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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.

10:02      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.

11:37      Lunch Break

12:07      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.

1:26        Break

1:36        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.

2:52        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.

3:53        Adjourn

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

Description

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.

There is perhaps no greater disruptor across the health care sector than artificial intelligence. Tune in as our dynamic AI panel takes a comprehensive approach to how AI is making a splash in health care, ranging from pressing legal issues to longer-term policy implications. We also have a separate ethics session that explores the intersection of AI with the practice of law.

In addition, this program tackles privacy issues at a broader level, including an interactive tabletop exercise where experienced privacy lawyers and cybersecurity experts demonstrate best practices and explore common pitfalls in handling common security incidents.

Our speakers also examine changes to longstanding laws and governmental directives impacting competition in health care, including their potential effect on consolidation patterns across the industry and in North Carolina.

Finally, this year's program features the return of the well-received North Carolina litigation and regulatory update panel, designed to be broadly applicable across health law practice areas.

Join us to explore these topics and network with colleagues and clients!

Contributors

  • Jake Bernstein

    Jake Bernstein is a Partner at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, WA. He is a member of the Technology Transactions and Sourcing and Data Protection, Privacy, and Security practice groups. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional licensed by (ISC)2.

    Jake can be heard discussing cybersecurity and privacy issues as the co-host of the popular Cyber Risk Management Podcast.

    In addition to his Data Protection, Privacy, and Security work, Jake also leverages his background as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General to counsel clients on a host of regulatory matters, especially involving technology and the Internet.

    Jake began his career at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, where he served for nearly 8 years in the Consumer Protection Division. As an Assistant Attorney General, Jake regulated businesses subject to Washington's Consumer Protection Act, focusing on internet advertising and marketing, "high tech" scams and consumer fraud, and cybersecurity and privacy. Jake served as lead counsel on dozens of investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, ranging from small businesses engaged in single-website deceptive practices to nationwide multi-state investigations of major industries.

    Upon entering private practice, Jake focused his efforts on representing clients in litigation relating to the same or similar topics, including TCPA, CAN-SPAM and California Anti-Spam Law cases, false advertising cases, and multiple Consumer Protection Act disputes.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jake served as an attorney at two internet, media, and technology law firms in Seattle. Through these roles Jake ultimately focused his practice on cybersecurity and privacy, and provided incident response counseling and coaching, and proactively counseled clients on a wide range of cybersecurity issues including cybersecurity risk management, security architecture, vendor risk management, application security, and more. Additionally, Jake has provided outside general counsel services to rapidly-growing, technology-focused companies. He has experience in advising executives, sales managers, and engineers on regulatory compliance under a host of state, federal, and international laws including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), NY SHIELD Act, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    Jake earned his B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy and B.S., cum laude, in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law.

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  • Gina L. Bertolini

    Gina L. Bertolini is a Partner at K&L Gates LLP in Research Triangle Park. She concentrates her practice exclusively on health law; primarily representing academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, physician practices, and ancillary providers. As a result of this diversified practice, her proficiency extends to federal and state regulatory compliance matters, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, faculty practice plan and other physician compensation models, health care fraud and abuse, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), health care privacy and data protection issues including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs), and health care corporate governance matters. She likewise maintains an active transactional practice, representing health systems, physician practices, and ancillary providers in acquisitions and joint ventures.

    Gina is an active author and speaker on critical issues affecting the health care industry.

    Gina earned her B.F.A., with honors, from DePaul University and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law.

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  • Jared M. Burtner

    Jared M. Burtner is an Associate at K&L Gates LLP in Morrisville. His practice focuses on complex commercial and governmental disputes, particularly in the health care sector. He regularly represents health care clients such as hospital systems, academic medical centers, and pharmaceutical companies in defending against False Claims Act lawsuits, responding to government investigations, and resolving commercial claims.

    Jared also maintains an active litigation practice beyond the health care sector, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial contract disputes and personal and business tort actions. He also has experience litigating state and federal constitutional claims on behalf of private parties and government entities.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jared was an associate attorney at a national firm. Through this role, he represented commercial entities, including foreign and domestic insurers, in complex commercial litigation involving contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims. In addition, he represented governmental and private entities in constitutional, civil rights, and elections-related litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Jared served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark Martin, Chief Justice, and before that, to the Honorable Barbara Jackson, Associate Justice, both of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was also a member of the North Carolina Judicial Fellowship, through which he assisted North Carolina trial court judges with research and drafting in complex civil and constitutional cases.

