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Health Law Section News  November 7, 2007
Washington Healthcare Summit

November 8, 2007
Statutory and Regulatory Controls for Drug Development and Marketing

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

November 12-13, 2007
22nd Annual National Institute on Compensation for Executives and Directors

(New York, NY)

November 15, 2007
ERISA Litigation Basics: What You Need to Know

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

A Practical Guide to Medicare Appeals

November 27 , 2007
HIPAA Security in the New Health IT World: Compliance Programs That Fit Networking Realities

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

November 29 , 2007
Auto-Enrollment and Default Investments: the New 401(k) Safe Harbors

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

December 3-4, 2007
5th Annual Washington 'care Summit

(Washington, DC)

December 13, 2007
Ethics for Healthcare Attorneys

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

February 20-22, 2008
9th Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in 'care Law 2008

(San Diego, CA)

Interest Group Communication Highlights

Resources & News


New Cumulative Supplements

CDC Public ' Law News

CDC Newsletter is a free electronic newsletter published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public ' Law Program


Chair's Column
by Andrew J. Demetriou, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Los Angeles, CA

This month, I want to take the opportunity to acquaint you with the governance structure of the Health Law Section so that you can better understand the roles of those of us who are privileged to lead the Section's activities. We are blessed with a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers and perhaps you may be inspired to seek leadership positions in the Section in the future.

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CMS's Mandatory Disclosure of Financial Relationships May Have Considerable Impact on Hospitals and Physicians
by Summer H. Martin, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Atlanta, GA

On May 18, 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published its proposed reporting worksheets, the Disclosure of Financial Relationships Report ("DFRR"), that would place a mandatory obligation on hospitals to disclose comprehensive information on their financial relationships with physicians under the physician self referral law, 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn ("Stark"). According to CMS, the DFRR will be used by CMS to obtain information necessary to analyze each hospital's compliance with Stark and its implementing regulations. In addition, CMS has indicated that it may share the information collected with other federal agencies and Congressional committees.

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Greetings from your HLS Membership Committee!

Congratulations to our third Membership Committee Incentive Program winner, Robert F Coyne, Gibbons P.C., Newark, NJ!

Incentive Prize: The Membership Gift Basket includes delicious regional cuisiine, wine, Section program materials and other goodies.

You could be next! The HLS Membership Committee is hard at work developing the next membership incentive.

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Healthcare Facility Operations Interest Group

The Healthcare Facility Operations Interest Group focuses on improving the law and related policy arising from the standards imposed on healthcare providers by external review organizations.

The IG is led by Chair Cyndi M. Baily, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and Vice Chairs Paul D. Gilbert, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Brentwood, TN; Conrad Meyer, Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA; Kathy Ellett Poppitt, Thompson & Knight LLP, Austin, TX; Tracy Powell, Sherrard & Roe, PLLC, Nashville, TN and Lisa Sooter, Stewart & Stimmel, Dallas, TX.

If you would like to join the Interest Group, continue by clicking the following link: '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 ' 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 ' Law Section.
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