ASMAC Fall Meeting

2021 Fall Conference

Registration Includes:

  • In-person meeting attendance
  • 8-10 CLE Sessions 
  • Member Roundtable Discussion
  • Member Business Meeting
In-Person Registration

Early-Bird Rate: $500  (expires 9/16/2021)

(Registration: $595 after 9/16)

Virtual Registration

Early-Bird Rate: $400  (expires 9/25/2021)

(Registration: $425 after 9/25)

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2021 Conference Schedule  

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Ocotber 14, 2021  –  Welcome Reception
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm   |   Westin Nashville Terrace at L27 (formerly L28)
October 15, 2021   –   CLE Session
7:30 am – 12:30 pm   |  Breakfast and CLE (see program sessions)
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm   |   Teambuilding Activities
October 16, 2021  –  CLE Session
7:30 am – 12:30 pm   |  Breakfast and  CLE (see program sessions)
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm   |   Teambuilding Activities
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm  |  Group  Dinner –  Westin Nashville Terrace at L27
October 17 2021   –   CLE Session
7:30 am – 12:30 pm   |  Breakfast and CLE (see program sessions)

 * times are Central Time

Meeting Materials

Terrace at L27

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2021 Fall Conference Sessions

Diversity Equity and Inclusion 2021 

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD

This session will cover some of the key efforts being taken at the highest levels in the Executive Offices to address racial health care disparities. Dr. Nunez-Smith has extensive expertise in examining the effects of social and structural determinants of health, systemic influences contributing to health disparities, health equity improvement, and community-academic partnered scholarship. Dr. Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and of Public Health (Social And Behavioral Sciences); Associate Dean, Health Equity Research; Founding Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), Yale School of Medicine. 

Payers and Physicians – Are There Really Any Common Ground Solutions?

Shantanu Agrawal, MD, Anthem

Julian Rivera, JD, Husch Blackwell

Although the American system is profoundly challenged and the conversation about provider/payer collaboration is sounding hollow to some, there are new and evolving collaborative solutions showing real results. As Chief Health Officer for Anthem, Inc, Dr. Shantanu Agrawal will share his view of the measure of those successes and what it will take to sustain and grow them in our time of crises. He will also share how organized medicine has continued to evolve as a constructive partner in the healthcare finance world.

Policy about (MPL) Policies: Government Intervention in the Medical Professional Liability Industry

Michael C. Stinson, JM, Medical Professional Liability Association

As arbitration is increasingly required for resolution of third party payer and employment disputes, attorneys and physicians need to understand the process, the benefits and detriments of arbitration, and strategies for a successful outcome. The speakers will discuss different scenarios and strategies and questions that should be asked before embarking on arbitration or agreeing to arbitrate disputes.

Antitrust Enforcement under Biden: What’s at Stake for Physicians?

Christi Braun, JD, Managing Counsel, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Julian Rivera, JD, Husch Blackwell

  • In July, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Promoting Competition that included specific policy on labor markets and healthcare markets.  What will these policies mean for physicians?
  • Since December 2020, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division has announced three indictments of individuals and companies related to healthcare labor.  What’s the importance of these cases to physicians?
  • Hospital mergers are on the rise, but the Federal Trade Commission has successfully stopped three in the past year.  How will these trends affect physicians?
Current Issues in Telemedicine

Kim Horvath, JD, American Medical Association

Kyle Thomson, JD, American Medical Association

Session description coming soon.

Preparing Physicians for Arbitration:  What You, Your Clients and Members Need to Know

Deborah Winegard, JD, Whatley Kalllas

Richard Levenstein, JD, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, PA

While states have, for years, been the dominant factor in government oversight of insurance matters, the federal presence in this area cannot be ignored. Public policy pressures on medical professional liability (MPL) insurance now come from all sides – state and federal as well as legislative, regulatory, and judicial. From tort reform to patient safety to data security requirements, MPL insurers are engaging in a multitude of public policy issues. This session will present the latest information on government actions, and potential actions, affecting the MPL insurance industry and those they insure.

Sequelae of Board Complaints and Disciplinary Action

Kenneth Lehman, JD, Bernstein Shur

Richard Levenstein, JD, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, PA

While states have, for years, been the dominant factor in government oversight of insurance matters, the federal presence in this area cannot be ignored. Public policy pressures on medical professional liability (MPL) insurance now come from all sides – state and federal as well as legislative, regulatory, and judicial. From tort reform to patient safety to data security requirements, MPL insurers are engaging in a multitude of public policy issues. This session will present the latest information on government actions, and potential actions, affecting the MPL insurance industry and those they insure.

Post – COVID Scope of Practice Action

Kim Horvath, JD, American Medical Association

Alexis Pierce, JD, American Medical Association

Session description coming soon.

Updates in Physician Maintenance of Certification

William (Bill) McVisk, JD, Tressler LLP

This session will provide an overview of the antitrust charges that are underway. He will discuss why the boards consider this important and the challenges that could result. The session will also talk about revocation of medical specialty certification issues.

Forecasting Health Care Issues

Discussion, Moderator TBA

This session will cover a number of contemporary healthcare law issues in an interactive format. If you have an issue (legal or political) that you anticipate will have significant issues in the coming years, email us. Each topic will be given 20 minutes (question, commentary and discussion). Email Your Request

Westin Nashville Reservations

IMPORTANT NOTE ROOM BLOCK CLOSES TODAY – SEPTEMBER 16!

Room Rate: $289 per night (taxes not included; no resort fee)
Room Block Dates: October 13 to 18, 2021

Hotel Narrative: From music and culture to food and shopping, there is plenty to do and see just steps from The Westin Nashville. Nestled in the city’s downtown district, our boutique luxury hotel connects you with iconic attractions like Music City Center, Music Row and Broadway. L27 showcases rooftop views of Nashville, along with nourishing light bites and craft cocktails. Our TN hotel boasts expansive rooms and suites with delightful amenities. Come discover what makes our luxury hotel an enriching destination in downtown Nashville.

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