    Jared also has experience as a special agent investigator for a federal agency where he led internal investigations and received extensive training in investigation strategy and interviewing techniques.

    Jared earned his B.A., in Government (International Politics) from Patrick Henry College and his J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law.

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  • Tara N. Cho

    Tara N. Cho is a Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP in Raleigh. She chairs the firm's Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Her practice is dedicated to counseling clients on privacy and data security issues across industries such as technology, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, health-tech, and life sciences. She advises clients on matters related to the CCPA, CPRA and other state privacy laws, HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and other state and federal privacy, cybersecurity and data breach laws in the U.S. She also advises clients on the GDPR (and UK GDPR) and related requirements of European data protection laws.

    Tara helps companies establish and assess compliance programs, respond to data breaches and security incidents, conduct risk analyses, negotiate contracts that govern data use and security, respond to regulator requests and investigations, and address new and evolving issues stemming from the development of mobile and web-based applications, cloud computing, machine learning and AI tools, IoT devices, and other technology solutions that rely on personal data.

    Tara became certified as a legal specialist in Privacy and Information Security Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 2018 as part of the inaugural class of specialists in this field. She is also recognized by the IAPP as a certified information privacy professional for the US (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E).

    Tara earned her B.A. in English from Rhodes College and her J.D. from New England School of Law.

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  • Lauren S. Gennett

    Lauren S. Gennett is Counsel at King & Spalding in Asheville. Her practice focuses on the representation of healthcare clients including hospitals, healthcare companies, home health and hospice, and post-acute providers. She regularly defends healthcare organizations in government enforcement matters including investigations and False Claims Act litigation. She also advises clients on internal investigations including remediation strategies such as voluntary refunds and self-disclosures. She has significant experience counseling clients on compliance program design and effectiveness strategies, as well as obligations stemming from Corporate Integrity Agreements. She also assists clients in government audits and appeals and advises clients in various regulatory compliance and reimbursement matters.

    Lauren is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), and has served as a guest lecturer at the Georgia State College of Law and the Emory Rollins School of Public Health.

    Lauren earned her B.A., with highest honors, in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to the Order of the Golden Fleece Honorary Society. She earned her M.P.H., with a focus in Health Policy, from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She earned her J.D., with honors, from the Emory University School of Law. During law school, she was awarded the James Colson Scholarship and served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal.

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  • John W. Gibson

    John W. Gibson is an Associate at Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP in Raleigh. He is a member of the firm's Health Care group. He focuses his practice on advising a variety of health care stakeholders, including large physician group practices, clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations, laboratories, long term care providers and investors focused on the health care industry. His experience includes helping clients navigate the complex federal and state regulatory environment surrounding the health care industry, including compliance under HIPAA, HITECH, Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. He also provides strategic counsel related to value-based care programs and accountable care issues generally.

    John also advises clients on commercial transactions and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, governance issues, contract negotiation, business formation and compliance with licensing rules and regulations.

    John earned his B.A. from Clemson University, his M.H.A. from University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law.

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  • Denise Gunter

    Denise Gunter is Managing Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Winston-Salem. She serves on the firm's Executive Committee. She has more than three decades of experience representing clients in a variety of antitrust matters. She represents clients in civil and criminal antitrust litigation and government investigations and advises clients on pricing, distribution, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings.

    Denise is known for her responsiveness and practicality. Though Denise's antitrust experience covers a variety of industries, she has a particular focus on healthcare antitrust matters and regularly advises healthcare providers on antitrust issues affecting their operations.

    Denise is the author of a chapter of the American Bar Association's Messenger Model Handbook, focused on the so-called "messenger model" utilized by healthcare provider networks to avoid antitrust prohibitions.

    In addition to her antitrust experience, Denise has broad–based litigation experience including certificate of need litigation, business disputes, and medical staff litigation.

    Denise earned her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from George Washington School of Law.

