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Health Law Section News  May 2, 2007
A Practical Guide to Medicare Appeals
Physician-Legal Issues Conference

May 2-4, 2007
21st Annual National Institute on ERISA Basics

(Chicago, IL)

May 10, 2007
RHIO Planning, Organization, & Implementation

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 16, 2007
Defending Health Care Companies

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 16-18, 2007
The 17th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud

(New Orleans, LA )

May 22, 2007
The Nuts and Bolts of the New Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS)

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 22, 2007
Backdated and Misdated Stock Options: What a Difference a Date Makes

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 31, 2007
Hispanic Health Care in America: Perspectives on Imperatives, Challenges & Opportunities

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

June 7, 2007
The Uninsured: State Initiatives Dealing with the Uninsured

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

June 21, 2007
Fundamentals of Managed Care

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

June 22, 2007
Physician-Legal Issues Conference

(Chicago, IL)

Interest Group Communication Highlights

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Chair's Column: Choices
by Paul R. DeMuro, Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco, CA

In today’s society, I am often struck by the myriad choices we are presented with on a day-to-day basis, particularly for those of us who are touched by the law. For example, our law student representative on the ABA HLS Governing Council, Katie Rose Fink, had to make a decision as to whether she would go to law school, what law school she would go to, what area of law she wanted to focus on (in this case health law) or not to focus at all at this stage in her career. She also has to decide whether or not to apply for a clerkship, whether to work for a law firm, in government or in industry after her second year of law school and after graduation. In addition, if she chooses a law firm, she has to decide in what area of the country, what firm, and how does she compare them. And once she is at a law firm, her choices have only begun.

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Catalona And The Ownership Of Genetic Material
by Bruce F. Howell, Hughes & Luce LLP, Dallas, TX

The human genome is, simply put, a vast database. Six billion base pairs make up the genome, each containing information within itself and then linking to other base pairs in the complex organism we call life. And more today than ever before, this system of ATGC and the genes that these bases form along with the resulting proteins are a huge database from which information may be harvested for both the cure of disease, the understanding of life on earth and profit.

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Greetings from your HLS Membership Committee!

You could be next! The HLS Membership Committee has been hard at work developing the next membership incentive program running from March 1, 2007 through July 31, 2007. Again, the incentive program will have the same double entry incentive for the Physician-Legal Issues Conference, scheduled for June 22, 2007 at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago, IL.

The rules of the program are as follows:

  • The time period covered is March 1, 2007 through July 31, 2007.
  • To be eligible, the entry/applicant must have either personally joined the HLS as a new member or recruited a new member to join the HLS during the current incentive period. In the first instance, the new member gets his or her name entered; in the latter, both the recruiting (i.e. current) HLS member and the new member are entitled to enter.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries per individual, just keep recruiting! The only restriction is that the HLS membership dues must be paid by program deadline.
  • A current HLS member that recruits a new member to attend the Physician-Legal Issues Conference June 22, 2007 receives two entries (Spread the word on the upcoming program and double your chances to win!).
  • Email all entries to Adam Bielawski, Communications and Interest Group Manager at bielawsa@staff.abanet.org. Adam will verify all entries. It is your responsibility to ensure your entry(ies) is received by Adam by program deadline. The drawing will be held on August 1, 2007.

Incentive Prize: The Membership Gift Basket will contain delicious regional cuisiine, wine, and other goodies.

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Medical Research, Biotechnology, & Clinical Ethical Issues Interest Group

The Medical Research, Biotechnology & Clinical Ethics Interest Group provides a forum in which members of the Health Law Section can consider and seek guidance about the legal and ethical implications of the difficult conundrums that arise in the clinical arena.

The IG is led by Chair Jeffrey Hammond, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis PLLC, Nashville, TN and Vice Chairs LaDale K. George, Foley & Lardner, Chicago, IL; Bruce F. Howell, Hughes & Luce LLP, Dallas, TX and Betty Pang, Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco, CA .

If you would like to join the Interest Group, continue by clicking the following link: Health Law Section IG Sign-up Form.

Do you want to communicate your ideas to thousands of other members through the wonders of cyberspace? To contribute a newsletter article on a health law topic, send us your ideas to Adam.Bielawski@americanbar.org

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and shall not be construed to represent the policies or positions of the ABA or the ABA Health Law Section.
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