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AHLA offers a number of discussion lists on exciting health law topics. Joining a discussion list lets you network with colleagues who work in the health law industry, get answers to questions, and exchange information on specific issues affecting your clients.

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Please note:  By subscribing to a list you agree to follow the AHLA List Rules and Procedures then in effect.  Participants may not use the lists for political purposes or to advocate for or oppose any particular candidate or position.  Any opinions, statements or positions appearing on the lists are those of their respective author(s) only, and not necessarily those of the AHLA or its membership as a whole. 

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Antitrust

Moderator: Christine White
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The purpose of this discussion list is to provide a forum for discussion of antitrust issues within the health care environment. Issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, public and private enforcement initiatives and policies relating to network formation and operation, mergers, joint provider negotiations with payers, exclusionary practices and exemptions. Send email to: antitrust@lists.healthlawyers.org

Business Law and Governance

Moderator: Bill Horton
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This discussion list provides a forum for discussion of the broad range of business law and corporate governance issues affecting health care organizations and their counsel, from Sarbanes-Oxley and corporate governance matters to mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions to securities law and corporate finance to white-collar crime. It is designed to provide a valuable resource for lawyers working in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and across all segments of the health care industry. Join your colleagues in staying abreast of the real-word developments in business law and governance. Send email to: blg@lists.healthlawyers.org

Compliance

Moderators: Sara Kay Wheeler and Kate Stern
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This discussion list is for discussion related to health compliance issues that apply to all health care providers. The main focus is on regulatory compliance with a strong emphasis on the design and implementation of compliance programs. Send email to: compliance@lists.healthlawyers.org

Employment Law

Moderator: Wade Harrison
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This discussion list is for the discussion of employment law issues related to health care employers. It is designed for use by health care lawyers, both inside and outside counsel, as well as health care executives. Questions and discussions may cover any employment law topic including employment litigation, human resources, and traditional labor relations. Send email to: employmentlaw@lists.healthlawyers.org

Fair Market Value

Moderator: Greg Anderson
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A place for lawyers and valuators to have meaningful discussion of "fair market value" and issues related to FMV of referral source transactions, including informal discussion of specific valuation scenarios. The intent is to encourage active participation of both lawyers and members of the valuation community, for exchange of ideas related to how the structure of specific arrangements impacts fair market value and vice versa. Send email to: fmv@lists.healthlawyers.org

Health Care Reform

Moderator: Richard Sanders
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This list will focus on proposed and enacted comprehensive health care reform initiatives at the state and federal levels. Send email to: hcreform@lists.healthlawyers.org

Health Information and Technology

Moderator: Alan Goldberg
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The purpose of this discussion list is to provide a forum for the discussion of health information and technology issues including those involving the development, acquisition and operation of health information systems and networks, electronic medical records, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, Internet, intranet, extranet, virtual private network, and other Internet and email communications, health care Web sites, extensible markup language (XML) and other web page creation features, health care data and data mining, encryption and public key infrastructure (PKI), privacy, confidentiality, security, electronic data interchange and HIPAA regulations, health care electronic commerce and electronic signatures including the eSign Law, and other computer technology-related issues affecting and affected by health care. Send email to: hit@lists.healthlawyers.org

Hospitals and Health Systems

Moderator: James Young 
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The purpose of this discussion list is to provide a forum of discussion of operational and transactional issues for in-house and outside legal counsel who represent hospitals or health systems. Operational issues include such things as patient consent, JCAHO inspections and compliance, withdrawal of treatment, patient transfer, medical records and other key operational legal issues. Transactional issues include such things as managed care contracting issues, corporate reorganization, integrated delivery systems, physician contracting, joint ventures, management contracts, M&A, financing and leasing transactions. Send email to: hhs@lists.healthlawyers.org

In-House Counsel

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This discussion list exists for discussion of the unique issues affecting in-house counsel in all health care practice settings. From managing an in-house practice to selecting and retaining outside counsel to issues of confidentiality and privilege; from building an in-house library to writing a job description to unearthing compensation information, this is the list for in-house counsel. Send email to: inhouse@lists.healthlawyers.org

