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AHLA Podcast Archive - COVID-19

Access past AHLA podcasts related to the coronavirus pandemic:

COVID-19’s Impact on Clinical Research (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 28, 2020)
In this podcast, Amanda Coulter, Coppersmith Brockelman, Clint Hermes, Bass Berry & Sims, and Joanna Bergmann, Northwell Health, discuss the impacts of the pandemic on clinical research, both in the short and long term. The podcast also looks at the expanded access pathway for unapproved drugs, biologics, and medical devices, and COVID-19 vaccine development.

COVID-19 CG Roundtable - Part 7 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 22, 2020)
In the seventh podcast in this series with general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Michael Regier, General Counsel and Secretary, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and David DeSimone, Senior Vice President of Organizational Transformation and Chief Legal Officer, CentraState Healthcare System, about how their jobs have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers discuss how the public health emergency has affected themselves and their hospitals, including how they are handling and preparing for patient surges, managing their workforce, and establishing a new normal. The podcast also discusses how delayed care due to fear of infection has affected patients. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

COVID-19 Implications for Pharmaceutical Litigation (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, July 15, 2020)
In this podcast, Ceren Canal Aruoba, Principal, Cornerstone Research, speaks to Darius Lakdawalla, Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation, University of Southern California, about the economics of pharmaceutical markets. The podcast discusses the impacts of COVID-19 from the manufacturer perspective including innovation and vaccine liability issues. In addition, Professor Lakdawalla talks about the use of economic analysis in pharmaceutical litigation. Sponsored by Cornerstone Research.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 6 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 30, 2020)
In the sixth podcast in this series with counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Robyn Diaz, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Lisa Vandecavey, General Counsel, The Joint Commission, about managing a legal department during a pandemic. The podcast discusses issues that arise with remote working such as cybersecurity, employee morale, and how things might change in the future. In addition, speakers talked about how surveys are being conducted in light of the pandemic. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group. Sponsored by PHIflow.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 5 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 18, 2020)
In the fifth podcast in this series with counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Rene Quashie, Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Digital Health, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Ross Friedberg, Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer, Doctor on Demand, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted telehealth. The podcast discusses the future of telehealth, including clinician buy in, payer/provider collaboration, privacy standards, and using the pandemic to inform how we should address future public health emergencies. The speakers also talk about how the pandemic may reshape the health care industry, particularly primary care. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group. Sponsored by PHIflow.

COVID-19’s Impact on Private Equity Investment in Health Care (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 17, 2020)
In this podcast, Delphine O’Rourke, Partner, Duane Morris, talks to Chris McFadden, Managing Director, KKR, about investment in the health care industry and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast discusses what sorts of transactions are most and least likely to have been impacted by the pandemic, how telehealth will impact the future of health care, where firms are currently investing capital, and how PPP funds could be accounted for in transactions.

COVID-19 Liability for Long Term Care Providers (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 15, 2020)
On this podcast Carin Marney, Shareholder, Lane Powell, Cory Kallheim, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Social Accountability, LeadingAge, and David Thurber, Director of Litigation & Claims Management, Alliance Insurance Group, discuss liability for the long term care industry resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, including state immunity laws, PREP Act, how immunity could affect insurance premiums, and what types of claims are currently being filed. The podcast also examines what the future of LTC insurance might look like. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

COVID-19 and Long Term Care Financing (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 11, 2020)
Mary O’Kelley, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, speaks with Neil Gamss, Senior Vice President, HHC Finance, Luann Gutierrez, Managing Director, Greystone & Co., Amy Heller, President, Healthcare Lending, Congressional Bank, and Hedy Rubinger, Partner, Arnall Golden & Gregory, about the current state of health care financing and how terms have changed since pre-COVID deals. The podcast also discusses how lenders are underwriting new deals, on-site due diligence, how lenders might handle defaults in health care loans, and risk management practices. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