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  • Marcus C. "Marc" Hewitt

    Marcus C. "Marc" Hewitt is a Partner in the Raleigh office of Fox Rothschild and has practiced in the areas of health care and administrative litigation for almost 20 years. His practice focuses on administrative litigation, regulatory matters and a variety of commercial and business disputes. He represents hospitals, dialysis providers, diagnostic service providers, nursing facilities and other private providers and handles commercial disputes in state and federal courts, as well as state administrative litigation matters including Certificate of Need (CON) matters, licensure matters, and state government contract matters for external quality review organizations (EQROs) and Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans.

    Marc also advises health care providers and related entities such as dental support organizations (DSOs) and HMOs on regulatory compliance, contracting and related issues before the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, professional licensing boards and North Carolina Department of Insurance.

    Marc earned his B.A., with distinction, in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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  • Ted Lotchin

    Ted Lotchin is Vice President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer with WakeMed Health & Hospitals, a 1,200-bed health system located in Raleigh. In that role, he is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of WakeMed's comprehensive corporate integrity and compliance program.

    Prior to joining WakeMed, Ted was a partner in the health law group of an international law firm. He counseled a broad range of clients, including hospitals and academic medical centers, physician practices, ambulatory service providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies, on regulatory, reimbursement, and transactional matters, as well as on False Claims Act litigation. He has extensive experience representing health care companies on compliance with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and other relevant Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse issues. He has defended numerous qui tam cases, and handled internal investigations, self-disclosures, overpayments and other enforcement matters.

    Ted previously served as in-house counsel to a major academic medical center, where he advised deans, department chairs, and other senior executives on transactional and compliance matters related to network development strategies, patient centered medical homes, and accountable care organizations, as well as on clinical outreach, data privacy and security issues, and data breach response investigations.

    Ted is a member of the Health Law and Privacy & Data Security Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is also a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, American Health Lawyers Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

    Ted earned his B.S. in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.P.H. in Health Sciences from Boston University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary – Marshall Wythe Law School.

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  • Barry Mathis

    Barry Mathis is Managing Principal of IT Advisory Consulting at PYA PC in Knoxville, TN. He has nearly three decades of experience in the information technology (IT) and healthcare industries as a CIO, CTO, senior IT audit manager, and IT risk management consultant. He has performed and managed complicated HIPAA security reviews and audits for some of the most sophisticated hospital systems in the country.

    Barry is a visionary, creative, results-oriented senior-level healthcare executive with demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and implementing complex information-technology solutions to address business opportunities, while reducing IT risk and exposure. He is adept at project and crisis management, troubleshooting, problem solving, and negotiating. Barry has strong technical capabilities combined with outstanding presentation skills and professional pride. He is a prudent risk taker with proficiency in IT risk management, physician relations, strategic development, and employee team building.

    Barry is a member of United States Marine Corps, Health Care Compliance Association, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He was an Honor Graduate in Systems Programming from the United States Marine Corps Computer Sciences School (MCCDC) in Quantico, VA. He is a Certified COBOL Programmer, a Certified Database Management Specialist, and a Certified Cyber Security Framework Practitioner.

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  • Antonia A. "Toni" Peck

    Antonia A. "Toni" Peck is a Partner in the Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP's Research Triangle Park office and a member of the firm's Healthcare Team. Her practice is focused on assisting healthcare providers in a variety of regulatory compliance and corporate matters, including Stark law and federal and state Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, HIPAA, 340B Drug Pricing Program, physician recruitment, medical staff issues, and antitrust concerns.

    Toni also counsels healthcare entities on transactional and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, management services organizations, academic medical center affiliation agreements, and hospital-physician alignment strategies.

    Toni is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Healthcare, as well as by Business North Carolina as a Legal Elite "Young Gun." She is active within the community, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for SouthLight Healthcare and the Goodwill Community Foundation.

    Toni earned her B.A. from Duke University, her Education Certificate from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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  • Eric Gon-Chee Poon, MD

    Eric Gon-Chee Poon, MD serves as the Chief Health Information Officer for Duke Medicine in Durham. He also practices primary care internal medicine at the Durham Medical Center as part of Duke Primary Care.

