Webinars, Whitepapers & Demos

Learning never stops!  The world of life sciences is always changing.  To keep you at the forefront, Attest™ offers complimentary 'live' webinars and whitepapers that cover a wide range of leading topics, and featuring highly credentialed experts that provide critical information and insights about the latest developments in the life science industry. Scroll down to select the webinar or whitepaper that interests you.

Webinars

Attest Open Payments™ webinars are complimentary live events presented by leading and highly credentialed subject matter experts.  These virtual events include discussions of standard of practice contrasted with contemporary alternatives and "real world" demonstrations.  During the webinar, there will be sufficient time for Q&A and collaboration of ideas.  When registering, please tell us about any specific areas of interest or inquiry.

Think Like a Data Analyst – for Compliance Officers!

Friday, April 15, 2016; 1:00–1:50 PM ET

Every day as a compliance officer you are challenged in asking the right questions and then interpreting their answers. However, in the world of 'big data' what are the correct questions, how can you interpret their answers and finally how can you make sure you can trust the answers you have received?

This webinar will provide a primer of how to "think like a data analyst" so you can become familiar with both the language of data science and principles of framing questions and interpreting their results.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring Staff

  • Investigator and Forensic Specialists

Presenters:

  • Mark L. Labovitz, Ph.D., Ph.D., MBA, M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Art.
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

  • Seth Whitelaw, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.
    President & CEO, Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC

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Improving Compliance Monitoring & Auditing – Without Breaking the Bank!

Friday, April 15, 2016; 2:00–2:50 PM ET

Compliance monitoring and auditing can be a difficult and thankless task.  When monitoring or auditing and nothing is detected, the question becomes whether are you looking in the correct "ocean"? And if your monitoring detects an abnormality, then the question becomes are you only seeing the tip of the "iceberg"?  In the case of when an audit is based on little or no basis for selection, the question becomes what was the impact of the audit to the person being audited and the impact to their organization?

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for compliance monitoring and auditing, and discuss contemporary alternatives to use empirically-based methods to identify physician compensation patterns and other healthcare provider relationship abnormalities.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring Staff

  • Investigator and Forensic Specialists

Presenters:

  • Seth Whitelaw, J.D., LL.M, S.J.D.
    President & CEO, Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Detecting Physician Compensation Patterns & Fair Market Value (FMV)

Thursday, April 21, 2016; 1:00–1:50 PM ET

Understanding compensation patterns and fair market value (FMV) are important throughout many different stakeholders – from establishing brand and therapeutic area budgets to individual KOL agreements to attesting corporate integrity agreements (CIA) and ensuring complying with anti-kickback statutes (AKS). Whatever your reason, understanding the compensation patterns and FMV of your healthcare providers can be confounding and many times subjective. It is analogous to of the "Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears" – not too "high", not too "low" but "just right"!

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for determining compensation practices and FMV, and discuss contemporary alternatives to empirically derive budgets and supplement FMV-based compensation methods.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Medical and Scientific Affairs

  • Budget and Planning Specialists

Presenters:

  • Valli Baldassano, Esq., J.D.
    President and CEO, VFB Associates, PC

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Detecting Potential Kickback Compensation Patterns

Thursday, April 21, 2016; 2:00–2:50 PM ET

Physician kickbacks always begin with an individual physician arrangement however can spiral out of control when aggregate compensation policies are either erroneous or practices are unchecked. Furthermore, these kickback origins can be numerous and confounding, and detecting these kickback patterns can be hidden for long-periods of time.

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for detecting kickback patterns, and discuss contemporary alternatives to detect kickbacks both at an individual as well as aggregate spend using multivariate compensation analysis.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring

  • Investigators and Forensics

Presenters:

  • Valli Baldassano, Esq., J.D.
    President and CEO, VFB Associates, PC

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Verifying Physician Compensation Policies

Friday, April 29, 2016; 1:00–1:50 PM ET

Policy versus practice? Even when an organization has the very best compliance policies they are always faced with the simple question of what is our organization's actual practice?  If such practice abnormalities are found, are these variances systemic or isolated? Furthermore, maybe these variances are a "canary in the coal mine" and an indicator that the policies themselves are in error – and if so what is the empirical and defendable basis for changing these policies?

