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February 28, 2024

Guest Column

The 25th Annual Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference

By Hayley Penan and Bill Mathias, EMI Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Healthcare law is a constantly changing field, reflecting the fast-paced evolution of the healthcare field itself. It frequently gets expanded and reworked to try to improve access to care in the context of technological advancement and changes to approach in government regulation. As healthcare lawyers committed to our crafts, it is so crucial that we stay up to date on the newest trends in the policy and technology landscape and in the rules that govern the field. And as human beings, we are only as strong as the social communities we maintain, making networking and developing lasting connections an essential aspect of success in our professional lives and in our well-being.

At the ABA Health Law Section’s 25th Annual Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference (EMI), we aim to nurture both the need for ever-expanding knowledge and an ever-expanding network.

We are excited to be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of EMI in The Big Easy, where we know everyone will have a great time. The conference will take place April 3-6, 2024, at the JW Marriott in the French Quarter.

This year’s conference will include speakers from the judiciary, regulatory and enforcement agencies, premier health law firms from around the country, academic centers of excellence, and major health organizations working on the frontlines of our healthcare system. Whether you represent payers, providers, or others, EMI has sessions that should be of interest.

The conference will highlight recent updates in a wide range of aspects of health law practice, including artificial intelligence, health privacy and data concerns, disruptors in healthcare delivery, kickback and anti-fraud issues, reproductive and mental healthcare access, health equity, value-based care, staffing shortages and workforce automation, and legalization and research of scheduled drugs.

The conference will include programming for everyone, from those who are new to practicing health law and are looking for the fundamentals to seasoned health law veterans who are looking for a deep dive into various aspects of health law practice they may not work on regularly.

In addition to the substantive content, we have plenty of fun social events planned during the conference. On Wednesday during EMI, in addition to our traditional Welcome to EMI reception, we will be hosting a “Second Line,” where conference attendees will have the chance to march in our own parade through the bustling streets of the French Quarter. On Thursday night during EMI, there will be a party with karaoke, dancing, and wonderful food and libations. On Friday night, the IPA Task Force Beer Tasting Reception will take place at a nearby brew pub where conference attendees can relax and enjoy a sampling of local brews.

For those who love to move, we will have several fun options. On Thursday morning, the Cancer Legal Advocacy Interest Group will again host our annual cancer fun walk/run to benefit the Health Law Section Program Support 501(c)(3) fund. On Friday morning, we are excited to introduce a yoga class hosted by the Mental Health Substance Use Disorders and Cancer Legal Advocacy Interest Groups. And, of course, Saturday will see the renowned Margarita Cup take place at TPC New Orleans Golf Course. EMI will conclude Saturday night with the Chair’s Reception. As you can see, there truly is something for everyone at EMI.

We are looking forward to a great turnout to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of EMI. If you have not yet registered, there’s still time and we encourage you to do so. We hope to see all of you in New Orleans!

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