Overview

UT Law’s 28th Annual Health Law Conference brings together leading in-house attorneys from major hospitals and medical institutions, government officials, as well as legal and financial advisors representing hospitals, healthcare providers and physicians. The conference provides practical and detailed coverage of updates, key issues, strategies and opportunities facing members of the healthcare community including:

  • Wednesday evening pre-conference concurrent sessions—Health Law Fundamentals provides an introduction to health law; and In-House Counsel Issues (limited to in-house counsel only) facilitates active discussion and sharing among in-house panelists and participants.
  • Important healthcare developments from the last year, including regulatory changes and policy initiatives in the Healthcare Year-in-Review; and gain insight on the Operational Impact of Significant Cases.
  • Recent developments affecting managed care, healthcare delivery and innovation waivers in Texas, and hospital operations.
  • Practical advice on physician compensation—achieving compliance and assuring fair market value.
  • A discussion on current enforcement issues and recent actions, including a Stark Update and an update from CMS on the use of Systems Improvement Agreements (SIAs) and tips for hospitals struggling with compliance.
  • Key Labor and Employment Issues in the Healthcare Sector.
  • Multiple networking opportunities including Thursday’s Table Topics luncheon and the Thursday evening reception.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Evening, Apr. 20, 2016
  • PRE–CONFERENCE CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    Please select on registration form. Each session includes a 15-minute break.

  • 6:00 pm
    Registration Opens

  • Health Law Fundamentals
  • 7:00 pm
    2.00 hrs
    Health Law Fundamentals
    An introduction to basic health law with an emphasis on fraud and abuse, managed healthcare and Medicare coverage and reimbursement issues.

    Violet M. Anderson, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX
    Kenneth J. Kramer, Texas Health Resources - Arlington, TX
    Edgar C. Morrison Jr., Jackson Walker L.L.P. - San Antonio, TX

  • 9:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • In-House Counsel Issues (Limited to In-House Counsel ONLY)
  • 7:00 pm
    2.00 hrs
    In-House Counsel Issues
    Limited to in-house counsel only to involve active discussion and sharing among the panelists and participants. Topics include implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health information privacy and security post-Omnibus Rule, physician contracting and compliance concerns, risk management and litigation, and the nature of relationships with outside counsel, including billing.

    Moderator:
    Robert F. Corrigan Jr., Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Deborah Gordon, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX
    D. David Hearne Jr., CHI St. Luke's Health - Houston, TX
    Alexandria H. McCombs, Humana Inc. - Irving, TX
    Andy G. Navarro, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

  • 9:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Apr. 21, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Yvonne K. Puig, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.25 hrs
    Healthcare Year-in-Review
    Hear an entertaining and informative overview of important healthcare developments in the past year, including court decisions, regulatory changes, politics and policy initiatives.

    Jack S. Schroder Jr., Retired, Alston & Bird LLP - Big Canoe, GA

  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Managed Care: Trends in Medicaid and Commercial Partnerships and Reimbursement
    On a daily basis, healthcare providers and plans work on ways to improve the cost, quality and accountability of healthcare in Texas. Consider the recent developments and trends in value-based purchasing and reimbursement, collaborative partnerships between payers and providers, and recent regulatory developments and pressure points on plans and providers.

    Janet Walker Farrer, Ascension Health - Austin, TX
    Leah Stewart, Beatty Bangle Strama, P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    All in the Family: Trends in Hospital, Physician and Payer Consolidation and Alignment Activities
    Explore the current landscape of consolidation among hospitals with other hospitals and hospital systems, physicians and physician groups and payer organizations, and the market and regulatory forces impacting such arrangements.

    Lisa Atlas Genecov, Norton Rose Fulbright - Dallas, TX
    Deborah Gordon, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX
    Joseph Sowell, HCA Holdings, Inc. - Nashville, TN

  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Practical Advice on Physician Compensation: Achieving Compliance and Fair Market Value
    Physician compensation issues such as pay for performance, shared savings and commercial reasonableness all continue to be at the forefront of the changing healthcare landscape. Explore these current issues and gain practical tips on internal compliance and assuring fair market value.

