Consultant

Christopher Parella

Christopher A. Parrella

Consultant
Phone: (305) 358-4500
Email: cparrella@vitalehealthlaw.com

Christopher Parrella has been a member of The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, P.A. since 1997. Chris travels the country on behalf of a wide range of healthcare organizations lecturing on varying topics affecting their particular industries.

Certified Professional Coder

Chris is a Certified Professional Coder. He is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Chris is a member of the National Legal Advisory Board and Ethics Committee and he participated in developing the national certification examinations for the American Society of Health Informatics Managers (AHIM).

Certified Professional Compliance Officer

Chris is a Certified Professional Compliance Officer designated by the AAPC. He is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association of America (HCCA). Chris participated in developing the national certification examinations for the American Society of Health Informatics Managers (AHIM) and the AAPC´s Certified Professional Compliance Officer designation.

Atorney at Law — State of Massachusetts

Mr. Parrella received his Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law and is a member of the State Bar. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in New York.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

Attorney at Law
    • State of Massachusetts, Bar No. 635830
    • Court of Appeals, United States First Circuit, Bar No. 94441
American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
      • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
      • Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO)
Healthcare Compliance Association of America (HCCA)
    • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHCC)

NATIONAL BOARDS /COMMITTEES

  • Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), Family Practice Coding
    Advisor (Current)
  • Legal Advisory Board, American Academy of ProfessionalCoders (Current)
  • Ethics Committee, American Academy of Professional
    Coders (Current)
  • Physician Services, Auditing and Compliance Committee, American Academy of Professional Coders (Current)
  • American Heart Association, Executive Leadership
    Committee (2008 – 2013)

EXAMINATION CO-AUTHORSHIP

  • Examination Co-Author- American Health Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Certification Examination, Certified Professional Compliance Officer (11/2010)
  • Examination Co-Author- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Certification Examination for Health Informatics and Information Management (10/2009)

AVAILABLE FOR SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS

Christopher Parrella is available to make presentations on a range of subjects relating to healthcare. He travels the country lecturing on topics of interest to a variety of people and organizations that have a stake in the healthcare system.

His audiences include:

  • Physicians and group practices
  • Healthcare systems and hospitals
  • Professional licensure associations
  • Health plans and managed care organizations
  • Business coalitions
  • Billing and coding associations
  • DME, home health, laboratory, rehabilitation, etc. associations

Topics include:

  • Overpayment and Audits
  • Healthcare Billing and Coding Management
  • Corporate Integrity Agreements
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Reimbursement Issues and Meaningful Use Audits
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security
  • Compliance Auditing and Monitoring
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Best Practices for Effective Fraud Prevention
  • Healthcare Fraud Investigations

Presentations can be customized for your organization’s specific purpose.

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

    • Physician Entrepreneurs Roundtable, FHI Communications (06/03/14)
    • AAPC, National Conference, Legal Advisory/General Session (04/2014)
    • AAPC, National Conference, Legal Roundtable (04/2013)
    • AAPC, National Conference, Legal Roundtable (04/2012)

 

    • BONES Society of South Florida, Annual Conference,
      “ZPIC Audits” (09/2011)
    • American Academy of Professional Coders, National
      • Legal Roundtable (Session 1)
      • Zone Program Integrity Contractors (Session 2)

 

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS (continued)

  • BONES Society of South Florida, Annual Conference,
    “Beware of the ZPIC” (09/2010)
  • American Academy of Professional Coders, National
    Conference, (05/2010)

    • Legal Roundtable (Session 1)
    • Corporate Integrity Agreements (Session 2)
  • The Physician Practice Management Institute, Webinar, “Fraud and Abuse Concerns: The HiTech Act” (03/2010)
  • City of Palms Chapter, American Academy of Professional Coders. (10/03/09)
  • A Primer on the False Claims Act, The Anti-kickback Statute and the Obama Administrator’s EMR/E-Prescribing Stimulus Package. (09/2009)
  • Gulf to Bay Chapter, American Academy of Professional Coders
  • Legal Issues — False Claims Act, Anti-kickback Statute and Stimulus for EMR/E-Prescribing. (09/26/09)
  • American Academy of Professional Coders, National Conference, Legal Roundtable. (04/02/09)
  • Healthcare Billing and Management Association “Scared Straight in Miami: Lessons Learned the Hard Way.” (05/07/08)
  • Healthcare Compliance Association Conference, “The Woods Between the Worlds: The Myths and Misconceptions of the
    Incident-to Provision and Locum Tenens/Reciprocal Billing Arrangements.” (01/25/08)

PUBLICATIONS, INDUSTRY ARTICLES

  • Part B News, 09/01/14, “Watch for Appropriate Use of G Modifiers as MAC’s Increase Attention.”
  • Managed Care Contracting & Reimbursement Advisor, 09/2014, “Hosptials, AHA Sue over RAC Backlog.”
  • Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, 7/7/14, “Nothing But Net – Four Keys to Drafting The Right Compliance Officer
  • Corporate Compliance Insights, 6/26/2014, “Compliance: the First Step to Surviving a Health Care Fraud Investigation”
  • Daily Business Review, 5//27/14, co-authored with Anthony C. Vitale “Health-Care providers should endure they are compliant”
  • The Journal of Medical Practice Management, 10/2012, “Medical Directorships and The Federal Anti-Kickback Statute”
  • Physician’s Choice Concierge, 06/2012, “New PIP Law Profoundly Alters Industry
  • HFMA Healthcare Financial Management Association, 03/2012,, “Beware of the ZPIC: Tips for Revenue Cycle Leaders”
  • AAPC Coding Edge, 08/2011, “Align Your Credentials with Current Health Care Trends”
  • Coding Compass, 07/2011, “CMS Mandates New HHA Face-to-Face Encounters”
  • AAPC Coding Edge, 10/2009, “Coder’s Primer on the Anti-kickback statute and Stark law”

PUBLICATIONS, HARDCOVER

Deciphering Codes: Fraud and Abuse for Coders and Coding Insight for Healthcare Lawyers, First Edition, Chapter 9-A, Critical Care – Legal

NOTABLE CASES

Florida Statute 817.505, Patient brokering statute declared unconstitutional: State of Florida vs. Sonia Bonilla Guzman, DDS, Ana Maria Bonilla Mendez, DDS, and John Anthony Rubio, Case No. 48-2003-CF-13501-0 (911 Jud. Cir. February 1, 2005)

Florida Statute 409.920, Medicaid Provider Fraud Statute declared unconstitutional: State of Florida v. Gabriel Harden, et al., Case No. F00-38785 (11 1h Jud. Cir. February 5, 2003) and State of Florida v. Gabriel Harden, Case No. 3D03-521 (Fla. 3 DCA Jan. 28, 2004), 2004 Fla. App. LEXIS 623, 29 Fla. L. Weekly D 593

NOTABLE INTERVIEWS

  • The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, 10/2011 “Medicare Yanks Licenses, Gives Them Right Back”

VOLUNTEER WORK

  • New York State Bar Association, Superstorm Sandy Legal
    Volunteer. (2/2013)

EDUCATION

    • 1989-1993 Stony Brook University, Bachelor of Arts
    • 1993-1997 The Massachusetts School of Law – Juris Doctor

EMPLOYMENT

    • 1997 – Present Member, The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale, P.A. Miami, Florida