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Academy's Annual Fall Conference, October 18-20, 2019, Signature Hotel Las Vegas!

Join us in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!  The 2019 Annual Conference and Continuing Legal Education Program will be held Friday October 18 - 20, 2019, in the desert oasis that is “Vegas, baby!”  Taking place at the luxurious MGM Signature Hotel, conveniently-located just off the Strip, there will be an array of presentations designed to educate and challenge attendees on cutting edge issues in the representation of health care providers and hospital medical staffs. In addition, we are planning an enjoyable weekend – don’t forget: “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”


“Ante up” today, by registering for the conference - sign up using the link in the right margin next to this sentence


Feel like a “high roller” and take advantage of the “hot” deal on rooms at the MGM Signature Hotel, Friday night for $155, and Saturday night for $165 plus tax.  Penalty-free cancelations (if you must), before October 15, 2019, so don’t delay.  However, room rates are guaranteed only until September 18, 2019, thirty days before the conference, but don’t “gamble” on availability.  Make reservations by calling 1.877.880.0880 or book online by clicking below:
                                                                                                                                                  Signature Hotel Reservations

And just look at what we've lined up for this conference:

DAY #1 -- Friday October 18:

12 Noon - 1:00PM -- Special Seminar -- "Peer Review 101"

For the first time ever, the Academy is offering Peer Review 101. This is a special session specifically designed for our newer members who want to understand the “nuts and bolts” of peer review in California medical staffs in hospitals, medical groups and health plans.  It's also a great opportunity for any member who could benefit from a refresher on this subject too!  Our special guest and presenter is Rebecca Hoyes, a member of the Healthcare Practice Group at Nossaman, LLP, in San Francisco, who represents medical staffs other peer review bodies, and has extensive experience in all areas of peer review.

1:15 - 2:15 PM -- Interim Suspensions without the Due Process:  Combating Penal Code §23 Suspensions

The Academy welcomes Lindsay Johnson, Esq., of Ray & Bishop, the attorney who argued and won Naidu v. Sup.Ct (February 2019) case, which set the procedure and standard for PC 23 hearings that permit suspension of state-issued licenses as a condition of bail in related criminal prosecutions.  Ms. Johnson will share inside strategies to ruin the DAG's day when they show up at bail-setting hearings to take your client's license.  PC 23 hearings have been the vehicle of choice for licensing boards that want a quick and easy way to suspend the licenses of healthcare providers - until now.  We will discuss PC 23 opposition pleadings, hearings, courtroom strategy, working with criminal defense counsel, contrasts with ISO procedure and strategy, and how successfully opposing a PC 23 motion can change the entire trajectory of a license discipline case based upon an arrest.

2:15 - 3:15 PM -- Overview of Medical Board and National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting Requirements

You know these reports happen, but maybe you aren't really clear on what triggers them all the time, either for your health care provider client, or for your medical staff client.  If you represent physicians or dentists, you know that the filing of a report probably means really bad things will rain down in the near future, as if things weren't already bad enough by the time these reports are made.  And if you represent medical staffs or other peer review bodies, you need to be sure your client reports as required, to assure good distance from any potential monetary sanctions.  What are the rules that trigger these reports, exactly, and why does it seem like they're being made more and more these past few years (indeed they are)?  Is there ever a situation where one report is made, but not the other?  Which report, Medical Board, or Data Bank, is more "important" to your human-client's career, and what's the difference between them anyway?  Is there such a thing as a "soft" or "hard" 805 Report, really?  We're offering a great primer on these very important reporting requirements, perfect for those new to the health care administrative law world. And it's great as a dense refresher for those who feel these reporting requirements have just gotten fuzzier and fuzzier over time.  Our own Greg Abrams, who represents both physicians and medical staffs in his private practice, will present these reporting issues "from both sides of the window sill."

3:15 - 3:30PM -- BREAK

3:30 - 4:30 PM -- Attorney Burnout and Why You Should Hear This! (1 Hr Specialty MCLE Credit: "Competence Issues")

That's right . . . you.  And maybe your colleagues back at the firm too.  Do a mitzvah for yourself, don't miss this one. You'll find out everything you need to know to keep better tabs on your personal and psychological health in our oft-stressful practice of law.  We're excited to have for this presentation guest speaker Lita Abella, Senior Program Analyst for the Lawyer Assistance Program of the State Bar of California.  She'll present along with our own laid-back Carlo Coppo.  Yep, that's right, co-presenter Carlo "Gone-to-Hawaii-Again" Coppo.  Mai Tais not included for this one, but a great specialty hour of CLE credit is.  And the hotel bar's not far from the conference room.  It's Vegas, after all.  In moderation, of course.

