Distance Learning

Public Interest Webinars

AHLA's Public Interest (PI) webinars feature hour-long discussions and Q&A with government officials, Congressional staff, and researchers on major health policy issues. The webinar format provides a convenient means through which AHLA members, health care providers, the press, and others can receive a quick orientation to a major policy issue without a major interruption in their busy work schedules. Unless otherwise noted, PI webinars are not eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits.

Recordings

PI webinar recordings are available after the live event, but are not included in live webinar registration and have to be purchased separately.

If you have any PI webinar-related questions, please contact Customer Support.

Upcoming and Past Webinars

  • Public Interest Webinar Series: Electronic Medical Records, All Parts - On Demand Recording

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    AHLA Public Interest, in coordination with the HIT and RAP Practice Groups, is presenting a series of four webinars addressing current issues with electronic medical records. The state of medical records technology is an issue of concern that affects almost everyone: The accuracy and completeness of medical records is critically important to the quality of health care provided to patients, to the ability of clinicians to provide competent care and receive accurate reimbursement, and to compliance with federal health care program requirements. Electronic health records hold the promise of significant advances in the quality and efficiency of healthcare, as well as improvement in the clinical experiences of both patients and clinicians. As EHR systems have developed to date, however, many of the hoped-for benefits remain elusive. Certain EHR functionalities have opened up a veritable hornet's nest of issues and have given rise to new causes of patient harm. The problems include a new phenomenon, now known as "e-Iatrogenesis," and new compliance risks for providers. This four-part Public Interest Webinar Series will explore these issues and potential approaches to addressing them, with a focus on the policy and public interest aspects of these problems.

    Time (All Sessions): 90 minutes
    Sessions Format: On Demand Recording

    AHLA Public Interest, in coordination with the HIT and RAP Practice Groups, is presenting a series of four webinars addressing current issues with electronic medical records.  

    The state of medical records technology is an issue of concern that affects almost everyone:  The accuracy and completeness of medical records is critically important to the quality of health care provided to patients, to the ability of clinicians to provide competent care and receive accurate reimbursement, and to compliance with federal health care program requirements.

    Electronic health records hold the promise of significant advances in the quality and efficiency of healthcare, as well as improvement in the clinical experiences of both patients and clinicians.  As EHR systems have developed to date, however, many of the hoped-for benefits remain elusive.  Certain EHR functionalities have opened up a veritable hornet's nest of issues and have given rise to new causes of patient harm.  The problems include a new phenomenon, now known as "e-Iatrogenesis," and new compliance risks for providers.   This four-part Public Interest Webinar Series will explore these issues and potential approaches to addressing them, with a focus on the policy and public interest aspects of these problems. 

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area. 

    • AHLA Member: $775
    • AHLA Non-Member: $350

    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • PI Committee
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group 
    • Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group

    On-Demand+CLE Webinars

    On-Demand+CLE webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and are approved in every state with mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    On-Demand Webinars

    Offerings designated as “On-Demand" differ from those designated as “On-Demand+CLE" in that they are CLE-ineligible. However, CLE credit may be obtained by applying directly to the attorney's state accrediting body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said accrediting body and subject to its rules and regulations. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA On-Demand+CLE webinars are only approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

    Live Webinars

    Live webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    • For attorneys licensed in states in which live distance learning programs are approved and AHLA possesses approved provider/sponsor status: AHLA webinars are pre-approved for CLE credit. Certificates of completion are made available immediately following the webinar upon completion of the course evaluation. Those states are: Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
    • For attorneys licensed in states in which live distance learning programs are approved and AHLA does not possess approved provider/sponsor status: participants are able to apply directly to their state accrediting body for approval for and accreditation of AHLA-sponsored webinars. The application and agenda are available for download during the live event and any time thereafter; certificates of completion are made available immediately following the webinar upon completion of the course evaluation.
    • In states in which live distance learning programs are not approved, it is still possible to obtain CLE credit by applying directly to the state's accrediting body for “self-study" credit where applicable.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA webinars are only presumptively approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

  • Public Interest Webinar Series: Electronic Medical Records, Part IV: Interoperability - On Demand Recording

