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    ABA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

    August 29, 2014 1:38 PM by John Glynn

    CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2014 – The American Bar Association’s Health Law Section announced today it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), which sets forth their shared objectives and affirms their commitment to cooperate and collaborate together.

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    American Bar Association conference to examine medical and legal issues related to Affordable Care Act, more

    June 4, 2014 2:06 PM by John Glynn

    CHICAGO, June 4, 2014 — Lawyers, physicians and government officials will gather June 12-13 for the 2014 Physicians Legal Issues Conference to explore cutting-edge issues unique to physicians and their counsel in today’s healthcare environment. Experts from both medical and legal perspectives in the insurance industry, government regulatory agencies, professional organizations and information technology sectors will explore the most important and up-to-date topics facing attorneys and physicians. Participants will hear from:

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    ABA Breast Cancer Task Force sponsors webinar series on legal rights of cancer patients

    April 8, 2014 10:19 AM by John Glynn

    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 — People diagnosed with cancer must contend with a variety of legal issues related to employment, end-of-life decisions and insurance, among others. An upcoming series of webinars, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Task Force, provides guidance on the legal rights of cancer patients, with valuable information on relevant laws, litigation and legal documents.

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    Cancer survivors need lawyers to advocate for them on a variety of legal issues

    January 27, 2014 1:46 PM by Emily Ortman

    With more than 1.5 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the U.S., the need for lawyers who can effectively advocate for cancer survivors is ever growing, according to experts participating in an American Bar Association webinar.

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    Experts compare federal and state-run health care marketplaces at ABA summit

    December 13, 2013 12:30 PM by Emily Ortman

    In the wake of the rocky rollout of, a panel of experts at the American Bar Association’s Washington Health Law Summit described some of the stark differences between the federal and state-based health care marketplaces, particularly noting the greater latitude given to the state-run exchanges. 

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    Experts to discuss insurance exchanges, ACA compliance, enforcement issues at ABA meeting

    December 2, 2013 7:00 AM by John Glynn

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 — Government officials and health law experts, including Keith Fontenot and Gail R. Wilensky, will address a variety of controversial industry topics during the American Bar Association’s Washington Health Law Summit on Dec. 9-10.

    Fontenot, former associate director for health at the Office of Management and Budget, on Monday morning will offer his insights on current events in the health care industry and what the future may hold in the next few years. Wilensky, a senior fellow at Project HOPE and former director of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, will discuss whether the bumpy Affordable Care Act rollout will affect the 2014 elections as well as whether the 2014 elections will affect the future of the ACA.

    Diversity speaker J. Nadine Gracia, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, will speak Monday evening on issues related to access to health care for medically underserved populations.

    What:   Washington Health Law Summit
                Sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section

    When:  Dec. 9-10 

    Where: The Ritz-Carlton
                 1150 22nd St. NW
                 Washington, DC 20037

    Program highlights include: 

    Congressional Roundtable — Senior Capitol Hill staffers will discuss the prospects for Congress’ legislative agenda on health care.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. 

    “Key ACO Facts from the People Who Shaped the Medicare Shared Savings Program” — Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will provide guidance for participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and explore the legal and practical challenges of implementation and operation of accountable care organizations.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 9:45 – 11:20 a.m. 

    “So, How Are Those Health Insurance Exchanges Working for You?” — What’s the early word on the health care exchanges? Panelists will review the state of the marketplaces and discuss what’s working and what’s not.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. 

    “A State Attorney General’s Perspective” — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell will discuss the evolution of state health programs in an era of dramatic changes in governmental health policy, budgetary concerns and challenges in the enforcement of state and federal laws.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 3 – 3:45 p.m. 

    “Provider Consolidation — Avoiding Pitfalls” — Health care providers are increasingly consolidating their businesses through mergers and joint ventures, and not surprisingly, antitrust enforcement has been more active as well. Senior officials from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition will discuss recent enforcement trends and merger cases.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

    “Overview & Challenges: FDA Regulation of Mobile Apps” — Panelists, including a Food and Drug Administration senior policy adviser, will review the FDA’s new guidance on mobile medical apps and discuss top industry concerns.
    Monday, Dec. 9, 4 – 5 p.m. 

    The 2014 Health Insurance Marketplace” — This session will examine how the health insurance marketplaces are shaping up against ACA’s policy objectives, the range of receptivity from health care industry participants and consumer expectations.
    Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10:15 a.m. – noon 

    “The Evolution of the OIG” — Past and present counsel for HHS’ Office of the Inspector General will discuss OIG initiatives in seeking to carry out its legal obligations to enforce the laws and regulations protecting the government  from fraud and abuse in the federal medical benefit programs.
    Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2:15 – 4 p.m. 

    A complete agenda can be found online.

    This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at

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    ABA Health Law Summit to feature experts speaking on recent health care trends, policies

    November 25, 2013 9:21 AM by John Glynn

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 — Experts participating in the American Bar Association Washington Health Law Summit will tackle hot-button topics including the health insurance exchanges, the Affordable Care Act’s new compliance obligations, data security in health IT, accountable care organizations, health care provider consolidation and mobile medical apps, among many other issues.

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    Legal experts available to discuss health care law implementation

    September 25, 2013 3:47 PM by Irma Romero

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 25, 2013 — The American Bar Association can refer reporters to legal experts available to speak about the implementation of the health care reform law, including the health insurance exchanges, which begin open enrollment on Oct. 1.

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    Want to find a job in health law? Then ‘never say no’

    May 20, 2013 11:00 AM by Matthew (Matt) Stegen

    Students should implement a proactive approach and compile a résumé full of accomplishments that sets them apart from the crowd if they want to successfully pursue a career in health law, a panel of health law lawyers said.

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    Physicians, lawyers to discuss latest health care developments at Chicago conference

    May 7, 2013 1:50 PM by Daniel Buchanan

    CHICAGO, June 6, 2013 — Physicians and their counsel will explore the role of doctors in today’s changing health care environment during the Physicians Legal Issues Conference, sponsored by the American Bar Association Health Law Section and the Chicago Medical Society, June 13-15 in Chicago. Conference attendees will learn practical advice on handling problems relating to social media, privacy, billing and other legal issues. 

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