In 2007, HLA introduced the Health Law and Policy Forum Brown Bag Luncheon Series which brings together the best legal and health care minds in Massachusetts for informal discussions of hot topics in health law. Each event in the Series, a component of HLA’s Pro Bono Legal Network curriculum, features a special guest speaker who discusses a cutting edge issue of health law or policy and engages in a dialogue with the audience. The programs are attended by a broad crosssection of advocates, lawyers, health care professionals, payers, and policymakers from the private and government sectors. The Series provides participants with valuable networking opportunities and the chance to exchange ideas on key health care topics with some of the most well known, respected, and knowledgeable experts in the field.
The luncheon series is made possible with support from Proskauer Rose LLP and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed.,Regional Administrator, Region One for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), presented "SAMHSA's Regional Presence and Priorities: Strategies on mental health and substance abuse in New England."
James Roosevelt, Jr., CEO and President of Tufts Health Plan, led the discussion "The Health Care Cost Containment Law: A first step in controlling costs."
Jeffrey N. Catalano, Esq., Partner at Todd & Weld LLC, and Alan Woodward, MD, Chair of the MA Medical Society Committee on Professional Liability, presented "Medical Malpractice Reform in Massachusetts: A talk focusing on the new medical malpractice laws, their implementation, and their purpose in furthering patient rights and safety."
July 2, 2012: HLA and Proskauer convened a panel of distinguished health law and health care reform experts to discuss what the Supreme Court's decision means for health care reform, employers, providers, insurers and consumers, and how it impacts established Supreme Court doctrine. The panel and audience enjoyed a lively and engaging discussion and we thank all of those in attendance for making the event such a success. In particular we are grateful for our partnership with Proskauer and leadership and expertise in organizing the event. The discussion was moderated by Wendy E. Parmet, the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Sarah G. Gordon, Vice President of Legal Affairs for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plan
Peter Marathas, Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP
Wendy K. Mariner, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health, Professor of Law at BU School of Law, and Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences at BU School of Medicine
David G. Spackman, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs for Lahey Health System
For those who could not attend in person, you can download an audio recording of the proceedings here.
In the first several months of the Series, special guest presenters and their topics have included:
John Auerbach, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, led the discussion "Public Health in a Challenging Time." The discussion was held at the AARP of Massachusetts.
Dr. James Mandell,CEO of Children's Hospital Boston, led the discussion "Children Are Not Little Adults: A Pediatric View On Payment and Insurance Reform." The discussion was held at the AARP of Massachusetts.
Ralph de la Torre, MD, Chairman and CEO of Steward Health Care System, led a discussion on "Affordable Care Organizations: A New Model for Delivering Health Care Services."