The economic stimulus and health care reform laws have brought an avalanche of new federal regulations during the past two years, with plenty more to come.

The Medical Group Management Association is responding with plenty of sessions covering multiple facets of the regulations during its Annual Conference, Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans.

A day-long preconference for orthopaedic practices on Oct. 24 includes a session covering lessons learned from peer participation on Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and a Washington Update that examines the impact of various regulations on these practices.

The big show starts Oct. 25 with an 8 a.m. general session that features a panel of business and health care trade association executives outlining their perspectives on health care reform. That's followed at 10:30 with session A12, where federal officials, including National Health I.T. Coordinator David Blumenthal, M.D., will give an extensive overview of the HITECH Act and then hold a town hall meeting to listen to stakeholders.

Those who are more worried about other federal initiatives have the choice of two alternative regulatory sessions at 10:30. Session A8 will explore strategies for successfully complying with an audit under Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractors program. Session A4 will be a Washington Update focused on changes to the Medicare program, which later will be repeated as session F4 on Oct. 26 at 3:30. Session B4 at 1:30 will cover present requirements of the health reform law and prospects for additional legislation, while Session ELS4 at the same time handles the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive and PQRI programs.

The regulatory fun continues on Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m. with Session D4 to present a roadmap for transitioning to the HIPAA 5010 transactions and ICD-10 code sets. Session E4 at 1:45 will explain the anti-fraud provisions of the reform bill, and Session E8 at the same time will offer tips on selecting software vendors as providers seek to qualify for meaningful use incentives.

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--Joseph Goedert


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