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VP & GC
Partners Healthcare (MA)
Brent Henry is Vice President and General Counsel of Partners HealthCare* (“Partners”), where he oversees the legal, internal audit, corporate compliance and business ethics departments.
Prior to his arrival at Partners, Mr. Henry was Vice President and General Counsel of MedStar Health, a hospital system serving the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He has also served as the Deputy Administrator of the New York City Human Resources Administration (where he directed the NYC Medicaid program), and as the Director of Business and Governmental Affairs for Greater Southeast Health Care System in Washington, DC. Mr. Henry began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Jones, Day. He has also taught health care law at the Howard University and University of Maryland graduate programs in health administration.
Mr. Henry received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and a Master of Urban Studies from the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He received his B.A. degree from Princeton University, where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Mr. Henry is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, and is a Past President of the American Health Lawyers Association. He also serves on the Boards of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fiduciary Trust Company, Massachusetts Equal Justice Fund, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
*(Partners HealthCare includes Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, Neighborhood Health Plan, several community health centers, an extensive home care network and the community-based doctors of Partners Community Physician Organization).
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 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.
Christine Kocot McCoy
SVP, Legal Services & GC
Christine Kocot McCoy is the Senior Vice President, Legal Services and General Counsel for Ascension Healthcare. In this role she is responsible for leading Legal Services for Ascension Healthcare and its subsidiary organizations. As General Counsel, Chris provides legal counsel to the organization, Board of Trustees and executive management. She leads affiliation initiatives; assists with business development activities; and manages outside legal relationships on behalf of Ascension Healthcare. Chris also serves as Ascension’s Litigation Department Chair with responsibility for leading and directing litigation strategies for the enterprise. Chris was previously Vice President, Risk Management for Ascension, responsible for leading the associate health and safety, claims management, insurance, and loss prevention programs for Ascension and its subsidiary organizations.
Chris came to Ascension from the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. As Partner, she focused her practice in the areas of medical malpractice and employment litigation. Chris represented hospitals and physicians in malpractice matters in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts. Also, she represented management in employment and labor-related matters before federal and state courts and local agencies in Missouri, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Chris served as an Assistant Attorney General acting as Associate General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards. She also worked in the Appellate Practice Division and has argued cases before all district courts of the Missouri Courts of Appeal and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and obtained her juris doctorate at Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis. She is a licensed member of the Missouri and Illinois bar associations. In 2003, Chris was recognized as having one of the largest defense verdicts in the State of Missouri when defending a medical malpractice lawsuit. In August 2007, she was recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the area’s “Most Influential Business Women.”
Systemwide Deputy Compliance Officer
University of California (CA)
David Lane, Ph.D. is the Systemwide Deputy Compliance Officer for the University of California, working out of the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Audit Services. Located in the Regental office of Senior Vice President Sheryl Vacca, his duties include working with campuses on developing their risk assessments and annual compliance plan, serving as systemwide coordinator for sexual violence/sexual harassment policy development, and managing the University’s Policy Office and privacy program.
Prior to coming to the University of California, David worked for eight years with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), the nation’s fourth largest public hospital system where he was HHSC’s Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. He has served in various compliance roles as bureau director for the City of Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Health Division, and the Hawaii Department of Health.
He was on the faculty of The Oklahoma State University and the Missouri State University. David worked in the Office of Personnel and Faculty Relations for the Board of Regents in the State University System of Florida. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology from The Florida State University and a Bachelors Degree from St. Olaf College.
Chief Research & Associate Compliance Officer
Columbus Regional Health (GA)
Debi Hinson is currently the Chief Research & Associate Compliance Officer for Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Georgia. Debi is well known in the compliance field having spent much of her career as a Chief Compliance Officer and a consultant assisting in the development of many compliance and privacy programs. She has authored numerous articles and documents and is often interviewed for compliance publications. Debi has assisted in the compliance program defense of multiple Qui Tam law suits in addition to OCR investigations and has served as an expert witness in compliance litigation.
Debi earned an MBA from Mercer University, a BSBA from Shorter University and is a registered respiratory therapist. She holds the following compliance credentials: CHC, CHP, CCEP and CHRC and has served as a director on the HCCA/SCCE Board.