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for verifying the adherence of physician compensation policies, and discuss contemporary alternatives to verify these practices including rapidly isolating specific sources of noncompliance.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring Staff

  • Investigator and Forensic Specialists

Presenters:

  • Seth Whitelaw, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.
    President & CEO, Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Benchmarking & Ranking Physician Spend

Friday, April 29, 2016; 2:00–2:50 PM ET

Are you comparing your physician spend as a "produce", a "fruit" or as an "apple"? And if you are comparing "apples" then are you only comparing amongst your own "apples" or other "apple" producers? The answer to these questions will drive the correctness and precision of your physician compensation policies, Fair Market Value compensation ranges, monitoring and auditing criteria, and physician related budgets.

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for benchmarking and ranking physician spend, and discuss contemporary alternatives to more precisely and empirically benchmark physician spend using "brand clustering".

Who Should Attend:

  • Budgeting and Planning Specialists

  • Benchmarking Specialists

  • Analytics Specialists

Presenters:

  • Mark L. Labovitz, Ph.D., Ph.D., MBA, M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Art.
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Detecting / Knowing Potential Physician Conflicts & Interests

Friday, May 13, 2016; 2:00-2:50 PM ET

Why has LinkedIn been so successful? Because this social network has allowed us to understand the current and extended relationships and experiences of professionals. Similarly when we work with physicians for research, medical or commercial purposes we want to understand these same insights: from detecting potential conflicts after a physician relationship has been established, to knowing these relationships as a basis for identifying and selecting (or not selecting) a new physician relationship, or to simply as a way to independently verify a physician own self-disclosures (form).

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for identifying physician's conflicts of interest or the sources of their interests, and discuss contemporary alternatives that can be used to supplement these current practices as to provide a more comprehensive and authoritative view of physician relationships and their experiences.

Who Should Attend:

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring Specialists

  • Medical and Scientific Affairs

  • Clinical Site Selection and Feasibility Specialists

Presenters:

  • Seth Whitelaw, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D.
    President & CEO, Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC

  • Mark L. Labovitz, Ph.D., Ph.D., MBA, M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Art,
    Principal, Attest Open Payments
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Identify Influential Physicians & Key Opinion Leaders

Friday, May 27, 2016; 1:00-1:50 PM ET

If you are looking for a "plumber", where do you typically go? I typically look where others in my community have gone. However, even though this approach may be effective when selecting a "plumber" it must be more complex when identifying influential physicians or key opinion leaders (KOL)? Maybe not!

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for identifying influential physicians and key opinion leaders, and discuss contemporary alternatives that can be used to supplement these current practices in medical and scientific affairs.

Who Should Attend:

  • Medical and Scientific Affairs

  • Medical and KOL/HCP Education Specialists

  • Medical Directors

Presenters:

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

  • Mark L. Labovitz, Ph.D., Ph.D., MBA, M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Art,
    Principal, Attest Open Payments
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Understanding the Competitive Brand Landscape

Friday, June 3, 2016; 1:00-1:50 PM ET

Sun Tzu's book "The Art of War" introduced the central principle of "situational awareness" that includes understanding the relationship between oneself and one's competitors – the competitive landscape! To optimize the life-cycle management of any brand requires an equal awareness of the competitive landscape including which physician and hospitals are we working with versus our competing brands? Furthermore, how are these relationships changing over time?
This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for understanding the competitive brand landscape, and discuss contemporary alternatives that can be used to supplement the current practice as to provide more competitive brand insights among physicians and hospitals.

Who Should Attend:

  • Market Research and Marketing Specialists

  • Competitive Intelligence Specialists

  • Brand and Product Management

Presenters:

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

  • Mark L. Labovitz, Ph.D., Ph.D., MBA, M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Sci., M.Art,
    Principal, Attest Open Payments
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Detecting Potential “Off-Label” Compensation Patterns

Thursday, June 9, 2016; 1:00-1:50 PM ET

"On-label" compensation GOOD and "Off-label" compensation BAD! If it was only this simple when working with physicians. However even though any individual physician relationship will always be challenging to distinguish, with "big-data" one can begin to identify patterns in "off-label" physician compensation arrangements.

