Emerging Issues in Health Law For Doctors and Lawyers Schedule
Agenda Subject to Change
7:30 – 8 a.m.
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rebecca C. Morgan
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Consolidations, Acquisitions, Accountable Care Organizations, and Other Evolving Physician Practice Structures R. Reid Haney, Esq., Bruce D. Lamb, Esq. and Joseph W. Rugg, Esq.
Health care reform, the uncertainty in Medicare and other managed care reimbursement, and increased regulatory scrutiny are pushing a realignment of physician practices and providing new incentives for consolidation and other practice structures. Physicians and attorneys must be informed about these evolving practice structures and how they address the economic and competitive pressures facing physicians.This panel discussion will review the different practice structures, including Accountable Care Organizations, and the various legal issues facing them.
9:45 – 10 a.m.
10 – 12-to-15 a.m.
Health Information Exchanges and Electronic Records
Jay Wolfson, Dr. P.H., J.D.
Although physicians and attorneys are generally aware of the requirement for electronic medical records
and the confidentiality provisions of HIPAA, neither physicians nor attorneys completely understand the
interplay between easily accessible medical records and HIPAA.This session will examine the requirements of health information exchanges and electronic medical records; and evaluate the interplay between health information exchanges and electronic medical records and HIPAA.
12-to-15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.
Legislative Update and Healthcare Reform
Adam S. Levine, M.D., J.D.
Physicians and attorneys are not generally well informed about recent legislative changes that will directly impact their practices. This session will evaluate recent legislative changes impacting health care specifically including: new prescription regulations, regulation of pain clinics, regulation of PIP Clinics and Pharmaceutical Sponsorship; and evaluate recent changes in healthcare reform.
12:15 -2 p.m.
Lunch Program: Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Panel Discussion
Erin S. Aebel, Esq., A. Brian Albritton, Esq., and Robert E. O'Neill, U.S. Attorney
The investigation and prosecution, both civilly and criminally, of health care fraud and abuse continues to be a high priority for the federal government and the State of Florida.The panel will address the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida to investigate and prosecute health care fraud and will highlight some of the recent health care fraud related prosecutions.The panel will further address the substantial increase in False Claims Act "qui tam" or whistleblower cases, and the threat posed to health care providers and physician practices by such cases.Finally, the panel will discuss the importance and value of compliance programs in preventing health care fraud and abuse and helping the health care provider to properly address and report fraudulent or abusive health care practices if they should discover them.
2:15 – 3:05 p.m.
Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements
Gregory A. Hearing, Esq.
Although physicians and attorneys may generally understand the basis for confidentiality and non-compete agreements, most do not understand the latest statutory requirements and how these requirements directly impact their practices.This session will review confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements and the interaction between current statutory requirements and confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
3:05 – 3:25 p.m.
3:25 – 4:25 p.m.
Cynthia A. Mikos, Esq.
Physicians and attorneys may not be completely cognizant of the differences between civil litigation and administrative hearings.Further, Physicians and Attorneys may not be completely aware of the options available to them and the consequences of these options. This session will compare and contrast administrative hearings and general civil litigation and explain the available options and the consequences of electing such options.
Adam S. Levine, M.D., J.D.
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.