EVP & CLO
Geisinger Health System
David J. Felicio has been in-house counsel for the Geisinger Health System since 1989, has served as its Chief Legal Officer since 2002 and Executive Vice President since 2015. Mr. Felicio manages a department of nine attorneys which are responsible for providing all legal services required by the System. Mr. Felicio received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Boston University and a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law. He began his legal career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he served as a prosecutor and then joined the firm of Duane Morris and Heckscher where he was a litigator defending health care providers in medical malpractice cases.
Mr. Felicio is a member of the Columbia-Montour Bar Association and served as President in 2006 and 2007, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He has lectured on various health care issues to groups such as the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, the American Medical Group Association, American Health Lawyers Association and hospital medical staffs.
Bass, Berry & Sims
Anna Grizzle is a member at Bass, Berry & Sims’ Nashville office. She helps healthcare clients address enforcement and compliance issues and respond to legal and regulatory violations. She is currently serving as lead counsel to several healthcare providers who are under investigation for potential False Claims Act violations. With significant experience in defending against statistical sampling and extrapolation in Medicare and Medicaid claims audits, Anna has saved healthcare companies tens of millions of dollars in potential overpayment demands.
Representing national hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices and a variety of other healthcare providers, laboratories and DMEPOS suppliers from many industry sectors, Anna's practice involves developing and implementing compliance programs; counseling on healthcare operations and compliance; advising on regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions; representing clients in connection with False Claims Act litigation, self-disclosures, internal investigations and responding to governmental inquiries; and defending clients in medical malpractice actions and commercial litigation.
Anna is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC)® and is involved with several industry organizations including the Women in White Collar Subcommittee for the American Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and American Health Lawyers Association.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Torrey McClary's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and complex transactions in the health care industry. She has managed several major hospital acquisition transactions, including completion of the first-ever acquisition of a private hospital by a state health care system in the State of New York. She has represented academic medical centers, hospitals and public and non-profit health systems in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters. She recently represented Vanderbilt University as lead outside counsel in the restructuring and spin-off of its academic medical center into an independent entity.
Torrey has tremendous depth of experience in creating new health systems and structuring hospital acquisitions, joint ventures and spin-offs. She played a leading role in some of the most prominent and high-profile health system transactions in the United States in recent years. She has structured health care transactions using a variety of transaction models, including asset purchases, membership substitutions, joint operating arrangements and long term leases. Torrey is engaged currently in advising health system clients in several states on mergers, joint ventures and other significant transactions.
Chris Carnahan is an experienced healthcare consultant, evaluator, and accountant with over 25 years in the healthcare, finance, and technology industries. He is the president and founder of the Tampa and Nashville-based Carnahan Group, a healthcare technology firm that uses game-changing technology to drive compliance and cost reductions for some of the world’s largest healthcare organizations, in addition to conducting assessments and valuations of for-profit and non-profit health organizations. Carnahan Group also offers independent litigation support and expert testimony witness services to healthcare organizations. In 2016, Mr. Carnahan and the Carnahan Group launched FMVMD™, an online fair market valuation physician compensation platform that has significantly reduced the cost of compliance and turnaround times on valuation analyses.
Using FMVMD™ and direct communication with Carnahan Group clients, Mr. Carnahan is able to identify healthcare organizations financial and technological assets and liabilities. With the goal of assisting all levels of healthcare organizations with developing strategic technology and innovative compliance plans, the algorithms in FMVMD™ provide a streamlined method to calculate risks, analyze compensation, and determine compliance with current regulations.
Mr. Carnahan’s work as a chief financial officer, a regional manager of development, and a senior investment analyst have prepared him for working with different types of health organizations to plan for expansion and stability. He is skilled at pinpointing the fair market value and commercial reasonableness of different strategies for health organizations.
Mr. Carnahan has been involved in thousands of healthcare transactions for a variety of different markets and together with his staff has completed thousands of projects for health organizations throughout the United States. For over 15 years, Mr. Carnahan has been instrumental in negotiating deals and contract terms. His responsibility and care are the foundation of the Carnahan Group’s continued run of success in consulting and business valuation services. He has testified as an expert witness in many healthcare-related court proceedings and has served as an instructor for the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). In 2010, Mr. Carnahan received the Certificate of Achievement for an Instructor of Great Distinction by NACVA.
