- New and Re-Elected Steering Committee Members
- Steering Committee
- Programs & Education
- Community Outreach
- New Practitioners
- Mentoring Program
- Write for The Patient Rights Manual
New and Re–Elected Steering Committee Members
The Health Law Section Steering Committee welcomes four new members and one returning member.
Alan J. Arville, a new member of the steering committee, is a partner in Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory issues for the health care industry, including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, corporate governance, managed care contracting, fraud and abuse, Medicare Part D compliance, tax exemption, and health care licensing. His clients include regional and national pharmacy chains, health care systems, and long term care providers. Prior to serving on the Steering Committee, Alan served as cochair of the Health Law Section New Practitioners Committee.
Steve Chiu, a new member of the steering committee, is an associate in the healthcare regulatory practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Steve has experience interpreting federal and state healthcare guidance with a focus on Medicare Part C and Part D requirements. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has long been interested in healthcare policy and is closely following the twists and turns in the challenges to and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Jennifer Hitchon, a new member of the steering committee, is counsel and director of regulatory affairs at the American Occupational Therapy Association. She focuses on Medicare/Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, compliance, legislative advocacy, and health care reform implementation. Prior to going in–house, Jennifer was an associate in the health practice group at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC.
She received a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2005, and a Master’s of Health Administration from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2006. Jennifer’s pro bono work includes drafting wills and advance directives for clients at Whitman–Walker Health, serving as a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild, and working on voter’s rights issues for the 2012 election cycle.
Erica Spector, a new member of the steering committee, is a healthcare consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she focuses on regulatory analysis in Medicare fraud, waste and abuse prevention, and implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges. Prior to her work at Booz Allen, Erica practiced as a litigation staff attorney at Paul Weiss LLP. Erica graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2004 and received a Master’s Certificate in Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in 2010. She also received her B.A. from George Washington University in 2001.
Cathy Zeman Scheineson, a returning member of the steering committee, is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She focuses her practice on the representation of health care organizations in a variety of corporate transactions.
- Alan Arville, Nominating Committee Chair, Programs & Education Committee Chair
- Saundra E. Brown-Savoy, Community Outreach Coordinator
- Steve Chiu, Public Statement Designee, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Practitioners Committee
- Jenifer A. Cromwell, Community Outreach Coordinator, Newsletter Coordinator
- Jennifer Hitchon
- Tearyn J. Loving, Section Steering Committee Cochair and Financial Officer
- Cathy Zeman Scheineson, Section Steering Commitee Cochair
- Erica Spector, Programs & Education Committee Vice Chair, New Practitioners Committee
- Hemi D. Tewarson, D.C. Practice Manual Coordinator, Programs & Education Committee Liaison, CLE Coordinator
Stacy Canan was elected to the steering committee and served from July 1, 2012 through November 1, 2012. Stacy accepted a new job that is not in the health law field, and therefore, resigned from the steering committee. She is replaced on the steering committee by Jennifer Hitchon.
Opportunity to Join the Health Law Section Steering Committee
The Health Law Section Nominating Committee has begun accepting nominations for the the section's Spring 2013 steering committee elections. If you have questions about serving on the steering committee, or if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the steering committee, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Alan Arville.
Programs & Education
The Health Law Section is working on planning programs about issues of interest to Health Law Section members. Please look for emails with information about section programs in the coming weeks.
The Health Law Section continually strives to plan programs to meet the interests and needs of our members. If you have thoughts about programs the section can host, please e–mail Programs & Education Committee Chair Alan Arville.
Introduction to Health Law Series 2013 (CLE)
Join us for this introduction to the multifaceted field of health law. The series is designed for lawyers entering the health law practice and seeking an overview, as well as for experienced practitioners looking to expand their ability to represent clients in the health care industry.
Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m.–9:15 p.m. (12.0 Total Credit Hours; 3.0 Credit Hours per Session)
Part 1: Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Tuesday, January 15)
Part 2: Introduction to Medicaid (Tuesday, January 22)
Part 3: Introduction to Medicare (Tuesday, January 29)
Part 4: Compliance Issues and Privacy (Tuesday, February 5)
Fee for Entire Series
$229 Cosponsoring Section Members
$239 D.C. Bar Members
$229 Government Attorneys
Fee for Individual Sessions
$89 Cosponsoring Section Members
$99 D.C. Bar Members
$109 Government Attorneys
Registration for the series is not yet open, but when it is, you can find further information, and register, here.
Volunteer: Join the Programs & Education Committee
The 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.
To volunteer, please e–mail Programs & Education Committee Chair Alan Arville.
Advance Directives Project
The Community Outreach Committee, in coordination with the AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, offers 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 section provides to community groups in the D.C. metropolitan area, 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 contact the Sections Office.
Volunteer at 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, we are looking for you! We seek volunteers to help prepare and package meals at D.C. Central Kitchen on the date listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sheel Pandya.
Upcoming D.C. Central Kitchen Volunteer Date:
Tuesday, December 18, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Volunteer: Join the Community Outreach Committee
Are you interested in getting involved in the section as a member of the Community Outreach Committee? The Community Outreach Committee provides the opportunity to take an active role in the Health Law Section by organizing community outreach programs of the Health Law Section, including the Advance Directives Project.
The Community Outreach Committee will meet monthly by conference call to plan community outreach programs. Community Outreach Committee members will help plan, schedule, and manage volunteers for the Advance Directives Project as well as plan other community outreach programs.
If you have questions about getting involved on the Community Outreach Committee, or if you would like volunteer, please contact Saundra Brown.
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 the D.C. Central Kitchen and career panels. To get involved with the New Practitioners group, please contact Steve Chiu.
The next speed–networking event is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the offices of Wiley Rein LLP (1776 K Street NW). For more information, please contact Steve Chiu.
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 be alerted not to use the mentoring relationship to solicit employment.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, have any questions about the program, or would like additional information, please contact Erica Spector.
Write for The Patient Rights Manual
Want to see your name in print? A revision of The Patient Rights Manual - A Companion Guide for the Legal Practitioner, a publication of the Health Law Section, is underway, but we still need volunteers to review and revise certain portions of the manual. This involves reviewing a chapter or section to see if there have been revisions in the law and writing updates, as needed, that are understandable for health care consumers who generally read on an approximately fifth grade level. There are also opportunities to be a reviewer of a chapter.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Hemi Tewarson.