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2019 Annual Health Law Symposium


37th Annual Health Law Symposium


Healthcare Transformers:

A New Horizon

November 6, 2019

Union League Club of Chicago

Annual Symposium Chair:
Megan Rooney, McDermott Will & Emery LLP





IAHA Symposium Committee bots have put together an outstanding program that becomes more relevant as each day passes. Explore the agenda below. As attorneys, our job is to help our clients innovate, grow, and improve as they serve their patients, consumers, and constituents so that they can excel in this new era. Surely, you will find this year's symposium will help you be as transformative as healthcare and health law has become. 


Meeting Agenda (you can get session descriptions in the brochure - the link is above) 



EarlyBird Session: Resilient Teams: The Antidote to Attorney Burnout

Speaker: Paula Davis-Laack, Davis Laack Stress & Resilience Institute
*PR Credit: Mental Health & Substance Abuse*


8:30am-8:45am    Break
Dealing with the Death Gap: A Critical Discussion of Race, Ethnicity, and Socio-Economic Status on

Moderator: Bob Morgan,  Illinois House of Representatives, D-58th District

Speakers: David A. Ansell, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center, Associate Provost for Community Affairs, Rush University; Sharon Homan, PhD, President of the Sinai Urban Health Institute; Niranjan S. Karnik, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College; Associate Dean for Community Behavioral Health, Rush Medical College; Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Psychiatry


10:15am-10:30am   Break


Prepare to Protect: Responding to Crisis

Moderator: Kelley Yoder, Executive Vice President, Corporate Healthcare, Weber Shandwick

Speakers: Celeste Davis, Former Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Region V and Midwest Region; Marilyn Hanzal, Flatiron Health; Carolyn Metnick, Co-Chair, Privacy, Cybersecurity, & Emerging Technologies Team, Akerman, LLP



1:00pm-1:15pm   Break


Concurrent I: Hospital Closures and Transformation – Advising the Hospital that Needs to Move On

Speakers: Joe Ourth, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP; Tom Demmer, Illinois House of Representatives, R-90th District


    Concurrent II: Data Privacy and Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics and Geolocation Information

Speakers: Lindsey Dailey, Associate, Polsinelli, PC; Rebecca Girard, Senior Counsel, Walgreen Co.


    Concurrent III: Partnership Alternatives

Speakers: Courtney Midanek, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Hall & Associates, LLC; Kendra Aucker, President & CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital


    Concurrent IV: Green Illinois:  One Midwestern State Charts Its Own Course on Recreational and Medical Cannabis

Speakers: Luba T. Andrus, StellarMed Group, LLC; William A. Walden, Associate Quarles & Brady LLP; Jaya F. White, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP


2:15pm-2:30pm    Break


Lightning Round I: From Contracts to Courtrooms to Cutting Checks - How
Providers Get Paid on Disputed Claims

Speaker: Marcus Morrow, Attorney, Law Offices of Stephenson, Acquisto & Coleman


    Lightning Round II:  Blockchain in Healthcare

Speaker: Robert A. Musiala Jr., Counsel, Baker & Hostetler LLP


    Lightning Round III: Avoiding a Bad Breakup: How to Divorce Your Entity from a Health Care Venture

Speakers: Elizabeth LaRocca, Assistant General Counsel, American Medical Association; Valerie Breslin Montague, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP


    Lightning Round IV: Fraud and Abuse in Telehealth: Application and Enforcement

Speakers: Clay B. Wortham, Counsel, Dentons US LLP


3:00pm-3:15pm    Break


Concurrent V: Healthcare Workplace Violence: Legal and Risk Issues

Speakers: Mark Lies, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw.; Michael C. Crane, CEO, Securisks; Barbara A. Giardino, West Region Manager of Risk Operations, Northwestern Medicine - Delnor Hospital


    Concurrent VI: Artificial Intelligence - Evolving Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation

Speaker: Marilyn Lamar, Partner, Liss & Lamar, P.C.


    Concurrent VII: Private Equity and Not-For-Profit Partnerships

Speakers: Patrick J. Martinez, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Julie P. Roknich, Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel, Transactions, AMITA Health


    Concurrent VIII: Legal and Regulatory Challenges to Value-Based Care

Speakers: Thomas J. Babbo, Partner, Hogan Marren Babbo & Roge, Ltd.; Dr. Lee Sacks, Former Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora Health


4:15pm-4:30pm    Break
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Transforming Your Perspectives  

Speaker: Karen Friedman, Senior Manager of Access and Ability, Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA
*PR Credit: Diversity & Inclusion*


5:30pm-7:30pm    Closing Reception




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