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Government and industry experts to explore emerging issues in healthcare law at ABA meeting

Government and industry experts to explore emerging issues in healthcare law at ABA meeting

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 — Government officials and industry experts will delve into today’s most timely and important healthcare topics at the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Feb. 26-March 1 in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

The conference will feature sessions on healthcare reform, enforcement trends, compliance obligations, the effects of the DOMA decision, the evolution of the Stark law, industry mergers and more.

On Wednesday morning, the conference will host the Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop, which will review relevant laws, practices and procedures to help equip lawyers to assist cancer patients with their legal needs, and on Thursday morning, attendees can join in the inaugural EMI Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk, with proceeds going to the Health Law Section Breast Cancer Initiative 501(c)(3) fund.

15th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law
Sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section

Feb. 26-March 1

Wigwam Resort
300 E. Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340-4410

Program highlights include:

“A Mid-Course Report Card on Healthcare Reform” — This session, moderated by Judge Kathleen Scully-Hayes, chair of the ABA Health Law Section and associate chief administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, will assess healthcare reform at the halfway point, focusing on specific key issues including the health insurance exchanges, accountable care organizations and alternative payment mechanisms.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

“Fraud & Abuse (Enforcement Update)” — Gregory Demske, chief counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, and two assistant U.S. attorneys will discuss recent trends in federal, criminal, civil and administrative healthcare fraud enforcement actions.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

“Trends in Employer and Provider Obligations: The Demise of DOMA and the Rise of New HIPAA Wellness Programs Rules” — This program will examine legal issues raised by the federal recognition of same-sex marriages, including which state law determines whether a same-sex couple is married, the retroactive effects of the DOMA decision and post-Windsor litigation. Panelists will also discuss the new HIPAA wellness program rules for group health plans.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

“Recent Antitrust Developments in Healthcare and Hospital Mergers: Lessons Learned and Practical Preparation Techniques to Avoid Roadblocks” — Panelists, including Robert Canterman of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, will discuss numerous recently decided court cases involving hospital and healthcare mergers and the lessons that can be learned from those cases.
Friday, Feb. 28, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 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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