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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Early Bird Session - For In-House Counsel
FROM ANECDOTE TO ANALYTICS: MEASURING WHAT COUNTS

In an effort to demonstrate value to management, many in-house legal departments turn to collecting and displaying data. But more important than, “How do I make charts and graphs?” is the question, “What really matters?” Number of contracts reviewed? Number of cases settled? Outside legal spend? What do institutional leaders really need to know? Our panel will discuss figuring out what matters, how to measure it, and how to convey it in meaningful ways.

Speakers

Wendy Rubas - General Counsel, VillageMD
Andrew Baker - Senior Director, HBR Consulting


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Plenary Session I
DISRUPTION AND INNOVATION FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE

Our expert panel will provide insights on the market and business forces shaping healthcare in 2018 and beyond. The panelists will explore the influence and impact of consumerism, technology and entrepreneurialism inside and outside of healthcare. The panelists will discuss both the promise and challenge of disruption and innovation for healthcare delivery, quality and financing.

Speakers
Steven Collens - Chief Executive Officer, MATTER
Ryan Gish - Managing Director, Kaufman Hall & Associates, LLC
Cheryl Whitaker, MD, MPH - Chief Executive Officer, NextLevel Health Partners

Moderator
Marilyn Lamar - Liss & Lamar and 2018 President, American Health Lawyers Association


10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
BREAK


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Plenary Session II
GETTING TO YES WITHOUT GETTING DISBARRED

Disruptive innovators question existing business models. They push boundaries. But what happens when they question legal advice or push regulatory boundaries? This session will explore ethical issues and strategies for lawyers working with the innovative and disruptive entrepreneur.

Speakers

James Grogan - Deputy Administrator and Chief Counsel, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
Laura Martin - National Healthcare Practice Group Chair, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Professional Responsibility Credit To Be Applied For


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary Session III
KEY TRENDS AND INITIATIVES IN FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY

How is federal policy shaping the healthcare environment? Our speaker will take stock of developments in the first two years of the new administration and will identify the trends and initiatives that will impact the delivery of healthcare in 2019 and beyond.

Speaker

Cristal Gary – Principal, Leavitt Partners
Former Illinois Deputy Governor
Former Regional Director, HHS Region V
 


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
NETWORKING LUNCH


BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Breakout Session I
STARK LAW: COMPLIANCE CHALLENGES

This advanced session provides an update of Stark law developments in light of the 60-day repayment rule and a practical analysis of the Stark voluntary disclosure process, including when and how to file under the CMS protocol.

Speaker

Sanford Teplitzky - Shareholder, Baker Donelson

 

Breakout Session II
TELEHEALTH - MAKING INNOVATION WORK

Telehealth offers exciting new possibilities for patients and providers, but it also presents regulatory and compliance challenges, including complex and conflicting medical device regulations, privacy and security rules, and professional standards. This session will explore the value of innovation in healthcare delivery, and how to design programs and partnerships that address these regulatory and compliance challenges, using a real-life case study focused on telepsychiatry programs.

Speakers

Lisa Schmitz Mazur - Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Naveen Kathuria, SVP, Regroup Therapy
Chris Pagano - Consulting Director, Sg2

 

Breakout Session III
PRIVATE EQUITY MEETS THE CORPORATE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE:
KEY ISSUES AFFECTING THE INVESTOR-PROFESSIONAL ENTITY MODEL

In a growing number of healthcare-related transactions, private equity companies and other investors buy in to a management services organization (MSO) that is affiliated with physician practices or other professional organizations. As the investor-owned MSO model becomes increasingly prevalent, it is also evolving to accommodate trends in the U.S. healthcare market, such as value-based contracting and increased use of mid-level providers. This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the business model, the associated trends, key risk areas for due diligence, and the unique financial, legal, valuation, and regulatory compliance challenges related to these complex structures.

