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August 31, 2023

Current issues in health care delivery to be explored at ABA health law conference

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2023 — 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, Sept. 7-8. Sessions will cover new payment models, compliance issues, enforcement trends, contracting, tips for managing transactions, the implications of new technologies and workplace issues for physicians.

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

Sept. 7-8

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel

Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, former president of the American Medical Association and CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, LTD, will speak on Friday at 8:15 a.m. CDT about the current health care landscape and the pressures on physicians.

Conference highlights include:

“AI in Health Care: Applications, Opportunities & Ethical Considerations” — This session will include an overview of how AI is and can be used in health care, such as by increasing the efficiency of clinicians, improving medical diagnosis and treatment and optimizing human and technical resources. A panel of experts will also identify the main clinical, legal, and ethical risks posed by AI in health care and identify strategies to mitigate these risks.
Thursday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. CDT

“Ethical Embrace of Bias to Tackle Health Care Disparities” — Health care disparities are opportunities for constructive and valuable healthcare systems change. Artificial Intelligence bias and limited broadband access have surfaced as systemic problems. Leadership and professional bias can either deepen the problems or enhance solutions to those problems. A panel of experts will discuss bias as a leadership skill, the promotion of diversity as a professional responsibility and methods for attacking health care disparities.
Thursday, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  CDT

“Legal Landscape of Protections for Providers of Reproductive Health Care” — An expert panel will address state abortion laws that protect abortion providers, providing an assessment of the enforceability of these laws and the effect of conflicts between various state laws. They will also analyze the outer bounds of these laws, feasibility of implementation, health care access, interstate cooperation, malpractice and medical licensing.
Friday, 9-9:45 a.m. CDT

“Reclaiming Physician Wellness: Burnout and Solutions in Law and Practice” — More than 50% of doctors report burnout, including from the pandemic, workplace violence, provider shortages and administrative burdens. When clinicians are afraid to seek the care they need, they may be unable to work due to depression or burnout. Some abuse substances; some leave medicine. A panel of experts will discuss these issues, the current legal barriers and impact on health care and the solutions to help tackle this crisis.
Friday, 10-10:45 a.m. CDT

“Data Connections with Patients: Risks to Providers and Networks” — The increased use of health and wellness programs and apps to monitor and interact with patients, particularly in value-based and other risk-based alternative payment arrangements, adds significant obligations on physicians, provider organizations, integrated networks and others to protect patient data from inappropriate use and disclosure. A panel of experts will review cybersecurity and data privacy risks associated with such patient interaction tools and review steps to better ensure that appropriate policies and safeguards are in place.
Friday, 2:55-3:55 p.m. CDT

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

For media credentialing and registration, 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.


The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.