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Seminar to feature
health law experts, hot topics

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s popular seminar Medical Records & the Law scheduled for May 22 and May 23 features well-known health care attorneys Sarah Coyne, JD, of Quarles & Brady, LLP, and Tom Shorter, JD, of Godfrey & Kahn SC. Coyne, Shorter and several subject matter experts will offer top-notch education on HIPAA and the new Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Omnibus Rule, medical records retention and destruction, release of information and other issues of importance to physicians and their practices.

The seminar – in Green Bay on May 22 and in Pewaukee on May 23 – features two morning educational sessions, an afternoon panel discussion and a lunch-hour legislative update from Mark Grapentine, JD, the Society’s senior vice president of government relations.

Topics for the morning sessions are “The Fundamentals of Medical Records” presented by Jen Cohrs, CPC, CPMA, CGIC, the Society’s coding and reimbursement educator; and “HIPAA Review: Keeping PHI Private and Secure” by Ms. Coyne. These sessions will address the increased impact to business associates, ramped up enforcement and penalties for noncompliance, improved patient rights for accessibility to protected health information, medical record ownership and charging for copies, EHR documentation hurdles, such as cloning and the use of templates, and much more.

Tom Shorter, JD will lead the afternoon panel discussion “Real World ROI: To Release or Not to Release.” Peg Schmidt, RHIA, CHPS, of Aurora Health Care, and Kathy Schleis, RHIA, CHPS, of Bellin Hospital, along with Ms. Coyne will serve as panelists. This interactive discussion will address a variety of areas that pertain to HIPAA, release of information (ROI) and other compliance laws, rules and regulations that physicians and their staff must follow to protect patients’ private information. Panelists will share real-world situations and how to best handle requests for medical records.

The seminar is geared toward practice managers, health information management staff, compliance personnel, physicians and other health care professionals. Participants are encouraged to bring questions for the presenters.

The cost for this information-packed seminar is $249 for Society members and their staffs; and $349 for non-members. Details are online. Click here to register through the Society’s new Continuing Education Center.

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