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/07/2018

    Electronic health records and continued advancements in health information technology present significant opportunities to advance the delivery of healthcare and improve patient outcomes for millions of Americans. While the benefits are clear and the public interest is high, the healthcare industry continues to face a number of barriers in achieving interoperability. This webinar will discuss some of the financial, technological, and operational issues providers face and how organizations are confronting these barriers head on. The distinguished panel, which includes leaders from the HHS Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, the Office for the National Coordinator, and the American Medical Association, will discuss existing standards and resources as well as the path forward for stakeholders striving to achieve meaningful interoperability to improve patient care.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Session Format: On Demand Recording

    Electronic health records and continued advancements in health information technology present significant opportunities to advance the delivery of healthcare and improve patient outcomes for millions of Americans. While the benefits are clear and the public interest is high, the healthcare industry continues to face a number of barriers in achieving interoperability.  This webinar will discuss some of the financial, technological, and operational issues providers face and how organizations are confronting these barriers head on.  The distinguished panel, which includes leaders from the HHS Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, the Office for the National Coordinator, and the American Medical Association, will discuss existing standards and resources as well as the path forward for stakeholders striving to achieve meaningful interoperability to improve patient care.

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area.

    • AHLA Member: $100
    • Non-AHLA Member: $200

    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • PI Committee
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group 
    • Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group

    ​Amy S. Leopard (Moderator)

    Partner

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
    Nashville, TN

    Michael L. Lipinski

    Director of the Division of Federal Policy and Regulatory Affairs

    Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Washington, DC

    Alexandra Mugge

    Deputy Director

    Division of Health Information Technology
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    Bio

    Jeff Coughlin

    Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs

    Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
    Bio

    On-Demand+CLE Webinars

    On-Demand+CLE webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and are approved in every state with mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    On-Demand Webinars

    Offerings designated as “On-Demand" differ from those designated as “On-Demand+CLE" in that they are CLE-ineligible. However, CLE credit may be obtained by applying directly to the attorney's state accrediting body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said accrediting body and subject to its rules and regulations. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA On-Demand+CLE webinars are only approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 11 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.

  • Public Interest Webinar Series: Electronic Medical Records, Part III:Coding and billing integrity - On Demand Recording

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/01/2018

    While current public policy strongly encourages providers to use EHRs, the government has also expressed its concern that some providers may be using EHR functionalities to bill improperly. EHR systems pose certain risks of documentation errors that can result in incorrect coding and billing. In addition, some EHR functionalities that are intended to assist providers in coding correctly and capturing charges completely with greater efficiency have proven to have limited effectiveness to date and to present additional compliance issues in practice.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Session Format: On Demand Recording

    While current public policy strongly encourages providers to use EHRs, the government has also expressed its concern that some providers may be using EHR functionalities to bill improperly.  EHR systems pose certain risks of documentation errors that can result in incorrect coding and billing.  In addition, some EHR functionalities that are intended to assist providers in coding correctly and capturing charges completely with greater efficiency have proven to have limited effectiveness to date and to present additional compliance issues in practice.

    This Webinar will explore (1) the government's current focus on EHR coding and billing issues, (2) common sources of errors in Evaluation and Management coding in EHR systems, and (3) current limitations in EHR "coding engine" and charge capture capabilities.  The speakers will focus on the policy and public interest issues that these issues raise and suggest approaches to avoiding these issues and promoting compliance in the EHR environment of today. 

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area.

    • AHLA Member: $100
    • Non-AHLA Member: $200

    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • PI Committee
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group 
    • Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group

    On-Demand+CLE Webinars

    On-Demand+CLE webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and are approved in every state with mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    On-Demand Webinars

    Offerings designated as “On-Demand" differ from those designated as “On-Demand+CLE" in that they are CLE-ineligible. However, CLE credit may be obtained by applying directly to the attorney's state accrediting body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said accrediting body and subject to its rules and regulations. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA On-Demand+CLE webinars are only approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 11 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.

