Richard G. Korman, Esq., is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Avera Health, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rich is responsible for all legal, compliance, internal audit, institutional review board, insurance and risk management activities for Avera. Avera is the Catholic health ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota and the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Avera delivers health care services through more than 350 locations in a five-state region made up of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
Douglas Hammer VP & GC Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
Doug Hammer serves as Vice President and General Counsel responsible for the organization and management of legal and government relations services at Intermountain Healthcare. He manages a team of over 30 professionals.
He served on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), served as Chairman of the AHLA In-House Counsel Committee, and as Program Chairman for AHLA’s Fundamentals of Health Care Law program. In 2005, he was named an AHLA Charter Fellow, one of only 35 health lawyers nationally among the 13,000-plus members of AHLA.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and since 1978 has taught courses in health care organization, health policy and managed care, and public health administration and law. Further, he also taught health care law as an Adjunct Professor at the Brigham Young University Marriott Graduate School of Management. In his honor, in 2004, the University of Utah established the “Douglas J. Hammer Distinguished Endowed Lectureship in Public Health.”
Mr. Hammer received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah with an emphases in Health Services Research and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Beong-Soo Kim VP, Litigation Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/ Health Plan (CA)
Beong-Soo Kim is the Vice President of Litigation at Kaiser Permanente. In that role, Mr. Kim leads a team of approximately two dozen attorneys and claims examiners with responsibility for overseeing Kaiser’s nationwide portfolio of pre-litigation and litigation matters, including enterprise litigation, business disputes, public and professional liability claims, labor and employment litigation, and government enforcement actions. Prior to joining Kaiser in October 2014, Mr. Kim was a partner at Jones Day, where he focused on appellate work, complex litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to Jones Day, Mr. Kim served as a federal prosecutor for almost nine years, the last two and a half as chief of the major frauds section in Los Angeles. Mr. Kim began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, after which he was associated with the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.
Brett J. Denton SVP and Deputy General Counsel Carolinas HealthCare System
Brett J. Denton serves as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Carolinas HealthCare System, where he is responsible for the Office of General Counsel, Corporate Risk Management, and Corporate Insurance. Carolinas HealthCare System, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the most comprehensive and integrated healthcare systems in the nation with more than 62,000 employees, 40 hospital facilities and 900 care locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Brett’s legal practice includes responsibility for a 3,000 physician group practice, a clinically integrated network, regional hospital affiliations and management relationships, litigation management, insurance and risk mitigation, executive employment and counseling, facilities, compliance, and intellectual property. Prior to joining the in-house legal team at CHS in 1999, Brett practiced law for six years with the firm Robinson Bradshaw and Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, where he primarily litigated business disputes.
Brett received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1990 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from UNC, where he served on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Brett also graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina.
In 2015 and 2016, Brett was voted by members of the North Carolina State Bar as one of the Legal Elite for Corporate Counsel in North Carolina.
Brett is active in the Charlotte community, serving as chairman of the St. Gabriel parish pastoral council, recently chairing the board of directors of Crisis Assistance Ministry and previously serving on the state Health Law Council for the North Carolina Bar Association and the fee dispute resolution committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Brett and his wife, Natalie, have three children.
Brian Bewley Shareholder Polsinelli
Brian Bewley is a Shareholder with Polsinelli P.C., in its Kansas City and Washington D.C. offices. Brian focuses his practice on healthcare fraud and abuse and compliance issues, and routinely represents entities under investigation based on alleged violations of various civil, criminal, and administrative laws, including the False Claims Act (FCA) and OIG’s Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP). Before joining Polsinelli, Brian was a senior health care fraud enforcement attorney with the federal government, leading and handling several notable FCA and CMP matters for both the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice.
Charleyn Reviere Senior AGC & Director of Legal Operations West Tennessee Healthcare (TN)
Charleyn Reviere serves as the Director of Legal Operations and Senior Assistant General Counsel for West Tennessee Healthcare, a large integrated healthcare system consisting of hospitals, three affiliate hospitals, imaging and surgery centers, physician clinics, a behavioral health facility and other affiliated entities. She advises the system on all aspects of employment law, mergers and acquisitions, compliance and regulatory issues, physician contracting and negotiation, real property and leasing issues, copyright and trademark law, litigation and nonprofit/tax exemption requirements. Charleyn earned her B.B.A magna cum laude and J.D with honors from the University of Memphis. She is admitted to the bar in Tennessee and is a member of the AHLA, the Health Care Law Section of the ABA and the Tennessee Bar Association. She serves as a board member and volunteer for local organizations, including Area Relief Ministries and the Jackson Symphony.
Christopher Wintrode Director, Contract Administration Stanford Health Care (CA)
Chris is an innovative and driven corporate counsel with over 7 years of experience leading commercial transactions and negotiations for billion dollar companies. Chris has been recognized as the 2014 Corporate Counsel of the Year by the St. Louis Business Journal and a recipient of the 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion award for creating innovative and lean best practices to increase customer service and decrease costs.
