March 2013 Volume 9 Number 7

Chair's Column: Professional Enrichment

By David L. Douglass, Sheppard Mullin, Washington, DC

AuthorAttendees at last month's Emerging Issues Conference enjoyed stimulating and insightful discussions and analysis of new health law challenges, obligations and opportunities. The conference covered ACOs, enforcement trends, evolving compliance obligations, the challenges presented by provider integration and many other topics. Panels on FDA regulation of our food and our DNA gave us a lot to chew on (bada boom). A particular highlight was an enlightening, provocative and passionate presentation concerning our nation’s veterans' courts and the health challenges facing our returning veterans. Those presentations were complemented by truly lively and convivial networking events, from our diversity reception to the Taste of South Beach Culinary and Boat Tour and, of course, our signature Margarita Cup golf outing.

Miami proved to be a seductive host city. A few found time to enjoy South Beach for a day in the sun or an evening of mojitos and dancing. Rumor even has it that a small Ferris Bueller contingent snuck off for a day of sailing in Biscayne Bay.

As Miami fades to a fond memory, we look forward to our next opportunity for professional enrichment and fellowship: the Physician Legal Issues Conference, June 13-15 in Chicago, which is a wonderful place to be in June.  We have lined up fantastic speakers from the physician legal and leadership communities.  Among the topics to be addressed are: physician contracting and valuation, ACOs and payment delivery models, coordinating roles of medical staff and hospital attorneys, physician wellness and patient safety, social media, medical malpractice and privacy.  Our speakers are coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights, the American College of Physician Executives, commercial payors and academia  - in addition to practicing physicians and lawyers with diverse perspectives.  As we did last year, we are presenting the conference in conjunction with the Chicago Medical Society. This year we are especially excited, because for the first time we will jointly sponsor a part of the program with the American Medical Association (AMA). We are adding a third day to the conference to be held the morning of the first day of the AMA’s Annual Meeting. The conference will be an unmatched opportunity for lawyers and their clients to come together to address the legal challenges facing the medical community.  I hope to see you there.

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