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September 14, 2020

COVID-19 effects on health care delivery to be explored at ABA virtual health law conference

CHICAGO, Sept 14, 2020 — Physicians and their counsel will explore the role of doctors in today’s changing health care environment during the American Bar Association’s virtual Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Conference, Sept. 21-25. 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. 21-25

Alec Alexander, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will deliver a keynote on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 11:45 a.m. CT.

Conference highlights include:

“Adopting Remote Patient Monitoring: Weighing Legal and Practical Concerns” — Use of remote patient monitoring and telehealth has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. What compliance issues are revealed when adopting remote patient monitoring into an established physician’s practice? A panel of experts will examine various legal and practical questions involved in adopting remote patient monitoring, including working with a third-party monitoring company as well as billing, licensure, valuation and privacy concerns.

Monday, 2:15-3:15 p.m. CT

“Digitally Transforming American Healthcare” Artificial Intelligence, telehealth and other new technologies used prior to and developed during the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to dramatically alter the delivery of health care. A panel of experts, including Cook County Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar, will examine the legal, ethical, economic and political implications of this evolution, ranging from digitally augmented to autonomous providers, which are significant and demand a reassessment of current medical licensing, scope of practice, liability, training laws and regulations.

Monday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“Don’t Just Stand There! Ethical Dilemmas in Managing Medical Resource Supply Shortages” — How prepared is your team to make real-life decisions when medical care resources (medications, ventilators, hospital beds) become insufficient to meet demand during a pandemic? Our expert panel will illustrate how the application of health care law and principles of medicine can be ethically administered during a public disaster. In addition, this session will demonstrate how preexisting systemic and structural biases in the health care system can become magnified during the construction of policies that ration health resources.

Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT

“Does Your Patient Understand?: Healthcare Communication in the 21st Century” — Can your organization and physicians communicate effectively with a diverse populace in this era of electronic medical records and emerging health care information technology? Our experts will discuss how medical information technology can aid in assessing patient health literacy and provide tools to bridge possible communication gaps.

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. CT

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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