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Keeping a Finger on the Pulse (2024 Health Law Section Annual Program)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Health Care Consolidation and Antitrust Developments

Denise Gunter, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Winston-Salem
Jessica V. Sutton, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
Lee K. Van Voorhis, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Washington, D.C.

This session examines recent shifts in governmental approaches to competition in the health care sector, including active and proposed changes to longstanding guidance and legal norms. Our panelists tap into their diverse experience to explore these developments, including a rare opportunity to hear from seasoned government and private antitrust practitioners.

10:00      Break

10:10      You Can't Stop the Inevitable, So Now What? Tabletop Breach Simulation to Test Your Readiness

Tara N. Cho, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Raleigh
Barry Mathis, PYA PC, Knoxville, TN

This session includes an interactive breach simulation for audience members to role-play and participate in responding to a health care cyber incident. Panelists lead the exercise while also providing practical tips to mitigate risk and plan for unexpected twists that may not be addressed in an incident response playbook. Participants learn how to better prepare for unanticipated challenges that implicate legal, business continuity and operations, reputational and PR factors, technical resilience, and other risk considerations that can collide in the heat of the moment.

11:40      Lunch Break

12:45      The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care*‡

Jake Bernstein, K&L Gates LLP, Seattle, WA
Gina L. Bertolini, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh
Eric Gon-Chee Poon, MD, Duke Health, Durham

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds the extraordinary potential to help solve urgent challenges related to health care, but uninformed and irresponsible use can expose health care providers to significant risk. This session provides an explanation of how AI works, along with examples of current AI use cases in the health care context. We also explore the ethical, regulatory and patient safety issues that entities must consider when analyzing whether to use AI, and we discuss lessons learned and practical perspectives on the benefits and risks of AI with a North Carolina clinician and a leader in health information.

Session includes 0.25 Ethics/Professional Responsibility and 1.00 Technology Training credit.

2:00        Break

2:10        NC Regulatory/Litigation Update

Jared M. Burtner, K&L Gates LLP, Morrisville
Matthew W. Wolfe, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Raleigh/Research Triangle

Receive a comprehensive update on the current landscape of health law litigation and regulatory matters addressing key trends and challenges in the legal realm. Covering recent cases, regulatory developments and emerging issues in North Carolina, the session aims to equip you with a nuanced understanding of the legal dynamics affecting the health care sector. From high-profile court decisions to evolving regulatory frameworks, the session delves into the intricacies of health law litigation, providing insights that are essential for legal practitioners, health care professionals and stakeholders alike. Gain valuable perspectives on risk management, compliance strategies and the potential impact of ongoing litigation in the health care industry.

3:25        Break

4:00        Professional Responsibility and Technology Competence in a New World*

Catherine Sanders Reach, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary

This session explores the impact of evolving technology on ethics obligations in legal practice. Comptency, confidentiality, duties to supervise, duties to potential/current/former clients, and other rules of professional conduct help frame how law firms choose and implement technology in their law practice. We also look at ethics opinions that help law firms consider hypotheticals on different technology may enhance or hinder a firm's ethical responsibilities, including the proposed opinion on the use of AI in practice. Finally, we explore security best practices and real-world pitfalls that can lead to inadvertent disclosures.

5:00        Adjourn

* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


Health care continues to evolve rapidly across the United States and here in North Carolina. Keeping with tradition, this year's NCBA Health Law Section annual CLE is designed to capture the most important new developments, especially those making the biggest impact in North Carolina.

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April 26, 2024
Fri 8:55 AM EDT

Duration 8H 5M

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