VP & GC
Roper St. Francis Healthcare (SC)
Greg Edwards serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Charleston, SC-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH), the region’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. The System spans seven counties and is comprised of more than 90 facilities, including Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mt. Pleasant Hospital, Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, Roper St. Francis Foundation and Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as freestanding centers for 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic laboratory and imaging services, home health services and outpatient surgery. With more than 5,400 employees, RSFH is Charleston’s second largest non-governmental, private employer. Its medical staff includes nearly 800 physicians, many of whom are part of the RSF Physician Partners, representing every medical specialty.
Prior to being named General Counsel in February 2009, Greg served RSFH as Director of Legal Services and served as interim General Counsel. As General Counsel, Greg’s area of practice includes administration and oversight of all legal services for the organization, as well as board counsel and management. He coordinates and manages all formal claims and litigation cases involving the System, reviews or coordinates the review of all System contracts and transactions and manages the legal staff, compliance staff, property management department, internal audit staff and privacy department and provides legal advice and assistance to all governing boards and Members.
Prior to working with RSFH, Greg worked in private practice in Charleston, SC focusing on probate and estate matters as well as litigation in such areas as toxic tort cases, products liability and commercial litigation. He was an attorney with Pierce, Herns, Sloan & McLeod, LLC, and also clerked for Judge Irvin G. Condon of the Charleston County Probate Court.
Greg earned his bachelors degree from Clemson University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and the Charleston County Bar Association.
Deputy General Counsel
Mr. Matis is Deputy General Counsel with Intermountain Healthcare. Before joining Intermountain, Greg also served as in-house counsel to several other organizations, including First Health, the country’s largest third-party administrator. Prior to that, he was associated with the Salt Lake City law firm of Kimball, Parr, Waddoups, Brown & Gee.
He frequently speaks and writes on healthcare-related topics. He is an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, where he teaches health law and policy. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Greg clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Anderson of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He graduated, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was on the managing board of the University of Chicago Law Review. He also has a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University.
Chief Risk Officer and Assistant General Counsel
University Health Care System (GA)
Jackie M. Kendinger has practiced law for approximately thirty years; the last twenty of which were spent in the health care arena. She has significant experience as in house counsel and risk officer in various health care settings and is currently the Chief Risk Officer and Assistant General Counsel for University Health Care System. Since 2005 she has managed the compliance and privacy programs for University Health Care System which consists of a two acute care hospitals with over 600 combined beds, three nursing homes, a life care retirement community, home health and over 150 employed physicians. Effective 2015, Ms. Kendinger was named the Chief Risk Officer and a managing board member of her employer’s single parent captive which provides risk transfer for various liability exposures throughout the System. She has previously served as legal counsel and risk manager for a state operated psychiatric facility, a mental retardation intermediate care facility and a long term care facility. She also has served as the Corporate Responsibility Officer and Risk Manager for a 232 bed nonprofit acute care hospital.
Ms. Kendinger earned her Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Georgia School of Law where she was on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and author of Trade Regulations - Export Control-CoCom Agrees on New Multilateral Export Guidelines Allowing Eastern Bloc to Purchase Low Level Technology Legally. She is also a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and is also licensed to practice law in Georgia and Kentucky. Ms. Kendinger is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Georgia Academy of Health Lawyers, member and past Chair of the Georgia Hospital Association Compliance Officer Roundtable and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and certified by the Health Care Compliance Association. Ms. Kendinger has been a frequent guest lecturer at Georgia Regents University Nurse Informatics Course, a conference lecturer for the nation’s largest provider of ROI services, luncheon speaker for CSRA Dental Association meeting and a featured speaker at the Physician Noon Conference.
Janet Walker Farrer
GC, Ascension Care Management; Insurance Legal Department Chair
Janet Farrer is the current General Counsel for Ascension Care Management and the Insurance Legal Department Chair with Ascension. In this role, Janet is the main point of contact and source of legal expertise for managed care and insurance products and services. She provides leadership, legal services, advice, and assistance on legal matters in support of Ascension’s direct subsidiaries that provide managed care and insurance products and services.
Prior to taking this role, Janet was the Senior Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Seton Insurance Services (SIS), a division within the Seton Healthcare Family. At SIS, Janet worked directly with the SIS President and Chief Executive Officer to develop and implement business and legal strategies for the division. Before joining SIS, Janet previously held a position within the Seton Healthcare Family as Senior Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, where she provided legal support and counsel for SIS.
