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Billing and Collecting for the Health Care Industry

Learn how to develop a collection procedure to avoid downstream liability and identify proper disclosures under the FDCPA.

This topic is intended to provide you with an overview of some of the key areas of compliance regarding a third-party debt collector's use of debt collection communications via the telephone and in writing for the health care industry. Recently, the medical debt collection industry has been confronted by increasing regulatory oversight and enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as well as an awaking of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) which also regulates the industry's use of telephonic communications directed toward the consumers/debtors and other third parties. The material will concentrate on the specific issues and concerns in medical debt collection and the industry's compliance with the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Runtime: 90 minutes
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Agenda

Developing a Collection Procedure and Structure to Avoid Liability Downstream

  • Proper Documentation and Consent Forms to Aid Recovery and Collections
  • Proper Verbal Communications and Talk-off on Pre-Collect/Billing Files
  • Proper Written Communications and Talk-Offs on Pre-Collect/Billing Files

Transferring Bad Debt to a Third-Party Debt Collector

  • Collection Agreements and Effective HIPAA Business Associate Agreements
  • What Information Should Be Communicated to a Debt Collector?
  • Privacy Considerations in Sharing and Using PHI in Debt Collection Communications
  • Providing the Debt Collector With Important Information for Effective Collections

Proper Disclosures Under the FDCPA

  • Section 1692e(11) and the Mini-Miranda Warning
  • Section 1692(c) Acquisition of Location Information
  • Audio Recordings and the Use of Implied and Mutual Consent to Record

The Do's and Don'ts in Communication With Consumers

  • Time Period Restrictions
  • Handling Verbal Disputes
  • Handling Verbal Cease and Desists and Implications With the TCPA
  • Handling Notifications of Attorney Representation and Bankruptcy

Avoiding and Minimizing Claims of Harassment and Abuse

  • Verbal Harassment and/or Abuse
  • Frequency of Call Violations and the Winning Claims Under Section 1692d(5)
  • Avoiding False and Misleading Representation Claims
  • How to Handle Calls From a Debt Collection Law Firm or Lawyer

Using the Bona Fide Error Defense Under the FDCPA

  • What Is an Effective Policy and Procedure to Avoid Telephone Call Violations
  • Using Modern Technology to Avoid or Minimize Violations
  • Presenting a Bona Fide Error Defense to a Jury or a Judge
  • Overview of the CFPB Statistics of FDCPA Complaints

Defense and Compliance Strategies to Avoid or Lessen FDCPA Lawsuits

  • Collection Letter Reviews
  • Call Monitoring and/or Recording Equipment
  • Enhancing Policies and Procedures
  • Minimizing Damages
  • Determining Actual Harm

Avoiding Liability Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

  • Obtaining and Maintaining Documents to Prove Prior Express Consent
  • What Is an ATDS and What Is Not an ATDS?
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on November 20, 2020.

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  • AHIMA 1.5 including Revenue Cycle Management 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
     
  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Ernest H. (Skip) Kohlmyer, III, Esq., LL.M.

Ernest H. (Skip) Kohlmyer, III, Esq., LL.M.

Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A.

  • Shareholder with the law firm of Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A. in Orlando, Florida where he has served as corporate counsel for an Atlanta-based collection agency
  • Been in private practice for 28 years and has been defending various businesses against TCPA Class litigation since 2008
  • Represented corporations, collection agencies, debt buyers, and credit reporting agencies in other compliance-related matters relating to TCPA issues
  • Has had the privilege to serve as either lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous TCPA matters in addition to also being the lead counsel in key district court opinions
  • Served in various leadership positions with ACA International and is president-elect of the Florida Collectors Association
  • LL.M. degree, in international law and business; certified as an arbitrator in international commercial litigation cases, including business litigation, commercial arbitration, and public entity defense litigation
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Product ID: 407415
Published 2020
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