  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Emerging Trend in Health System Transformation and the Law, Part I - On Demand Recording

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/23/2018

    This webinar will provide a practical primer on implementing Community Health Needs Assessments. Speakers will highlight the essential elements of a federally compliant CHNA, describe examples of best practices in collaborating with public health departments, and provide case studies offering successful strategies for avoiding enterprise risk.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Format: On Demand Recording

    This webinar will provide a practical primer on implementing Community Health Needs Assessments.  Speakers will highlight the essential elements of a federally compliant CHNA, describe examples of best practices in collaborating with public health departments, and provide case studies offering successful strategies for avoiding enterprise risk.   

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee

    David A. Weil, JD, MBA

    Vice President

    Quorum Legal Services
    Quorum Health Resources,
    Nashville, TN
    Bio

    Priscilla D. Keith, JD

    Attorney

    Community Health Network, Inc.
    Indianapolis, IN
    Bio

    John Waltko, CPA

    Vice President

    Regulatory and Financial Reporting
    Quorum Health Resources
    Nashville, TN

    Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH (Moderator)

    Public Health Analyst

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
    Bio

    Prior to a live event, you may test your web browser to be sure you have the required Flash software. To do so, direct your web browser to the following URL: www.ec.commpartners.com. Click on the "Browser Test." If you pass the test, you will see a Congratulations message. If you do not, you will be given instructions on where you can download the newest version of Flash. This is a free download.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.

  • Public Interest Webinar Series: Electronic Medical Records, Part II: Quality of care / patient safety - On Demand Recording

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/03/2018

    Today, providers rely heavily on EHRs and we continue to see gradual developments surrounding quality and safety features. While EHRs certainly allow providers to better manage patient care, they can also give rise to patient safety and quality issues. The panel, which includes a representative of the Joint Commission, in-house counsel of a health system, and a consultant, will provide their perspectives on topics such as alert fatigue, role based access rights, modifications to health care records, proactive care and metrics, medical management, and other key issues the industry faces. This session will also explore processes that can help identify potential safety issues before they can harm patients or affect quality of care and explore policy options that could advance the patient safety aspects of EHR use.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Session Format: On Demand Recording

    Today, providers rely heavily on EHRs and we continue to see gradual developments surrounding quality and safety features.  While EHRs certainly allow providers to better manage patient care, they can also give rise to patient safety and quality issues.   The panel, which includes a representative of the Joint Commission, in-house counsel of a health system, and a consultant, will provide their perspectives on topics such as alert fatigue, role based access rights, modifications to health care records, proactive care and metrics, medical management, and other key issues the industry faces. This session will also explore processes that can help identify potential safety issues before they can harm patients or affect quality of care and explore policy options that could advance the patient safety aspects of EHR use.

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area.

    • AHLA Member: $100
    • Non-AHLA Member: $200

    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • PI Committee
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group 
    • Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group

    On-Demand+CLE Webinars

    On-Demand+CLE webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and are approved in every state with mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    On-Demand Webinars

    Offerings designated as “On-Demand" differ from those designated as “On-Demand+CLE" in that they are CLE-ineligible. However, CLE credit may be obtained by applying directly to the attorney's state accrediting body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said accrediting body and subject to its rules and regulations. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA On-Demand+CLE webinars are only approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 11 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.

  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Emerging Trend in Health System Transformation and the Law, Part I

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Topic: Community Health Needs Assessments and the Law: Best Practices for Complying with Federal Laws This webinar will provide a practical primer on implementing Community Health Needs Assessments. Speakers will highlight the essential elements of a federally compliant CHNA, describe examples of best practices in collaborating with public health departments, and provide case studies offering successful strategies for avoiding enterprise risk.

    Topic: Community Health Needs Assessments and the Law: Best Practices for Complying with Federal Laws

    Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern (90 minutes)

    Format: Live Webinar

    This webinar will provide a practical primer on implementing Community Health Needs Assessments.  Speakers will highlight the essential elements of a federally compliant CHNA, describe examples of best practices in collaborating with public health departments, and provide case studies offering successful strategies for avoiding enterprise risk.   