Before joining the Seton Healthcare Family, Janet practiced law with international law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Greenberg Traurig. While in private practice, Janet primarily worked in the firms’ respective Insurance Regulatory and Governmental Affairs practice groups, but also contributed to and participated in significant commercial-litigation and corporate-law matters. Prior to working in private practice, Janet worked as in-house counsel for Scotts Miracle Gro in Marysville, Ohio.
Jennifer Evans brings legal, legislative and operational experience to health care matters. Her legal practice is focused on fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, and regulatory compliance. She represents a variety of client types including large and small hospital systems, children's hospitals, multi-state specialty service providers (e.g. dentistry, dialysis, diagnostic testing, pharmacy), durable medical equipment suppliers, health care manufacturers, physician practice managers, laboratories, health care management franchisors and specialty services extensions of physician practices.
Jennifer served as deputy director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and
Financing, the single state agency responsible for administering Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus programs. At HCPF, she served as office director for administration and operations with responsibility for audit, procurement, program integrity, coordination of benefits, privacy, provider enrollment, claims payment, operations, and information technology, including health information technology.
In addition to her role at the HCPF, Jennifer served on the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices working group on Health Information Technology and Exchange, and has experience representing nonprofit and for profit health care organizations before Congress and CMS. She also is a former legislative assistant for health care and legislative director in the U.S. Senate, and was a working group member of the Clinton White House Task Force on Health Care Reform.
She is a member of the AHLA and its Program Committee, Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement Civic Involvement, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Board member and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Health Care Committee, Co-Chair.
AVP, Enterprise Management
Carolinas HealthCare System
John Tartt is the Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management at Carolinas HealthCare System, a position he has held since 2013. He leads the implementation of ERM activities to assess key business units, projects and initiatives in order to ensure that leaders fully understand significant risks and opportunities as they make strategic and business decisions. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, a Masters of Public Health Degree in Healthcare Leadership and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves on the Board for the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group and as an Elder and Executive Committee member for a large non-denominational church in Charlotte.
EVP & GC
Carolinas Healthcare System (NC)
Keith Smith has been an attorney with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Office of General Counsel since 1997. In his current position as General Counsel, he oversees the System’s legal affairs as well as its corporate compliance, privacy and risk management programs. Smith also provides guidance in the areas of corporate governance, corporate law and healthcare regulatory issues.
Prior to 1997, Smith worked in private practice with the law firm Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. He currently serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte Advisory Council and Executive Committee, and chairs its Strategic Planning Committee, and is a member of the Dowd YMCA Advisory Board and the Carolina Thread Trail Governing Board.
EVP & GC
Texas Health Resources
Kenneth Kramer is Executive Vice President, General Counsel in the Legal Services department of Texas Health Resources, the successor to Arlington Memorial Hospital System in Arlington, Presbyterian Health Care System in Dallas and the Harris Methodist Health System in Fort Worth.
Mr. Kramer was an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his master's degree in Psychology from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas.
Prior to joining Texas Health Resources in 1993, Mr. Kramer was Senior Division Legal Counsel for Charter Medical Corporation, Macon, Georgia and held the positions of Director of Medical Law and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force. Mr. Kramer retired as a judge advocate (Lieutenant Colonel) with the United States Air Force Reserves in 2003. Mr. Kramer has co-authored AIDS Issues in the Military, published in the Air Force Law Review and a two part article entitled Clinical Privileging Actions in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service, which was published in the June and September 1996 editions of The Reporter, and he lectures on many health care topics including mental health and managed care issues.
W. Kenneth Davis, Jr.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
W. Kenneth Davis, Jr., helps his health care industry clients design, structure and grow their businesses. Ken represents physicians, hospitals, ancillary service companies and other health care and e-health providers and businesses in transactional and regulatory matters.
Ken counsels clients as they form new businesses, joint ventures, management and other service relationships, networks and other relationships aimed at integrating and improving the efficacy of the health care process. His work involves a myriad of matters including initial structuring and business model development, analysis of regulatory and reimbursement issues, private equity, debt-based and lease-hold financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He also regularly provides health care compliance counsel for clients. He is “highly regarded for his physician and managed care work” according to Chambers USA.
