November 30, 2018

Experts to discuss regulatory changes, opioid crisis, other timely topics at ABA meeting

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2018 — Government officials and health law experts, including Gregory Demske, chief counsel to the inspector general, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.; and his colleagues Robert DeConti and Lisa Re, both assistant inspectors general for legal affairs; and Megan Tinker, senior advisor for legal affairs will address a variety of emerging health industry topics during the American Bar Association Washington Health Law Summit on Dec. 10-11.

Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, president, American Medical Association, will deliver the keynote address on “Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for Private Practice,” and explore shifting trends in physician employment on Monday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m.

In addition, Politico’s top health care reporters, Dan Diamond and Paul Demko, will discuss current affairs and what to expect in the next legislative session at a Dec. 10 luncheon at 12:45 p.m.

Washington Health Law Summit
Sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section

Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 10-11

The Ritz-Carlton Washington
1150 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Program highlights include:

“Pricing Transparency: What Does It Mean and Where Is It Headed” — Pricing transparency has become one of the hot discussion topics in health care. But what does it really mean, and is the discussion truly limited to transparency in pricing, or is it a precursor to price controls? A panel of experts will discuss the various meanings of “price transparency,” legislative alternatives to address transparency and the implications of the alternatives.

Monday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Combating the Opioid Crisis: Getting Telemedicine to Help” — This presentation will address the opioid epidemic and policy efforts to combat it, including the role telemedicine can play in this public health emergency. This panel will discuss federal legal issues in this area, including the SUPPORT Patients and Communities Act, as well as the Ryan Haight Act, which has long prohibited prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine except in certain situations. They will also discuss approaches in states that have relaxed their restrictions on prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine, such as Connecticut and Illinois, and whether such changes are actually making it easier for providers to treat patients suffering with substance-use disorder.

Monday, 2-3 p.m.

“Past is Prologue: Medicaid and New Approaches to Social Determinants of Health” — Health care and social services are expected to account for 38 percent of state budgets by 2025, causing an increasing strain on economic forecasts. Heading into 2019, payers, providers and policymakers are focusing more than ever on social determinants of health. Yet Medicaid

has a history of addressing social determinants to reduce costs and improve health outcomes. Delivery system reform, Medicaid work and community engagement requirements, Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits and provider initiatives are recent examples of different approaches to addressing social determinants of health. Caroline Farrell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, CMS Division,

Washington, D.C., will examine Medicaid’s traditional focus on social determinants and on regulatory and legal issues surrounding these new approaches.

Monday, 2-3 p.m.

“With So Much ACA Uncertainty, What’s a State to Do?” — Legislative attempts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act have stalled in Congress, but since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, the ACA has been targeted for changes. State regulators’ actions to respond to the shifting policy landscape have taken on more focus and impact. Many states have been working tirelessly to keep private insurers in their state, ameliorate the effects of rising premiums, ensure continuous coverage to individuals who need it the most and maintain the insurance coverage gained in Medicaid expansion, if adopted. A panel of experts, including Colleen (Candy) Gallaher, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington, D.C., and Matt Salo, National Association of Medicaid Directors, Washington, D.C., will discuss state-level actions to keep the ACA and Medicaid markets operating and the future of the ACA’s coverage expansion.

Tuesday, 8:45-9:45 a.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Priscilla Totten at

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