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Posted on: Nov 30, 2016

I sincerely thank the IndyBar Health and Life Sciences Section for my scholarship to the AHLA Fundamentals of Law Conference.  Certainly, without this generous scholarship, I would not have been able to attend this widely regarded event.

The conference began at noon on Sunday. My first impression was that this conference is huge: people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and people of many professions—accountants, paralegals, and the like attended. The conference schedule was jam-packed, mostly with subjects I already had exposure to. The general sessions covered broad strokes, things I was well familiar with, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Stark and the False Claims Act.

We began the conference with a particularly interesting discussion on what is to be expected post-Obama administration in the health care industry. Key points from this presentation I learned are that while President-Elect Trump touted that he will repeal Obamacare, he plans to keep certain parts, such young adults being able to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26, and the provision concerning pre-existing conditions. Further, if Trump does indeed repeal the ACA, experts say persons won’t get pulled off of expanded Medicaid until 2018 because there has to be a transition period.

The next morning, I attended the Women in Leadership breakfast, where a panel of women in the health care field discussed their various experiences and challenges. Out of all the important points, these ladies made, the one that hit home the most was to, “take credit for your work!”

The most poignant was a story from an older woman law partner. She stated that early in her career, she, the senior partner on the case, and the general counsel of their client organization closed a deal. Afterward, the two men went to have lunch at a country club and she was not invited. To this, I thought- the more things change, the more they stay the same.

For the remainder of the conference, we broke out into different sections depending on our areas of interest. I opted for the presentations on Anti-Trust and Managed Care, two areas in which I practice currently. I learned about new trends and great practice tips. In sum, I thoroughly enjoyed this conference and look forward to attending other AHLA events in the upcoming years!

This article was submitted by Robbie Flippin, MDWise, Inc. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Health Care & Life Sciences Section, please email Kim Ferguson at kferguson@indybar.org.

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