Ken advises clients on many changing health care regulations, including the Affordable Care Act, the Stark Act, Health Insurance Protability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and many state laws and tax regulations. He counsels clients on financial matters such as reimbursement issues and private equity, debt-based and lease-hold financing.
Prior to joining Katten, Ken served as vice president and general counsel for Princeps Inc., a Nashville, Tennessee-based physician practice management company focused on diagnostic radiology services. The company was the result of a merger between Healthcare Resource Management Inc. and Princeps Medical Practice Management Inc., which Ken co-founded and for which he served in dual capacities as chief operating officer and general counsel.
Laura Keidan Martin
Partner & National Head, Health Care Practice
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Laura Keidan Martin is the national head of the firm’s Health Care practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She counsels health care industry participants including health systems, national ancillary service providers and life sciences companies, helping them structure their transactions, sales/marketing practices and physician compensation arrangements to meet state and federal regulatory requirements. Laura regularly assists clients with government and internal investigations and advises on corporate integrity and deferred prosecution agreements. She also helps clients develop and update their compliance programs and policies, provides compliance education and conducts compliance program effectiveness reviews.
Ms. Martin also serves as lead counsel on complex transactions, often involving multiple parties and creative deal structures. She is an expert on the development, implementation and lawful operation of clinically integrated networks. Her broad‑based antitrust practice includes antitrust compliance advice and representation through pre‑merger reviews and investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.
Ms. Martin earned her BA in economics from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is past president of the Illinois Association of Health Attorneys. Her recognitions include Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for both health care and antitrust, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Chicago Health Care Law, and Leading Lawyers Network’s “Top 10 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois.”
EVP & GC
Wellstar Health System (GA)
Leo Reichert joined WellStar Health System in January 2011, and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In that role, Mr. Reichert provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for managing the legal function for the System and its affiliates. In addition, Mr. Reichert supervises WellStar’s Government Relations efforts.
Prior to joining WellStar, Leo was a partner on the Healthcare Team at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, including commercial litigation, medical staff privilege disputes and certificate of need litigation. His experience also included representing health care providers in civil and criminal health care fraud investigations, qui tam (whistleblower) cases, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, and in the development and implementation of compliance programs.
Prior to joining Parker Hudson, Leo served in the Department of Justice as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in the Northern District of Georgia.
Leo is a graduate of Georgetown University and Emory University School of Law.
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.
SVP & GC
Maureen Testoni is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for 340B Health, a nonprofit organization of more than 1,200 hospitals and health systems participating in the federal 340B drug pricing program.
She oversees the Legal, Policy, and Government Affairs Division that works to influence law and policy regarding the 340B program. Ms. Testoni also provides technical assistance to hospitals on 340B implementation, compliance matters, as well as federal policy guidance.
Ms. Testoni has extensive experience in health care regulatory law and policy. While in private practice, Ms. Testoni represented hospitals and other providers regarding compliance with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and fraud and abuse laws. Ms. Testoni also has healthcare trade association experience serving as Senior Director for Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the American Psychological Association. In the area of health care policy, Ms. Testoni spent several years as a health care advisor on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator and a member of the House of Representatives.
Ms. Testoni is a member of the D.C. and Virginia bars. Ms. Testoni received her law degree from The George Washington University National Law Center, with honors, and her BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Michael R. Callahan assists hospital, health system and medical staff clients on a variety of health care legal issues related to accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient safety organizations (PSOs), health care antitrust issues, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulatory compliance, accreditation matters, general corporate transactions, medical staff credentialing and hospital/medical staff relations.
Michael's peers regard him as "one of the top guys […] for credentialing—he's got a wealth of experience" (Chambers USA). Additionally, his clients describe him as "always responsive and timely with assistance," and say he is "informed, professional and extremely helpful" and "would recommend him without reservation" (Chambers USA). Michael's clients also commend his versatility, and say "He is willing to put on the hat of an executive or entrepreneur while still giving legal advice," according to Chambers USA.
He is a frequent speaker on topics including ACOs, health care reform, PSOs, health care liability and peer review matters. He has presented around the country before organizations such as the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Bar Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association Medical Staff Services, the National Association for Healthcare Quality and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Michael was recently appointed as chair of the Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. He also was appointed as the public member representative on the board of directors of the National Association Medical Staff Services.
