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Introducing: Baird Holm’s 32nd Annual Health Law Forum Goes Virtual in 2020!

What:
This virtual forum will enable our attorneys to provide you with the same valuable information and insights as you have come to expect from our Health Law Forum, but delivered safely and conveniently via the web.

When:
Friday, November 20, 2020
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost:
FREE for clients and invited guests

If you have questions, please contact Kristen at kbelford@bairdholm.com


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction
Michael W. Chase


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

CARES Act Funds: No Strings Attached?
John R. HoldenriedZachary J. Buxton

Congress provided unprecedented relief to the health care industry to prepare for, respond to, and weather the economic uncertainty wrought by the spread of SARS-Cov-2. This included both the Paycheck Protection Program and the Provider Relief Fund under the CARES Act. Portions of the CARES Act establish a comprehensive and coordinated approach to provide oversight of CARES Act funding to detect and prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. We fully expect robust investigation and monitoring of these funds and that providers should plan now to implement compliance mechanisms to assure their right to retain such funds. This program will focus on the potential compliance risks facing health care providers and suppliers as they navigate reporting and repayment obligations and potential audits on the use of the funds.


9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Transformations in Telemedicine During 2020’s Public Health Emergency
Michael W. Chase, Kimberly A. Lammers

Did it really take a global pandemic to cause widespread use of telemedicine?  Sure, organizations and consumers had the technical capabilities, but other barriers seemed to slow the evolution of telemedicine. In the early days of COVID-19, this became increasingly apparent and Federal and State regulators relaxed regulatory barriers in order to expand access to many health care services.  Will the recent explosion of telemedicine continue?  What changes will remain permanent?  This session will explore the impact of a variety of regulatory changes including waivers, Medicare/Medicaid coverage expansion, and state licensure requirements.


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Election is Over—Now what?
John R. Holdenried, Tessa M. Lancaster

The results of this year’s elections could have a significant impact on laws and regulations affecting health care providers, regardless of the outcome.  We presume we’ll know the results of the Presidential election and control of Congress by the time of this program.  Certainly a Trump reelection and Republican control of Congress will likely look very different than a Biden presidency and Democratic control of Congress.  In this session, we’ll take a look at the results and offer thoughts on what changes to expect and what providers should be doing to prepare for these changes.


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The State of Health Information Privacy
Vickie B. Ahlers, Abigail T. Mohs 
2020 has been a year of significant progress and major change to the landscape of health information privacy. We have seen everything from new regulations and guidance to significant court decisions. Some of these developments, such as the new Information Blocking regulation, represent a complete paradigm shift.  As major players in health care, your organizations must stay abreast of the new issues and developments facing privacy compliance programs. This program will address the constituency on the state of health information privacy, including suggestions on how to implement the new requirements.


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Grab Your Lunch


12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

The Latest Word
Panel of Baird Holm Attorneys 
This session includes the always popular, fast-paced discussion of a variety of issues affecting health care organizations.  This year’s panel of Baird Holm attorneys will cover recent topics including compliance and governance issues, information privacy and security updates, employee benefits issues, immigration, and several other health care law topics.


12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Hot Topics for Medical Staffs: No One’s Getting any Younger & Avoiding Conflict over Conflicts of Interest
Barbara E. Person, Kimberly A. Lammers
Aging practitioners: Is there a way for hospitals to get ahead of the possibility that their skills will slip and threaten patient safety?  Or is that prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)?  What if the increased scrutiny was imposed by the medical staff rather than the employer?  After addressing those questions, we will discuss how to avoid conflict from conflicts of interest as they affect medical staff members:  Should physicians be required to complete COI Questionnaires for their employers?  Can conflicts of interest interfere with professional liability insurers’ defense of an insured physician and his/her hospital employer?  And what conflicts should be addressed prior to due process hearings on proposed medical staff corrective action?


1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2020 by the Numbers: Physician Compensation Compliance Updates
Andrew D. Kloeckner, Abigail T. Mohs
After a proposed overhaul to Stark regulations, 12 months and one pandemic, there have been a myriad of compliance related changes to physician compensation arrangements. Some of these changes came in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic while others have been in the works for some time. What updates are temporary and which ones are with us for the long haul? This program will cover the changes the industry saw this year impacting physician financial relationships and what the changes mean for providers going forward.

 

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