Strings Attached: Compliance for Long Term Care Facilities In Using Funds From the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, June 4, 2020)
In this podcast, Susannah Gopalan, Partner, Feldesman Tucker, Harvey Tettlebaum, Partner, Husch Blackwell, and Camille Lockhart, Partner, BKD talk about how long term care facilities can ensure compliance in their use of emergency pandemic funding, including the specific requirements of the Provider Relief Fund and audit and documentation tracking. The podcast also discusses financial impacts on the long term care sector of the COVID-19 pandemic. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

Financial Stabilization and Recovery Options for Struggling Hospitals and Other Health Care Providers in the Age of COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, May 21, 2020)
In this podcast, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, HealthCare Appraisers, speaks with Ross Norstrom, Property Analytics, USI Insurance Services, and Todd C. Baumgartner, Member, McDonald Hopkins, about insurance options for providers, hospital financing, the CARES Act and its application to health care providers, as well as additional funding and financial resources. The podcast also discusses the Presidential Declaration under the Stafford Act and its impact on nonprofit vs. for-profit providers and FEMA funding. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 4 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, May 14, 2020)
In the fourth podcast in this series with general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Mark Bonanno, General Counsel, Oregon Medical Association, and Eric Fish, Chief Legal Officer, Federation of State Medical Boards. The podcast discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their associations and advocacy activities, including their biggest membership concerns, how their associations have reacted to changes in regulation, and lessons learned. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

Fraud and Abuse: COVID-19 and Telehealth (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 27, 2020)
In this episode of our monthly series on fraud and abuse issues, Matthew Wetzel, Associate General Counsel, Compliance Officer, GRAIL, speaks with Janice Jacobs, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group (BRG) and Amar Rewari, M.D., M.B.A., Associates in Radiation Medicine, about the emerging use of telehealth during the pandemic. The podcast discusses how physicians are using telemedicine during the pandemic, what the future of telehealth might look like, policy implications, and fraud and abuse risks. From AHLA's Fraud and Abuse Practice Group. Sponsored by BRG.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 3 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 22, 2020)
In the third podcast in this series with hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with Elizabeth Trende, Senior Associate General Counsel, Ohio State University Medical Center, Aletheia Lawry, Associate General Counsel, HonorHealth, and Brian White, General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, University of Kansas, about the challenges their health systems are facing—including staffing, budget, and operational issues—and how they are dealing with those challenges. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

Rural Health Care and COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 21, 2020)
In this podcast, attorney Ellie Bane speaks with Vonne Jacobs, Principal and Founder, Pharos Healthcare Consulting, Delphine O’Rourke, Partner, Duane Morris, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, HealthCare Appraisers, Michael Watters, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Essentia Health, and Steve Clapp, President and CEO, Strategic Healthcare Advisers, about how rural health care providers are dealing with the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The speakers share stories of how rural providers are facing these challenges, and discuss issues such as limited resources and supplies, staffing and capacity issues, and the future of rural health care. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

COVID-19 and Long Term Care Facilities: A Conversation with General Counsel and VP of Clinical Services (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 20, 2020)
In this podcast, Daniel Sternthal, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, April Diaz, Vice President of Clinical Services, Marquis Companies, and Darrell Zurovec, General Counsel, Touchstone Communities, discuss how long term care facilities are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast discusses how facilities are dealing with pressing issues such as how to manage memory care units in light of the pandemic, how to minimize risk, staff issues, and navigating the patchwork of regulations from the federal, state, and local governments. From AHLA's Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group.

Antitrust Collaborations in Light of COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 16, 2020)
In this podcast, Monica Noether, Vice President, Charles River Associates, talks to Robert Canterman, senior attorney, Health Care Division, FTC Bureau of Competition, and Peggy Ward, Partner, Jones Day, about the types of health care provider collaborations likely to happen in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast discusses limits to the appropriate scope of coordination, available agency guidance for providers seeking to form collaborations, and examines what key issues FTC staff will consider when evaluating proposals. From AHLA's Antitrust Practice Group. Sponsored by Charles River Associates.

