Published June 21, 2024

PYA Hosts 2024 Virtual Summer Symposium: “Hot Topics in Healthcare”

PYA is pleased to announce its third annual Summer CPE Symposium: “Hot Topics in Healthcare,” June 20-21, a complimentary virtual learning opportunity for healthcare leaders and other professionals. Over two days, PYA thought leaders will present four sessions on trending topics and provide key takeaways and helpful tools for attendees.

The 2024 symposium offers two sessions each day for a total of four opportunities to learn from a team of PYA experts on topics related to reimbursement, healthcare compliance, audit and accounting, and cybersecurity. Continuing professional education (CPE) credits are available, and attendees can register for as many sessions as they’d like.


Day 1 | Thursday, June 20, 2024


Session 1:

“Medicare Reimbursement and Effective Cost Reporting”

Time: June 20, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Emily Wetsel, PYA Director of Reimbursement Services
CPE: 1 CPE credit in Specialized Knowledge

Understanding a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement is becoming more complex each year. A significant aspect of the reimbursement is tied to the annual hospital Medicare cost report. With additional scrutiny of the annual reports by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), hospitals must file accurate reports and supporting documentation for smooth cost report audits. Settlement impacts tied to the annual cost report may have a significant consequence on an organization’s reimbursement.

During this session, Emily Wetsel discussed the various reimbursement impacts tied to the annual hospital Medicare cost report and their influence on your organization’s reimbursement.   

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the key prospective payment system hospital settlement impact items
  • Learn key cost-based reimbursement strategies for critical access hospitals for efficient cost reporting
  • Learn provider-based rural health clinic settlement impacts from and strategies for the Medicare cost report
  • Understand the wage index and what it means for your organization’s Medicare reimbursement
  • Gain helpful tips for smooth Medicare cost report reviews or audits


Session 2:

“Insights from the DOJ: Management Accountability for an Effective Compliance Program”

Time: June 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET
  • Karin Anderson, PYA Principal & Corporate Counsel
  • Tynan Kugler, PYA Principal
CPE: 1 CPE credit in Specialized Knowledge

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a playbook that its healthcare fraud prosecutors will use to evaluate an entity’s compliance program in February 2017 and revised in June 2020 and again in March 2023. Accordingly, management should be well versed in the factors fraud prosecutors will use to evaluate the effectiveness of an entity’s compliance programs, which, in turn, influence the severity and materiality of any charging decisions.

During this session, Karin Anderson and Tynan Kugler provided an overview of these factors including industry best practices management teams can implement to demonstrate an effective compliance program. They incorporated insights obtained while serving as the compliance subject matter expert as part of the compliance monitorship team for the largest DOJ-imposed non-prosecution agreement of a health system in U.S. history.

Learning Objectives:
  • Hear an overview of the “Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations” in the U.S. Justice Manual
  • Learn from an overview of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs”
  • Understand the government’s expectations for demonstrating an effective compliance program
  • Gain best practices for assessing and implementing the key provisions of the DOJ’s guidance.


Day 2 | Friday, June 21, 2024


Session 3:

“Annual Accounting & Auditing Update”

Time: June 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET
  • Trevor Brown, PYA Senior Manager
  • Mimi Grachek, PYA Senior Manager
CPE: 1 CPE credit in Accounting

During this session, Trevor Brown and Mimi Grachek discussed recently issued or effective authoritative literature along with current accounting and auditing issues impacting organizations today. They explained changes to date made by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Auditing Standards Board, and Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

In particular, Brown and Grachek discussed changes related to supplier finance program obligations, common control arrangements, joint venture formations, crypto assets, risk assessment process, and information technology controls, among many other changes. The PYA thought leaders also provided timelines for effective dates for the updates, discussed immediate and future impacts of the changes, and offered an outlook on upcoming changes.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe accounting, auditing, and other attest issues important to the industry
  • Share best practices for complying with professional, technical, and regulatory requirements related to common accounting and auditing issues faced by public and industry accountants
  • Apply examples and illustrations to “real-life” circumstances


Session 4:

“Critical Pathway Information Technology and How To Prepare for a Cyber Disaster”

Time: June 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET
Presenter: Barry Mathis, PYA Managing Principal of IT Advisory Consulting
CPE: 1 CPE credit in Specialized Knowledge
Description: The recent cyber attack on Change Healthcare was more than a cyber security event. It was a business continuity wake-up call. In today’s digital healthcare world, information systems serve as the backbone of clinical and business operations. As providers increasingly depend on complex information technology (IT) systems, identifying critical pathways and preparing for cyber disasters becomes imperative to ensure resilience and continuity. PYA’s Barry Mathis, former CIO, CTO, and IT auditor, helped the audience focus on the most important lessons from recent cyber events.
Learning Objectives:
  • Hear methods to identify critical pathways in healthcare IT and recognize their significance in clinical and operational settings
  • Understand the common vulnerabilities and threats facing healthcare IT systems
  • Learn strategies to prepare for and respond to cyber disasters effectively, including the development of an incident response plan


Each session offered one CPE* credit, with up to four CPE credits for those who attend all live sessions.

If you would like additional guidance in reimbursement, compliance, auditing and accounting, cybersecurity, or with any matter related to strategy and transactions or operations, one of our executive contacts would be happy to assist. You may contact them via email or by calling (800) 270-9629.

*CPE: Participants of the live sessions were able to earn one CPE credit in Auditing, and three credits in Specialized Knowledge. Program Level: Intermediate. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Advanced Preparation: None. Prerequisites: None. No fee. PYA, P.C. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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