Documentation: Understanding Medical Necessity
Legal & Financial Consequences of Inadequate Documentation
Presenter: Nick Merkin, JD, MBA, CHC, CHPC
Sponsored by Clear Recovery Center
In this presentation we will review the concept of “medical necessity,” including its definition. We will review some related laws to medical necessity, as well as its application in various cases. Additionally, we will cover the legal and financial consequences of inadequate documentation of medical necessity and how to avoid them. We will then present best practices in connection with medical necessity and its documentation.
(1) Understand the definition of medical necessity;
(2) Assisting therapists to Identify risks involved with poor documentation of medical necessity;
(3) Encouraging therapists to think critically about documentation required by insurance companies;
(4) Informing therapists about recent legal developments affecting private practice;
(5) Educating therapists about best practices in documenting medical necessity.
(1) Articulate the definition of medical necessity;
(2) Apply the definition in various clinical contexts;
(3) Construct a framework for decision-making around adequacy of documentation;
(4) Identify the risks of poor clinical documentation;
(5) Understand best practices regarding documentation of medical necessity.
Level of Learning: Intermediate & AdvancedPresenter Bio:
Nick Merkin is the Chief Executive Officer of Compliagent, a national healthcare compliance consulting firm based in Los Angeles. As part of his consulting practice he frequently serves as a fractional or interim Chief Compliance Officer for organizations experiencing rapid growth, enforcement challenges, or are in the process of merger and acquisition.
Nick has a through knowledge of complex and rapidly changing state and federal laws and policies regarding organizational governance issues, board oversight and liability, compliance auditing, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPPA Privacy, date security, and the False Claims Act.
Nick has particular expertise in the areas of alternate payment methodologies, and innovative provider structures for networks within the healthcare industry.
Nick earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Nick was also awarded an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the California Bar, Nick is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and Healthcare Privacy Compliance(CHPC) by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)
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8:30 A.M. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 A.M. Announcements from President & Members
9:45 A.M. Presentation Begins
11:45 A.M. Presentation Ends & Informal Networking until 12 noon.
12:00 P.M. Board Meeting Begins
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