Liability Issues

Moderator: Alan Bloom
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This discussion list is devoted to discussing issues encountered in liability and litigation. Discovery, privilege, legal precedents, and recent cases are all part of the topics to be discussed. Send email to: liability@lists.healthlawyers.org

Life Sciences

Moderator: Robert Q. Wilson
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The purpose of this discussion list is to provide a forum for discussion of issues such as food and drug law regulation, third-party payment and reimbursement (e.g., coverage, coding and payment methodologies for products), fraud and abuse, government contracts, products liability, intellectual property, clinical trials, and research. Send email to: lifesciences@lists.healthlawyers.org

Long Term Care

Moderator: Jasmine Gonzalez
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This discussion list provides a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to the entire spectrum of long term care. It includes issues relating to both the regulation and operation of all types of long term care facilities. Send email to: ltc@lists.healthlawyers.org

Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review

Moderator: Robin Locke Nagele
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This discussion list is intended to provide a forum for discussion among attorneys who represent the individual health care professional, the collective medical or professional staff, and/or the health care entity with issues concerning the organization and operations of medical and professional staffs in health care entities and organizations, including but not limited to: the medical staff bylaws and rules; performance of medical staff responsibilities; appointments and credentialing; dealing with disruptive or impaired health care professionals; conducting peer review and quality assurance; taking corrective action; providing fair hearings for medical and allied health professional staffs; peer review communications and records confidentiality; National Practitioner Data Bank querying and reporting; peer review immunities; compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements pertaining to medical staff organizations, and litigation that arises out of these activities. Send email to: mscpr@lists.healthlawyers.org

Payers, Plans, and Managed Care

Moderator: Alan Bloom
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This discussion list is for discussion related to issues of operation and regulation of health maintenance organizations, managed care payers, and employee health benefit plans, including related liability, health insurance, and payment issues. Send email to: ppmc@lists.healthlawyers.org

Physician Organizations

Moderator: Nancy Gillette
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This discussion list will facilitate discussion and communication among attorneys on matters involving representation of physicians and physician organizations. The scope of issues includes: fraud and abuse analysis; joint ventures and contractual arrangements with hospitals and other providers; billing arrangements/reimbursement issues; antitrust concerns; physician compensation methodologies; credentialing; quality assurance; peer review; professional liability insurance; interaction with managed care organizations and integrated delivery systems. Send email to: physician@lists.healthlawyers.org

Reimbursement

Moderator: Alex Hendler
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This discussion list is designed to allow subscribers to share information and discuss issues related to reimbursement and coverage, including Medicare and other government payor laws, regulations, and instructions, as well as issues related to health care organizational accreditation such as JCAHO and other accrediting entity standards. Send email to: reimbursement@lists.healthlawyers.org

Stark Law

Moderator: Bill Maruca
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This discussion list is for discussion related to information about Stark Law interpretative issues and guidance about approaches to resolving Stark Law compliance problems. Send email to: starklaw@lists.healthlawyers.org 


Tax Issues

Moderator: Don Stuart
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This discussion list is for discussion related to tax, corporate and charitable trust issues affecting both tax-exempt and taxable health care and health-related organizations. The discussion includes IRS interpretive guidance, regulatory and legislative developments, attorney general opinions, agency reports, court decisions, and experiences on the audit trail. Send email to: tax@lists.healthlawyers.org

Teaching Hospitals

Moderator: Karl Thallner
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This discussion list provides a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to the entire spectrum of teaching hospitals and academic medical centers. It includes any issues which impact both the regulation and operation of all types of teaching hospitals. Send email to: teachinghospitals@lists.healthlawyers.org

Young Professionals

Moderators: Kelly Barreto, Alex Krouse, and Lisa Luetkemeyer
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This discussion list provides a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to young professionals in the health care and health law world. Discussion may include substantive and topical issues as well as pratical issues, such as: what can I expect as a first year associate? how can I increase my expertise in a new subject area? how do I network and get more visibility? what opportunities for networking and involvement exist at AHLA? Also a great avenue to learn about upcoming networking events for young professionalsand what social events are scheduled and where during upcoming AHLA programs. Send e-mail to: ypdiscussion@lists.healthlawyers.org


 
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