Health Law

Health Law Section Annual Report - January 2015

The Health Law Section, ably encouraged and supported by the D.C. Bar Staff, has had another successful year of programs, community outreach initiatives, and other activities in the 2014 D.C. Bar year and looks forward to an equally successful year in 2015. As in past years, the Steering Committee has worked cooperatively with other sections and with D.C. Bar Staff in many different areas. We sponsored several programs and other activities in 2014 and are planning programs and activities for 2015. The Section Steering Committee holds monthly meetings by telephone conference call. Section Co-Chairs Selina Coleman and Rebecca Burke chair these meetings with the able assistance of D.C. Bar Staff, including David Itkin and Candace Smith-Tucker. Email communications are used between regular meeting times to coordinate activities and events. 

A summary of the section’s activities in 2014 and our activities for 2015 follows.

The section sponsored several programs in 2014 including, in December of 2014, a program on pharmacy compliance. We also held a speed networking event aimed at new practitioners. This month, the Programs Committee is pleased to offer a cocktail reception and panel of experts to speak on ACOs, health payment and delivery system reform, and increased consumerism. Potential programs on Ebola and FDA matters are also being considered. Steering Committee members Alan Arville (Chair) and Geoff Hymans (Vice-Chair) lead the Programs Committee. 
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Community Outreach
With leadership from the New Practitioners Committee, the section has sponsored well-attended volunteer events, such as groundskeeping at the Kenilworth Gardens, and plans to coordinate events in 2015 at Bread for the City. The section's Community Outreach Committee is co-chaired by Cathy Scheineson and Amy Nordeng for 2014-2015.
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The section issues an e-mail newsletter approximately four times annually. Cathy Scheineson and Amy Nordeng coordinate  the publication of the e-newsletter for 2014-2015.

The section is responsible for updating the Mental Health Proceedings and the Health Maintenance Organization Act chapters of the D.C. Practice Manual. Both chapters will be updated for 2015. Geoff Hymans serves as the D.C. Practice Manual coordinator for 2014-2015.
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Web Site & Internet
The Steering Committee continues to work with the Sections Office staff to ensure that information on the section web page is current and useful. Our e-newsletter is also cross-linked to the web site, and we have added information about other health law events. We have also launched a one-way Listserv e-mail list to advertise events to our members, which is managed by Steering Committee members Jeff Wurzburg and Selina Coleman. Steering Committee member Jennifer Hitchon serves as the Internet Coordinator for 2014-2015.
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Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Steering Committee member Jennifer Hitchon, is in the process of recruiting candidates to run in 2015 for Steering Committee seats. Cathy Scheineson and Allison Cohen, a member of the New Practitioners Committee, also serve on the Nominating Committee.
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New Practitioners Committee
The New Practitioners Committee (NPC) has been in existence since June 2004 and has sponsored many successful programs with strong attendance. One main goal of NPC is to expose recent health attorneys to different career opportunities open to them as they progress in their careers. New members of the NPC are being recruited, and the NPC has hosted speed mentoring with mentors and mentees, including in October 2014, during which experienced health care attorneys talked with new practitioners.

To engage members and facilitate in-person networking, the committee held several networking events this year. Lidia Niecko-Najjum and Kate McDonald served as the Co-Chairs of the NPC in 2014, and leadership will be transitioning to Allison Cohen and Alix Pereira in 2015. Jeff Wurzburg serves as the Membership Coordinator for the section for 2014-2015.
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The section’s financial condition is sound. Membership remains stable, and we currently have substantial reserves. Former Steering Committee Co-Chair Jen Cromwell serves as Financial Officer for 2014-2015.
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CLE Programs
The section will continue to offer its CLE “Introduction to Health Law” Series during the first quarter of 2015. Cathy Scheineson has primary responsibility for planning new CLE programs, in coordination with the D.C. Bar CLE Office.
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Current Membership
The current members of the Steering Committee are: Alan Arville, Rebecca Burke, Selina Coleman, Jenifer Cromwell, Jennifer Hitchon, Geoff Hymans, Amy Noreng, Cathy Scheineson, and Jeff Wurzburg. The section is fortunate to have so many members (including past members of the Steering Committee) who are active and involved in section activities.
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With the valued assistance of the D.C. Bar staff and in further cooperation with other sections of the D.C. Bar, the Steering Committee looks forward with confidence to another successful year of section activities and events.

Submitted by

Selina Coleman & Rebecca Burke
Steering Committee Co-Chairs
D.C. Bar – Health Law Section
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