Letter from the President-Elect

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Letter from the President-Elect

Boston is a city truly rich in history, from Bunker Hill to the Old North Church to Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US. We could not be more excited to be adding our own small part to that great history when the AHLA returns to Boston for our Annual Meeting in June!

The Annual Meeting planning committee has been hard at work building a program for all our members that is rich in content presented by dynamic speakers, and one that will offer the most current information and analysis of the myriad of legal issues facing the health care industry. Our agenda will include sessions on health care transactions, reimbursement, tax, privacy and security, antitrust, fraud and compliance, labor and employment, and so much more. AHLA’s programs are always distinguished not only by the range of perspectives our speakers offer, but also by the collegiality that allows us to learn on the cutting edge of health law from each other.

In Boston, you will have the opportunity to hear from more than 100 leading in-house and outside counsel, representatives from government agencies, consultants, health professionals, and academicians. I am grateful to the Committee for all its hard work, and also to all of our volunteer presenters for their willingness to share their practical experience and in-depth expertise. Whether you represent physicians, plans and payers, hospitals and health systems, long term care providers, academic medical centers, or life sciences companies, there will be countless sessions that directly address the most pressing issues your clients are currently facing.

In addition to unparalleled education opportunities, the AHLA Annual Meeting also provides attendees with the unique chance to network with colleagues and peers. While electronic connections may be efficient and even essential at times, there is nothing like talking with and learning from our peers in-person. We have scheduled a number of fun events that I’m sure our attendees and their families will enjoy.

The Annual Meeting kicks off with a Welcome Reception on Sunday evening. I encourage everyone to arrive in time to attend so that you can reconnect with colleagues that you may not always have an opportunity to see face-to-face and expand your network by meeting someone new. On Tuesday, immediately following a full afternoon of sessions, plan to join us for a reception that highlights AHLA’s commitment to Diversity+Inclusion and be part of AHLA’s efforts to expand the diversity represented in AHLA’s membership and the legal industry. There will be a number of other networking events including Practice Group luncheons, breakfast get-togethers, and exercise classes. I hope you will participate–I think you’ll find the events fun and interesting and the connections you make with others valuable.

I personally am especially excited about our special Monday night reception at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and provides stunning views of the Boston skyline. In addition to having time to meet and mingle over great food, our attendees and their families will also have the opportunity to explore, at their own pace, a series of fascinating exhibits covering the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis and, the space program as well as interactive displays about the former President, his wife and other Kennedy family members. This is a truly unique Boston experience, and one that should not be missed! 

So make your plans now to join your colleagues in Boston for an outstanding educational event, and be sure to bring your families so that they too can enjoy all the history and beauty that Boston has to offer. As the locals might say, it’s gonna be a wicked rippah! 

Robert R. Niccolini
AHLA President-Elect, Chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee