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offered through Santa Clara University, in conjunction with the Accounting CPE Network.

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The ACPEN Difference

The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) is a joint project of state CPA Societies and other affilliated organizations who have a common goal: improving the quality and accessibility of distance learning opportunities available to their members.

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Webinar technology has, for some time, been a common offering of many participating ACPEN associations. Combining powerpoint slides delivered via the internet with audio of the instructor, either by telephone or internet, the webinar format allows for the delivery of educational content in a convenient, but visually limited fashion.

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The ACPEN network is founded on the use of streaming video content over the internet that provides the participant with live, full motion video of the presenter, high quality audio, along with coordinated powerpoint slides. The ACPEN platform, provided by Business Professionals' Network and its technology partner, BizVision, also allows the end user to fully participate in the webcast by downloading written materials, emailing questions to presenters in real time, making notes in the viewer "notes" area, and emailing those notes to themselves for later use.

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ACPEN programming features enhanced production values and formats appropriate to the video medium. Presenters interact with each other as well as you, the ACPEN participant. This delivers an educational experience that is engaging, interesting, as well as professionally rewarding.

It is this unique combination of valuable information delivered using interactive live, video and audio internet technology that define The ACPEN Difference.



The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) CPE network, sponsored by State CPA Societies in many states, is dedicated to bringing, highly relevant, interactive, world-class CPE to every CPA in the most convenient and economical ways possible. Founded by four state societies in 1997, ACPEN is now a consortium of nearly 40 state societies.

Since 1998, ACPEN has been owned and managed by Business Professionals' Network, a firm that is responsible for the development of CPE content, management of the network, and that ensures that the satellite and internet technology is and stays at the cutting edge, for the benefit of state societies and their member CPAs. More information about ACPEN course offerings can be found below.

Since 1997, ACPEN programs have covered all of the most important subjects for accounting, tax and financial professionals. This year, you can join the thousands of CPAs across the country who have a reserved seat to one of the most fascinating ways to earn CPE credits available anywhere! In addition to CPE content developed by BPN, increasingly, state societies are taking advantage of webcast technology, adding their content and speakers to the ACPEN offerings.

More information about ACPEN CPE products and technology, can be found in the ACPEN Products section.


Health Care Industry Conference – Day 1

Length: 9 Hrs

With President Barack Obama retaining office for a second term, the most significant overhaul of the U.S. health care system in over 40 years is set to move forward. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will expand the business of health care providers while increasing cost risk.

Day 1 - Thursday, April 25, 2013

8:15am-8:20am - Introduction & Opening Remarks

8:20am-9:10am - Quality: Are We There Yet? (Credits: 1.0 TB)
Pam Beitlich, RN, MSN, ARNP , Professional Speaker / The Studer Group,Gulf Breeze, FL
Explore the constantly changing economic drivers in healthcare. With a continued push toward quality and "value," is your organization responding and adjusting quickly enough to new performance standards? Understand the concept that your organization must be making strides in quality outcomes for future success.

9:10am-10:00am - The Value Journey (Credits: 1.0 TB)
Joseph F. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, President & CEO / Healthcare Financial Management Association, Westchester, IL
Value is driving a fundamental reorientation of the healthcare system. To successfully manage the transition, healthcare organizations should organize efforts around improving value delivered to care purchasers and develop sustainable business models that support the pursuit of value. After this presentation, attendees will be able to:  discuss stakeholder perspectives on value; develop strategies for improving value delivered to purchasers and payers as well as escribe organizational road maps for value-driven health care.

10:15am-11:05am - The Transformation of America's Hospitals (Credits: 1.0 TB)
Jason Sussman, Managing Director / Kaufman Hall, Skokie, IL
To provide healthcare executives with insights regarding the industry change to a value-based model, this session explores the macro-level trends behind the transformation that warrant leadership attention.  The top forces changing the competitive landscape are discussed and new groupings or "classes" in which providers will compete identified. Finally, the presentation identifies competencies and core strategies required for success in achieving the required transformation of healthcare organizations.

11:10am-12:00pm - The Intersection of Uncertain Tax Positions and Health Reform- What is the impact on Healthcare Providers (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Antonio C. Russo, Tax Director / PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
This session will focus on the impact that Fin 48 (ASC 740) can have on tax-exempt healthcare providers. Agenda topics will include: (1) Overview of the FIN 48 (ASC 740) framework for decision making; (2) Discussion of the applicability of FIN 48 (ASC 740) to tax-exempt healthcare providers; (3) Overview of the new IRC section 501(r) requirements and their intersection with Fin 48 (ASC 740); (4) Broad discussion regarding health reform and current developments, including a discussion of the overall impact that health reform will have on healthcare providers.

