium

April 24th, 2018

Mark you calendar and make plans now to join us for the 
HBMA 2018 Compliance Symposium in Chicago, IL April 24 and 25, 2018. 

This focused, two-day conference is designed specifically to help with your continued success in the billing
industry. Our expert faculty of compliance and revenue cycle management professionals will guide you through
a program that provides a practical approach to developing and assessing your compliance plan within the
context of effective business practices.


13.5 CHBME Credits are offered for this event.

HBMA offers the opportunity for Members to participate in the Certified Healthcare Business Management Executive (CHBME), aimed at demonstrating to your peers - and most of all, your current and prospective clients - that you are dedicated to continuing professional education in this fast-changing, challenging industry.

Learn more about the CHBME.


Symposium Venue

AMA Plaza
330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

HBMA Thanks our Symposium Sponsor

Registration Pricing

Registration Type Price
Member Registration $995
Non-Member Registration $1,095

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Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, April 24
7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome and Introductions
8:45 - 10:15 am

Compliance Liability Exposure: Real World Claims and How to Prevent
Mike Bamberger, Managing Partner, and Janet Dabney, Shareholder, Beck, Chaet, Bamberger, & Polsky, S.C.

10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding the Burden and Complexity of a Properly Conducted Risk Assessment
Eric Christensen, Director of Client Services, Healthcare Compliance Pros

12:00 - 1:30 pm Special Lunch Presentation on New HBMA Corporate Compliance Program
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Cyber Security
Torpey White, CPA, CITP, CISA, CGEIT, CGMA, Partner, Wipfli LLP

3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:45 pm

Incorporating Compliance into Your Contracts
Mark Cunningham, Chair, Health Care Section, Chambliss

5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception
Wednesday, April 25
7:30 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am

Coding Compliance: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS, President, Coding Strategies

10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 11:45 am

HIPAA: Protecting Yourself as a Business Associate
Eric Christensen, Director of Client Services, Healthcare Compliance Pros

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Crafting an Effective Compliance Plan: Whistle While you Work
Gilbert E. Johnston III, Chief Operating Officer, The Valletta Group, Inc. 

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 4:15 pm Government Update
Bill Finerfrock, HBMA Director of Government Relations
4:15 - 4:30 pm Break
4:30 - 6:00 pm How to Effectively Comply with MIPS
Robert Hopton, CEO, Health eFilings


Session Descriptions*

Compliance Liability Exposure: Real World Claims and How to Prevent
This session will provide an overview of:

  • Key liability risks for billing company owners, administrators, and managers
  • Real cases to learn from (that is what not to do)!
  • Best practices for mitigating risks
  • How to respond to allegations and investigations
  • Insurance risk management and E&O coverage for HBMA members

Understanding the Burden and Complexity of a Properly Conducted Risk Assessment
The vast majority of HIPAA fines and findings point to just one failed aspect of the compliance rules; a failure in the Security Risk Assessment process.  Learn how HBMA member organizations have a unique responsibility is the proper storage, creation, transmission, and use of PHI (protected health information) and how a properly conducted Risk Assessment can protect your business and show your client practices how you are taking their shared patient PHI seriously. 

Cyber Security
How can your organization learn lessons from the data breaches that have been occurring and making the news? Learning from other organizations' mistakes could be one of the ways for your company to prevent, detect, or correct a breach. You will leave this session with some easy takeaways you can put into practice right away.

Incorporating Compliance into Your Contracts
Compliance remains a key missing piece to most billings service agreements. Billing companies frequently have a standard agreement that does an excellent job on addressing standard business terms other than compliance terms. However, these contracts frequently fail to address each party's compliance obligations. This session will focus on reaching the right balance between too much and too little compliance in your written service contracts. Further, it will identify "must have" provisions that you will need in situations where unexpected compliance issues emerge. 

Coding & Compliance: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Billing Companies are in a unique position when it comes to the revenue cycle process. Even if the client contract specifies who is responsible and accountable for code assignment, it does not necessarily protect the organization from risk associated with incorrect coding and compliance practices. This session will focus on the key things that billing company owners and managers need to know to protect their organization.

HIPAA: Protecting Yourself as a Business Associate
For the majority of HBMA members, the role of Business Associate, to your client medical practices, can leave you wondering “What am I supposed to be doing?”, “How does HIPAA apply to me?” and how do I get my employees onboard, some who have never worked in a medical practice? This education session will help you understand your responsibilities under a Business Associate Agreement, Patient Communications, Release of Information, and Indemnification. It’s all about Protecting your Organization and the Practices you serve.

Crafting an Effective Compliance Plan: Whistle While you Work
Authoring an effective compliance plan is not a "one size fits all" endeavor. In this program, we will explore methods of developing or revising a compliance plan that appropriately matches your company's size, scope of services, and operational model. We will consider the OIG's recommended elements of an effective compliance program as well as their resource guide to measuring program effectiveness.

Government Update
The World of healthcare is constantly changing and evolving. HBMA's Government Relations Director, Bill Finerfrock, will break down some of the most recent happenings in Washington and provide important insight for the future of your organization and your compliance program.

How to Effectively Comply with MIPS
MIPS is a complicated point-based program that requires Clinicians to earn points to avoid penalties and maximize reimbursements. However, it is very challenging and time consuming for healthcare practices to know how to best comply given that the final ruling for 2018 was over 1,600 pages long.  In this session we will simplify MIPS by identifying and discussing the important nuances of compliance as well as some of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of the program.  We will also share strategies that enable Clinicians to optimize their quality measures performance to increase financial payouts from the program. 

*Additional session descriptions will be added as they become available.

Kinzie Hotel

HBMA has negotiated a special rate of $159 at the Kinzie Hotel for our attendee block of April 23 - 26. The reservation block has been filled but rooms may still be available. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire.

Phone and Online Booking Information:

  • Guests can make their reservation by either using the online booking link or calling the hotel Reservation department at 312-345-5336.
  • When calling the hotel for reservations; ask for the "HBMA April Meeting Block".

About the Kinzie Hotel:

The Kinzie Hotel is a five-minute walk to the Compliance Symposium venue and offer boutique accommodations at a great price.

Nestled among the city's iconic skyline, Kinzie Hotel puts you front and center for the city's vibrant dining scene, world-class museums, and inimitable cultural landmarks. Experience the adventurous spirit of Chicago when you stay at River North's boutique, contemporary, and inviting Kinzie Hotel. Kinzie Hotel's unbeatable downtown location, Chicago-inspired design, and locally-sourced amenities deliver the ultimate experience. During your stay, take in your room's amazing city views, rejuvenate with H20 bath products, and feel at home in your upscale, urban accommodations. Each day of your stay, wake up to a deluxe continental breakfast at the end of your floor and wind down with evening drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the on-site Double Cross Lounge.

Refund Policy:
Please see the HBMA Refund Policy page for details on refunds for educational events and products