He was an adjunct professor in DePaul University's Master of Laws in Health Law Program, where he taught a course on managed care. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Daniel P. Ward of the Illinois Supreme Court.
System VP, Corporate Responsibility
SSM Health (MO)
Mindy Phillips is the System Vice President for Corporate Responsibility at SSM Health. Mindy has been with SSM Health for 10 years and currently oversees the corporate compliance program, functioning as an independent and objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues and concerns within the organization. Mindy is responsible for implementing a state-of-the-art compliance program through system-wide education and training, implementation of policies and procedures, robust risk assessments, comprehensive auditing and monitoring plans, and objective investigations into concerns raised. Mindy is responsible for reporting to the Board of Directors and for maintaining strong relationships with senior leaders in order to ensure a highly effective compliance program remains intact. Developing and maintaining strong relationships with external government agencies is also a critical component of this state of the art program.
SSM Health, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, 62 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and two Accountable Care Organizations.
EVP, GC & Corporate Secretary
HealthSouth Corporation (AL)
Before joining HealthSouth in February 2016, Mr. Darby practiced law for 25 years at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and was an adjunct professor of law at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. He had a national practice in corporate restructuring and related litigation and transactional work and was recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Darby earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law. He clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.
SVP & GC
Avera Health (SD)
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.
SVP & GC
Summa Health (OH)
Robert Gerberry is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Summa Health and its Corporate Secretary. Since joining Summa in 2002, Mr. Gerberry has provided counsel on all aspects of health care law with a focus on strategic and transactional projects, including mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, and physician alignment initiatives. Prior to joining Summa, Mr. Gerberry practiced with the law firms of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and McDonald, Hopkins LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Mr. Gerberry also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Case Western Reserve School of Law teaching Hospital and Physician Organizations Law and Health Care Transactions.
Mr. Gerberry serves as Chair of the AHLA’s In-House Counsel Practice Group and participated in the Physician Organizations Practice Group Leadership Development Program. Mr. Gerberry is the past President of the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys and former member of its Board of Directors. He has also served on the Cleveland Bar Health Care Committee and on the Planning Committee for the AMGA Council of Attorneys. Mr. Gerberry is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Group Association Council of Attorneys, and the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys.
Mr. Gerberry has spoken at AHLA, AMGA, Premier and other national meetings on topics including physician alignment and compensation models, health system transformation, physician-hospital joint ventures, and accountable care development. Mr. Gerberry has also been named a Rising Star in Health Care Law by Ohio Superlawyers was named a 2014 Crain’s In-House Counsel of the Year finalist.
SVP & CLO
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN)
Robyn Diaz is the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In this role, Robyn oversees the legal affairs, technology transfer, and government affairs departments and manages outside counsel relationships. She provides legal advice on health care and research compliance, employment law, risk management, biomedical ethics, and general operational, regulatory, and transactional issues.
Before joining St. Jude, Robyn was a member of the in-house legal team at MedStar Health, a healthcare system with a network of ten hospitals in the Washington, D.C. region. Robyn served as an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she taught courses on health law and served as an academic preceptor to students enrolled in Georgetown University’s Program in Health Care Management and Policy. Prior to her time with MedStar Health, Robyn was an attorney in the health care practice group at Crowell & Moring, LLP.
Robyn received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Brandeis University, and earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals from Cornell University. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New York and Tennessee.
Robyn is a past Chair of both the Memphis Bar Association Health Law Section and the District of Columbia Bar Health Law Section, and she has served on the Planning Committee for the American Health Lawyers Association's Women's Leadership Institute. Robyn currently serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section, a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Health eSource editorial board, and as Chair of the University of Memphis School of Law Institute for Health Law & Policy Advisory Board.
VP, Technology & Security
Texas Health Resources (TX)
Ron Mehring serves as the Vice President of Technology & Security for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The system's primary service area includes 16 counties in north-central Texas, home to more than 6.2 million people.
At Texas health Resources, Ron leads Technology Operations, IT Risk Management & Assurance, IT BC DR program and Technology & Security Performance and Standards teams.
Ron began his career in technology for the United States Marine Corps. After 21 years of military service, Ron retired from the Marine Corps and joined the Department of Veteran Affairs where he led Compliance Assessment teams within the newly formed Oversight & Compliance group. He also served as the Department of Veterans Affairs' Deputy Director for Network & Security Operations.