Chris currently leads the Contract Administration department at Stanford Health Care whose vision is to be the national leader in healthcare contract administration by providing exceptional and timely contract management and legal review services. At Stanford, Chris oversees the centralized department that provides the following services across the Stanford Health Care enterprise: coordinating contract requests, advising on contractual matters, negotiating and drafting legal documents, performing legal review and facilitating timely renewal or termination of contracts to meet internal policies and external regulations and optimize legal and business terms.
Chris obtained his Juris Doctor, Certificate in Health Law and Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College where he studied Economics & Management and Political Science. Chris was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is an active member of the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Voices, a cultural diplomacy organization that administers the American Music Abroad program on behalf of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Christine Neuhoff System VP & CLO St. Luke’s Health System (ID)
Christine Neuhoff serves as St. Luke’s Health System Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. In 2014 and 2015, St. Luke’s was named as one of the 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics. Christine’s primary responsibility is serving as legal strategic advisor to the health system and its boards of directors. Since joining St. Luke’s in 2008, she has developed the health system’s legal, compliance, governance, risk management, and internal audit teams. In addition, she oversees the government affairs, communications and marketing departments.
Prior to joining St. Luke's, Christine practiced from 2002 to 2008 as in-house counsel with Shands HealthCare based in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to that, she was with Morrison & Forester LLP in San Francisco, California, from 1998 to 2001. Immediately following law school, Christine served as law clerk to Chief Judge Judith N. Keep of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Christine received her B.A. from Dartmouth College where she majored in Government and rowed as a member of the Women’s Crew. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1997.
Currie Higgs GC & VP West Tennessee Healthcare (TN)
Currie has served as General Counsel and Vice-President of the West Tennessee Healthcare system for over 12 years. The West Tennessee Healthcare system consists of a 635 bed acute care hospital, three affiliate hospitals, West Tennessee Imaging Center, West Tennessee Surgery Center, Pathways Behavioral Health, Medical Center Home Health, Medical Center Medical Products, Center for Child Development, West Tennessee Medical Group and related physician clinics and other affiliated entities. Currie has advised the system of approximately 5,000 employees on various employment law issues, including ADA, wage and hour matters, EEOC responses, Board of Directors matters on compliance and legal issues, supervising risk management, and all aspects of healthcare law, including privacy regulations, tax exemption issues, and bond matters. Currie is a board member of Leaders Credit Union, Past President of the Jackson Service League, Past President of Altrusa, and has been a volunteer for non-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Symphony League, and the Salvation Army.
Josh Murphy CLO & Corporate Secretary Mayo Clinic (MN)
Josh Murphy is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He worked as a trial lawyer in Chicago with Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney for seven years before joining the Mayo Clinic Legal Department in 2000. At Mayo, he served as Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and then Associate Chief Legal Officer before being appointed Chief Legal Officer in 2015. As Chief Legal Officer, Josh provides strategic and administrative leadership to Legal Department staff in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and Arizona, and provides direct legal support to Mayo Clinic’s executive leadership and Board of Trustees. Josh lives in Rochester, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.
Matthew Pearson Senior Managing Attorney SSM Healthcare (MO)
Matt obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and his law degree from Oklahoma City University. Before joining SSM Health, Matt was a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Matt received published recognition in the Fifth and Sixth Editions of the American Health Lawyers Association's Fundamentals of Health Law for rewriting a chapter about health insurance to account for the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Matt joined SSM Health in 2012, left to become an Associate Attorney in Lashly & Baer, P.C.'s corporate health care department in 2015, and returned to SSM Health in his current role in 2016. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and exercising.
As the Lead Senior Managing Attorney at SSM Health, Matt is responsible for running the Transactions Practice Group of the System Legal Affairs department. Matt also serves as a subject matter expert on fraud and abuse laws that affect hospital operations, oversees high-level transactional work including corporate governance processes, and provides legal support for mergers and acquisitions.
Scott Richardson VP & AGC LifePoint Health (TN)
Scott Richardson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for LifePoint Health, overseeing legal services for the company’s Central Group hospitals. Scott counsels hospitals on operational, compliance, and regulatory matters, and also supports the company’s quality and medical staff governance initiatives. Prior to his current position, Scott was a partner with a Nashville firm providing services to a variety of the firm’s health care clients. He is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations and the American Health Lawyers Association. Scott is a current member of the Executive Council for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section.
Lidia Rodriguez-Hupp SVP & 340B Compliance Officer Sentry Data Systems
With more than 15 years’ experience in 340B software and program maintenance, and six years in various staff positions within the US House of Representatives, Lidia is uniquely suited for the challenges of 340B compliance. In her current role as Senior Vice President & 340B Compliance Officer for Sentry Data Systems, she oversees the 340B audit and compliance team and the professional services team. These teams act as internal consultants on Sentry’s high-priority projects and also support client requests that require a great level of expertise. Lidia is active in her local community as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow since 2008 and has served on the IPMI advisory board committee for the Healthcare Law and Compliance Institute since 2015.