Overview

UT Law CLE's 31st 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, current issues, and key strategies and opportunities facing members of the healthcare community. This year’s program includes:

  • Discussion of Emerging Trends in Healthcare and the 2019 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape.
  • Examination of recent healthcare developments, including regulatory changes and policy initiatives in the Healthcare Year-in-Review and insight into the Operational Impact of Significant Cases.
  • Practical guidance on payment challenges, and strategies for avoiding payment disputes.
  • Exploration of Healthcare Transactions, including the role of private equity in the short and long term.
  • Discussion of hot topics including Blockchain, Medical Records, and The Opioid Crisis.
  • Multiple networking opportunities including Wednesday’s pre-conference sessions, Thursday’s Table Topics luncheon, and the Thursday evening reception.
Attendees will also receive a bonus eSupplement following the conference so they can meet their full Texas MCLE requirement with one registration.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Evening, Mar. 27, 2019
  • 6:00 pm
    Registration Opens

    Includes light refreshments.
  • PRE-CONFERENCE CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    Please select on registration form. Each session includes a 15-minute break.
  • Health Law Fundamentals
  • 7:00 pm
    2.00 hrs
    Health Law Fundamentals

    Violet M. Anderson, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX
    Kenneth J. Kramer, Texas Health Resources - Arlington, TX
    Kristin M. Roshelli, King & Spalding - Houston, TX

    Explore the basics of health law, with an emphasis on fraud and abuse (including the Stark law and the federal anti-kickback statute), managed healthcare, HIPAA, and Medicare coverage and reimbursement issues.
  • 9:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • "Deeper Dives": Health Law and Compliance Essentials
    Presiding Officer:
    Yvonne K. Puig, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
  • 7:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Update and Examples

    Donna S. Clark, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Houston, TX
    Donald H. Romano, Foley & Lardner LLP - Washington, DC

    Get updated on the regulatory, administrative, case law, and enforcement actions related to the Stark and anti-kickback laws, and review examples of arrangements attracting scrutiny by the enforcement agencies.
  • 8:00 pm
    Break

  • 8:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    State of Transition: A Look at the Movement to Value in 2019

    Janet Walker, Ascension - Austin, TX
    Jeff Wurzburg, Norton Rose Fulbright - San Antonio, TX

    Review the state of the movement to value, including a look at alternative pricing arrangements involving professional and institutional providers. Examine the state of payment reform and recent CMS efforts to reinforce the shift to value. Discuss the use and application of data in developing pricing and payment structures.
  • 9:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • In‐House Counsel Issues (Limited to In-House Counsel ONLY)
  • 7:00 pm
    2.00 hrs
    In-House Counsel Issues

    Moderator:
    Lance Lightfoot, Texas Children's Hospital - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Tracie Bedeaux, Tenet Healthcare Corporation - Dallas, TX
    David Ellenbogen, Baylor Scott & White Health - Austin, TX
    W. Christopher Shea, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX
    Stephen G. Wohleb, Texas Hospital Association - Austin, TX

    Limited to in-house counsel only. Participate in an active discussion and sharing among panelists and participants. Hear about hot topics for in-house counsel, including updates on state and federal legislation, healthcare transactions, payment and reimbursement issues, and privacy regulation and enforcement. 
  • 9:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Want to attend more than one Pre-Conference Session on Wednesday Evening? No problem!

    Conference registration includes all of the course materials for the Health Law Fundamentals and "Deeper Dives": Health Law and Compliance Essentials presentations. In addition, the eConference—including papers, slides, audio and CLE credit for these presentations—will be available in "Your Briefcase" within 4–6 weeks after the conference. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Course materials and audio recordings for the In-House Counsel Issues panel are not included. Registration is limited to in-house counsel only who attend the live presentation.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Mar. 28, 2019
    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
    0.75 hr
    ​Top Health Industry Issues of 2019: New Health Economy Comes of Age

    Benjamin Isgur, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Dallas, TX

    The US healthcare industry has often lagged other industries (like tech, retail, hospitality) when it comes to modernizing. Once thought to operate outside the greater US economy, the healthcare industry—and its byzantine payment system, complicated regulatory barriers and reliance on face-to-face interactions—is being disrupted. Finally, there’s robust evidence that new economic realities are kicking into gear.
  • 9:15 am
    1.25 hrs
    Healthcare Year in Review

    Darby C. Allen, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Seattle, WA
    Robert G. Homchick, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Seattle, WA

    Hear an informative and entertaining overview of important healthcare developments in the past year, including policy initiatives, regulatory changes, and court decisions.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    2019 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape

