It is always an honor to be of service and one of our most sincere commitments is to create educational programs for healthcare professionals in the areas of practice analytics, process improvement, decision analysis and risk mitigation. Our webinars provide in-depth coverage of these topics.

Scheduled Webinars conducted by Frank Cohen.

Please refer to the Webinars calendar on the Training page

Recorded Webinars conducted by Frank Cohen.

Measuring Provider Performance - Setting the Stage for Compensation Measuring Provider Performance - Setting the Stage for Compensation
Two of the toughest challenges facing practice managers are finding a fair basis for benchmarking physician productivity and using that to develop defensible and compliant compensation models. From a practice management perspective, the results of provider productivity studies are valuable for helping less productive providers become more productive, thereby increasing the bottom line. Maximum productivity results in maximum revenue potential and establishing a defensible benchmark is the first and most important step in the process.

In this session, learn four important components of physician productivity:
  1. How to use the Harvard/RUC times study along with work RVUs to estimate the number of work RVUs that define a full time equivalent (FTE) provider
  2. How to create calculations for integration into compensation models that identify if and when physicians are gaming the system
  3. How to develop collection models that free the physician from the chaos surrounding payer mix issues and collection methods.
  4. How to use a group model to calculate productivity for each provider by measuring the resources they consume in relation to the revenues they generate.  
We will also explore how to use these data to develop compliance risk assessments for each provider.

At the end of the presentation, the password for the Measuring Provider Performance toolbox is provided. This ZIP file contains documentation, worksheets, templates, and everything else necessary to calculate a comprehensive provider productivity analysis. Note that only attendees of the live webinar earned CEU credits, so the certificate mentioned is no longer included in the toolbox.
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Sampling 101:  The Basics for Coding Audits Sampling 101: The Basics for Coding Audits
In an extrapolation audit, CMS is very clear that you cannot challenge the basic premise for conducting the extrapolation; that is, that there is a ‘high or sustained level of error’.  As such, what you are left with is challenging the actual calculations involved in the overpayment estimates or the sampling methodology.  And of these two, challenging the sample has the highest rate of success.  Why is that? Because even CMS says that, in order to extrapolate, you must first begin with valid random sample of some universe.  And in the famous Chaves case, the judge says that extrapolation can be used as long as the sample is representative of some universe.


So, randomness and representativeness are two sides of the same coin and in this webinar, Frank Cohen, statistician and compliance expert will flip that coin several times.  Attendees will get a basic understanding of basic definitions, the different types of sampling methods and how to identify potential problems with any audit.  And for those that conduct internal coding reviews, Mr. Cohen will touch on methods you can employ to maximize efficiency and minimize risk.

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Introduction to RBRVS Introduction to RBRVS
The RBRVS has become the industry standard for financial and statistical benchmarking for medical practices. Payers use it, CMS uses it, OIG uses it and so does just about everyone else looking to gain an upper hand on performing complex medical practice analyses. Used for everything from fee scheduling to cost accounting benchmarking to provider productivity to compliance risk assessments, knowing how to use it is no longer an option.

In this webinar, you will go from the basics of understanding the difference between resource and cost-based relative value scales all the way through the process of developing your own full-blown RBRVS analysis. You will learn about the different RVU components, how to make adjustments for your specific geographic area, techniques to calculate conversion factors, how to factor the data for modifiers and how to use that information to perform a cursory examination of your practice’s overall health. At the end of this webinar, attendees will be ready to develop their own RBRVS analysis and apply it to other practice models. 
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