2020 Healthcare Conference (13010)

Friday, February 21, 2020 / Atlanta, GA

The 2020 Health Care Conference presents industry leaders discussing a wide range of issues in the legal, regulatory, audit and operational realms of financial health care. Enhance best practices and change your business approach.

In-Person Attendance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Register below.

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Event Status: CLOSED – Please contact the CPE Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 3 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 3 for additional assistance.

Event ID: #13010

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $340.00

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Change is happening rapidly in health care. Continually-changing legislation, emerging technology, and a competitive marketplace are just some of the challenges facing CPAs in small- to medium-sized health care organizations.

Two tracks of study are provided, giving you the flexibility to examine the current state of the health care sector, as well as trends and issues impacting health care providers, governments, payers, patients, and other stakeholders.

Discuss how these changes can help you develop your skills, and lead your clients and organization through inevitable critical challenges and opportunities.

This conference is a paperless conference and all materials will be available electronically as PDFs. Materials will be available for download in advance and participants will receive an email when they are available. For more information about eMaterials, visit ematerials.gscpa.org.

Friday, February 21, 2020

7:15 am-8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:20 am
A - Case Study: Health Care Fraud Meets Tax Fraud (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Lauren Neal
IRS Criminal Investigation , Atlanta, GA

Health care industry frauds continue to rise. Take a deep dive into fraud case investigation and prosecution relating to health care.

9:20 am-9:30 am

9:30 am-10:45am
B - The Disrupters: How Big Tech Will Change the Future of Health Care Credits: 1.5 GN

Ron Galloway
818 Research , Augusta, GA

Examine the impact Amazon, Apple, Google and others will make on health care. The health care industry, especially hospital-based healthcare, is going through a massive disruptive phase, with most of the changes being brought about by 1) new technologies and 2) new entrants, competitive and non-competitive. Discuss the scope of these changes and the impacts and unintended consequences that may occur.


C - 2020 and Beyond: Legal Trends Affecting the Health Care Industry Credits: 1.5 GN

Thomas H. Hawk
King & Spalding , Atlanta, GA

Kate Stern
King & Spalding , Atlanta, GA

Jennifer Lewin
King & Spalding , Atlanta, GA

A discussion of important legal and business trends affecting the health care industry and patients over the past year and a preview of future trends will be the focus of this session. Included are topics related to federal policy changes, certain 2020 candidates’ health policy proposals, the status of ACA health insurance exchanges, Medicare and Medicaid developments, commercial health insurance, provider consolidation, innovations and other key issues.

12:10pm-1:00 pm

1:00 pm-2:15 pm
D1 - The Three Ps of Healthcare: Solutions for Operational and Clinical Improvements, Revenue Enhancement, and Cost Savings Credits: 1.5 GN

Sandria S. Stephenson, PhD, CPA
Help Doctoral Students Retreat , Suwanee, GA

Engage in a case-based collaborative approach to identify the three Ps (people, productivity, and processes) to understand the organizational and structural changes implemented by hospitals to identify and solve problems. The approach of focusing on the three Ps leads to many changes in rules, procedures, clinical pathways and guidelines. Moreover, technological advances affecting specific departments and diagnoses as well as hospital-wide operations must be integrated with quality assurance.

1:00 pm-2:15 pm
D2 - Value-Based Contracting (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Robert Paskowski
PYA, P.C. , Knoxville, TN

In the current environment, many health systems and physicians are aligning more than ever and organizing as contracting entities to manage their patients. And as the financing of health care transitions from volume to value-based reimbursement, the ability to organize these entities into a clinically-integrated model is paramount to risk-based contracting. Critical challenges are facing these organizations: 1) payers (e.g. CMS) are moving quickly to risk-based contracting models, and 2) provider organizations are uninformed how these models work and how they can benefit.



2:25 pm-3:15pm
E1 - Leveraging Blockchain: The Latest in Accounting and Auditing Technology to Patient Care (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Sandria S. Stephenson, PhD, CPA
Help Doctoral Students Retreat , Suwanee, GA

Blockchain is the latest buzz word in accounting with technology. This newest innovation is controversial, yet proponents believe it will solve many issues of economic transaction recordkeeping. Learn the nuances of blockchain technology and how it is transforming accounting and data digitization, specifically related to patient care data. Health care administrators and accountants should be aware of the impact and challenges of integrating blockchain technology with quality patient care, patient medical records and billing. Hence, health care leaders will need to devise strategies to adapt their health care administration, clinical and biomedical research, budgets, etc. to the agility of blockchain technology platforms.

2:25 pm-3:15 pm
E2 - Physician Employment Credits: 1.0 GN

Sean Sullivan
Alston & Bird, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Focus on the compliance considerations and risks related to physician employment, from a legal and regulatory perspective. In particular, we will discuss fraud and abuse considerations such as the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and concepts such as fair market value and commercial reasonableness.  Review common physician employment arrangement structures to mitigate risk of influencing professional decision making in violation of state fee-splitting and corporate practice of medicine restrictions. Discuss restrictive covenant considerations, such as exclusivity, confidentiality, and non-compete covenants, and common and suggested contract terms, including suggested representations and warranties when contracting with physicians or physician groups. 

3:15 pm-3:25 pm

3:25 pm-4:15 pm
F1 - Opportunities Hiding in the Medicare Cost Report (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Jim L. Creamer, CPA, CFE
Draffin & Tucker, LLP , Albany, GA

Most providers engage outside professionals to prepare year-end Medicare/Medicaid cost reports. Although such consultants are experienced and knowledgeable in the process, errors and misstatements often occur, sometimes to the detriment of the provider. Explore areas within the cost report to review to maximize the benefits available, and gain insight into the importance of cost report preparation to an organization.

3:25 pm-4:15 pm
F2 - Tax Update for Exempt Organizations Credits: 1.0 GN

Travis L. Patton, CPA
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , Washington Dc, DC

Michael Hoffman, CPA
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP , Washington Dc, DC

Attend a session designed specifically for health care and other tax-exempt organizations and their affiliated entities to provide a tax update, as well as to address tax reform impacts.


Only eMaterials are available for this conference.

You will receive your materials as a downloadable PDF file. eMaterials will be available for download approximately three business days prior to the event. For more information on eMaterials please visit ematerials.gscpa.org.

How to access eMaterials:

  • Go to http://www.gscpa.org and click on "My GSCPA" and then on "My eMaterials." You will be required to log in to access the document by using your gscpa.org login credentials.
  • Click on "Download eMaterials" link associated with this conference.
  • Download and save the document to your computer prior to the event.


Conference Site

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339



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Late Registration

$380 GSCPA Members, $480 Non-Members (after 2/17/2020)