"Reinventing the Hospital: A Webinar Series," Davis Wright Tremaine Webinar Series
Disruptive changes in health care are transforming the way hospitals do business. Is your hospital ready to succeed in the new industry landscape? Partnering with leading health care organizations and consultants for a series of webinars, Davis Wright Tremaine attorneys explained the latest developments, show where innovation is thriving, and offered a blueprint for where hospitals can succeed in the future of health care.
See below for links to the audio recording and webinar materials.
Convenience, Cost Savings, and a Healthier Workforce: What's Really Working for On-Site Employee Health Care Clinics
Employers increasingly are turning to on-site health care clinics to control health care costs and offer employees a convenient, high-quality health care option. In this webinar, we explored various approaches to employee health care clinics and highlighted important legal and practical considerations in developing one. Topics discussed:
- How to structure an on-site clinic to minimize the employer's risk of liability for medical malpractice and for violation of state corporate practice of medicine doctrine
- How HIPAA affects the ability to use and disclose employee health information by both employers and health plans
- Employee benefits laws that apply to on-site clinics, including ERISA, COBRA, ACA and the impact of on-site clinics on HSA eligibility
Cloud Services: Risks and Risk Mitigation
This webinar interested any acquirer of cloud services, including developers and users of technology solutions in the digital health space, and traditional health care providers. We discussed risks in the use of cloud services relative to traditional software acquisition, and strategies and tools to mitigate risk in contracts and negotiations for the acquisition of cloud services.
The Feds' Favorite Weapon: False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement
The recent surge of whistleblower actions is one of the biggest headaches in health care compliance. This webinar guides compliance officers, managers, and in-house counsel through recent developments to the False Claims Act, practical steps to preventing whistleblower lawsuits, and the ethical concerns and considerations behind internal investigations.
Data Breach: HIPAA and Beyond
While HIPAA compliance needs to be at the center of any breach response, there is an identifiable need to take off "HIPAA blinders" and embrace a holistic approach to breach preparation and response. We discussed some of the top information security threats facing the health care sector and how organizations can both prepare for and respond to an information security breach. Topics included: emphasis by HHS on having a proactive breach response program in place; current confusion surrounding the HIPAA breach notification standard; the importance of addressing other laws and potential class action litigation; and preparation for the multiple federal and state investigations that may follow a breach report.
Leveraging Next Generation Networks to Change the Health Care Delivery Model
Legacy communications architectures have become increasingly inadequate and incapable of supporting both current and future health care delivery models. By leveraging new Next Generation Networks, or NGN's, health care organizations can fundamentally change and improve the way health care is being delivered. Whether funded privately or through numerous federal funding and assistance programs, NGN networks can reduce costs, increase flexibility, maximize new health care information technologies and expand services without traditional brick-and-mortar expense. In this webinar, we learned how OSF Healthcare Systems has leveraged a NGN network to capitalize on new opportunities and drive down the cost of health care delivery while improving operational efficiencies and patient outcomes.
Reinventing the Brand: Trademark Strategies for the New Health Care
To make intelligent branding and trademark decisions, hospitals need to consider their practical goals. This webinar addressed branding on three levels: 1) non-legal brand identity and marketing considerations, 2) real-world brand protection strategy, and 3) the nuts and bolts of trademark registration.
From Paper to Practice: Lessons Learned in Developing and Launching a Commercial ACO
While relative newcomers to the health care landscape, ACOs are being widely embraced as success stories. But what are the challenges? In this webinar we discussed top legal and operational considerations and offered practical pointers relevant to senior executives and legal counsel whose organizations are considering developing an ACO as part of their health reform strategy.
Presented by Lisa Hayward of Davis Wright Tremaine and Ray Vara, President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health.
Delivering Better Patient Care and Healthier Bottom Lines: Signs of Promise and Innovation Under Medicaid
In the new world of health reform, competing hospitals and providers are finding ways to work together to transform methods of care delivery, pricing and funding. One state's headline-grabbing approach under Medicaid offers lessons on how hospitals can improve patient care and reduce costs for all patients, regardless of payor source. In this webinar, we discussed Oregon's bold approach to improving care while keeping costs down.
How to Get Your Hospital or Health System "Transaction Ready" in a Challenging Market
Health care providers are competing in an industry with a host of challenges and opportunities. Any hospital considering a merger, sale, or affiliation in response to this market environment should prepare diligently. Bob Schuchard of Davis Wright Tremaine and Brooks Dexter of investment banking firm Duff & Phelps guided attendees through how your organization can position itself to execute a successful transaction in today's competitive health care market.
Expanding the Reach of Hospital Laboratories Through Effective Strategic Partnerships
Hospital labs have unique advantages over independent laboratories in meeting the demand for centralized and coordinated community-based care management. David Gee of Davis Wright Tremaine and Noel Maring of Sonic Healthcare USA will discuss how hospitals can leverage these competitive advantages by selecting the right laboratory outreach business model and legal structure.
High-Speed Health Care Via Video Chat and Smart Phones: How Telemedicine Can Work For You
New technologies are expanding access to health care to more and more people. Find out how Carena, Inc., started as a traditional medical group and grew into a thriving, multi-state telemedicine practice. We will discuss how telemedicine can be integrated into a current health care practice structure, while maintaining quality of care and complying with applicable legal standards.
Presented by: Adam Romney of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and Dr. Benjamin Green of Carena, Inc.
Meaningful Use, Audits, and False Claims Act: The Perfect Storm
As meaningful use payments to hospitals continue to grow, so does the recently launched audit program scrutinizing every requirement. Learn exactly what a meaningful use audit looks like and the practical steps to protect yourself against exposure to FCA and whistleblower claims.