Physicians Learned about the Future of Health Care Delivery at Broad and Cassel Heath Forum

Top health care executives, including David Willis, managing director of The Advisory Board Company, addressed physicians and other health care professionals recently on the future of health care delivery at the Broad and Cassel Health Forum.
 
July 15, 2011 - PRLog -- Florida physicians and other health care professionals filled the conference room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino recently to hear keynote speaker David Willis, managing director of The Advisory Board Company, speak on “Where is Health Care Going?  Implications of Reform for Hospitals and Physician Practices.”  Other speakers included Mike Segal, chair of the Broad and Cassel Health Law Practice Group, who talked about “Clinical Integration and ACO’s: Is It All for Real?”, Gabriel Imperato, managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office, who spoke on “Health Care Reform and Enforcement and Compliance,” and Douglas L. Mannheimer, chair of the firm’s Governmental Relations Practice Group, who offered insight into the Florida Legislative Session’s health care legislation.  

“We’re living in an incredibly complex world of health care today,” said Willis, who gave an overview of the Massachusetts universal coverage model that has virtually eliminated the uninsured.    “The big strategic question today is whether or not you should form, join or becoming affiliated with an ACO. That’s the $64 million question; you’ll need to seek counsel for that decision.”

Willis’ 45-minute presentation also focused on the critical role of primary physicians as demand for their services skyrockets and the need for all physicians to collaborate with them drives the change in delivery models.  

“No matter what, you have to have primary care,” echoed Segal.  “No one has a crystal ball, but times are changing and physicians have to be ready.  It is critical today to start aligning with other providers.”

Imperato provided a comprehensive overview of compliance issues for health care organizations.  “Compliance for organizations today is a key concept,” he said.  “If you fail to follow the rules, you’ll eventually pay the consequences.  If the government doesn’t find you by itself, a whistleblower will probably spill the beans.”

The 2011 Florida Legislative Session was fraught with turmoil, reported Mannheimer, who said only 285 of more than 2,000 bills introduced were passed, the restriction of “pill mills” being one of the most reported.  He also discussed the managed care movement in Medicaid, the fight over the constitutionality of a law that makes everyone get health care coverage, and a new transparency law that requires some physician offices to post fees for their 50 most common services.

A limited number of DVDs of the Forum are available by contacting Mike Segal at msegal@broadandcassel.com or (305) 373-9430.

The Health Forum was presented by Broad and Cassel, a Florida-based law firm with eight offices and more than 160 attorneys. Additional sponsors for the event included ProAssurance; SunTrust; Cobo, Weizien, Bowers; Dade County Medical Association, Broward County Medical Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society, South Florida Medical Group Managers Association, Health News Florida and South Florida Hospital News.

Photo Caption: Lanny Pauley, South Florida Medical Group Management Association, Gabe Imperato, and Cynthia Peterson.

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Broad and Cassel is one of Florida’s most prestigious corporate law firms, serving clients worldwide from Boca Raton, Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Founded by Alvin Cassel and Shepard Broad in 1946, the Firm has more than 160 attorneys with extensive experience in a wide variety of practice areas including: Corporate and Securities; Construction Law and Litigation; Real Estate Development; Estate Planning and Trusts; Commercial Litigation; Health Law; Law Use and Environmental Law; Taxation; Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights; Labor and Employment; Eminent Domain; Auto Dealership/Repair Shop Defense and Regulatory Compliance; Appellate Law; Public Finance and Capital Projects; and White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud Defense. For more information, please visit us online at www.broadandcassel.com.
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