Mr. Carnahan is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), and Senior Business Analyst (SBA). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), a section member of the AICPA’s Valuation and Forensic Services, and is a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA).
Erin Whaley is a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, VA in the healthcare practice. She represents hospitals and other healthcare providers in the full spectrum of healthcare legal issues and has co-authored many publications on healthcare related topics. Her corporate and regulatory experience includes advising providers on healthcare operational regulatory issues including Stark, Anti-Kickback and HIPAA; corporate issues such as mergers and acquisitions, IT contracting, physician contracting and joint venture opportunities; and compliance issues including the design and implementation of compliance programs as well as the investigation and resolution of compliance issues.
Erin’s digital health experience includes representing providers in the negotiation of various health IT contracts including electronic health records, revenue cycle management, population health and telehealth contracts. She also represents health IT vendors on corporate and regulatory issues including customer contracting, joint ventures, funding opportunities, privacy and security compliance (including HIPAA and state laws), Anti-Kickback compliance and compliance with various state laws including corporate practice of medicine and telehealth. Her experience representing both providers and IT vendors gives her unique insights that bring benefit to her clients.
Erin also assists with the development of health information exchanges (HIEs) and advises these organizations on legal structure; governance; privacy and security frameworks; operational policies and procedures; breach notification; and data exchange agreements.
LifePoint Health (TN)
Tizgel has practiced exclusively in the area of health law during her career. She started her career in private practice where she primarily represented hospitals, hospital systems, and retail pharmacies on a myriad of issues including compliance, fraud and abuse, reimbursement, not for profit tax, certificate of need, as well as other health law subspecialties.
Tizgel currently is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for LifePoint Health located in Brentwood, Tennessee. She has primary responsibility for all LifePoint Health’s affiliated physician practice entities. In this role she supports the company’s acquisition activity and onboarding efforts for new hospital affiliated clinics. Prior to joining LifePoint, Tizgel was an Operations Counsel for Community Health Systems.
She received her bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in African-American studies from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Michael K. Loucks is an experienced trial and appellate attorney whose practice focuses on internal investigations and government enforcement matters in the United States and abroad, and on false claims act litigation in federal and state courts. Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Michael had most recently served as acting U.S. attorney and first assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Since joining Skadden in 2010, Michael’s practice has focused on representing companies in government criminal investigations, in False Claims Act and other civil litigation, in regulatory matters with the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Inspector General, and in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. He has represented companies and individuals around the world from a wide variety of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical and biotech, medical devices, energy and natural gas, transportation and shipping, private equity, publishing and insurance, among others.
Before serving as acting U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Michael had a long history in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was first assistant U.S. attorney (2005- 2009); white collar crime section chief (2005); health care fraud unit chief (1997-2004); and healthcare fraud coordinator (1992-2004), where he established the office’s health care fraud practice and was involved in major prosecutions, including those involving pharmaceutical and medical devices. He was a nationally recognized health care fraud prosecutor, handling many of the department’s most high-profile health care fraud prosecutions of the past two decades. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1985, after five years in private practice.
Michael has a B.A., Harvard College (magna cum laude) and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He is the Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Litigation and Risk Management Interest Group and served on theBoard of Editors, Boston Bar Journalfrom 2007 – 2010.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Greg Luce handles civil and criminal litigation and regulatory matters involving the healthcare industry. For more than 30 years he has represented health systems, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and other health care providers in litigation involving fraud and abuse enforcement, False Claims Act defense, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Mr. Luce focuses on the counseling and defense of health care providers, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies and physicians under state and federal fraud and abuse laws and the False Claims Act, as well as on the design and implementation of compliance programs. In addition, Mr. Luce represents numerous health care providers and corporations in response to civil and criminal investigations under the provisions of the False Claims Act and other statutes. A significant aspect of his practice includes advising clients on voluntary disclosure of statutory and regulatory violations to appropriate government agencies. Mr. Luce has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Nationwide — Health Care; District of Columbia — top tier for Health Care) and The Best Lawyers in America. He also was named as one of Law360’s “Health MVPs” in 2012.