CARES Act COVID-19 Relief Funds: What Providers Need to Know (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 15, 2020)
This podcast dives into the $30 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to providers under the CARES Act. Delphine O’Rourke, Partner, Duane Morris, and Aaron Cohen, Co-Practice Leader health care industry group, Citrin Cooperman, discuss compliance with the terms and conditions of receiving the funds, reporting requirements, and how to prepare for audits. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

Preparing for Patient Surges Due to COVID-19: What Counsel Need to Know, Part 2 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 14, 2020)
In Part 2 of this podcast series on what counsel need to know to prepare for patient surges due to COVID-19, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, HealthCare Appraisers, speaks with Tom Donohoe, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, SCL Health, and Melissa Markey, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC. The podcast covers issues related to resource allocation, including incremental supply contracts, redeployment, and supply chain issues. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group. Sponsored by HealthCare Appraisers.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable - Part 2 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 13, 2020)
In this podcast, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with three hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic—Timothy Adelman, General Counsel, Luminis Health, Robert Gerberry, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Summa Health System, and Elizabeth Wohl, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Brattleboro Retreat—about the challenges their health systems are facing and how they are dealing with those challenges. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

Preparing for Patient Surges Due to COVID-19: What Counsel Need to Know, Part 1 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 8, 2020)
In Part 1 of this podcast series on what counsel need to know to prepare for patient surges due to COVID-19, Andrea Ferrari, Partner, HealthCare Appraisers, speaks with Tom Donohoe, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, SCL Health, and Joe Wolfe, Shareholder, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC. The podcast covers issues related to provider staffing needs and staff shortages, including incremental staffing arrangements, provider redeployment, provider standby availability, and provider income protection. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group. Sponsored by HealthCare Appraisers.

Stark Blanket Waivers Related to COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 2, 2020)
Chip Hutzler, Director, Horne LLP, talks to Julie Kass, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, about the waivers of the Stark Law issued by CMS on March 30. The podcast details what’s in the waivers, what providers should consider when using the waivers, and what arrangements might not be covered by the waivers. Sponsored by Horne, LLP. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

COVID-19 GC Roundtable, Part 1 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, April 1, 2020)
In this podcast, Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, speaks with three hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic—Marc Goldstone, Senior Vice President, Prime Healthcare; David Rowan, Chief Legal Officer, Cleveland Clinic; and Richard Korman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Avera. Participants discuss the multitude of issues they’re facing and how they are dealing with them. From AHLA's In-House Counsel Practice Group.

Fraud and Abuse: Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Fair Market Value (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 30, 2020)
Matthew Wetzel, Associate General Counsel, Compliance Officer, GRAIL, and Stephen Bucci, Director, Berkley Research Group (BRG) discuss with Jason Ruchaber, Founder and Managing Partner, Root Valuation, the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on business valuation. The podcast covers timely and important topics such as what sectors, if any, have seen a positive valuation impact from the crisis, how compensation arrangements can address this type of disruption, and how to deal with at-risk pay for clinicians. From AHLA's Fraud and Abuse Practice Group. Sponsored by BRG.

Telehealth and COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 26, 2020)
Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Terrence M. Lewis, Senior Associate Counsel at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discuss how facilities are ramping up telehealth programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

What Facilities Need to Know About COVID-19 Waivers (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 25, 2020)
Delphine O’Rourke, partner, Duane Morris, talks about how hospitals can benefit from recently-issued section 1335 waivers and other applicable waivers. Delphine takes a deep dive into each type of waiver and what facilities need to do now to take advantage of the flexibilities. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

EMTALA and COVID-19 (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 23, 2020)                       
Sarah Swank, Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP and Charles R. Whipple, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Wellforce, discuss how hospitals are gearing up to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The podcast covers alternative testing/screening sites, as well as legal issues related to staffing, diversion, and capacity. Stay tuned until the end to get a glimpse into the life of a hospital general counsel during the pandemic! From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.

Navigating Supply Chain Issues in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Speaking of Health Law Podcast, March 16, 2020)
Delphine O’Rourke, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, and Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Henry Ford Health System, talk about how hospitals can secure their supply chain in these uncertain times. In addition, the podcast discusses contract management issues and gives practical pointers on establishing an incident command center to ensure clinical and business issues are addressed. From the Public Health System Affinity Group of AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group.