    Moderator:
    Freddy Warner, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Tom Banning, Texas Academy of Family Physicians - Austin, TX
    Stephen G. Wohleb, Texas Hospital Association - Austin, TX

    Discuss how the 2018 elections and new House speakers have reshaped the state and federal legislative branches, significant legislation making its way through the 86th Texas Legislature, and legislative priorities and initiatives of the 116th U.S. Congress.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Health Plans, Providers, and Current Payment Issues

    Moderator:
    Leah Stewart, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Jonathan M. Herman, Herman Law Firm - Dallas, TX
    Christian K. Puff, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Examine payment issues and challenges between healthcare providers and health plans, and outline practical strategies for avoiding and (when necessary) resolving or mitigating these payment and dispute issues with both litigation and in-house perspectives and expertise. Explore common sources of payment disputes, including high-cost and chargemaster reimbursement issues, payment disputes in the context of both plan and provider mergers and acquisitions, and patient cost-sharing issues.
  • 12:15 pm
    Break

  • Thursday Afternoon, Mar. 28, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Kevin A. Reed, Reed Claymon Meeker & Hargett, PLLC - Austin, TX
  • Optional Table Topics Luncheon

    Join a discussion group with conference faculty and fellow registrants. Please select a Table Topic on the registration form to attend ($40 additional charge).
  • TOPIC A: Stark and Anti-Kickback
  • 12:35 pm
    TOPIC A: Stark and Anti-Kickback

  • TOPIC B: Physician and Hospital Relationships
  • 12:35 pm
    TOPIC B: Physician and Hospital Relationships

  • TOPIC C: Payor Issues and Payor Hot Topics (or HIPAA)
  • 12:35 pm
    TOPIC C: Payor Issues and Payor Hot Topics (or HIPAA)

  • TOPIC D: Tips and Trends in Operations
  • 12:35 pm
    TOPIC D: Tips and Trends in Operations

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    Operational Impact of Significant Cases

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

    Take an in‐depth look at key legal developments and significant cases affecting healthcare operations, including credentialing and liability issues that impact hospitals and providers. Receive a comprehensive review of recent decisions affecting the liabilities and duties of healthcare providers in the written materials.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Reimbursement Changes and the Modern-Day Physician Practice

    Moderator:
    Kenya S. Woodruff, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Patricia Kroken, Kroken Consulting, LLC - Albuquerque, NM
    Jim Walton, Genesis Physicians Group - Dallas, TX

    Hear a discussion on physician responses to changes in reimbursement methodologies and payor relationships. Explore the ways physician groups are transforming themselves through IPAs, ACOs, and partnerships with practice management companies. Analyze the pros and cons of those choices and how physicians might best position themselves for the future.
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Labor and Employment Issues in the Healthcare Industry

    Kimberly King Webb, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

    The healthcare industry faces unique challenges as an employer. From whistleblower lawsuits to disruptive behavior in a healthcare workplace, get practical tips for addressing these potential landmines.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Digital Health and Telehealth

    René Quashie, Consumer Technology Association - Alexandria, VA
    Julian L. Rivera, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

    Amidst a continued increase in connectivity—from the internet of things to remote diagnoses—developments in technology regularly bring change to the healthcare industry. Explore how technological innovations continue to disrupt traditional practices, and discuss the benefits and risks technology brings.
  • 5:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Enforcement Trends Across the Healthcare Industry

    Moderator:
    B. Scott McBride, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    George W. (Bill) Morrison, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Jill O. Venezia, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    Criminal and administrative cases are still making creative use of new theories and trends, and the investigation and litigation of healthcare fraud cases continue across all sectors of the industry. Hear an overview of the latest trends in enforcement, and analyze what the new theories and trends mean for 2019 and beyond.
  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn

  • Networking Reception (5:45 p.m. - 6:45 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, Mar. 29, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Kathy L. Poppitt, King & Spalding - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Affiliations, Sales, and Conversions Among Non-Profit and For-Profit Healthcare Organizations

    Moderator:
    Lisa Atlas Genecov, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Jerry A. Bell Jr., Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
    Daphne Walker, United Surgical Partners - Addison, TX

    Examine the corporate, regulatory, tax and other considerations involved in transactions among various non-profit and for-profit healthcare entities, including State Attorney General approvals, the role of private equity, and recent transactions.
  • 9:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Operational Hot Button Issues