Ron holds a Master of Business Administration in Risk Management from NYIT and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Terrence (Terry) Lewis
Senior Associate Counsel
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Terrence Lewis serves as Senior Associate Counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (“UPMC”) and is assigned to the Physician Services Division of UPMC. He has been providing legal services for UPMC since 2006. Specifically, Mr. Lewis has been responsible for drafting and negotiating professional medical service agreements (with particular emphasis on telemedicine-related projects), federal contractor service agreements and providing counsel related to the Federal Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Law, False Claims Act and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
In addition, Mr. Lewis currently serves as the Chair for UPMC’s Enterprise Telemedicine Oversight Committee-Legal Subcommittee and is responsible for system-wide legal matters related to telemedicine, both domestically and internationally, involving 20 hospitals and over 3500 employed physicians. He has finalized numerous telemedicine transactions in several medical sub-specialties including telestroke, telepathology, teleradiology, teleophthalmology, teledermatology and telewound. Mr. Lewis regularly provides legal advice on many telemedicine-related issues including physician licensing and credentialing, remote monitoring, home health telehealth applications, online prescribing, billing and reimbursement, use of technology and compliance with applicable laws, indemnification and insurance issues, medical record and patient/privacy issues.
Mr. Lewis is active in presenting on domestic and international telemedicine legal issues and has presented at telemedicine conferences throughout the U.S. and in Europe including at the invitation of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, United Kingdom.
In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law since 2003. Mr. Lewis is a 1993 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.
Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association.
VP & GC
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (NJ)
Todd Brower, Esq., is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. Brower was a Partner at McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, N.J., where he provided his extensive legal health expertise to hospitals, physicians, physician groups, home health care providers and other health care organizations with an emphasis on governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, acquisitions, affiliations, joint venturing, licensing and reimbursement.
Mr. Brower recently served on the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Council on Hospital Governance and as the Chairman of The Foundation for East Orange General Hospital. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School and is the Former Chairman of Essex Valley Healthcare, Inc., East Orange General Hospital, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Inc.
Honored by his peers as among “The Best Lawyers in America” in Health Care Law since 2011, he was also recognized as the “Best Lawyers” 2014-2015, Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Newark. Mr. Brower was also named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” in 2013-2015.
Mr. Brower earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Saint Louis University School of Law where he served as Health Law Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, and received his Bachelor degree from Emory University.
GC & EVP
Northwest Community Healthcare (IL)
Wendy Rubas is General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Northwest Community Healthcare. Her administrative responsibilities include oversight of Compliance, Risk Management and Legal. In this role, she leads the overall enterprise risk program, which provides assessment, planning and intervention into organizational risk areas. She also provides oversight over the organization contracts, policies, litigation and insurance programs.
Prior to joining NCH, Rubas worked in the general counsel’s office at Cadence Health and Provena Health. She started her legal career in private practice in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery.
Rubas received her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has presented educational sessions for the American Health Lawyers Association, Illinois Hospital Association, Illinois Bar Association and Association for Healthcare Risk Management. She has published articles on approaches to legal risk management in the Journal of Healthcare Compliance, Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, Provider and other publications.
Ropes & Gray
Brett Friedman is a partner in the health care practice group of the corporate department of Ropes & Gray. Since coming to the firm, Brett has gained significant experience in advising clients on a variety of complex transactional, enforcement and regulatory matters within the health care industry. His clients have included hospitals, managed care plans, pharmacy and dental benefit managers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers and community-based providers of care to individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
Brett has particular experience counseling both payer and provider clients in responding to the transition to accountable care and value-based payment, including the development of provider risk-bearing organizations, Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”), independent practice associations (“IPAs”), and other integrated delivery networks. Brett also routinely advises clients in the course of government investigations, audits, and self-disclosures concerning potential violations of Medicare and Medicaid regulatory authorities and health care fraud and abuse laws. In addition, Brett’s transactional experience includes advising private equity, for-profit and tax-exempt clients regarding health care due diligence, regulatory and reimbursement issues.
Brett graduated with a BA (Political Science), summa cum laude, from Brandeis University and a JD, with High Honors, from The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York.