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MediTract’s Healthcare Compliance Expert Bret S. Bissey Will Speak at AHIA’s Regional Seminar in North Carolina

Posted By: Bret S. Bissey, MBA, FACHE, CHC, CMPE / June 10, 2015

Association of Healthcare Internal AuditorsChattanooga, Tenn—June 10, 2015—Bret S. Bissey, FACHE, senior vice president of Compliance Services of MediTract and a nationally recognized veteran in healthcare compliance, will address healthcare Internal Auditors, IT Auditors, Compliance Auditors and Finance Healthcare Professionals attending AHIA’s Durham Regional Seminar. AHIA is the pre-eminent healthcare organization showcasing educational topics covering internal audit, audit approaches and techniques best practices. In the breakout session “How to Manage Focus Arrangements to Best Practice,” which takes place Thursday, June 11, from 1:20 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. ET, Mr. Bissey will focus on helping healthcare organizations effectively manage arrangements between involved parties who refer patients (Hospitals, Physicians, other Healthcare Providers and certain vendors), as this practice continues to present significant compliance risks to the healthcare community. Anti-kickback, inducement, STARK and other concerns related to non-compliant business relationships that require organizations to proactively manage this high-risk area will also be discussed. Attendees will learn specific actions and strategies they can take back to their organization to identify areas of concern to assist in the day-to-day management of risk.

Healthcare continues to be one of the most complex business models ever created. Understanding best practices to manage specific areas of high-risk like focus arrangements between hospitals, physicians and vendors is critical to all components of today’s healthcare industry, said Mr. Bissey.

About Bret S. Bissey 

Mr. Bissey is a nationally recognized veteran in healthcare compliance. He began his career in healthcare compliance in 1997 and joined MediTract in September 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Bissey was the senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he is credited with successfully re-engineering the nation’s largest sector compliance and ethics program under a rigorous Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (DHHS OIG). He is the author of the Compliance Officer’s Handbook, published in 2006, and has presented at more than 100 regional and national industry conferences and meetings on numerous compliance topics. He has over 30 years of diversified healthcare management, operations and compliance experience.

Mr. Bissey was the chief compliance and privacy officer at Deborah Heart and Lung Center for nine years where he was responsible for overseeing the institution’s successful adherence to the defined requirements of a three-year (1999–2001) CIA with the DHHS OIG, which resulted in the nation’s first settlement using the voluntary self-disclosure protocol in October 1998. Under Mr. Bissey’s leadership, the Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s Compliance Program was recognized by The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) as best practice in 1999.

Mr. Bissey was the administrative director of medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital for nine years. He also served as the vice president of compliance and physician services for Cabot Marsh and the director of the IMA Consulting regulatory compliance practice.

Mr. Bissey earned his Master of Business Administration from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), certified by the Health Care Compliance Association and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is a past president (2001-2003) for region two (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) of the HCCA and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

About MediTract

Founded in 2000, MediTract provides expertise, technology and consulting to assist in the management of contracts and other critical business documents in support of healthcare organizations’ compliance programs. MediTract is trusted by over 1,400 hospitals across the United States and creates contract management solutions and strategies for clients in services ranging from critical access to enterprise healthcare systems and more.

MediTract’s team is highly trained in the field of medical contract compliance. MediTract’s healthcare experts hold Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC) certifications, enabling them to better guide their clients to the solutions they seek for healthcare compliance. By having these CHC certifications, the company is prepared from top to bottom to help deliver successful contract life cycle management solutions.

Bret S. Bissey, MBA, FACHE, CHC, CMPE

Prior to joining MediTract, Mr. Bissey was the SVP, chief ethics and compliance officer at UMDNJ, where he successfully led the compliance program to adherence with a rigorous five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement with the DHHS/OIG that occurred following a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Prior to UMDNJ, Bissey served as the director of the Regulatory Compliance Practice at IMA Consulting, the chief compliance and privacy officer at Deborah Heart and Lung Center (operating under a CIA) and the VP of compliance at Cabot Marsh/QuadraMed. Mr. Bissey earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in marketing and healthcare administration from Wilkes University. Mr. Bissey is a frequent national speaker on healthcare compliance and is the author of The Compliance Officer’s Handbook. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (CHC), American College of Medical Practice Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.