Overview

UT Law CLE's 32nd Annual Health Law Conference virtually 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:
 

  • Insight into the Ethical and Policy Considerations in COVID-19 from Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, MD.
  • Discussion of Top Health Industry Issues of 2021 and the 2021 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape.
  • Examination of recent healthcare developments, including regulatory changes and surprise billing legislation in the Emerging Issues in Managed Care and insight into the Operational Impact of Significant Cases.
  • Exploration of Getting Deals Done During the Pandemic and Beyond, including the impact of the pandemic and how transaction deal terms have adapted to the market.
  • Practical considerations for employers in Take Your Best Shot, for monitoring mandatory and voluntary vaccinations of employees.
  • Discussion of hot topics including Vaccine DevelopmentPandemic Relief Dollars, and Operational Issues for Hospitals and Physicians.
Following the webcast, attendees will receive a free, on-demand eSupplement that will bring their total available hours to 15.00, including 3.00 hours of ethics.

Event Schedule

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

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Morning, Apr. 7, 2021
    Presiding Officer:
    Kathy L. Poppitt, King & Spalding - Austin, TX
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    2021 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape
    Discuss how the 2020 elections and new House speakers have reshaped the state and federal legislative branches, significant legislation making its way through the 87th Texas Legislature, and legislative priorities and initiatives of the 117th U.S. Congress.

    Moderator:
    Michelle "Missy" Apodaca, Apodaca Advocacy Group, LLC - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Allison Kassir, King & Spalding - Washington, DC
    Freddy Warner, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX

  • 9:15 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 9:25 am
    1.00 hr
    Operational Impact of Significant Cases
    Take an in‐depth look at the key legal developments and significant cases affecting healthcare operations, including credentialing and liability issues, that impact health systems and other providers. The written materials represent a comprehensive annual survey of noteworthy cases from around the country.

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

  • 10:25 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 10:35 am
    0.75 hr
    Top Health Industry Issues of 2021: Will a Shocked System Emerge Stronger?
    PwC’s Health Research Institute examines the top health industry issues of 2021 including virtual health, clinical trial disruption, M&A, resilient supply chains, and interoperability.

    Benjamin Isgur, PwC Health Research Institute - Dallas, TX

  • 11:20 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Pandemic Relief Dollars: To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected
    Hear an overview of the various pandemic relief funding bills, including the version of the CARES Act and discuss the variety of funding pools, attestation requirements, loan repayments, waivers, and frequently asked question guidance issued from government agencies associated with COVID-19 relief funding.

    Susan Feigin Harris, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Houston, TX
    Kenya S. Woodruff, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 12:25 pm
    0.75 hr
    Emerging Issues in Managed Care
    Examine the most recent regulatory updates in the shift to value in managed care from legal, business, and operational perspectives, including the impact of COVID-19 on value-based arrangements, updates related to surprise billing legislation, and price transparency. Explore changes pertinent to Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, and the commercial markets.

    Michael McMillan, Ascension - St. Louis, MO
    Janet Walker, Ascension - St. Louis, MO
    Jeff Wurzburg, Norton Rose Fulbright - San Antonio, TX

  • 1:05 pm
    Adjourn

  • Wednesday Evening, Apr. 7, 2021
  • SPECIAL NOTICE: Wednesday Evening Sessions
    Webcast registration includes all of the course materials for the Health Law Fundamentals presentation. This presentation will be pre-recorded and the video will be made available in “Your Briefcase” on the first day of the conference.
     
    PLEASE NOTE: Course materials and access to the Zoom platform for the In-House Counsel Issues panel are not included. Registration is limited to in-house counsel only.

  • Health Law Fundamentals (not available in a live format, but included with webcast registration)
  • 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

  • In-House Counsel Issues (Limited to in-house counsel only)
  • 6:00 pm
    2.00 hrs
    In-House Counsel Issues
    Limited to in-house counsel only (to be conducted on Zoom platform). Participate in an interactive discussion and sharing among panelists and participants. Hear about hot topics for in-house counsel, including updates on state and federal legislation, legal operational matters, healthcare transactions, and health law regulatory and enforcement matters.