    Moderator:
    Kathy L. Poppitt, King & Spalding - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    D. Cameron Duncan III, Texas Hospital Association - Austin, TX
    Joanne P. Hopkins, Law Office of Joanne P. Hopkins - Austin, TX

    Take a break from the business side to explore some exciting (and frequently maddening) health law operational issues and developments for hospitals and other healthcare entities. Hear an interactive presentation with updates, practical tips and guidance on in-facility DNRs, medical staff and credentialing issues including ACOs, responding to immigration enforcement officers in the facility, changes in payments for out-of-network services, HIPAA and other topics.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    The Opioid Crisis

    Beth Anne Jackson, Brown & Fortunato, P.C. - Amarillo, TX
    Patrick K. Sweeten, Office of the Texas Attorney General - Austin, TX

    Explore the role of regulatory forces in the evolution of the opioid crisis and hear the latest on national and state opioid enforcement efforts including State of Texas v. Purdue Pharma.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Blockchain: A Primer

    John P. Tomaszewski, Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Houston, TX

    Distributed Ledger Technology (aka Blockchain) is a new way to manage trust in a distributed network. But what does that really mean? Look at the basics of Blockchain, how it works, why it can be trusted, and what some of its applications can be in the healthcare space. Gain a basic understanding on the trust model which uses Distributed Ledger Technology, as well as some ideas on how this technology and its trust model can be a way to improve the delivery of healthcare.
  • 12:15 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Wellness and Well-Being: Ethical and Professionalism Implications

    Andrew Demetriou, Lamb & Kawakami LLP - Los Angeles, CA

    Identify current life challenges facing lawyers, the professional responsibility and professionalism issues raised by lawyer impairment, and current efforts by the organized bar and legal employers to address issues of lawyer wellness and well-being.
  • 1:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Darby C. Allen

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Seattle, WA

Violet M. Anderson

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Tom Banning

Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Austin, TX

Tracie Bedeaux

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dallas, TX

Jerry A. Bell Jr.

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Donna S. Clark

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

Andrew Demetriou

Lamb & Kawakami LLP
Los Angeles, CA

D. Cameron Duncan III

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

David Ellenbogen

Baylor Scott & White Health
Austin, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Jonathan M. Herman

Herman Law Firm
Dallas, TX

Robert G. Homchick

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Seattle, WA

Joanne P. Hopkins

Law Office of Joanne P. Hopkins
Austin, TX

Benjamin Isgur

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Dallas, TX

Beth Anne Jackson

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Kimberly King Webb

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Kenneth J. Kramer

Texas Health Resources
Arlington, TX

Patricia Kroken

Kroken Consulting, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

Lance Lightfoot

Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

B. Scott McBride

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

George W. (Bill) Morrison

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Kathy L. Poppitt

King & Spalding
Austin, TX

Christian K. Puff

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Yvonne K. Puig

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

René Quashie

Consumer Technology Association
Alexandria, VA

Julian L. Rivera

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Donald H. Romano

Foley & Lardner LLP
Washington, DC

Kristin M. Roshelli

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

W. Christopher Shea

Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX

Leah Stewart

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Austin, TX

Patrick K. Sweeten

Office of the Texas Attorney General
Austin, TX

John P. Tomaszewski

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Houston, TX

Jill O. Venezia

U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Daphne Walker

United Surgical Partners
Addison, TX

Janet Walker

Ascension
Austin, TX

Jim Walton

Genesis Physicians Group
Dallas, TX

Freddy Warner

Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX

Stephen G. Wohleb

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Kenya S. Woodruff

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Jeff Wurzburg

Norton Rose Fulbright
San Antonio, TX

Planning Committee

Kathy L. Poppitt—Co-Chair

King & Spalding
Austin, TX

Yvonne K. Puig—Co-Chair

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Michelle Apodaca

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Austin, TX

Sheryl T. Dacso

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Houston, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Beth Anne Jackson

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Lance Lightfoot

Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

B. Scott McBride

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

Virginia Alverson Mimmack

Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX

Kevin A. Reed

Reed Claymon Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
Austin, TX

Kristin M. Roshelli

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Leah Stewart

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Austin, TX

Stephen G. Wohleb

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Kenya S. Woodruff

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
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 will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive the Pennsylvania CLE Board Credit Request Form and approval documentation to self-report credit directly to the Pennsylvania CLE Board. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
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 – Mar 27-29, 2019 – Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
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$172 room rate good through March 6, 2019 (subject to availability). Please refer to the UT Law Health Law Conference when you call the reservations department. 

Parking Information

$10 daily self-parking; $16 overnight self-parking; $16 valet daily parking; $25 valet overnight  

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