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee

    Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH (Moderator)

    Public Health Analyst

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
    Bio

    David A. Weil, JD, MBA

    Vice President

    Quorum Legal Services
    Quorum Health Resources,
    Nashville, TN
    Bio

    John Waltko, CPA

    Vice President

    Regulatory and Financial Reporting
    Quorum Health Resources
    Nashville, TN

    Priscilla D. Keith, JD

    Attorney

    Community Health Network, Inc.
    Indianapolis, IN
    Bio

    Prior to a live event, you may test your web browser to be sure you have the required Flash software. To do so, direct your web browser to the following URL: www.ec.commpartners.com. Click on the "Browser Test." If you pass the test, you will see a Congratulations message. If you do not, you will be given instructions on where you can download the newest version of Flash. This is a free download.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.

  • Public Interest Webinar Series: Electronic Medical Records, Part I Ensuring the Integrity of EHRs—Practical Tips and Considerations - On Demand Recording

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/19/2018

    With the rapid advancement of electronic health records (EHR) comes the opportunity to improve patient care and manage healthcare delivery in more efficient and less cost prohibitive ways. As data systems and technologies evolve, protecting the privacy and security of health information and ensuring the integrity of EHRs is critical. EHR features such as cut and paste or "clone" capability, drop-down menus, and remote access ease administrative burdens on providers and should support better quality of care. If not implemented and monitored effectively, however, these features can lead to a number of unintended consequences (e.g., inaccurate data, authentication failures, breach incidents, or misdiagnoses). This webinar will focus on key integrity issues providers face and practical tips for avoiding common pitfalls. The panelists will also touch on enforcement and oversight of EHR standards, including the Privacy and Security Rules and best practices for maintaining accurate data and, in turn, patient trust.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Session Format: On Demand Recording

    With the rapid advancement of electronic health records (EHR) comes the opportunity to improve patient care and manage healthcare delivery in more efficient and less cost prohibitive ways.  As data systems and technologies evolve, protecting the privacy and security of health information and ensuring the integrity of EHRs is critical. EHR features such as cut and paste or "clone" capability, drop-down menus, and remote access ease administrative burdens on providers and should support better quality of care.  If not implemented and monitored effectively, however, these features can lead to a number of unintended consequences (e.g., inaccurate data, authentication failures, breach incidents, or misdiagnoses).  This webinar will focus on key integrity issues providers face and practical tips for avoiding common pitfalls.  The panelists will also touch on enforcement and oversight of EHR standards, including the Privacy and Security Rules and best practices for maintaining accurate data and, in turn, patient trust.

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    Intermediate-level programs generally offer focused discussions regarding common legal issues pertaining to the program topic. Intermediate programs include legal updates and changes in the law. Speakers will assume the audience has a working knowledge of this specialty of health law, and there will be limited review of the fundamentals. This program is designed to provide a targeted, comprehensive analysis of the subject matter for those practicing law in this specialty for three to seven years and/or those whose practice is periodically focused in the covered subject area.

    • AHLA Member: $100
    • Non-AHLA Member: $200

    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • PI Committee
    • Health Information and Technology Practice Group 
    • Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group

    Susan Bowman

    Senior Director

    Coding Policy and Compliance
    AHIMA

    Meg McElroy, RHIA, MBA

    Clinical IS Program Manager

    Ascension Information Systems

    Lorrain Possanza, JD

    Director

    Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety ECRI Institute

    On-Demand+CLE Webinars

    On-Demand+CLE webinars are eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and are approved in every state with mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State Chart for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    On-Demand Webinars

    Offerings designated as “On-Demand" differ from those designated as “On-Demand+CLE" in that they are CLE-ineligible. However, CLE credit may be obtained by applying directly to the attorney's state accrediting body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said accrediting body and subject to its rules and regulations. Please refer to the Distance Learning CLE State for details regarding specific state guidelines.

    Other, Non-CLE Credits

    AHLA On-Demand+CLE webinars are only approved for CLE credits unless otherwise stated. To obtain other credit types (Continuing Professional Education, Compliance Certification Board, Nursing Home Administrator, etc.) participants may apply directly their desired licensing body, but approval is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of said licensing body and subject to its rules and regulations.

    For additional information about Distance Learning-related credits, please email the Practice Groups staff at dl@healthlawyers.org.

    It is recommended that you use a high speed/broadband internet connect (Wifi is not recommended), a PC with Windows and Internet Explorer 11 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser.