Healthcare General Counsel Forum Packs the House at 16 Beacon Street

On Wednesday, December 4th nearly 100 attorneys filed into the BBA’s 16 Beacon Street Headquarters for the BBA Healthcare General Forum – The Future of Risk CLE, which featured 11 general counsel panelists of discussing their opinions on the current legal and legislative landscape facing healthcare.









The first panel focused on the changing role of today’s healthcare general counsel.  Panelists stressed the emerging need for versatility – an effective general counsel needs to act as a project manager, business strategies and risk manager, and the increasing workload due to tight legal budgets – while managing  increased regulatory pressures. Panelists included:

• Jeff Weinstein (Tufts Medical Center)
• Elizabeth Brody-Gluck (Vinfen)
• Kim Nelson (Atrius Health / Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates)
• Leslie Joseph (Mt. Auburn Hospital)
• David Abelman, Moderator (DentaQuest)

The second panelists discussed different areas of emerging risk that is of concern of today’s healthcare general counsel, including compliance, the Affordable Care Act and more. Panelists included:

• Lois Dehls Cornell (Tufts Health Plan)
• Lorianne Sainsbury Wong (Health Law Advocates)
• Ed DeAngelo (Mass Health Connector)
• Brent Henry (Partners HealthCare)
• Leslie Joseph, Moderator (Mt. Auburn Hospital)
• Jamie Katz (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Attendee James Downes, JD, MPH, LLM, had this to say about the event:

"The Healthcare General Counsel’s Forum The Future of Risk was great!  It provided a rare opportunity to hear how some major players in the local healthcare arena are approaching risk proactively.  The wide-ranging discussion combined an internal perspective, discussing issues like corporate governance and the legal department’s interaction with the compliance department, with an external perspective, discussing issues like the role of outside counsel and the evolution of the governmental regulatory environment.  The formal presentations were made even more valuable by the opportunity to meet the panelists and further explore their thoughts at the cocktail hour."