Practice Group Luncheons

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Practice Group Luncheons

This program offers several luncheon topics to choose from. Several of our Practice Groups will host these networking and presentation luncheons. Luncheons are not included in the program registration. There is an additional fee of $60 for AHLA members and $70 for non-members; limited attendance; pre-registration required. Continuing Legal Education Credits are not available for the luncheon.

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Role of the Health Care System in Addressing Member Social Determinants

Robin J. Fisk       
Senior Vice President, Fedcap Group Inc, Ashland, NH
Dr Sally A. Kraft
Vice President of Population Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, NH

Patients do not experience health issues in isolation. Non-medical issues (often called “social determinants of health” or “social drivers”) can greatly affect the patient’s ability to comply with a plan of care and impact quality and cost outcomes. Research shows that social drivers like food and housing insecurity, lack of transportation and substance misuse determine whether an individual can manage a chronic condition or become a high utilizer.

This interactive session will address social drivers and their relevance in today’s value-based payment environment and then delve into issues arising from arrangements targeted to social drivers. 

  • The 6 interrelated skill sets needed to address social drivers
  • Important factors in relationships between payers and social service agencies, privacy issues, contracting issues, closed referral loops and performance standards
  • Ways in which social service agencies and health systems can leverage other payment sources to expand
  • Determining Return on Investment for interventions
  • Legal issues in structuring a social services network
Hosted by Physician Organizations Practice Group
Sponsored by ECG Management Consultants

When Violence Comes Calling: Approaches to Today’s Common (and Unfortunate) Violence

Montrece McNeill Ransom          
Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development, Public Health Law Program
Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC, Washington, DC

Sarah Swank                     
Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, DC

  • A discussion of current state of violence in health care organizations, including statistics on rise of violence at health care organizations, who is most impacted by violence and the impact of the opioid crisis
  • The evolution of laws and standards regarding violence in health care, including the various definitions of violence and threats of violence
  • Federal and state laws and Joint commission, CDC and other standards and guidance related to violence in health care
  • Best practices to prepare for and respond to violent situations, including active shooters, violent patients and family members and employee disputes
  • Policies, procedures, training, de-escalation, partnering with law enforcement and other proactive approaches to potentially violent situations
Hosted by Health Care Liability and Litigation, In-House Counsel, Labor and Employment, and Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Groups
Sponsored by JND eDiscovery





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Current Trends in Health Information Exchange
Melissa A. Kotrys, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Health Current, Phoenix, AZ

  • Overview of the current national trends in interoperability and health information exchange, including an overview of the Trusted Exchange Framework and related proposed federal rules
  • Collaboration in interoperability – how community HIEs are working together to support and achieve nationwide interoperability
  • Review of various laws, regulations and policy considerations – both at the state and national level – the benefits as well as the barriers/challenges that influence effective health information exchange
  • Description of standard and unique health information exchange success stories
  • Strategic considerations and new opportunities for Arizona and other HIEs across the country in the current interoperability environment

Hosted by Health Information Technology Practice Group


Understanding High Reliability:  Leading the Way to Zero by Learning from the Ordinary

Lisa D. Vandecaveye
General Counsel, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

  • High-Reliability Health Care Maturity Model, particularly the components of Identifying Unsafe Conditions and Strengthening Systems
  • The tenets of Identifying Unsafe Conditions and Strengthening Systems to identification and elimination of risk
  • Tools and techniques enabling leadership and front-line caregivers to learn from the ordinary and strengthen safety systems
  • As health care organizations continue to strive for safer care and implementation of high reliability principles, leadership teams struggle to find ways to make these concepts actionable for front line staff. The ability to recognize and act on unsafe conditions is paramount to patient and staff safety. The High-Reliability Health Care Maturity Model delineates areas of performance to support health care organization’s focus on the goal of zero harm, to create a culture where unsafe conditions are recognized and eliminated before they cause harm and in the application of Robust Process Improvement methods to persistent and complex problems. This session will equip health care organizations with the ability to understand and learn from the ordinary conditions in their environments in the context of risk and will provide specific strategies and tools to strengthen safety systems.
Hosted by Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group
Sponsored by Affiliated Monitors