Health Law Section

  • HLS Fall Program 2014
    Register Now! Health Law Section Fall Meeting Friday, October 24, 2014 State Bar Center, Albany, New York
  • Upcoming Events
    • Register Now: October 24 Health Law Section Fall Meeting

      Join the NYSBA Health Law Section for its Fall Meeting:
      "Healthcare Delivery System and Payment Reform in New York State"
      Friday, October 24, 2014

      State Bar Center
      One Elk Street
      Albany, NY 12207

      9:00 am – 5:30 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)

      Federal, state, and private sector initiatives across New York State and the rest of the country are aiming to promote delivery system and payment reform. These initiatives are intended to transform the health care delivery system in local healthcare markets to reduce health spending while preserving or enhancing the quality of care.

      Healthcare attorneys advising their clients in connection with such initiatives have to address challenging organizational, governance, contractual, regulatory, and other legal issues. The Fall Meeting will provide an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the implications of these initiatives on the organization of healthcare delivery in New York State and the strategies that healthcare lawyers are developing to address the related legal issues and challenges.

      The Fall Meeting brings together leading attorneys, policymakers, experts, and implementers to provide unique and in-depth insights on these ongoing delivery system and payment reforms. The Fall Meeting will cover a variety of topics including New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), accountable care organizations (ACOs), innovative contract and payment arrangements, and related legal issues.

      Program Co-Chairs
      George Choriatis, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale
      David A. Manko, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale

      This program provides up to 7.5 MCLE credit hours, including 7.0 in professional practice, and .5 in ethics. These MCLE credits are not transitional and not appropriate for newly-admitted attorneys except for the ethics credit which is transitional. 

      8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration/ Breakfast – Front Lobby

      9:00 – 9:10 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks/ Program Introduction – Great Hall

      Margaret J. Davino, Esq.
      Section Chair
      Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP
      New York

      9:10 – 10:25 a.m. Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP): Key Policy Issues

      Jason A. Helgerson
      Deputy Commissioner, Office of Health Insurance Programs Medicaid Director
      New York State Department of Health

      David A. Manko, Esq.
      Rivkin Radler LLP

      10:25 – 11:15 a.m. DSRIP: Key Implementation Issues

      David A. Manko, Esq.
      Rivkin Radler LLP

      Gary E. Bie, CPA
      Chief Financial Officer
      Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook

      James Sinkoff
      Chief Financial Officer
      Hudson River Healthcare

      Terence O’Brien
      Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development
      Catholic Health Services
      Rockville Centre

      11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.  Break

      11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Anti-Trust Considerations

      Elinor R. Hoffmann, Esq.
      Office of the Attorney General of New York
      New York 

      Margaret J. Davino, Esq.
      Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP
      New York 

      12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

      Hon. Richard N. Gottfried, Esq.
      Chair, New York State Assembly Health Committee

      12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

      1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Population Health Management: Models and Options

      George Choriatis, Esq.
      Rivkin Radler LLP

      2:20 – 3:10 p.m.  Population Health Management from the Perspective of a Physician Group, an IPA, a PHO, and an Integrated Delivery System

      George Choriatis, Esq.

      Rivkin Radler LLP

      Beth Essig, Esq.

      Mount Sinai Health System
      General Counsel
      New York

      Dr. Josephine Wu, DDS, Esq.
      Chinese Accountable Care Organization
      New York

      Douglas R. Sansted
      Crystal Run Healthcare LLP
      General Counsel

      Robert Iseman, Esq.
      Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP

      Ann Morse Abdella
      Executive Director
      Chautauqua County Health Network

      3:10 – 4:00 p.m. Delivery System and Payment Reform Legal Issues

      David A. Manko, Esq.

      Rivkin Radler LLP

      Charles Luband, Esq.

      New York 

      Robert Belfort, Esq.
      Mannatt Phelps
      New York 

      Whitney Phelps, Esq.
      Greenberg Traurig
      New York 

      4:00 – 4:30 pm  Ethics

      Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq.
      Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP
      Lake Success

      4:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Cocktail Reception – Great Hall

      Going Green: The CLE coursebook for this program will be provided exclusively online and in advance of the program. An abbreviated notepad will be available on site for each attendee.

