“Best One Yet!” Healthcare Legal Leaders Gather in Sarasota to Share Best Practices
By Nas Panwar on March 21, 2022
We weren’t quite sure what it was. Was it being back in-person after so long? Was it the Sarasota sunshine? Was it being at The Ritz-Carlton? Perhaps it was all three that created the vibe and the energy at IPMI’s Healthcare Law & Compliance Institute which took place a few weeks ago.
The Opening Panel to kick off the three day event provided a “Wonderful overview of the myriad of topics impacting healthcare”, from outlining enforcement developments concerning CARES Act and COVID-19 relief as well as telemedicine-related fraud and key False Claims Act issues; exploring new, innovative arrangements more than a year since the VBA exceptions/ safe harbors were issued; examining antitrust developments in M&A, JV and competitor collaborations; and a discussion on surprise billing and advancements in digital health.
Several sessions on value-based care and fraud & abuse highlighted the perennial importance of these subjects while other sessions such as “Best Practices in Synchronizing IT, Digital, Legal and Compliance Functions within Your Organization” and “Exploring the Strategic Importance of the Ambulatory Care Model” brought in the perspectives from other functional areas to expand the lens through which General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers viewed certain challenges.
We were fortunate to be able to hear from Allan Medina, Chief of the US DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Unit as he discussed perspectives on “Compliance Best Practices for Healthcare Companies”, a session that was very well received: “DOJ perspective is valuable to providers”, “Always helpful to have insights into what regulators are thinking” and “I loved hearing the DOJ perspective”.
Taking a break from the general session room, attending General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers engaged in a series of interactive Think Tank discussions on a wide range of topics, including Price Transparency, Effective FMV Strategies, Shadow Information, Successful ESG Efforts Addressing Social Determinants of Health, and Evolving Compliance Considerations for Organizations Conducting Clinical Research.
The highly anticipated and always popular panel discussions did not disappoint as attendees engaged in discussions on critical topics such as:
Holding Space and Creating Opportunities for Diversity Among Us
- “Great insights into such an important topic and something I am passionate about and trying to kickstart at our facility.”
- “Generous and brave and extremely insightful!”
- “Many thanks for this panel. They did an excellent job and created opportunities for important thought and discussion.
New Realities for Healthcare GCs and CLOs
- “Practical perspectives!”
- “This panel effectively incorporated the audience into the discussion”
- “Great to hear how others resolve common challenges”
Board Governance Best Practices
- “Very practical and one of the top sessions. Interactive and such practical approaches to governance challenges”
- “Excellent structure with audience participation to benchmark best practices”
- “This was absolutely my favorite presentation. It was on an interesting topic… and the panel was engaging and interactive”
Optimizing Legal Department Operations in a Challenging Environment
- “I am taking some tips back to my organization!”
- “Gave me some great ideas to bring back”
- ‘Well organized and well done”
Given the challenges of the past few years, the feeling of isolation, whether physically or in a role that was thrust into unfamiliar territory, the quality of the speaker faculty and the high levels of discussion amongst the attendees was highly conducive for learning and information exchange. The fantastic networking, delicious meals and impeccable service in the Sarasota sun made for an incredibly valuable and memorable experience and attendees left the Institute feeling refreshed and renewed.
To contribute to the next iteration of the Healthcare Law & Compliance Institute, whether sharing some insights and experiences as a member of the Speaker Faculty, suggesting topic areas for the agenda or joining the waiting list for attendance, please contact Nas Panwar at firstname.lastname@example.org