    In his capacity as CHIO, Eric is responsible for the visioning and strategic planning of clinical and analytic information systems that impact patient care, research and education. He works with the Duke Medicine leadership to ensure technology solutions are well aligned with our overall organizational objectives. He oversees the optimization of the Maestro Care (Epic) electronic health record, and partners with physicians, patients and operational leaders to effectively leverage innovative IT in support of the Duke mission. He also has a keen interest in IT innovation, and works with investigators across Duke to pursue new and innovative ways to efficiently deliver high quality care to our patients.

    Eric's research interests have revolved around the use of health information technology to improve the quality of care and patient safety in both the ambulatory and hospital settings. HIs work in the ambulatory setting has focused on the efficient delivery of decision support to clinicians to prevent errors of omission and commission during diagnostic test ordering and review of test results. He has also worked to use information technology, including secure on-line patient portals, to improve the communication between clinicians and patients around health maintenance and the follow-up of abnormal test results. In the inpatient setting, he has conducted several studies to delineate the barriers to and facilitators of the wide-spread diffusion of computerized physician order entry and has led many studies evaluating the safety, financial and socio-technical impact of barcode technology in the hospital pharmacy and nursing units.

    Eric earned his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, MD, Medicine from Harvard Medical School and his MPH, Clinical Effectiveness from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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  • Erin J. Roberts

    Erin J. Roberts is a partner at Roberts Law Office PA in Raleigh. She maintains an active transactional practice and has represented public and private entities in the acquisition and sale of hospitals, hospice agencies, home care agencies, and physician practices. She has represented healthcare providers in the formation and operation of Accountable Care Organizations, including Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs, and has represented hospitals and physicians in the drafting and negotiation of all types of physician services, recruitment, and employment agreements.

    Prior to joining Roberts Law Office working alongside her husband Edd, Erin was a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.

    Erin earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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  • Catherine Sanders Reach

    Catherine Sanders Reach is Director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, providing practice technology and management assistance to lawyers and legal professionals. Formerly she was Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association and the Director at the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center.

    Prior to her work at the NCBA, CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.

    Catherine's professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the National Association of Bar Council and the Association of American Law Schools. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating fifty innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law and in 2013 became a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009, 2014-2016 and is co-vice chair in 2019.

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  • David A. Senter Jr.

    David A. Senter Jr. is a Partner at Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP in Raleigh. He focuses his practice on data privacy matters, regularly advising technology companies and healthcare providers on all matters pertaining to privacy and data security, including contract review and negotiation, breach investigation, notification and reporting, and compliance with state, federal and foreign privacy and data security laws such as HIPAA, FERPA, CCPA, GDPR and PIPL. Having served as the Interim Associate Compliance Officer and Director of Privacy of an academic medical center in North Carolina, David offers a unique business perspective for clients that blends awareness of the intricacies of relevant laws with practical advice.

    David leads Smith Anderson's Data Privacy practice and is certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®). He has extensive experience providing oversight of privacy and security compliance matters, advising on day-to-day emergent issues in an outside general counsel role. He has designed and managed privacy compliance training infrastructure, prepared and revised privacy and information-related policies, procedures and external-facing documentation and managed breach investigation triage and response. He regularly counsels clients in connection with health information management, data use and other vendor contract negotiation and execution.

    David has additional experience with business litigation in state and federal court.

    David holds the Certified Healthcare Privacy Compliance designation through the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board.

    David earned a B.A. in History from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. While at Wake Forest, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Student Trial Bar Board. He was selected to represent the school as a member of both the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and the National Moot Court Team.

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  • Jessica V. Sutton

    Jessica V. Sutton is Special Deputy Attorney General at the North Carolina Department of Justice in Raleigh. She is in the Technology, Healthcare, and Antitrust Section of the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice. She has been at the division for eight years, where she has split her time between antitrust and consumer protection work.

    Prior to that, Jessica worked for four years at Covington & Burling in DC.

    Jessica earned her B.S. in Physics & History from William & Mary and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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  • Tamara M. Van Pala Skrobacki

    Tamara M. Van Pala Skrobacki is an Associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Raleigh. She is a member of the General Liability and Workers' Compensation Practices. As a litigator with extensive trial and mediation experience, she handles a broad range of civil matters. She works with clients throughout all stages of litigation, from the pre-litigation phase through and including trial.