This webinar will discuss the standard of practice for discerning "off-label" compensation patterns, and discuss contemporary alternatives to identify abnormalities that can be used to supplement risk management, monitoring and internal audit.

Who Should Attend:

  • Compliance and Risk Officers

  • Internal Audit and Monitoring Staff

  • Investigators and Forensics Specialists

Presenters:

  • Valli Baldassano, Esq., J.D.
    President and CEO, VFB Associates, PC

  • Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng., CSSBB
    Principal, Attest Open Payments

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Whitepapers, Presentations & Articles

The 'Open Payments' dataset annually issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an unparalleled source of the financial relationships between an enormous portion of the life science industry and healthcare providers.  While motivated by the desire to improve public transparency, the use of 'Open Payments' goes beyond transparency and can be a deep source of business intelligence and a platform for compliance monitoring.  Attest™ is pleased to share our experiences, practices and knowledge of 'Open Payments' through whitepapers, presentations and articles:

Caveat User, Caveat Emptor - Issues from the Soft Under Belly of The CMS Data Sets

Mark Labovitz, Ph.D., MBA

While the goals of Open Payments and transparency are arguably good public policy, the usefulness of Open Payments depends entirely on the quality of the underlying data. This paper explores some of challenges found in the 2015 data set that negatively impact that usefulness.

Labovitz, M. 2016. Caveat User, Caveat Emptor - Issues from the Soft Under Belly of The CMS Data Sets. Life Science Compliance Update, U.S. EDITION, Volume 2.8, August 2016. pp. 5-10.

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Detecting the “Sham” in Speaker Programs

Mark Labovitz, Ph.D., MBA and Jeffrey DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng.,

This paper explores whether the publically available Open Payments data can be employed, using the same factual basis as the Government in its March 2016 allegations against Novartis to detect potential "sham" speaker programs.

Labovitz, M. and DiFrancesco, J. 2016. Detecting the "Sham" in Speaker Programs. Life Science Compliance Update, U.S. EDITION, Volume 2.6, June 2016. pp. 9-14.

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Physician Payment Sunshine Act – An Overview of the Statute & Regulation

This presentation provides a primer of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act statute and resulting CMS regulation. The presentation also discusses the catalyst and intent of "sunshine" laws and discusses briefly U.S. state specific and other country (ex-USA) "sunshine" initiatives, statutes and regulations.

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'Open Payments' Data – An Overview of the Data Opportunities & Challenges

The whitepaper discusses how "Open Payments" dataset represents an unparalleled source of the financial relationships between an enormous portion of the life science industry and healthcare providers. However, with any vast dataset there are both significant opportunity for business intelligence but also equal challenges. This paper discussed specific opportunities and challenges represented by the Physician Payment Sunshine Act statute, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation, the CMS implementation and other elements in making data compariable and expanding its utility.

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'Open Payments' – A Source for Clinical Site Intelligence (DIA Global Forum article)

Jeffrey DiFrancesco, M.Sci., M.Eng.

This published article briefly discusses the research related data represented in 'Open Payments' and then discusses how 'Open Payments' can be used by Sponsors and Contract Research Organizations to empirically identify and prioritize the selection of principal investigators and their clinical sites as well as assess the performance of these same clinical sites.

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Demonstrations & Questions

Attest™ offers complimentary customized and live demonstrations using our own public data along with competing brands. See 'hands on' the power and value of Attest Open Payments™. When registering, please tell us who you are, any specific areas of interest you may have and any preferred dates and times you are available:

Blog Articles

Caveat User, Caveat Emptor - Issues from the Soft Under Belly of The CMS Data Sets
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Detecting the "Sham" in Speaker Programs
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“Open Payments – A New Source of Clinical Site Intelligence”
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