Greg holds a BA from the University of Virginia (with distinction) and a JD from the University of Richmond and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. He also partook in government service as the Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is aMember of the ABA Health Law Section, a member of the Virginia State Bar Health Law Section (past chair, 1990-1991, and a member of the board of governors, 1988-1991 and 1996-1999), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (1995-2001) and was elected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Chief Compliance Officer
UAB Hospital (AL)
Deborah Grimes received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UAB in 1986. While working as a Registered Nurse in Women’s Services at UAB Hospital for over ten years, she also attended the Birmingham School of Law. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Law in 1995 with a Juris Doctor Degree. Later went on to complete a Master’s in Quality and Patient Safety from UAB in 2016.
Deborah joined Health Service’s General Council Office and UAB Risk Management as a Healthcare Attorney for nine years. In 2004, she returned to Hospital Administration as the Director of Joint Commission/ Quality Resources. She was promoted to VP of Quality/Regulatory Affairs in 2006 and in 2007 assumed the Interim Compliance Officer position. In 2009, she became the Chief Compliance Officer for UAB Hospital. She recently received a certification as a Healthcare Quality Professional, Certified Healthcare Compliance and completed leadership training with Momentum Program.
Deborah also serves as a Board member of the Alabama Kidney Foundation and is a Past President Momentum Alum Board. She is a member several professional groups, such as Healthcare Compliance Association, and Association of Healthcare Accreditation Professionals.
SVP & CLO
Northwell Health (NY)
Laura Peabody graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1983 and has worked in the health care sector for most of her professional career. She is currently the Chief Legal Officer for Northwell Health based in New Hyde Park, NY (Northwell). Northwell is one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems with 21 hospitals in the New York metropolitan area, more than 450 outpatient physician practices, a School of Medicine and School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions, both with Hofstra University, and an Institute for medical research (the Feinstein Institute). The System recently began offering health insurance to individuals and employer groups in the NY metropolitan area through wholly owned subsidiaries. In addition, Northwell has a vast regional network of ambulatory providers. Northwell has approximately 61,000 employees and is the largest private employer in the State of New York. The System’s revenue for 2017 is projected to be approximately $11 billion.
Northwell is known for its innovation. It recently launched Northwell Ventures to advance medical technology and promote the development of Northwell Health enterprises by investing in novel ideas and business models across the healthcare landscape. Its mission is to generate attractive returns, build profitable companies that drive quality health outcomes, increase operating efficiency, lower the overall costs of healthcare, and improve the patient experience
Laura’s current position includes responsibility for legal and compliance matters for Northwell, participating on the boards of the insurance entities, and generally providing legal, strategic and business advice to Northwell’s board of trustees and executive leadership during this period of profound change in the health care industry. Laura reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Dowling.
Laura was recruited for this position three years ago from Boston where she was the Chief Legal Officer at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health plan with operations in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She also chaired the Board of the HPHC Foundation which focused on preventing childhood obesity in the communities served by the corporation.
SVP & GC, Northwell Health Ventures
Northwell Health (NY)
Laurence Kraemer is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Northwell Ventures, the corporate development and venture arm of Northwell Health. In that role, he provides general corporate, tax and structuring advice to Northwell, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Northwell in 2007, Mr. Kraemer spent nearly twenty years leading the Deloitte & Touche health care, colleges and universities, and exempt organizations tax consulting practice in the Northeast, where his clients included many national, international and high-profile health care and tax exempt organizations. His clients included Northwell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University, Weill-Cornell Medical School, Columbia/HCA, the British Broadcasting Corporation and many high-profile hospitals and universities.
He is a published author and speaker on many topics involving health care and tax exempt organizations. Recent speaking engagements have included: “Two-step in Harmony: Hospital Partnerships with National Centers of Excellence” – AHLA Health Care Transactions Program (May 2016); “Emerging Trends in Health Care Joint Ventures” – AHLA Annual Meeting (June 2014); “Tax Treatment of Accountable Care Organizations” – New York State Bar Association (October 2011).
Mr. Kraemer received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the New York University School of Law.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Kraemer has been admitted to the bar in the State of New York, the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Director of Sales
Serengeti Law, a Thomson Reuters business
Rob has been with Thomson Reuters since 1998 and Serengeti since 2010. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Rob was a practicing CPA working with corporate and law-firm clients. As a CPA, Rob consulted with law firms to automate their business processes at Phoenix firms, including Bonn, Luscher, Padden & Wilkins.