      NYSBA Member and Health Law Section or Antitrust Section Member:  $195
      Non Health Law or Antitrust Section Member: $  295  Join the Health Law Section and Save $100
      Members Admitted Less Than 5 Years:  $  95
      Non-Members call the State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452 to join NYSBA and register
      Law Students:  $  50

      Program Brochure

      Mail-in Registration Form


      For questions about this program, contact Amy Jasiewicz at 

    • December 3: HIPAA/HITECH For Lawyers Update 2014

      HIPAA/HITECH For Lawyers Update 2014
      Wednesday, December 3, 2014
      Albany | New York State Bar Association
      1 Elk Street
      Albany, NY 12207
      1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      2.5 Total MCLE Credits: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
      Not Able to Attend in Person?
      A Live Webcast Option is Available!*
      * Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Health Law Section

      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Program Chairs:
      Patricia M. Curtin, Partner
      , Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, Vestal, NY
      Raul Tabora, Member, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Albany, NY
      Program Description:
      On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began to enforce the long-awaited HITECH Omnibus Regulations released January 17, 2013 (the “Final Rule”). The Final Rule made sweeping changes to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, increased civil monetary penalties dramatically, and extended liability to Covered Entities’ Business Associates, including attorneys.
      This program will:
               - Provide an overview of the Final Rule
               - Review enforcement activity to date and offer advice on how to prepare clients for audits
               - Familiarize attorneys with Department of Health and Human Services guidance on HIPAA and Mental Health information, including review of the overlapping State Law provisions related to confidentiality of Mental Health information
               - Explore E-Discovery obligations for In-House and Business Associate attorneys in the context of the Final Rule
      Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge and learn how to protect and advise your clients!
      Who Should Attend:

      Health law attorneys; all attorneys in law firms and practice settings impacted by HIPAA and HITECH

      Register now or find out more details on the program speakers and agenda.

    • Public Health Law Webinar Series

      New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Public Health Committee

      in collaboration with

      The Network for Public Health Law and

      Public Health Association of New York City

      announce sponsorship of a



      A Look at Public Health Mandates and Public Health

      Legislation: Hot Topics in Public Health Law and Public Health Ethics


      featuring nationally recognized public health law experts

      The first webinar was held on June 27th.


      Daniel Orenstein, JD, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law Western Region, Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, Public Health Law and Policy Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

      Crisis Standards of Care: Public Health Ethics in Light of Evolving Mandates

      Friday, September 26, 2014
      3 pm - 4 pm Eastern Standard Time

      CLE Credits Pending



      Lawrence O. Gostin, University Professor and Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Georgetown University

      Professor Gostin will discuss his recent book: Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014)

      Thursday, December, 11, 2014
      4 pm - 5 pm Eastern Standard Time

      CLE Credits Pending



      Pace Law School is an approved provider of CLE in New York State.

      This program is suitable for experienced attorneys only.


      Registration Fee for CLE: $45 Check payable to Pace Center for Continuing Legal Education. Please mail to:  Pace Law School, Center for Continuing Legal Education, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY  10603. 


      To register for September 10 and December 11, 2014 webinars, please send an email to

    • January 28: 2015 Annual Meeting: Save the Date!

      The New York State Bar Association's 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place January 26-31, 2015:

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York City

      The Health Law Section will meet on Wednesday, January 28.

      Save the date!

  • Health Law Blog- Supraspinatus

    Supraspinatus is a health law blog sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Health Law Section.

    The purpose of Supraspinatus is to provide timely notice of signficant events and developments affecting practitioners of health care law in New York. Blog posts may cover subjects ranging from new legislation to court decisions to agency interpretations. Topics are selected by contributing authors based on personal choice for the purpose of sharing knowledge about, exploring, and illustrating interrelated (and in some cases interdisciplinary) aspects of current news events and the latest thinking in public policy, law and/or regulation.

  • Health Law Journal

    Health Law Journal


    The Health Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of health law on various topics including the Family Health Care Decisions Act, HIPAA, nursing homes, managed care, mental health, medical ethics, and long-term care. Also included are regular features on recent cases, legislation and publications, as well as updates on Section activities. Edited by Robert N. Swidler, Esq., the Health Law Journal is published by the Health Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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