Speakers

Jennifer Romig - Associate, Ropes & Gray LLP
Richard Chasinoff - Principal, Veralon


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
BREAK


LIGHTNING ROUNDS

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Lightning Round I
OPIOID CRISIS - TOP THINGS TO KNOW

This session will provide an overview and update on the opioid epidemic and its legal and regulatory repercussions. Our speaker will discuss how to navigate the unique state and federal issues affecting manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and prescribers; update attendees on the current status of the multi-district litigation; and discuss some potential solutions and regulatory changes that may be on the horizon.

Speaker

Edward Rickert - Quarles & Brady LLP

 

Lightning Round II
GDPR: I HAVE TO DO WHAT!?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU’s new framework for protection of personal information, may apply to organizations outside of Europe that hold and process personal data of EU residents – which may include US-based healthcare organizations. Our speaker will provide an overview of several key issues, such as how to determine whether your organization is subject to GDPR; basic concepts and terminology; and high-level compliance obligations.

Speaker

Frances Carroll - Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer, The Joint Commission

 

Lightning Round III
THE IMPACT OF THE NEW TAX LAW
ON HEALTHCARE BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS AND OPERATIONS

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act directly impacts healthcare organizations favorably and unfavorably, not only for tax liability, but also corporate structure, competition for executive and physician recruitment, and financial viability.

Speaker

Gerry Griffith - Partner, Jones Day

 

Lightning Round IV
ILLINOIS MEDICAID DEVELOPMENTS

One in four Illinois residents receives health coverage through Medicaid, including nearly half of all Illinois children. The program affects every type of healthcare professional and provider. This session will describe important initiatives and trends in the Illinois Medicaid program – including the increasing shift to managed care, the future of coverage under ACA expansion, and the push to better integrate behavioral health services under the 1115 Federal Demonstration Waiver.

Speaker

John Bomher - Senior Vice President & Counsel, Government Relations & Policy, Illinois Health and Hospital Association


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
BREAK


 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Breakout Session IV
HEALTHCARE AND THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT:
RECENT DECISIONS, TRENDS, AND CHANGES IN THE LAW

Recent case law and other trends have drastically altered both the prosecution and defense of FCA cases and the risk for healthcare providers. There have been significant changes in the population of whistleblowers and their counsel. Understanding these changes is critical for providers and their attorneys in everything from compliance to the defense of simple malpractice cases. Pronouncements from the Department of Justice indicate different enforcement priorities, a refocus on statutory and regulatory enforcement rather than enforcement based upon guidance, and a new willingness to consider dismissing cases.

Speaker

David Honig - Shareholder, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman

 

Breakout Session V
KEY CONSIDERATIONS IN TODAY’S HEALTHCARE BUY-OUTS

This session will provide a general overview of healthcare lenders and private equity, the process involved in a typical healthcare financing deal, and practical considerations for healthcare organizations when partnering with lenders and private equity firms. Topics will include the bid process, negotiations, due diligence issues, key deal points, debt financing, and valuation.

Speakers

Stacey Callaghan - Attorney, Akerman LLP
Chris Graber - Principal, Waud Capital Partners
Adam Willis - Managing Director, Head of Healthcare, Madison Capital Funding LLC

 

Breakout Session VI
HOT TOPICS AND TRENDS IN LONG-TERM CARE

New regulatory requirements and greater operational challenges are making long-term care difficult at the moment, but there is a bright future. This session will focus on how to navigate through these challenges, including improving operations and quality, embracing new trends in technology, and avoiding liability and litigation.

Speaker

Neville Billmoria - Partner, Duane Morris LLP


4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
BREAK


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Plenary Session IV
FINDING A BALANCE: HANDLING STRESS AND ANXIETY AS A HEALTHCARE ATTORNEY 

This session will identify different behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that create stress and conflict both internally and in professional and personal relationships. The panel will discuss techniques and strategies to control or alter those negative behaviors and emotions to minimize stress and conflict, improve professional performance, enhance civility and, ultimately, improve happiness and well being.

Speakers

Thomas Conley - Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Miranda R. Crowell - Counsel, Edward-Elmhurst Health
Karen Harris - Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Judy Moskowitz - Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professional Responsibility To Be Applied For

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