32nd Annual Health Law Forum

Date: October 8-9, 2020 – Virtual Forum
Program Producer: J.D. Thomas, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP
Format: This year’s Health Law Forum will be presented in a virtual format.


Thursday, Oct. 8

10 – 11 a.m. CDT, Regulatory Fraud and Abuse Update

The session will provide an update of the latest Fraud and Abuse developments, including federal case law and settlements under the FCA, and OIG and CMS activity.
• Julie Kass, Baker Ober Health Law
• Patsy Powers, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP
• Sandy Teplitzky, Baker Ober Health Law
• Travis Lloyd, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

11 a.m. 12 p.m.,  Keynote Address COVID-19: Navigating a Global Pandemic in Tennessee

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our way of life, with some changes possibly permanent. Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey will provide an overview of the state’s response to the pandemic and reflect on how lessons learned to date can inform our answers to COVID-19’s continued challenges.
• Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

12 – 12:30 p.m., Break

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Tennessee Health Law and Legislative Updates

This annual update will focus on hot topics impacting health care law from the 2020 sessions of the Tennessee General Assembly as well as recap significant Tennessee state civil court cases and Attorney General Opinions affecting health care from the past year.
• Jerry Taylor, Thompson Burton PLLC
• Yarnell Beatty, Tennessee Medical Association

1:30 2:30 p.m., Health Care Fraud Enforcement in Tennessee

The presenters will share the latest in federal and state health care fraud enforcement actions in 2020, including settlements, court decisions, and trends.
• Ellen Bowden McIntyre, U.S. Attorney's Office M.D. of Tenn.
• Rob McConkey, U.S. Attorney's Office E.D. of Tenn.
• Tony Hullender, Deputy Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud and Integrity Division


Friday, Oct. 9

10 – 11 a.m., Telehealth and Privacy

This presentation will cover how the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the regulatory and reimbursement landscape of telemedicine, as well as how to navigate privacy and security challenges in the rapid expansion of telehealth.
• Joan Kavuru, Forefront Telecare Inc.
• Nesrin Tift, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

11 a.m. 12 p.m., In-house Counsel Panel

The speakers will discuss how their organizations are managing the COVID-19 response, responding to regulatory and economic changes, and reacting to challenges that have been highlighted by the pandemic, such as remote workforces and resulting risks.
• Hal McCard, Quorum Health
• Imad Abdullah, Regional One Health
• Jennifer Peters, LifePoint Health
• Robyn Diaz, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

12 – 12:30 p.m., Break

12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Ethics (Dual CLE Credit)

Practicing law in “COVIDland” can be challenging! Join us for a run-down of the ethical issues involved in remote work, practicing via teleconference and videoconference (even if you are in a real office), and the annual updates. The only thing you will be exposed to is knowledge and practical tips.
• Lucian Pera, Adams and Reese LLP
• Phil Pomerance, Best Practices Inpatient Care Ltd.
• Sheree Wright, Vanderbilt University