University of Texas School of Law
31st Annual
Health Law Conference
Houston Mar 27-29, 2019 Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
$625 Individual  |  $675 after Mar 20
SPONSORS
Baker Donelson
Bracewell
Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Haynes & Boone LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
King & Spalding
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright
Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

2/21/19
Schedule

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

8:00 pm
Break

8:15 pm

1.00 hr

State of Transition: A Look at the Movement to Value in 2019

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Benjamin Isgur, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Dallas, TX

9:15 am

1.25 hrs

Healthcare Year in Review

Hear an informative and entertaining overview of important healthcare developments in the past year, including policy initiatives, regulatory changes, and court decisions.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

2019 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape

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.

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

11:30 am

0.75 hr

Health Plans, Providers, and Current Payment Issues

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.

Moderator:
Leah Stewart, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School - Austin, TX
Panelists:
Meredith D. Duncan, Aetna - Austin, TX
Christian K. Puff, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. - Dallas, TX

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

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.

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

2:30 pm

0.75 hr

Reimbursement Changes and the Modern-Day Physician Practice

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.

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

3:15 pm
Break

3:30 pm

0.75 hr

Labor and Employment Issues in the Healthcare Industry

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.

Kimberly King Webb, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

4:15 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Digital Health and Telehealth

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.

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

5:00 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Enforcement Trends Across the Heathcare Industry

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

9:30 am

1.00 hr

Operational Hot Button Issues

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

The Opioid Crisis

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.

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

11:30 am

0.75 hr

Blockchain: A Primer

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.

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

12:15 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Wellness and Well-Being: Ethical and Professionalism Implications

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.

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

1:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

Faculty

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
Meredith D. Duncan
Aetna
Austin, TX
David Ellenbogen
Baylor Scott & White Health
Austin, TX
Lisa Atlas Genecov
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
12.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Administrative Law, Health Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
12.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Louisiana
12.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Oklahoma
14.50 hrs  |  2.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Pennsylvania
12.00 hrs  |  1.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Other States
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

TX Accounting CPE
14.50 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Mar 20, 2019
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Mar 22, 2019
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Mar 25, 2019
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027-3502
713.627.7600
855.463.3091 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$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  

UT Law CLE

2019 Health Law Conference

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