Health Law Section Committees

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To join one or more of the Committees below, you may email the Chair/Co-Chair or your staff Liaison.

E-Health and Information Systems

Committee Chair
Raul A. Tabora, Jr.
(518) 533-3242
rtabora@bsk.com

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Ethical Issues in the Provision of Health Care

The Committee on Ethical Issues in the Provision of Health Care completed the following programs in 2011-12, in addition to regular meetings concerned with Committee business:

  • CLE program entitled: "Health Care Decision Making: Implementation of the Family Health Care Decisions Act, Recent Developments and Ethical Considerations in NYC and Albany.
  • Lunch meeting with guest speaker on the topic of Hospice Care.
  • Lunch meeting with guest speaker on Palliative Care and Physician Assistance with Dying. 
  • CLE program entitled: “Legal, Ethical and Mental Health Issues on Today's Higher Education Campus in NYC.
  • CLE program entitled: "Health Care Decision Making: Implementation of the Family Health Care Decisions Act, Recent Developments and Ethical Considerations in NYC and Albany.
  • Lunch meeting with guest speaker on the topic of Hospice Care.
  • Lunch meeting with guest speaker on Palliative Care and Physician Assistance with Dying. 
  • CLE program entitled: “Legal, Ethical and Mental Health Issues on Today's Higher Education Campus in NYC.

Planned future activities include:

  • Possible CLE for the fall of 2013.

Interested persons should contact:

Committee Co-Chairs
Lawrence R. Faulkner
(914) 495.4508
lfaulkner@westchesterarc.org

Alice H. Herb
(212) 243-6662
aherb217@gmail.com

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Health Care Providers and Networks

Committee Co-Chairs
Reginald Bullock, Jr.
(516) 465-3260
rbullock@nshs.edu

David A. Manko
(516) 357-3005
david.manko@rivkin.com

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Health Professionals

We are planning a breakfast meeting for the January Annual Meeting, with invited guests from the NY State DOH Office of Professional Discipline (OPMC), as we have done in past years. We are also inviting a representative from the Education Department Office of Professional Discipline (OPD). The goal is to discuss issues of mutual concern.

We are working on an “e-pamphlet” to provide a user- friendly guide to OPMC for attorneys, physicians and physician assistants and specialist assistants (who are subject to OPMC’s jurisdiction). We hope to then do a similar pamphlet for OPD for the other “Title 8” professionals who would come under OPD’s jurisdiction.  An e-pamphlet affords information and links to other websites. We will present a draft at the January meeting (after it is circulated to the committee for editing).

This past year, we tried to arrange a meeting in Buffalo with OPMC and the Erie County Medical Society (through the efforts of committee member Lisa McDougall and colleagues in Buffalo), however the DOH essentially “froze” travel allotments, and with apologies, the Exec. Secretary of the State Board for Professional Misconduct (BPMC), Dr. Katherine Hawkins, was not able to participate, though she was willing to. Therefore we tabled that plan, and Dr. Hawkins indicated she would happily come to a meeting in NYC (as she has done previously with OPMC lawyers), and would also do so in Albany later in the year (especially if the travel restriction remains in effect, precluding a Western NY meeting). 

Committee Chair
Barbara A. Ryan
(212) 593-5367
baryan@arfdlaw.com

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Legislative Issues

Committee Chair
James W. Lytle
jlytle@manatt.com

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Managed Care and Insurance

Committee Co-Chairs
Harold N. iselin
(518) 689-1400
iselinh@gtlaw.com

Ross P. Lanzafame
(585) 231-1203
rlanzafame@hselaw.com

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Medical Research and Biotechnology

Committee Mission Statement and Goals

  • Internal: To keep members up-to-date on cutting-edge developments in the law relevant to medical research and the use of nanobiotech and biotechnology in clinical practice; 
  • External: to partake in activities that meaningfully contribute to the development of sound laws, policies and regulations governing biomedical research and clinical practice; and 
  • Networking: to provide members with an opportunity to network with colleagues on the committee and with relevant external organizations and individuals

2013 Activities:

  • Symposium on Genetically Modified Organism labeling in NYS that will be open to the public
  • Working with Assembly Member Cahill's office re the Genetic Advisory Council
  • Looking at how Civil Right Law 79L could be revised to clarify it for better implementation
  • Looking at other issues around genetic testing such as genetic counselors and direct to consumer genetic testing

Committee Co-Chairs
Alex C. Brownstein, Esq.
(646) 228-2972
Alex.brownstein@bioscicom.net

Samuel J. Servello, Esq.
(212) 554-7872
sservello@mosessinger.com

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Membership Committee

The Committee is responsible for Section recruitment and member support.  The Committee also organizes membership appreciation activities.

Includes subcommittee devoted to the Section’s participation in the Bar Association’s Diversity Initiatives.  This subcommittee is responsible for implementation of our summer internship program and our efforts to reach out to minority bar associations.

Participation is especially useful for young attorneys who are trying to break into the Health Law field, as its activities provide rich networking opportunities.

Committee Co-Chairs
Karen L.I. Gallinari, Esq.
(718) 920-6164
kgallina@montefiore.org

Hon. James F. Horan, ALJ
(518) 402-0748
jfh01@health.state.ny.us

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Mental Hygiene & Developmental Disabilities

The committee will be holding an organizational or first meeting on December 4th at noon at the Abrams Fensterman offices in Manhattan. There is also a call-in number. We envision the committee as a forum in which those who are involved in serving MH and MR/DD providers or who have interests in those issues will be able to exchange information, concerns and views. We expect that new developments, such as the introduction of managed care, the admin cap/exec comp regs, and the expected Justice Center will be the focus of discussion, and will lead to further activities.

Committee Co-Chairs
Hermes Fernandez
(518) 533-3000
hfernandez@bsk.com

Carolyn Reinach Wolf
(516) 592-5857
cwolf@abramslaw.com

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Public Health Law Committee

The Committee focuses on legal issues in the realm of public health, or the health of communities or populations. It serves as a forum to discuss current public health issues and undertake various types of projects to educate our members as well as other attorneys and the general public on legal issues in public health. Past activities have included:

  • A written analysis comparing current New York laws with model laws related to public health emergencies; 
  • A policy paper on legal issues, barriers, and solutions regarding health care costs; 
  • Participation in planning a full-day continuing legal education seminar on accountable care organizations; the opportunity to comment on proposed New York State bills on public health issues; and 
  • Speakers on conference calls about various public health topics our committee chooses. The speaker series in 2012 has centered around how the public health sector’s long experience in gathering and interpreting data can assist in healthcare reform and its data-driven paradigms.

The committee holds regular conference calls on the second Wednesday of each month for about 1 hour and an in-person meeting at the NYSBA annual meeting in January 2012. On our Wednesday, November 14, 2012 call at 9 am our guest speaker was Daniel Porreca, executive director of HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange.

Interested members should contact:

Committee Co-Chairs
Julia C. Goings-Perrot, Esq.
(845) 569-4397
jgoings-perrot@tclmm.com

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Publications and Web Page

Robert N. Swidler
(518) 271-5027
swidlerr@nehealth.com

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Reimbursement, Enforcement and Compliance

Committee Co-Chairs
Robert A. Hussar
(518) 431-6730
rhussar@manatt.com

Melissa M. Zambri
(518) 429-4229
mailto:mzambri@hblaw.com

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Comments to the NYS Medicaid Inspector General re MED-39-09-00007-P and MED 39-09-00008-P (November 2009)
Comments to the NYS Medicaid Inspector General re OMIG Audit of Ancillary Services.... (November 2008)