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Session 1: Basic Joint Operating Agreements in Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law - Discuss the purposes for a Joint Operating Agreement, its basic structure and issues that arise in its interpretation.
Session 2: Drilling Contracts and Master Services Agreements - Drilling contracts and service contracts are the most common agreements involved in oilfield operations and risk allocation issues. Focus on getting the right indemnity and insurance provisions for your company and avoiding potential pitfalls involving enforceability and indemnity structure. Learn about specific concerns relating to use of the IADC Onshore Drilling Contract form.
Session 3: Update on Surface Use Agreements and Disputes - With the continuing expansion of the traditional and alternative energy sectors in Texas, surface use agreements must be carefully drafted in order to balance conflicting surface uses of the same property. Hear practical guidance for negotiating agreements and navigating disputes over shared use, including an update on recent cases affecting surface disputes.
Session 4: LNG Commercial Models and Challenges Update - Hear an overview of various LNG commercial models offered by first and second wave U.S. LNG export projects. Cover how the choice of project structure may affect the commercial model and marketing efforts.
Session 5: Hedging Oil and Gas Production - An introduction to managing risks associated with the sale of oil and gas production. Examine the benefits and mechanics of hedging, commonly used hedging contracts, and practical considerations impacting hedging transactions.
Session 6: LIBOR and Letters of Intent - Market trends and issues regarding the replacement of LIBOR in transactional documentation and ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ or ‘best practices’ for the drafting of the document that typically is the precursor to any significant transaction – the letter of intent.
Session 7: The Digital Fin-Tech Revolution Continues - Listen to a discussion about how gas and power companies, and their lenders, compete and comply with cyber-security concerns. Review concerns including blockchain applications, smart contracts, virtual currency, new data privacy standards (e.g., EU’s GDPR), and fin-tech architects collaborating with regulators to provide “regulatory nodes” to give the government windows of real-time transparency into smart contracts, blockchains and commodity trading. “Isn’t that like inviting a vampire into your house?”
Session 8: Ethics in Contracting Issues - Using hypotheticals, this presentation focuses on a number of ethics issues that might arise in contracting situations. Can lawyers take advantage of privileged communications the adversary inadvertently sends them? Can lawyers receiving electronic documents look for hidden metadata the other side has not scrubbed? What duties do lawyers have in representing contracting parties, with regards to disclosing client confidences to prevent the adversary from being deceived about the clients' intent, or to correct the adversary's misunderstanding about the law, the contract's terms, or the adversary's scriveners error?
Session 9: Nuts and Bolts Ethics for the Business and Transactional Lawyer - A practical discussion of current ethics topics related to business and transactional law, including conflicts issues, and attorney migration between firms. more »
Session 1: Medicaid Update - Current status of the Texas Medicaid Program's policy of treating some (but not all) tax-deferred retirement accounts as exempt from counting as "resources"; and other recent changes in Medicaid law and policy that Texas attorneys planning estates of older clients need to know about.
Session 2: From Long Term Care Medicaid Policy to Fair Hearings - Hear a former Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) attorney, and current ALJ, give an overview of Medicaid Fair Hearings, including possible changes in the legislature and the implementation of such changes. Also, listen to a discussion about documentary evidence for the hearings.
Session 3: The Medicaid Estate Recovery Program: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Avoid It - A discussion about the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP), its rules, requirements, and exemptions. The presentation is geared to practical guidance for practitioners facing MERP claims. more »
Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Explore safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third-party recoveries from many insured plans. more »
Session 1: Drafting Contract Clauses That Actually Help if Litigation Arises - "Tried and true clauses" and boilerplate language can create a false sense of comfort and lead to adverse results in litigation if not periodically updated or checked against recent case law. Investigate how to successfully negotiate changes and terms while avoiding common pitfalls that are ordinarily overlooked.
Session 2: Top 10 Myths About Cybersecurity - Cybersecurity is a realm that often conflates myth with reality, thereby obscuring certain threats and causing overreaction to others. A key to developing a sophisticated approach to cybersecurity is to dispel these fundamental myths that often cause organizations to incorrectly assess threats or misallocate resources. more »
THIS MONTH: Creating Strong and Effective Client Relationships: The Art of Collaboration and Communication • Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud: From the Mundane to the Ethics of AI • Digital Health and Telehealth • How to Take a Better Deposition • Insurance and Indemnification more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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. more »
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. more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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. more »
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. more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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. more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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.
Session 3: 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. more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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.
Session 3: 2019 State and Federal Healthcare Legislative Landscape – Listen to a discussion about 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. more »
Session 1: 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.
Session 2: 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. more »
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. more »
THIS MONTH: The Opioid Crisis • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: A Priority and a Challenge • How Can We Persuade in Polarized Times • Technology in the Courtroom • Texas Auto Policies • Practical Ways for Guardians and Caregivers to Prevent Scams and Exploitation more »
Medicaid has gone to managed care for medically fragile children and adults over the age of 21. This change in how services are delivered impact how our clients access care, and their ability to qualify medically for the benefits. Hear a discussion of denials based on medical necessity, and learn how practitioners can prepare their clients for assessments and appeals. more »
Session 1: Insurance Litigation Post-Harvey - Review the most hotly contested issues in first party insurance claims and litigation arising out of the recent hurricane, including flood versus wind, special rules for TWIA claims, and the new "natural causes" amendments to the Texas Insurance Code.
Session 2: UCC Security Interests in Real Estate Financings - Address the creation and perfection of UCC security interests in real estate financing transactions.
Session 3: Cybersecurity Insurance - Examine key insurance provisions and hear thoughts on evolving exposures impacting privacy and cyber insurance. more »
Session 1: Advising Clients Nearing 65 - Turning 65 can be a watershed event in our client's lives. They face many decisions about retirement, concerning Medicare, Social Security, and estate planning. Get tips to help you prepare to advise your clients about some of these important decisions.
Session 2: After 65: Second Chances for Inheritance and Long-Term Care Planning - Address planning options that become unavailable or difficult after age 65 and some of the valuable options for planning that remain available. Key planning options include planning by parents and other family, as well as the modification of wills and trusts to improve beneficial interests. more »
From corporate executives to contract employees, the use of ephemeral data and messaging applications to discuss company business increases daily. Hear an overview of what you need to know about this emerging technology—including how disappearing data works, options for preserving it (when necessary), how to implement and configure ephemeral applications for corporate use, and the benefits and risks associated with the technology (including the implications for document retention, document preservation, and discovery obligations). more »