- Opportunity to Join the Steering Committee for the Health Law Section
- Upcoming Programs
- 2012 Kick-off Event
- New Practitioners Committee
- Volunteer with D.C. Central Kitchen
- Community Outreach Committee
- Join the Health Law Section’s Programs & Education Committee
- Current Steering Committee Members
Are you interested in getting involved in the section as a member of the Health Law Section Steering Committee? The steering committee provides the opportunity to take on a leadership role within the D.C. Bar by overseeing the implementation of programs, activities, and other events of the Health Law Section.
If you have questions about getting involved on the steering committee, or if you would like to nominate someone to serve on the steering committee, please contact nominating committee chair Tearyn Loving.
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This year the Health Law Section is working on planning a number of programs on upcoming issues for the health care industry. Over the next two months, the section will host the following:
Data Breach Risks and Protections for Health Lawyers: Do You Know Where Your Information is Today?
March 21, 2012, 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Data breaches are more serious and numerous than ever before, in health care and beyond. Health lawyers must protect their information and their clients' information. But new ways of communicating using computer technology - including cellular telephones, tablet computers, and other portable digital devices - are creating many challenges. Information security is only as good as its weakest link.
This program will provide four basic foundations: first, what are the applicable laws and requirements. Second, what are the most likely risks and potential losses. Third, what can be done to provide protection and security. And fourth, what can and must be done if a data breach involving health and other information occurs. Insurance and indemnification protections also will be discussed, as will professional responsibility implications.
Alan Goldberg, Attorney & Counsellor–at–Law, McLean, Virginia, Adjunct Professor of Health Law, George Mason University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law, Past Cochairman D.C. Bar Health Law Section
Jonathan Joseph, Christian & Barton, Richmond, Virginia, Past Chairman, Virginia Bar Association Health Law Section and Author: American Health Lawyers Association Data Breach Notification Laws: A Fifty State Survey, First Edition, 2011
Melinda Murray, Staff Attorney, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland (Moderator)
Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) and the Medicare Appeal Process – April 18, 2012
Please look for e–mails with more information about these programs in the upcoming weeks.
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2012 Kick–off Event
The section also recently hosted its 2012 kick-off event on January 12: Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The Competing Views. During this reception, two distinguished constitutional legal scholars, Professor Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University Law Center, and Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, discussed the competing views on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Health Law Section is continually striving to plan programs to meet the interest and needs of our members. If you have thoughts about programs the section can host, please e–mail Programs & Education Committee Chair Selina Spinos.
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New Practitioners Committee
Are you signed up for the Health Law Section New Practitioners group? The group is growing and is sponsoring exciting programs and events, including speed-networking, volunteer events at D.C. Central Kitchen, and career panels. A networking event is in the works for the spring. To get involved, please email Lori Mihalich-Levin.
New Practitioner Mentoring Program
The Health Law Section is seeking experienced health law practitioners (7+ years of experience) to serve as mentors to new practitioners in health law or new professionals interested in moving to health law. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on practice area and type of employer. Once a match is made, the mentee will be responsible for contacting the mentor. Mentors will be able determine how many mentees they want to work with and the type and frequency of contact with those mentees.
Meetings and communications between mentors and mentees should give mentees a source of insight into the practice of health law and should give mentors a forum in which to impart advice to newer practitioners. Mentees will also be alerted not to use the mentoring relationship to solicit employment.
Volunteer with D.C. Central Kitchen
Would you like to give a few hours of your time to help combat hunger and serve people in need in our community? If so, the Health Law Section, New Practitioners Planning Committee is looking for you! We are seeking volunteers to help prepare and package meals at D.C. Central Kitchen on the dates listed below. This volunteer opportunity is open to all members of the Health Law Section. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sheel Pandya.
Upcoming Volunteer Date
Wednesday, April 4—5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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Community Outreach Committee
The Health Law Section’s Community Outreach Committee, in coordination with the AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Georgetown University Law Center, is offering presentations on Health Care Advance Directives – Living Wills and Powers of Attorney to senior citizens and other community groups. The presentations, which are part of an ongoing service that the D.C. Bar Health Law Section provides to community groups in the D.C. metropolitan area, will provide information about the importance and use of health care advance directives.
If you know of a community group that might be interested in hosting a health care advance directives presentation for its members, please e–mail Sections Senior Outreach & Events Assistant Victoria O’Banion, or call her at (202) 727-4700 x3365.
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Join the Health Law Section’s Programs & Education Committee
The Health Law Section’s Programs & Education Committee invites you to join in planning programs for the Health Law Section. You will have the opportunity to dive into aspects of health law and to connect with experienced practitioners, with the goal of planning dynamic programs for you and your colleagues. The Program & Education Committee has monthly conference calls (generally on the third Friday of the month from 9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.) to plan and coordinate programs.
Tearyn J. Loving, Section Cochair and Financial Officer
Cathy Z. Scheineson, Section Cochair, Membership Coordinator
Saundra E. Brown–Savoy, Community Outreach Coordinator
Jenifer A. Cromwell, Community Outreach Coordinator
Lori K. Mihalich–Levin, New Practitioners Committee Coordinator, Internet Coordinator
Stuart I. Silverman, CLE Coordinator
Hemi D. Tewarson, Public Statement Designee, Internet Coordinator, and Practice Manual Coordinator