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St. Paul, Minn. –– RACmonitor, the service billed as the nation’s foremost source of news and information regarding federal oversight of healthcare, has announced plans to coordinate a one-day symposium focusing on third-party auditors who contract with the government to review Medicare and Medicaid billing submitted by healthcare providers.

The 2013 RACmonitor Upfront Live Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2012 at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel, according to RACmonitor Publisher Chuck Buck. Sponsored by Accretive Physician Advisory Services of Chicago, the symposium will bring together top experts and industry professionals who will share invaluable insights on the latest auditing tactics employed by these third-party contractors and proven methods to mitigate financial compliance risk by managing the claims denial process effectively.

“Today, in this heightened risk environment, healthcare providers need to be aware that even the slightest misstep on their part in the audit process could turn into a significant financial loss and potential criminal prosecution,” Buck said. “The situation faced by providers as they plan for the government’s new fiscal year is that there’s a new breed of auditors who are using advanced technology to identify overpayments.”

Linda Kloss, the former CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) from 1995 to 2010 and today the principal of Kloss Strategic Advisors, will be the keynote speaker, addressing attendees on the morning of the symposium.

Other nationally recognized healthcare authorities working in the recovery auditor market sector who are expected to take part in the symposium include Nancy Beckley (MS, MBA, CHA), president and CEO of Nancy Beckley & Associates; Kim Charland (BA, RHIT, CCS), senior vice president of consulting services for Panacea Healthcare Solutions, Inc.; David Glaser, Esq., shareholder of Fredrikson & Byron’s Health Law Group; Robert S. Gold, MD, co-founder and CEO of DCBA Inc.; Steven J. Meyerson, MD, vice president of regulations and education for Accretive Physician Advisory Services (PAS®); Sandra Routhier (RHIA, CCS), senior healthcare consultant for Panacea Healthcare Solutions; and J. Paul Spencer (CPC, CPC-H), compliance officer for Fi-Med Management, Inc.

Also expected to be on hand next October are Andrew B. Wachler, Esq., managing partner of Wachler & Associates; Brian D. Annulis, Esq., partner of Meade & Roach, LLP; Tayrn Schraad, RHIT, audit & appeals specialist for Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan.; Elizabeth Lamkin, MHA, partner and CEO of PACE Healthcare Consulting; Marci Auerbach; Dan Buning, vice president of operations and process excellence for Accretive Health; Robin Zwelfel (BS, MT, ASCP), vice president of clinical consulting services for Panacea Healthcare Solutions; Dianne Kelly, RN, director of documentation improvement for the Cleveland Clinic Health System; and Angie Cruz (RN, IQCI), director of case management for the North Texas Division of HCA.

Buck said the one-day, fast-track symposium will focus closely on best practices and real-life case studies. Registration is available online at www.racmonitor.com/upfront.

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Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for the RACmonitor and ICD10monitor websites.

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Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for RACmonitor.com, ICD10monitor.com, and Auditor Monitor who has been writing and editing material about the federal oversight of American healthcare for more than a decade.

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