    Tamara has extensive experience litigating an array of general liability matters in North Carolina's Superior Court, including those involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, negligence, breach of contract, and subrogation. She also has secured victories in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, has defended matters before the North Carolina Supreme Court, and has served as lead counsel in a class action lawsuit for breach of contract. Her recent successes include, among others, resolving a high-exposure, multimillion dollar insurance bad faith lawsuit for a fraction of the plaintiff's demand.

    In addition, Tamara has significant experience handling administrative hearings on a variety of issues in the healthcare space. These include health plan benefit and enrollment disputes, provider and payment matters, and issues involving the application of statutes and regulations including Medicare, ACA, COBRA, and FMLA.

    Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Tamara spent almost six years with the North Carolina Department of Justice where she served as litigation counsel to the North Carolina State Health Plan – the largest consumer of healthcare in the state – and also represented all state agencies in workers' compensation matters before the Industrial Commission.

    Moreover, early in her career, Tamara gained valuable jury trial experience as an assistant public defender in Charleston, SC. She also worked as a judicial clerk in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

    Tamara earned B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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  • Lee K. Van Voorhis

    Lee K. Van Voorhis is a Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP in Washington, D.C. He helps clients achieve their business goals while minimizing antitrust risk. He is known for his ability to simplify and explain complex issues and for developing practical solutions.

    Lee has more than 25 years of experience representing clients before federal antitrust agencies in the US, as well as national competition agencies in the European Union and the United Kingdom. He has successfully defended clients' transactions from government challenges and represented them in litigation and arbitration proceedings. He has particular experience representing organizations in the technology, retail and consumer products, healthcare, and media sectors.

    Lee also has extensive experience shepherding transactions through merger clearance and helping clients conduct business efficiently while mitigating the risk of violating antitrust and competition laws. In particular, he has advised clients on structuring business relationships and counseling their employees on a wide range of antitrust and competition issues.

    Prior to joining Womble, Lee was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of an international law firm, where he served as co-chair of the global Antitrust and Competition Law practice and a member of the Corporate and Private Equity practices.

    Lee earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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  • Matthew W. "Matt" Wolfe

    Matthew W. "Matt" Wolfe is a Shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Raleigh/Research Triangle. He provides counsel to health care clients who are growing, exiting, or otherwise adapting to the increasingly complex health care industry.

    When a government agency, private contractor, or other body initiates an investigation, Matt knows how to respond. He represents clients in connection with a broad array of legal and regulatory actions, including Medicaid and Medicare program integrity actions, False Claims Act actions, terminations, denials, post payment reviews, prepayment reviews, payment suspensions, and procurement matters. He also represents providers in matters before licensing boards and other regulatory bodies.

    Matt also helps clients resolve disputes with state and federal government entities through administrative, state and federal litigation. He has significant experience filing matters in the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings and seeing them through contested case hearings as well as defending favorable decisions on appeal. When necessary, Matt has fought for patients directly so that they could access needed services. His administrative, state, and federal litigation experience extends beyond health care to include other highly regulated fields, including education, energy, security, and transportation.

    Matt's health care clients include health systems, acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, physician practices, federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and look-alikes, behavioral health agencies, home health agencies, hospice providers, skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, licensed professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, clinical social workers, respiratory therapists), and health IT and billing vendors.

    Matt has a broad range of experience intervening on behalf of clients with government agencies and elected officials. He also provides legal and legislative counsel to trade associations and routinely speaks at national and state conferences on legal and policy issues.

    Prior to joining Parker Poe, Matt served as a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Dever III, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. While at Duke University School of Law, Matt served as an article editor on the Duke Law Journal and was a member of the National Moot Court team and the Mock Trial Board.

    Matt earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Rochester, M.P.P. from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

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  • Carol Wolff

    Carol Wolff is General Counsel at Alliance Health in Morrisville. She leads the Office of Legal and Public Affairs, which comprises the in-house legal department, communications, government affairs, and Medicaid contract waiver management. As a public entity, Alliance benefits from her nearly 20 years of experience with public government, healthcare and general in-house counsel work. She has oversight of all aspects of the law impacting Alliance, including personnel, contracts, managed care, and state, federal and local funding contracts, the communications department, and a government affairs teams that guides strategy and legislative priorities for the organization.

    Carol earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice/Sociology from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law.

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August 8, 2024
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