Welcome to Feature Friday
Today for Feature Friday, we are beyond pleased to present the man of many degrees and former Section Council Chair, Mr. Paul R. DeMuro, CHC, FHFMA, FACMPE, CPA, MBA, MBI, JD, PhD.
Paul R. DeMuro is Of Counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel LLP and a voluntary Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Previously a partner at several prominent law firms, including Latham & Watkins, Paul's passion is the cost-effective delivery of quality health care using data analytics.
Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Medical Informatics Association, the Medical Group Management Association (where he is both Certified and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (where he is a Fellow and a former member of the National Board and its Executive Committee and Past President of the Northern California Chapter), the Healthcare Compliance Association (where he is Certified in Healthcare Compliance), the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Health Lawyers Association (where he is both a Fellow and a former Vice Chair of the ACO Task Force), the American Bar Association (where he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and former Chair of both the Health Law Section and the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits).
He holds a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Economics from the University of Maryland, is a Certified Public Accountant, with an MBA (Finance) from the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, where he was a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellow, and studied the healthcare systems of many countries.
He has authored or co-authored over 175 publications and has delivered over 400 presentations throughout the world.
Now, ladies and gentleman, please put your hands together for Paul!
(Paul says, "These girls are now 25 (living in NYC, working as a Management Consultant in Data Analytics), 22 (living in Chicago, working as an Investment Banker), and 20 (a computer science major at Harvey Mudd College and a Legal Studies major at Claremont McKenna College in So. Cal., interning this summer for both a health information technology company and a congressional candidate.)" Clearly the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this family. **Editor cues song, "All I Do is Win.")
Q: What do you like most about being a lawyer?
Paul: The Attorney Client Privilege
Q: Why health law?
Paul: I started in corporate, transferred to litigation, and what I liked most about each was health law
Q: What is one piece of advice that was given to you and has stuck with you?
Paul: Never stop learning and striving to be a better person.
Q: How do you define success?
Paul: If my three daughters are happy, successful, and productive members of society.
Q: What did you like most about being a Section Chair?
Paul: Being able to make a difference in diversity. I was able to add a Vice-Chair to the interest groups which did not have a culturally diverse Vice-Chair and have them appoint one. I also was able to reject those programs which did not have, in my opinion, enough women or culturally diverse individuals on them.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
Paul: Enjoy every day. It may be your last.
Q: If you were stuck on a desert island and could have 3 things with you, what would those 3 things be?
Paul: a deep water well with unlimited fresh water; a solar generator; and access to satellite internet
Q: If you could uninvent one thing, considering the implications of uninventing it, what would it be?
Paul: I would uninvent the cigarette. It has caused countless harm around the world. We would all be better off without it. Less people would be ill and our healthcare costs would be lower.
Q: If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
Paul: Be proficient in Python coding
Q: Tell us three things that are on your bucket list.
Paul: Develop an educational program that ensures that people can critically analyze data to help fill the over one million jobs requiring this skill, thus lifting up many members in society; become certified as an airline transport pilot (ATP); become a resident of the Grand Cayman
Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
Paul: An actor
Q: What was your first job?
Paul: Clerk typist at a GEICO insurance agency. (I do not think GEICO even has insurance agencies today.)
Q: You recently went to Cuba. What was that like for you? What were some main takeaways?
Paul: My impression of Cuba is that someone broke a clock, but time also stopped. I was told that Cuba had developed a good preventive care system with little money. I was aghast at what little healthcare Cubans really have access to, e.g., no screening for colorectal cancer unless one is symptomatic, no screening for breast cancer until a woman is 55, no shock trauma units, and a paucity of high tech equipment. There is very little access to the internet for clinicians, let alone the population. (I could only use the internet in the hotel lobby when it was working.) Although Cubans have the right to health protection and care, it is only what little care that is available that they have access to. On the positive side, the physicians who are paid very little seem, to know their patient population and take an interest in health. There are significantly more physicians than attorneys. My favorite moment was when a member of the delegation who advised me at the start that she was a socialist, later told me at the end of the trip that she had changed her mind about socialism.
Q: What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
Paul: One of my most embarrassing moments was as a new associate at the Ober Grimes & Shriver firm in Baltimore, which became Ober | Kaler, which is now part of Baker Donelson. We had a cocktail reception before starting. For some reasons, the drinks were in plastic glasses. I was so nervous that I clutched mine too hard and it cracked, spilling my drink all over. Thankfully, this was not a summer associate position, as I might not have received an offer.
Q: Why do you attend PLI and what do you like about it?
Paul: I am attending my first PLI next week and am very much looking forward to it. It seems to bring together physicians and attorneys, consultants and advisors in a collaborative atmosphere and addresses cutting edge issues.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the ABA Health Law Section?
Paul: The people
The Section would like to thank Paul for graciously participating in Feature Friday. We very much appreciate your support for the Health Law Section and your betterment of the health law field.
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