SOURCE: King & Spalding

March 05, 2007 09:54 ET

Industry Leaders Gather at the 14th Annual King & Spalding Health Law and Policy Forum

Topics Range From Healthcare Fraud to Charity Care

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- March 5, 2007--The 14th Annual King & Spalding Health Law and Policy Forum will take place on March 19, 2007, at the Four Seasons Hotel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum will feature a roster of industry experts addressing a range of healthcare topics, including healthcare fraud from the government's perspective, charity care and community benefit, and developments in healthcare labor and employment law.

Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger (R.-Minn.), whose health policy experience extends over three decades, will deliver the keynote address, entitled "The Healthcare Policy Environment: Opportunities for Leadership." His remarks will focus on opportunities for healthcare system change from the inside out, physician and community leadership and the impact of reform at both the state and federal levels.

In addition to Durenberger, other forum guest speakers and their topics are

--  Melinda "Mindy" Hatton, senior vice president and general counsel to
    the American Hospital Association, who will discuss measuring community
    benefit and charity care;
--  Georgia State Senator Judson H. Hill will deliver a lecture about
    state-specific healthcare reform;
--  Amy Berne, chief of the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's office
    for the Northern District of Georgia, will speak about healthcare fraud
    enforcement trends and priorities;
--  Scott A. Smeal, Senior Assistant Attorney General of the Georgia
    Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, will discuss healthcare fraud enforcement
    trends and priorities;
--  Dale C. Hetzler, vice president and general counsel of Children's
    Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc., will discuss new informal resolution
    strategies for medical malpractice claims.
--  Charity Scott, professor of law at Georgia State University's College
    of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business (Institute of Health
    Administration), will discuss new informal resolution strategies for
    medical malpractice claims.
    
The King & Spalding partners participating in the forum include Glen A. Reed, chair of the Healthcare practice; James W. Boswell, III, Litigation and Healthcare practices; Matthew S. Harman, Litigation practice; Michael W. Johnston, Litigation practice; Richard L. Shackelford, Litigation and Healthcare practices; Lovita T. Tandy, Labor and Employment practice; and Dan H. Willoughby, Jr., Litigation practice.

Journalists from Modern Healthcare, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Business Chronicle will participate in a panel entitled "Covering Healthcare -- The Players, The Issues and The Future."

The 14th Annual King & Spalding Health Law and Policy Forum is sponsored by the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, the Medical Group Management Association, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

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