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November 25, 2019

Experts to discuss Stark Law, legislative priorities, cannabis, other timely topics at ABA meeting

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2019 — Government officials and health law experts will address a variety of emerging health industry topics during the American Bar Association Washington Health Law Summit on Dec. 9-10.

Kimberly Brandt, principal deputy administrator for operations of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and a nationally recognized expert in health care compliance, fraud and abuse, will deliver the keynote address on proposed changes to the Stark Law on Monday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. ET.

This year, for the first time, two summit sessions will take place on Capitol Hill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, Dec. 9.

  • At 3:30 p.m., Katie Allen, vice president, Federal Affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans; Cynthia Brown, vice president of government affairs, American Medical Association; Patrick Velliky, vice president, Legislation, Federation of American Hospitals; and Marc Schloss, vice president, Federal Government Affairs, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, will share insider knowledge of the policy priorities of their members and offer expertise about the congressional priorities and landscape heading into 2020.
  • At 4:45 p.m., staff members of Congressional offices, including Wintta Woldemariam, policy director, Office of the Majority Whip, will provide insight into the priorities of both political parties and what they hope to achieve at a critical time in healthcare policy.

In addition, Politico’s top health care reporters, Alice Ollstein and Adam Cancryn, will discuss current affairs and what to expect in the next legislative session at a Dec. 9 luncheon at 12:45 p.m.

Washington Health Law SummitSponsored by the ABA Health Law Section

Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 9-10

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

Program highlights include:

“AI is Transforming Healthcare: Tales from the Front Lines” — Learning how artificial intelligence works in health care requires reviewing the use of algorithms and software to approximate human cognition in analyzing complex medical data and decision-making, to better understand how such solutions might be applicable. Panelists will consider deploying AI in clinical settings, including regulatory compliance, coding and reimbursement issues, utilizing the first-ever FDA-authorized autonomous AI medical device as an example. Finally, speakers will discuss policy issues surrounding safe, clinically validated use of AI in health care and explore market responses to these innovations.
Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.

“Cannabis and CBD for Healthcare Attorneys – What You Need to Know” — Conflicting federal and state laws regulating cannabis have resulted in legal contradictions regarding medical and wellness use. Panelists will explore liability concerns, physician perspectives, trends in the industry, and issues that should be considered by attorneys when representing clients in this industry. While hemp-based CBD is no longer listed as a controlled substance, many purveyors of CBD products do so in violation of federal law, most notably FDA regulation. Speakers will discuss the current state of CBD regulation and define legal and illegal activities.
Tuesday, 1:40-2:40 p.m.

“Racism as a Public Health Crisis” — Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement entitled “Racism and its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health,” based on research regarding the effects of deep-rooted racial disparities on the health of children and teens. The panelists will explore the psychological and physiological effects of racism, pediatric health disparities and AAP policy recommendations.
Tuesday, 1:40-2:40 p.m.

“Debrief on Risk Corridor Arguments Before the Supreme Court on Dec. 10, 2019” — On Dec. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up consolidated cases over whether the federal government must pay billions of dollars to health insurers that sold coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges. The Court will consider whether the government had an obligation to pay private health insurers under the named “risk corridor” program established to offset insurer losses in the early years of the ACA exchanges. Although that three-year program has ended, health insurers argue that HHS owes them more than $12 billion in unpaid funds.
Tuesday, 5:15-6 p.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 [email protected].


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