(Recorded Webinar Series) Health Center Compliance Manual & Its Impact on the Program Requirements Webinar Series
This webinar series is co-sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
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In August 2017, HRSA issued the final Health Center Program Compliance Manual, providing a streamlined and consolidated resource to assist Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in understanding and demonstrating compliance with their programmatic requirements. The Manual replaces several Policy Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs), merging prior guidance into one document that explains the statutory and regulatory mandates of each requirement, which collectively form the framework of every health center's specific program. The Manual also incorporates a new approach to "everyday compliance," addressing the elements and documentation necessary to verify compliance with each requirement as well as explicit areas of health center flexibility. The Manual has been effective since publication in August 2017.
NEW for 2018: Recently, HRSA issued a new Site Visit Protocol aligned with the Manual and reflecting a more objective assessment tool for use during both Operational Site Visits (OSVs) and on-site reviews for initial FQHC Look-Alike Designations. Currently, HRSA intends to use the new Site Visit Protocol for all on-site assessments taking place after January 22, 2018.
What does that mean for health centers with upcoming grant applications and OSVs? While the requirements outlined in the Manual continue to reflect the statutory and regulatory mandates, the Manual provides both specific steps to demonstrate compliance and explicit areas where health centers retain discretion to tailor their programs appropriately. Join FTLF Partners, Marcie Zakheim, Molly Evans and Ted Waters for one or all five parts of this webinar series as they explore key differences between prior HRSA guidance and the Manual and describe the critical implications on health center operations. Participants will also learn about the new Site Visit Protocol and gather "tips" to navigate the updated on-site assessment process and establish a culture of on-going compliance.
Marcie H. Zakheim
A partner at the firm, Marcie specializes in health care law, particularly in the areas of federal grants, grant-related requirements and grants management related to the federal health center program. Health centers turn to Marcie as a resource for knowing not only the letter of the law, but also the likely interpretation of requirements by federal policymakers, including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). [Full Bio]
Molly S. Evans
A partner in the firm’s health law practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]
Edward T. Waters
Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted focuses his practice on helping organizations to solve problems, often in crisis situations. A national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres, he advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance and the never-ending list of grant administration matters. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation, deftly guiding them to a resolution. His priority is to help each organization carry out its mission and ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. From his more than a decade of experience running the firm, Ted understands acutely the challenges of keeping an organization running, and offers practical, down-to-earth counsel to support organizational leaders in doing just that. [Full Bio]
Carrie Bill Riley
Carrie Bill Riley is a partner in the health law, non-profit and corporate law, and federal grants law practice groups. Ms. Riley counsels a wide variety of health care clients, including federally qualified health centers and other private and public health care providers, on contracting, regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement matters. Ms. Riley also provides counsel on various transactional matters, including but not limited to, formation and agreements for multi-provider affiliations/joint ventures, general contracting, and residency training arrangements. [Full Bio]