12:00pm-1:10pm – Lunch Break

1:15pm-2:05pm - Current Trends in Enterprise Risk Assessment (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Marc R. Schulman, Executive Director / Ernst & Young, LLP, Baltimore, MD
This presentation will cover current trends in enterprise risk assessment for health care organizations, including alignment of risk functions and governance, development of common risk nomenclature, linkage of risk assessment to business performance and risk monitoring.

2:10pm-3:00pm - OMB A133 and GASB Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
William Blend, CPA, CFE, Shareholder / Moore Stephens Lovelace, PA, Winter Park, FL
This session discusses recently issued GASB pronouncements, provides an overview of the changes to the Yellow Book and discusses significant changes to the Federal and / or State Single Audit requirements.

3:15pm-4:05pm - Hot Topics in Healthcare Accounting and Reporting (Credits: 1.0 AA)
C Cline Comer, CPA, Partner / CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Charlotte, NC
This session will address recently issued standards impacting healthcare accounting and reporting including accounting for EHR incentive payments for PPS and Critical Access Hospitals, ICD-10 costs, refundable fees for CCRC’s and other topics. Also included will be updates on proposed standards such as revenue recognition and leases that are expected to be issued during 2013.

4:05pm-4:55pm - Accounting for and Operational Considerations for ICD-10 (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Carlos G. Hernandez, Healthcare Senior Manager / Crowe Horwath LLP, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Debra McReavy, R.N. Turning Leaf Healthcare Consulting , Ft Lauderdale, FL
This presentation will review the guidance for accounting for costs associated with the ICD-10 implementation as well discuss other operational considerations that should be taken into account by the management team.

5:00pm-5:50pm - Legislative and Regulatory Update (Credits: 1.0 TB)
Kathryn A. Reep, Vice President-Financial Services / Florida Hospital Association, Orlando, FL
This session will address legislative and regulatory issues that are relevant to hospitals and other providers, including the proposed budget from Washington, recent MedPAC recommendations, proposed rules related to Medicare payment, and various policies impacting provider payment. In addition, the session will include a brief discussion of pending legislation in Tallahassee as we approach the last week of session.


CPE Credits: 9

Original Recording Date: 4/25/13

Learning Objectives: *The 2013 FICPA Health Care Industry Conference will inform CPAs and public practitioners about the foreseeable future of health care in the United States. Attendees will learn how to best adapt their clients to changes in legislation while learning the latest standards for these entities.

Field of Study 1: Accounting & Auditing (4 hours)

Field of Study 2: Technical Business (5 hours)

Program Level (Basic, Update, Intermediate, Advanced, Overview): Update

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Course Registration Requirements: Online Registration

Designed For: CPAs in health care, or CPAs with health care clients

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Please contact the ACPEN help desk - 1-800-747-1719 or help@acpen.com if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints. anne.taylor@acpen.com, (972-377-8199).

Official Registry Statement: Business Professionals' Network, Inc. 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 addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

Produced By:

Florida Institute of CPAs


  • Kathryn A. Reep
  • Antonio C. Russo
  • C Cline Comer, CPA
  • Debra McReavy, RN
  • Joseph F. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA
  • Carlos G. Hernandez
  • Jason Sussman
  • Pam Beitlich, RN, MSN, ARNP
  • Marc R. Schulman
  • William Blend, CPA, CFE
    • Background

      Bill Blend is a Shareholder at MSL and a member of the Firm’s Governmental Practice Group. Bill has over 19 years of public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit experience. He has provided services to numerous municipalities, counties, and other governmental entities.

      Professional Experience

      Bill has extensive experience in the auditing of governmental financial operations of municipalities, counties, special districts and authorities. He also provides consulting services in the area of internal control assessments, ligation support, fraud remediation, and performance reviews.

      Education, Certifications and Licenses

      • B.S. Degree in Accounting, Long Island University
      • C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant – Florida
      • C.F.E., Certified Fraud Examiner

      Affiliations and Community Involvement

      Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

      • Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
      • FICPA Technical Committee
      • Instructor for the FGFOA and develops and teaches Firm auditing classes
      • FICPA Discussion Leader – Ethics for Governmental CPAs in Florida
      • Member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA)
      • FGFOA Conference Committee
      • FGFOA Technical Committee
      • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
      • Seminole County Chamber of Commerce – Government Relations Committee

Course Materials

  • Day One Presentations
  • 2013 Health Care Industry Conference- Manual
  • Important CPE Credit Information_2012
  • Leder, Kevin
  • Reep, Kathy

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