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

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

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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