B. E. Smith’s Management Consulting Team to Host Customized Webinar on How to Prepare for the ‘Two-Midnight’ Rule

Management Consulting Team to Discuss the Effects of Upcoming Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Rule and Provide Insight for Frontline Implementation

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This customized, one-hour webinar will feature leading industry experts discussing the current state of the Two-Midnight rule and answering attendees’ questions regarding frontline implementation to help prepare provider organizations.

Lenexa, Kan. (PRWEB) December 10, 2013

B. E. Smith, the only full-service leadership solutions firm dedicated exclusively to healthcare providers, today announced that its Management Consulting group will be hosting a complimentary webinar titled, “Two-Midnight Rule: Addressing the Confusion” on Wednesday, December 18th at noon CST. This customized, one-hour webinar will feature leading industry experts discussing the current state of the Two-Midnight rule and answering attendees’ questions regarding frontline implementation to help prepare provider organizations. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions regarding the new rule in advance, at the time of registration, and popular inquires will receive extensive discussion to the benefit of the organizations.

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule, (the ‘Two-Midnight’ rule), will be going into effect on April 1, 2014. Under the new rule, admission as an inpatient is appropriate if the patient requires hospitalization for at least ‘two midnights’ and meets medical necessity. “Medical Necessity” has also been redefined, as patients do not need to meet strict Interqual™ criteria, but rather “reasonable” need for inpatient care as declared and documented by the admitting physician. Healthcare providers must now have RN Case Managers and Physician Advisors in place as well as processes to assess for medical necessity to prevent Medicare retrospective denials (RACs). B. E. Smith’s Management Consulting team has the knowledge to help organizations adapt to these changes.

Presenters: Kathleen Meredith is the Senior Vice President of Management Consulting at B. E. Smith, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare administration and consulting. An accomplished healthcare executive, her specialties are healthcare transformation, care management and the development of innovative patient care delivery models. Ms. Meredith has a track record of building trusting relationships and utilizes proven project management skills to lead organizations through the transformation process to improve quality, efficiency and satisfaction. She is also a noted speaker and publicist on some of healthcare’s hottest topics.

Amalia Punzo, M.D. is a Physician Consultant with Management Consulting and has broad experience in quality and performance improvement, physician advisement, appeals, audits and case management. She excels at leading teams with a commitment to quality, execution and operational excellence. Dr. Punzo’s responsibilities include conducting QI projects toward the goal of reducing readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions, core-measures compliance and other clinical projects related to providing optimal patient care and improving care transitions and patient safety.

Jarrett “Keith” Willis is the Senior Manager for Management Consulting at B. E. Smith and is responsible for leading large scale, clinical transformation projects. Mr. Willis has over 25 years of experience in senior management and corporate leadership in large healthcare networks. He has developed and implemented an integrated educational process for case management staff at several health systems in recent years. This has resulted in improved financial, length of stay, level of care and readmission outcomes in those organizations. Mr. Willis is a recognized leader in developing integrated medical management functions and speaks on the subject nationally.

“Two-Midnight Rule: Addressing the Confusing” will take place on Wednesday, December 18th at noon CST.

To register for the event, please visit: http://engage.vevent.com/rt/be_smith_inc~121813?s_cid=webinar_websitelink_1213

About Management Consulting:

B. E. Smith’s Management Consulting practice provides large scale strategic transformations through a team of experienced healthcare professionals with years of clinical and consulting experience. These teams partner with each client to create customized solutions with a focus on collaboration, standardization, and integration of clinical processes to enhance and streamline patient care delivery. B. E. Smith’s Management Consulting methodology enables organizations to overcome challenges threatening their financial stability and long-term success by implementing sustainable practice and process improvements.

About B. E. Smith:

Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm and one of the top ranked providers of leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Management Consulting. Veteran healthcare recruiters and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smith’s proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 900 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. For more information, visit BESmith.com or call 855-254-8261.


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