    Jen Johnson, VMG Health - Dallas, TX
    Kevin A. Reed, Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC - Austin, TX
    Gary Kay Ruff, Tenet Healthcare Corporation - Dallas, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Break

  • Thursday Afternoon, Apr. 21, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    David W. Hilgers, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
  • Optional Table Topics Luncheon
    Join a discussion group with conference faculty and fellow registrants. See registration form to select a Table Topic and purchase your ticket for lunch.

  • TOPIC A: Stark and Anti-Kickback Issues
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC A: Stark and Anti-Kickback Issues

  • TOPIC B: HIPAA Challenges
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC B: HIPAA Challenges

  • TOPIC C: Telemedicine
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC C: Telemedicine

  • TOPIC D: Physician/Hospital Relationships
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC D: Physician/Hospital Relationships

  • 1:35 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Cybersecurity
    It seems barely a day goes by without a “cyber breach” headline in the news. Such an event should be of particular concern for health care organizations, with highly complex requirements and sensitive information. Examine the legal, regulatory, and corporate governance issues every health care organization should consider, and how best to prepare for, and remediate, a cybersecurity breach.

    Roger C. Geer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Dallas, TX
    John P. Tomaszewski, Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Houston, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Healthcare Delivery and Innovation Waivers in Texas
    In the wake of healthcare delivery and payment reform, quality and efficiency are prioritized by government and commercial payers. Texas has led the way with delivery reform through the 1115 Medicaid Delivery and Transformation Demonstration Waiver. Hear an overview of the pending continuation of 1115 Waiver application, future possibilities for providers with a state 1332 Innovation Waiver, the status of new provider delivery models and an update on ACA enrollment in Texas.

    Michelle Apodaca, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX
    Rudy Villarreal, Texas Health and Human Services Commission - Austin, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    CMS Update: What is an SIA and How to Keep Your Hospital from Needing One
    Medicare-participating hospitals must comply with the program’s Conditions of Participation. The CMS Dallas Regional Office enforces these Conditions within Texas and surrounding states through on-site surveys and regulatory actions, which can result in terminating a hospital from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Hear a discussion of the current regulatory environment, government expectations and systemic approach to compliance, including CMS’ recent increased use of Systems Improvement Agreements (SIAs) for hospitals struggling with compliance, and tips for hospitals to avoid needing an SIA.

    Hilary H. Young, Joy & Young LLP - Austin, TX
    Dodjie Guioa, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Dallas, TX

  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    False Claims Act Enforcement and Investigations
    In 2015, the government reported a significant number of new False Claims Act (FCA) actions and approximately $3.5 billion in FCA judgments and settlements. It was also a record-breaking year for whistleblower recoveries in non-intervened FCA cases. These high stakes, coupled with the erosion of traditional FCA defenses, the DOJ’s aggressive policies on FCA investigations, more streamlined government intervention decisions, and courts’ acceptance of novel theories of FCA liability, continue to change the landscape for FCA enforcement. Take a closer look at this new age of FCA enforcement and investigations and what that means for the healthcare industry. 

    B. Scott McBride, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX
    Adam Robison, King & Spalding - Houston, TX

  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

  • Networking Reception (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Apr. 22, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Mary M. Bearden, Brown & Fortunato, P.C. - Amarillo, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Operational Impact of Significant Cases
    An in-depth look at key legal developments and significant cases affecting healthcare operations, including credentialing and liability issues that impact hospitals and providers. A comprehensive review of recent decisions affecting the liabilities and duties of healthcare providers is also provided in the written materials.

    Yvonne K. Puig, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Regulatory and Operational Hot Button Issues
    Examine recent key developments in the regulatory and operational area for hospitals and other healthcare providers. Hear practical suggestions for dealing with these changes, including NPDB reporting, CMS Conditions of Participation, credentialing and sharing peer review information within healthcare systems, and telemedicine agreements.