    Moderator:
    Lance Lightfoot, Texas Children's Hospital - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Lisa M. Frenkel, Children's Health - Dallas, TX
    Susan F. Monaco, Tenet Healthcare Corporation - Dallas, TX
    W. Christopher Shea, Memorial Hermann Health System - Houston, TX
    Stephen G. (Steve) Wohleb, Texas Hospital Association - Austin, TX

  • 8:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Apr. 8, 2021
    Presiding Officer:
    Kenya S. Woodruff, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Dallas, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Vaccine Development / Emergency Use Authorization
    An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Analyze the FDA requirements for submitting an EUA for vaccines, the challenges and concerns when submitting an EUA application, and the provider’s role in addressing the public fear and distrust that accompany vaccines and treatments that have come to the market through the EUA process.

    Norman W. Baylor, Biologics Consulting - New Alexandria, VA
    Bethsheba Johnson, Gilead Sciences, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Wayne Matelski, Arent Fox - Washington, DC

  • 9:15 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 9:25 am
    1.00 hr
    Operational Issues for Hospitals and Physicians
    Operational issues for small community hospitals, including, but not limited to lab management agreements, recent cuts to Title X national family planning network, Cook Children's Hospital litigation regarding advance directives, CRNA Attorney General Opinions request on delegation, and other relevant issues.

    Moderator:
    Kathy L. Poppitt, King & Spalding - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Trent Krienke, Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC - Austin, TX
    Sara Thomas, Harris County Attorney's Office, Harris Health System - Houston, TX

  • 10:25 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 10:35 am
    0.75 hr
    Getting Deals Done During the Pandemic and Beyond: The Influence of COVID-19 and New Players in the Market for Healthcare Transactions
    Explore how healthcare transactions have been impacted by the pandemic, how transaction deal terms have adapted to the market, and what the transactional landscape may look like post-COVID-19. Discussion includes health system transactions and physician practice acquisitions.

    Lisa Atlas Genecov, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Dallas, TX
    Jane Jordan, Beaumont Health - Southfield, MI
    Lane Wood, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

  • 11:20 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    What Does a Big Telehealth Consolidation Teach Us about Telehealth Transactions and Law?
    UpHealth Holdings, Inc. recently announced its impending merger with GigCapital2, Inc, a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company). This transaction involved the acquisition by UpHealth of five operating companies, one of which was the cross-border acquisition of an Indian target, and several involved extensive healthcare licensing and regulatory complexities. This transaction is an example of the consolidation occurring in the healthcare industry. This panel will discuss legal issues unique to telehealth in the start-up and emerging growth company space.

    Moderator:
    Julian L. Rivera, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Kate Bechen, Husch Blackwell LLP - Milwaukee, WI
    Virginia Alverson Mimmack, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Adjourn to Optional Table Topic Breakout Discussions

  • Thursday Afternoon, Apr. 8, 2021
  • Optional Table Topic Breakout Discussions (from 12:50 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.)
    Join fellow registrants and conference faculty for informal networking and discussions in key areas of the healthcare practice area. Please select a Table Topic on the registration form to attend.

  • TOPIC A: Stark/Anti-Kickbacks
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC A: Stark/Anti-Kickbacks
    Discussion focuses on new regulations established in December 2020.

  • TOPIC B: Dealing with COVID-19 in the Workplace
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC B: Dealing with COVID-19 in the Workplace
    Discussion focuses on employee testing and vaccine requirements.

  • TOPIC C: COVID-19 Fallout
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC C: COVID-19 Fallout
    Discussion focuses on financial and risk considerations.

  • TOPIC D: Current Operational Issues
  • 12:50 pm
    TOPIC D: Current Operational Issues
    Discussion focuses on the trends and tips.

  • 1:35 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Apr. 9, 2021
    Presiding Officer:
    Yvonne K. Puig, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Take Your Best Shot: What Employers Should Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
    A comprehensive overview on the employment law and practical considerations surrounding mandatory and voluntary vaccinations of employees.

    Stacey Cho Hernandez, Carter Arnett PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Kimberly King Webb, CHRISTUS Health - Irving, TX

  • 9:15 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:20 am
    0.75 hr
    Enforcement Trends Across the Healthcare Industry
    The federal government and various states continue to investigate and litigate healthcare fraud cases 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 2021 and beyond.

