From December 5, 2017 through December 8, 2017, The National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS) hosted its 9th Annual Auditing and Compliance Conference at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida. This unique event caters to the education of medical auditors, compliance officers, practice managers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Each year, our conference attendance grows and this year was no different. NAMAS prides itself in offering education that doesn’t just cover surface-level topics, but digs deep into each subject, offering attendees a better understanding, along with takeaways to implement in their own organizations, presented by hand-selected, industry experts as presenters.
Not every conference attendee has the same job role, and not every auditor reviews the same type of record. That’s why during our pre-conference event on Tuesday, December 5, attendees had the opportunity to select sessions from a variety of focused tracks: physician based auditing, compliance, facility-based auditing and new for 2017, FQHC/Rural Health. Attendees enjoyed the flexibility to select the sessions that were most relevant to themselves and their job function.
On Wednesday afternoon, conference attendees sat in on a series of general sessions, including our first ever “Incident-to Smackdown”. During this session, attendees had an opportunity to ask our expert panel their most pressing incident-to related questions. Our expert panel consisted of healthcare attorneys (Michael Miscoe, Esq, David Glaser, JD, and Robert Liles, JD), seasoned medical auditors (Shannon DeConda and Scott Kraft) and compliance professionals (Sean Weiss and Nancy Beckley). Following the panel, attendees learned about the evolving world of medical marijuana from Michael Patterson and Michael Visher, CEO and President (respectively) of US Cannabis Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
On Thursday, attendees again had the opportunity to select sessions between four focused tracks: general physician based auditing, compliance, facility based auditing, and a new addition for this year, specialty physician based auditing. Within the specialty auditing track, attendees were able to learn about specialty- specific issues as well as practice their skills with some hands-on application of E/M encounters.
The last day of conference began with an outdoor session (one of the benefits of being in Florida in December) exposing uncomfortable truths about ZPICs presented by Frank Cohen, Robert Liles and Sean Weiss. After a series of breakout sessions, attendees gathered to close the conference with our annual “Stump the Healthcare Professional” panel discussion. Here, attendees pose their current questions, office debates, and conundrums to our panel of speakers for their opinion or interpretation.
Additionally, NAMAS welcomed over twenty industry-relevant exhibitors to display their organization and offerings to attendees. Throughout exhibit hall hours, attendees were awarded “NAMAS Bucks” which they could accumulate and use to bid on a variety of available prizes made possible by donations from our exhibitors. This fun and interactive component encouraged attendees to engage with exhibitors and sparked a little friendly competition among each other.
NAMAS would like to extend a sincere thank you to all conference speakers, exhibitors, staff members, and attendees who helped make this conference a true success. If you were able to join us for this year’s event, we sincerely thank you and hope we were able to deliver a quality education event. If you weren’t able to join us, we invite you to consider attending our 10th Annual Auditing & Compliance Conference which will be held November 11-14, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, FL.