    Joanne P. Hopkins, Law Office of Joanne P. Hopkins - Austin, TX
    Susan F. Monaco, Tenet Healthcare Corporation - Dallas, TX
    Allison D. Shelton, Brown & Fortunato, P.C. - Amarillo, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Stark Update
    A focus on recent regulatory and administrative developments relating to the Stark Law, as well as enforcement actions.

    Donna Schmerin Clark, Baker & Hostetler LLP - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Key Labor and Employment Issues in the Healthcare Sector
    A discussion of evolving employment law issues facing healthcare employers, including new guidance and initiatives by the Department of Labor, social media use and related privacy concerns and National Labor Relations Board enforcement initiatives, the interaction of ADA accommodations and FMLA-driven leave programs, contractor classification complications, and Texas’ new open carry statute. 

    Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Kimberly S. King, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethical Behavior, Legal Ethics, and Professionalism in Negotiations
    The structuring of many deals involves the creation of multiple entities, which in turn raises potential conflicts of interest and litigation issues. Consider the ethical questions arising in multiple entity deals, particularly who is the client, and who owns the privileges.

    Thomas H. Watkins, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
    Commentator:
    Brenda T. Strama, Beatty Bangle Strama, P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 1:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Violet M. Anderson

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Michelle Apodaca

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Donna Schmerin Clark

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Robert F. Corrigan Jr.

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Janet Walker Farrer

Ascension Health
Austin, TX

Roger C. Geer

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dallas, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Norton Rose Fulbright
Dallas, TX

Deborah Gordon

Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX

Dodjie Guioa

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dallas, TX

D. David Hearne Jr.

CHI St. Luke's Health
Houston, TX

Joanne P. Hopkins

Law Office of Joanne P. Hopkins
Austin, TX

Jen Johnson

VMG Health
Dallas, TX

Kimberly S. King

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Kenneth J. Kramer

Texas Health Resources
Arlington, TX

B. Scott McBride

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Alexandria H. McCombs

Humana Inc.
Irving, TX

Susan F. Monaco

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dallas, TX

Edgar C. Morrison Jr.

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
San Antonio, TX

Andy G. Navarro

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Yvonne K. Puig

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Kevin A. Reed

Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
Austin, TX

Adam Robison

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Gary Kay Ruff

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dallas, TX

Jack S. Schroder Jr.

Retired, Alston & Bird LLP
Big Canoe, GA

Allison D. Shelton

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Joseph Sowell

HCA Holdings, Inc.
Nashville, TN

Leah Stewart

Beatty Bangle Strama, P.C.
Austin, TX

Brenda T. Strama

Beatty Bangle Strama, P.C.
Austin, TX

John P. Tomaszewski

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Houston, TX

Rudy Villarreal

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Austin, TX

Thomas H. Watkins

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Hilary H. Young

Joy & Young LLP
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Mary M. Bearden—Co-Chair

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Yvonne K. Puig—Co-Chair

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Violet M. Anderson

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Michelle Apodaca

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Teresa Burroff

Seton Healthcare Family
Austin, TX

Robert F. Corrigan Jr.

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Sheryl T. Dacso

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Houston, TX

Gary W. Eiland

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Norton Rose Fulbright
Dallas, TX

Susan Feigin Harris

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

George B. Hernandez Jr.

University Health System
San Antonio, TX

David W. Hilgers

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Hal S. Katz

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Kenneth J. Kramer

Texas Health Resources
Arlington, TX

Lance Lightfoot

Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

B. Scott McBride

Baker & Hostetler LLP
Houston, TX

Andrew N. Meyercord

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Stuart F. Miller

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Houston, TX

Edgar C. Morrison Jr.

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
San Antonio, TX

Kathy L. Poppitt

King & Spalding
Austin, TX

Kevin A. Reed

Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
Austin, TX

Brenda T. Strama

Beatty Bangle Strama, P.C.
Austin, TX

Stacy E. Wilson

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Kenya S. Woodruff

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
You may claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided in Your Briefcase for your records. The system reports Texas CLE credit every Monday. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You must claim your credit online in Your Briefcase, and will then be provided a Certificate of Attendance for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Houston – Apr 20*, 21-22, 2016 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
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