Save the Date: March 24-25, 2017, AMCNO/CMBA Medical Legal Summit

The 2017 Medical Legal Summit will be held March 24-25 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Conference Center. This annual event is co-sponsored by the CMBA, the AMCNO, and the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation.

Keynote speaker Gail Wilensky, PhD, will present “Update on the Affordable Care Act and the Impact of Medicare Payment Reforms” on Friday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Wilensky is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990-1992 and served in the White House as a senior health and welfare adviser to President George HW Bush. From 1997-2001, she chaired the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on payment and other issues relating to Medicare, and previously chaired one of its predecessor commissions—the Physician Payment Review Commission.

Saturday, March 25, will feature three plenary sessions:

  • 8:15 a.m. – “MACRA Update.” The panel will consist of Cathy Costello, JD, Director, CliniSyncPLUS Consulting, Ohio Health Information, and Dr. Howard Pitluck, Health Services Advisory Group. Dr. Robert Furno, CMS Region 5, has been invited.
  • 9:15 a.m. – “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Northeast Ohio.” One of the speakers will be Dr. Nicole Labor, addiction specialist at Summa Health System. Invited speakers are Carole Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Joan Synenberg, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge.  
  • 10:30 a.m. – “Lawsuits: How to Survive, How to Avoid them (a Medical Legal Perspective).” This panel is currently being formed.

Following the plenary sessions will be a breakout session with these two topics:

  • “Medical Marijuana.” Speakers will include Dr. Jason Jerry from the Cleveland Clinic and Cassandra Manna, JD, from Roetzel & Andress.
  • “Legal Issues in the Care of the ‘Vulnerable’ Patient.” This panel will consist of Cynthia Norwood, Executive Director of The Arc of Greater Cleveland; Chuck Corea, In-House Attorney at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Dr. Ewald Horwath, Department of Mental Health at MetroHealth System.

CME credits will be available to physicians attending specific portions of the program.

This summit is intended to bring together physicians, attorneys, healthcare professionals and other who work in allied professions, for education, lively discussion and opportunities to socialize. The co-chairs of the event are AMCNO President Dr. Robert Hobbs and Marlene Franklin, Esq., General Counsel, MetroHealth Medical Center.


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