    Wilson G. Jones, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX
    B. Scott McBride, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Houston, TX

  • 10:05 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:10 am
    0.75 hr
    Future of Financing of Medicaid 1115 Waivers
    Under the two previous presidential administrations, the state of Texas’s supplemental payment programs has been subjected to increased scrutiny, new payment methodologies have been established (such as the UHRIP program, and LPPFs), and in recent weeks, CMS renewed the state’s 1115 Waiver for 10 years. The panel provides an update from both the federal and state perspective, as well as giving their opinions regarding the future of these critical funding programs.

    John Hawkins, Texas Hospital Association - Austin, TX
    Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr., Ascension - Austin, TX
    Carlos Zaffirini Jr., AHCV - Austin, TX

  • 10:55 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethical and Policy Considerations in COVID-19: Challenges Over the Course of a Pandemic and Looking Ahead to our Post-COVID Future
    Explore some of the range of ethical and policy issues faced over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, from early creation and plans for implementation of frameworks for allocation of scarce resources, to considerations regarding the use of digital tools for tracking and contact tracing by governments, institutions, and businesses, and vaccine development and prioritization. Look ahead at the issues faced as communities and societies emerge out of pandemic response.  

    Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics - Baltimore, MD

  • 12:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Violet M. Anderson

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Michelle "Missy" Apodaca

Apodaca Advocacy Group, LLC
Dallas, TX

Norman W. Baylor

Biologics Consulting
New Alexandria, VA

Kate Bechen

Husch Blackwell LLP
Milwaukee, WI

Lisa M. Frenkel

Children's Health
Dallas, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Susan Feigin Harris

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

John Hawkins

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Stacey Cho Hernandez

Carter Arnett PLLC
Dallas, TX

Benjamin Isgur

PwC Health Research Institute
Dallas, TX

Bethsheba Johnson

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Houston, TX

Wilson G. Jones

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Jane Jordan

Beaumont Health
Southfield, MI

Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Baltimore, MD

Allison Kassir

King & Spalding
Washington, DC

Kimberly King Webb

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Kenneth J. Kramer

Texas Health Resources
Arlington, TX

Trent Krienke

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

Lance Lightfoot

Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

Wayne Matelski

Arent Fox
Washington, DC

B. Scott McBride

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

Michael McMillan

Ascension
St. Louis, MO

Virginia Alverson Mimmack

Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX

Susan F. Monaco

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dallas, TX

Kathy L. Poppitt

King & Spalding
Austin, TX

Yvonne K. Puig

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Julian L. Rivera

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr.

Ascension
Austin, TX

Kristin M. Roshelli

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

W. Christopher Shea

Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX

Sara Thomas

Harris County Attorney's Office, Harris Health System
Houston, TX

Janet Walker

Ascension
St. Louis, MO

Freddy Warner

Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX

Stephen G. (Steve) Wohleb

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Lane Wood

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Kenya S. Woodruff

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Jeff Wurzburg

Norton Rose Fulbright
San Antonio, TX

Carlos Zaffirini Jr.

AHCV
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Kathy L. Poppitt—Co-Chair

King & Spalding
Austin, TX

Yvonne K. Puig—Co-Chair

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Michelle "Missy" Apodaca

Apodaca Advocacy Group, LLC
Dallas, TX

Sheryl T. Dacso

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Houston, TX

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Susan Feigin Harris

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

Jennifer Rebecca Henderson

Driscoll Children's Hospital
Corpus Christi, TX

George B. Hernandez Jr.

University Health System
San Antonio, TX

Beth Anne Jackson

Brown & Fortunato, P.C.
Amarillo, TX

Carolynn R. Jones

Harris Health System
Houston, TX

Wilson G. Jones

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Hal Katz

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Kimberly King Webb

CHRISTUS Health
Irving, TX

Lance Lightfoot

Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

B. Scott McBride

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Houston, TX

Stuart F. Miller

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C
Houston, TX

Virginia Alverson Mimmack

Jackson Walker LLP
Dallas, TX

Susan F. Monaco

Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dallas, TX

Jennifer L. Rangel

Holland & Knight LLP
Austin, TX

Kevin A. Reed

Reed Claymon Meeker & Hargett, PLLC
Austin, TX

Julian L. Rivera

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Kristin M. Roshelli

King & Spalding
Houston, TX

Brenda T. Strama

Beatty Navarre Strama PC
Austin, TX

Janet Walker

Ascension
St. Louis, MO

Stephen G. (Steve) Wohleb

Texas Hospital Association
Austin, TX

Kenya S. Woodruff

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
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To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
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This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
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This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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