Reception and dinner are for members (included in registration) and their guests (additional fee required).  Just sign up your guest(s) (up to four) and pay for them when you register for the conference.  You can even add a guest by returning to the registration page after you've already registered, no problem.

  Reception and dinner are for members (included in registration) and their guests (additional fee required).  Just sign up your guest(s) (up to four) and pay for them when you register for the conference.  You can even add a guest by returning to the registration page after you've already registered, no problem.

DAY #2 -- Saturday, October 19


8:00 - 9:00AM -- The Ins and Outs of the "Death Certificate Prosecutions" by the Medical Board of California

A HUGE issue now facing physicians in Medical Board prosecutions in California.  The Board is supposedly riding its White Horse here.  Our own Dominique Pollara will show us in stark terms just how dark those horses can be, and how physicians can get trampled. 

9:00 - 10:00AM -- ACADEMY BUSINESS MEETINGAcademy members only.

10:00 - 10:15AM -- BREAK

10:15 - 11:15AM --  The Annual Legislative Update for 2019

The annual and ever-informative roundup of 2018 Legislation and important cases, presented by our own Long Do, Esq., formerly with the California Medical Association, and now in private practice.

11:15 - 12:45PM -- The Impairment Evaluator as the Attorney's Co-PilotWhat should you know about the impairment evaluator you hire as your consultant for your client?

What should you and your client provide to your chosen evaluator before the evaluation, and what should you expect to receive in the final report?  What elements make the evaluation difficult for your consultant, and how should you and the consultant handle them?  You *are* your quality control center for your consultant's work in evaluating your client's potential impairment and safety to practice.  We've lined up David Kan, MD, UCSF Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, criminal and civil forensic psychiatrist, and President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, to share his views on all these issues.  This 90-minute seminar will help empower you to get what you need to represent your client in these important evaluations.  Not to be missed.

Day #3 -- Sunday, October 20


8:00 - 9:00AM -- Exclusive Contracts and Peer Review -- *Finally* they Intersect

Our own Ivan Weinberg, Esq., will provide us a great presentation of the explosive contracting and peer review-related decision he obtained in early 2019 from the First Appellate District, in Economy, MD v. Sutter East Bay Hospitals.  You never saw a hospital gamble like this one did, losing over $3M!

9:00 - 10:00AM -- HIPAA-tize Your PracticeLet’s get personal 

With the federal government continuing to target HIPAA Business Associates and the way they access, use, store, and disclose PHI, Morgan Callahan will help you HIPAA-tize your practice to fulfill your obligations to your clients and their patients.  If you deal with PHI on behalf of your health care provider clients, then you are that "Business Associate" under the law.  Join us for a comprehensive overview of HIPAA so that you can confidently identify and compliantly address HIPAA issues in your daily work with healthcare providers.

10:00 - 10:15AM -- BREAK

10:15 - 11:15AM -- Social Media and the Attorney -- Ethical Considerations (1 Hr Specialty MCLE Credit: "Ethics")

Do you have a professional Facebook page, or do you write Blogs on LinkedIn?  What other social media do you use as a bar-licensed attorney in California?  Do you do it all correctly?  What are the ethical pitfalls for an attorney using social media to promote that attorney's services to the whole world?  Our presenter in this field, Nevada attorney John Naylor of Naylor & Braster, is an expert in the ethical and other complications that each attorney utilizing these twenty-first century tools must know.  This seminar will cover these fascinating aspects of social media use by attorneys:

  • Social media and the lawyer’s duty of competence
  • Does the state bar have to review Your LinkedIn profile?
  • Using social media to investigate the other side
  • Did I just create an attorney/client relationship with the person who looked at my website or LinkedIn page?
  • But I’ve known her for years before she became a judge! – Can you remain social media friends after your friend becomes a judge? Rules for judges and lawyers
  • I need help – Can I turn to an Internet forum to ask other lawyers for advice about one of my cases?
  • Can I brag about my victories on my Facebook page?
  • What do you mean I can’t respond to that negative Yelp review?



Don't miss this great conference!  Register today at the link in the upper right of your screen.  Our block of discount-rate rooms at the Signature Hotel is sold out, but rooms are still available at the Signature!

(Registration is required before Sunday, October 20, 2019.  Payment in advance only.  Payment must be made on this site, and via credit card only, in order to finalize registration and guest dinner space.  We do not accept American Express.)
Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:30 PM until Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1:00 PM
MGM Signature Hotel
Signature Hotel Reservations
145 E Harmon Ave
Las Vegas, NV  89109

(702) 797-6000
Greg Abrams
Morgan M Callahan
Shelley Carder
Fall Conference
Registration is required before Sunday, October 20, 2019
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Payment must be made on this site, and via credit card only, in order to finalize registration and guest dinner space. (AMEX not accepted.)