Rob is responsible for leading Serengeti's sales success in the US and international markets. In his role, Rob leads both Serengeti's sales and support teams and works closely with the field sales representatives that help our corporate clients worldwide. Rob holds a B.A. in Business from the University of Connecticut and earned his M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
SVP, GC & Corporate Secretary
Baylor College of Medicine
Mr. Corrigan is currently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Baylor College of Medicine, a nationally-ranked health sciences university located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Prior to joining Baylor, Mr. Corrigan was a partner in the Health Law Section of Fulbright & Jaworski’s Houston office where, for 23 years, he represented medical schools, hospitals, physician and physician groups in business matters. In the fall of 2015, the Houston Business Journal honored Mr. Corrigan as “Best General Counsel,” small law department division, based on his leadership in two transformational joint ventures undertaken by the College around its adult teaching hospital and a world-renowned medical genetics testing laboratory that added approximately $400M in net asset value to the College’s balance sheet. While at Fulbright, Mr. Corrigan was recognized as a Texas “SuperLawyer” in Health Law many times. He was also listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” Health Law, from 2001 – 2011, when he resigned his law partnership to join Baylor. Mr. Corrigan received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and his law degree from Vanderbilt.
Mr. Corrigan is active in community affairs. He helped create, and just completed his eleventh year of service on the board of directors of, Friends of Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, a charity providing support to the indigent population served by MHMRA. He serves as a director of the American Productivity & Quality Center, a Houston-based tax-exempt think tank and was appointed in 2015 to the board of directors of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, a quaternary care hospital located in the Texas Medical Center and the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic liberal arts institution also located in Houston. An association football enthusiast, Mr. Corrigan channels what remains of his spare time to promote the sport, serving on the board of directors of Dynamo Charities, the philanthropic arm of Houston’s professional soccer team and as a director (after serving as president for seven years) of Houston Express Soccer Club, one of Houston’s premier youth sports clubs. As a director of HESC, he serves ex offcio as a director of West University Tri-Sports Association and the Greater West U Area Sports Association, two neighborhood non-profit corporations organized to promote and support youth sports.
SVP & Executive Director
Tom is responsible for identifying and fostering innovative ideas that enhance the growth of Northwell Health clinical and non-clinical enterprises, working with senior leadership to develop and advance ideas in these areas, bringing these ideas into practice and the market, as well as building strategic partnerships and relationships within the broader regional ecosystem and beyond. In this role, he manages all the Northwell Health’s Innovation programs; including technology commercialization, enterprise growth and investment management.
Prior to joining Northwell Health, Tom led the Healthcare Innovation Alliance at Cleveland Clinic Innovations; a program aimed at forming multi-institutional collaborations to foster and accelerate the commercialization of medical innovations.
Squire Patton Boggs
Michi Tsuda focuses his practice on healthcare issues. He regularly advises hospitals, physician groups, health maintenance organizations, management services organizations, accountable care organizations, private-equity funds, sovereign governments and health-related joint ventures in operational, regulatory, transactional and litigation matters.
Michi represents clients in a broad range of corporate, governance, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, data privacy and security, and other regulatory compliance matters.
MIchi graduated from Amherst College with a BA (magna cum laude), an MBA from the University of Colorado School of Business and a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Michi is active in a number of healthcare and legal organizations, including the American Health Lawyers Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association (Colorado Chapter) and American Bar Association. He also serves as a contributing author to the Practising Law Institute’s treatise on Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions, the Colorado Bar Association’s Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations, and the National Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Colorado.
In 2016, Michi was recognized as one of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 as well as an American Health Lawyers Association Pro Bono Champion.
Robert (Bob) Homchick
Davis Wright Tremaine
Bob Homchick is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine's national health care practice. As a health care transactional and regulatory lawyer, Bob counsels clients in areas such as physician self-referral (i.e., the federal Stark Law and its state law counterparts), regulatory compliance and fraud and abuse. Bob assists hospitals, physician organizations, ancillary services providers, and others in acquisitions, the formation and operation of joint ventures and in the development and implementation of new care delivery models, including accountable care organizations and other clinically integrated networks. His extensive experience includes defending providers in government audits, investigations, administrative proceedings and assisting providers with voluntary disclosures to federal and state enforcement agencies.
Bass Berry & Sims
Lisa is a former federal prosecutor and a member of the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims. Lisa has significant experience representing healthcare providers in matters arising under the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark law, and various other federal and state healthcare statutes. She counsels clients on fraud and abuse matters, internal investigations and compliance issues. For 10 years, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where she served as Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator.