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VillageMD's Working Smarter podcasts are concise healthcare compliance conversations that are never boring and sometimes funny. We provide practical information about complex legal and regulatory topics.

VillageMD's Working Smarter podcasts are concise healthcare compliance conversations that are never boring and sometimes funny. We provide practical information about complex legal and regulatory topics.

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United States

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VillageMD's Working Smarter podcasts are concise healthcare compliance conversations that are never boring and sometimes funny. We provide practical information about complex legal and regulatory topics.

Language:

English


Episodes

Look Smarter in Meetings: Healthcare Law Basics

7/28/2021
If you work in healthcare, you probably hear about a number of laws, rules, and cases that apply to the work we do. We all feel like we should know what this means, but this can get confusing (even for lawyers!) Tune in this week for a quick primer about the sources of healthcare law, the reasons some things are proposed before final, and what to do when state and federal laws conflict! VillageMD's Working Smarter podcasts are concise healthcare compliance conversations that are never...

Duration:00:11:13

Even More Direct Contracting Updates for 2021

7/7/2021
Back by popular demand! We know that the Direct Contracting program continues to change and adapt, including a new abbreviation: GDPC. We brought back our VillageMD expert on the Direct Contracting program, Lucy Sola, to walk us through these changes. This is helpful information for any provider or healthcare group who is thinking about participating in this new CMS program. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! If you enjoy the podcast, we want your help in...

Duration:00:23:16

The Scoop: Medicare Advantage OIG Coding Audits

6/23/2021
Medicare Advantage Enforcement is a focus area for the OIG this year. The OIG has already released four audits so far this year, and we have learned that the OIG audit can amount to a no good, very bad day for these Payors. In general, these audits provide insight into areas of OIG focus including: a) acute care codes b) codes that are diagnosed but not treated including or c) codes that are otherwise not supported by the record. We did the hard work to sort through these audits. Tune in for...

Duration:00:24:37

Patient Attribution: What It Is and How It Works

6/2/2021
Simply stated, attribution is the process to assign patients to providers in a population health environment. But the process is far more complicated and varies widely in different settings. Luckily we have two experts at VillageMD that can help explain what this means and how attribution works. Our guests this week include Steve Valdiserri, VillageMD's VP of Value Attribution and Mason Budelier, VillageMD's Associate General Counsel. This episode is a must listen for the primary care...

Duration:00:22:24

The Data Revolution in Healthcare ft Michael Brady

5/19/2021
Data, data, data! The data revolution has (finally) come to healthcare! Filing cabinets and paper charts are signs of a bygone era. We’re thrilled to welcome Modern Healthcare's Michael Brady to share his insights on the effectiveness and impact of Big Data initiatives, including price transparency. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com, and you will be entered for a chance to win Working Smarter...

Duration:00:25:39

The Landscape of Healthcare Enforcement in 2021 (ft. Linda Wawzenski and Lisa Noller)

5/5/2021
Join us this week as we dive into the Landscape of Healthcare Enforcement in 2021 with two very special guests. I am thrilled to welcome Linda Wawzenski, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and Lisa Noller, former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago and current Chair of the Government Enforcement Defense Investigations at Foley & Lardner, LLP. Linda primarily supervises civil fraud work especially healthcare fraud. I asked Linda and Lisa about what to expect...

Duration:00:40:22

Quick Guide to CMS Quality Payments for Physicians

4/21/2021
If you're confused about the various CMS Quality Programs and their corresponding ratings, you are not alone! On this episode, we decided to ask an expert: Joanna Losier, Director of Quality at VillageMD. Joanna shares the 2021 quality payment criteria for physicians and ACOs, and explains how these work with the Medicare Advantage Plan quality programs. This is an essential guide to any physician practicing in primary care! Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:16:22

The Road Ahead in Healthcare Policy with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

4/7/2021
We are honored to be joined this week by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel for a discussion around the evolving healthcare policy landscape. On this episode, he shares his experience to help craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how it has changed over time, and what to expect in the next few years. Join us as Dr. Emanuel predicts healthcare priorities under the Biden administration, gets candid on his regrets during the Obama administration, and relays his conversations with Trump about stalling the ACA...

Duration:00:34:25

Under a Microscope: Examining Hospital Price Transparency

3/24/2021
Heads up! A new rule effective January 2021 takes hospital price transparency to the next level! If enforced, it will open up a new source on hospital charges, and will shed light on some of the most closely held pricing information in healthcare. In this episode, we give a summary of what you can expect to see over the next 1-3 years. We also used our best detective skills to see how some hospitals are adapting to these rules. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:15:32

Around the Village: Intern Edition

3/3/2021
On this episode of Around the Village, we are highlighting an intern from our VillageMD internship program. Zach Hattig is currently an pre-med undergraduate student at Northwestern University. During his time with VillageMD, he concentrated on a research project with our clinical team. He was identified as an exceptional intern through the program, we are talking with him about his experience, and what he learned throughout his time with us. If you are interested in future VillageMD...

Duration:00:12:09

Sprinting at Warp Speed: Regulatory Updates

2/10/2021
If you think Usain Bolt is fast, you should see how fast the federal government (especially CMS) have been pushing out regulatory changes! Our team has been keeping up with this “Regulatory Sprint", and we condensed the most significant changes into a manageable summary. In this episode, we provide you a recap of these changes, and discuss what we are expecting to see from the new Biden administration. If you liked this summary, stay tuned for our deep dive episodes that we will be releasing...

Duration:00:20:10

Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 2

1/27/2021
In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow provide a deeper dive into the simplified documentation requirements for physician office visit coding. Previously, the CMS requirements for medical decision making have been widely criticized by physicians for requiring documentation that is not clinically relevant. CMS reduced the required elements of the Medical Decision Making documentation starting in January 2021. Tune in to learn about these important changes! You can find the...

Duration:00:21:47

Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 1

1/20/2021
At VillageMD Working Smarter, we have been closely watching CMS proposals to reduce the burden of coding and documentation for physician office visits. CMS finalized two significant changes that will impact the primary care workforce in late 2020: 1) a reduction in the number of levels for established patients and 2) simplification of the documentation required to support the level. In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow of VillageMD summarize E&M coding proposal. These...

Duration:00:15:40

The Scoop: Medicare Advantage Diagnosis Coding Indictments

12/16/2020
Medicare Advantage diagnosis coding remains a high enforcement priority for CMS and OIG and we’ve seen several new developments this year. These cases have some things in common, and a picture is emerging of critical elements that providers should know. Tune in for a summary of the key details, including some best practices and conversely some things to avoid. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com,...

Duration:00:16:17

Beyond Patient Portals: Information Blocking Rules

11/4/2020
“This rule is widely seen as a game changer that will have far reaching effects on how information is accessed, exchanged, and used….” – The National Law Review. The information blocking rules, which take effect in 2021, are the biggest regulatory change related to sharing patient information since the passage of HIPAA. These rules will allow patients to view their information in third party applications of their choice. In this episode, we summarize these changes, and indicate the steps...

Duration:00:16:52

Tips To Improve Your Social Media Game

8/19/2020
Social media can be a powerful tool, but it can be daunting to learn. There are also risks associated with these accounts. In particular for physicians, social media can be a way to communicate with patients, and hear their feedback/comments. On this episode, we are joined by Molly Lynch, who leads Lynch Communications. She shares some guidance on how to best use social media and also how to avoid pitfalls and cringe moments! Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:18:17

Around the Village: Todd Park

7/29/2020
We are thrilled to be joined by Todd Park on this episode! Todd is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Devoted Health, which is a Medicare Advantage plan. Todd was formerly the Co-Founder of athenahealth, and served as Chief Technology Officer for President Obama’s Administration for 5 years. Todd is inspirational in his passion to change healthcare, and the way he thinks about serving the customers for Devoted Health. Tune in to hear this engaging conversation! Thank you to all of...

Duration:00:17:50

Direct Contracting Entities Update

6/18/2020
You may remember us telling you about the Medicare Direct Contracting Program last year. Direct Contracting is a further iteration of the Next Generation ACO model, and will allow entities to participate in risk agreements directly with Medicare. Since then, we’ve learned a lot more. Medicare gave us even more updates this past week! This week, we are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite Smarties, Lucy Sola. Lucy has been involved with our implementation of this program for VillageMD,...

Duration:00:13:14

Primary Care In the Time of Corona

5/28/2020
During this pandemic, our Village Medical front line clinical workers have shown great tenacity, dedication, and commitment to their patients. We wanted to honor their work by interviewing some of our shining stars in our different markets across the country. They tell us what it has been like, what gives them hope, and what has been challenging in these times. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com,...

Duration:00:13:45

It's Raining Regs

5/13/2020
We were inspired by The Weather Girls for our first episode back since the COVID-19 pandemic started. We have seen a torrential downpour of regulations and guidance from the government. in the last few months It truly feels like it's "Raining Regs"; everything from $2 trillion in stimulus money through the CARES Act to Telemedicine regulation changes. In this episode, we explore the changes that impact primary care physicians. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:09:55