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September 12, 2019

Senators Bill Cassidy and Dick Durbin to speak at ABA health conference in Chicago

CHICAGO, Sept 12, 2019 — Physicians and their counsel will explore the role of doctors in today’s changing health care environment during the American Bar Association’s Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Conference, today through Saturday in Chicago. Conference attendees will learn practical advice on new payment models, compliance issues, enforcement trends, telemedicine and other legal issues.

Physicians Legal Issues Conference Sponsored by the
ABA Health Law Section and the Chicago Medical Society

Sept 12-14

InterContinental Hotel
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

On Friday at 10:30 a.m., Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.) will speak on improving health care by strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will speak at noon during the luncheon on the new Food and Drug Administration ban on flavored vaping devices.

Conference highlights include:

“Government Enforcement & Compliance: Inside Perspectives and Updates” — Top government officials share first-hand insight about collaboration between federal enforcement and regulatory agencies to investigate health care fraud and compliance matters, and discuss emerging hot topics, agency priorities, and the latest regulatory and enforcement trends. Speakers include Alec Alexander, deputy administrator and director, Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, D.C.; Joseph Beemsterboer, chief, Health care Fraud Unit, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; Gary Cantrell, deputy inspector general for Investigations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Washington, D.C.

Friday, 8-9:15 a.m.

“Working Together to Help Physicians & Patients Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic” Dr. Willanda Edwards and Daniel Blaney-Koen of the AMA will discuss how the opioid epidemic has impacted the practice of medicine and care delivery and how laws and other policies implemented to battle the crisis have created tangible and unintended consequences on physicians, other healthcare providers, and their patients.

Friday, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found here.

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

The Health Law Section is the voice of the national health law bar within the ABA. Its nearly 9,500 members from across the United States represent clients in all segments of the health care industry, including physicians, hospitals and other institutional providers, teaching and research organizations, managed care organizations and other third-party payers, pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers.


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