ABA Health eSource
June 2009 Volume 5 Number 10

Chair's Column
by Vickie Yates Brown, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville, KY

Vickie Yates BrownIt’s June! And, of course, that means it is time for the annual ABA Health Law Section Physician-Legal Issues Conference. This is a one day live program held each year in Chicago to coincide with the American Medical Association (“AMA”) annual meeting. This year it will be held on Thursday, June 11. The program focuses on the most relevant issues of significance facing physicians and their lawyers.

This conference is the final live program remaining during this bar year. It does not seem possible that we could already be winding up live programming for the year. The Section hosts three live programs – in addition to Physician –Legal Issues, the Section also produces the Washington Healthcare Summit held in the fall and the Emerging Issues program held in February. Live programs require a great deal of planning and more expense for the Section. However, we continue to believe that live programs remain important in the Section’s overall responsibility to our members. It is helpful for Section members to occasionally get together and meet others in their fields of interest. Chair-Elect David Hilgers has provided the needed oversight for the Physician-Legal Issues program’s continued success.

The Physician-Legal Issues Conference will address such issues as an overview of the most recent changes in health law affecting physicians and examining what the future will be, employment and other alternatives for physicians, physician and hospital/vendor relationships as well as medical staff issues. The program will also feature a distinguished group of speakers. Catherine Hanson of the AMA will be providing an update on the public advocacy activities of the AMA and Lewis Morris, Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC will provide the luncheon address entitled “OIG Fraud Enforcement and Physicians: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire?”

This is always a well attended, solid conference. If you provide legal services to physicians, this education program is a “must”.

Of course, there are always a number of educational teleconferences available each month on a wide variety of timely topics touching most every aspect of health law. These teleconferences are primarily the responsibility of the Section’s Interest Groups with oversight from the Teleconference Committee. Each Interest Group is responsible for organizing teleconferences based on the Interest Group’s substantive area of expertise. Also, the Interest Groups are encouraged to offer “fundamentals programs” throughout the year on the Interest Group’s particular substantive area of law.

For instance, the Committee just produced a well attended teleconference on the HITECH Act and its impact on electronic health records. In the next couple of months, the Committee is planning teleconferences on such timely issues as the FTC “Red Flags” Rule; a fundamentals program on Insurance and Managed Care; Ethics and the Healthcare Lawyer; Disruptive Practitioners; How to Form and Operate a Successful and Legally Compliant Physician Ancillary Facility; and other topics. I encourage you to participate in these affordable and easy-to-attend programs.

As noted previously, The Council continues to believe that educational programming is one of the most important services it can provide to its members. The Council strives to present the best guidance possible on the most relevant issues facing those of us who practice in a niche area of our profession. Please let your Council members know if we can improve our programming services.

The local recipe which I decided to include in this month’s column is for a delicious meat sauce named for Henry Bain, who was the head waiter at the Pendennis Club, a local historic business club located in Louisville, Kentucky. www.pendennisclub.org. Henry created the sauce in 1881 for cooking local game animals. To this day, it is still served in the Club’s dining rooms. Due to demand for this product, it is finally being packaged and sold in local stores.

The recipe has always been a well guarded secret by the Club but in the 1960s the Jefferson County Medical Society’s Ladies Auxillary published a cookbook purportedly containing the Club’s secret recipe for Henry Bain’s Sauce. This recipe is still being passed around today by locals and I provide it below for your enjoyment. I truly think this is the best meat sauce to be found. I can’t imagine serving beef tenderloin without offering Henry Bain’s Sauce along with creamed horseradish. Yum! Yum!



  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle chili sauce
  • 1 (14 oz.) bottle ketchup
  • 1 (11 oz.) bottle A-1 Sauce
  • 1 (10 oz.) bottle Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 (17 oz.) jar of mango or peach chutney (I like Major Grey’s Chutney)
  • ½ small bottle of Tabasco sauce (optional and carefully add according to taste)


  • Mix all in blender and serve with meat, fries, over cream cheese with crackers, game, etc.


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