11th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium

May 16, 2013


Chicago, IL

An engaging full-day seminar that covered business and legal issues faced by nephrologists; hospital and dialysis facility CEOs, CFOs, and COOs; in-house counsel; administrators; human resource directors and consultants.

Keynote Speaker: Kim D. Slocum

Kim is a frequent speaker on healthcare strategy and policy issues. He brings the perspective of 40 years of experience to the issues facing healthcare stakeholders today. Kim is the President of KDS Consulting, LLC, a firm he founded in 2006 to help his clients develop strategic and sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. He currently works with payers, providers, life sciences firms, healthcare information technology firms and trade associations. Prior to founding KDS Consulting, he worked for more than 33 years for a variety of life sciences and healthcare consulting firms.

Agenda and Conference Materials

8:45 – 9:30 a.m

  • Keynote Speaker: Impact of the ACA
    Kim Slocum, Strategy and Policy Expert, KDS Consulting, LLC

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

  • Nephrology/Dialysis Legislative Update
    Rob Blaser, Director of Public Policy, Renal Physicians Association

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

  • Top Ten 2013 Issues in the Dialysis /Nephrology Industry
    James B. Riley, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

11:15 a.m. - Noon

  • Technology Enabled Healthcare: Meaningful Use, Using EHRs, Mobile Device Technology
    Robert Jarrin, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Qualcomm, Inc.
    Christopher Najafi, MD, Lakeside Nephrology Group
    Stephanie A. Kennan, Sr. VP Federal Public Affairs, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
    Kimberly J. Kannensohn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)

Track I

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

  • Litigation Topic: Key Considerations in Government Investigations
    Michael E. Little, Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
    David J. Pivnick, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
    Jeffrey Rogers, Partner, rel="noopener noreferrer" McGuireWoods LLP

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

  • Achieving Compliance: HIPAA and HITECH Act Privacy and Security Requirements
    Chris Cronin, Principal Consultant, Halock Security Labs
    Amanda L. Enyeart, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
    Kimberly J. rel="noopener noreferrer" Kannensohn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Physician Integration and Relationships
    Shaun Edelstein, Chief Operating Officer, Balboa Nephrology Medical Group
    Armen Gallucci, Assistant Professor, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, Rush University Medical Center
    Jason S. Greis, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
    Amber McGraw Walsh, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)

Track II

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

  • ACO’s for End Stage Renal Disease: A View to the Future Regarding End Stage Renal Disease
    and ESCOs
    Joseph Carlucci, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, American Renal Associates, Inc.
    Sue Rottura, Director of Government Affairs, American Renal Associates, Inc.
    Scott P. Downing, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)


  • Medicare Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Initiative
    Eric Hammelman, CFA, Vice President, Avalare Health LLC

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Access Centers: Key Issues in Converting to Ambulatory Surgery Centers;
    Reimbursement Changes and Key Issues when Considering a Transaction
    Chris Aycrigg, Practice Administrator, Nephrology Associates of Central Florida
    James B. Riley, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)

    Richard Nee, Vice-President and General Manager, RMS Lifeline

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Recent Employment Law Developments, ACA, and the Effects on Dialysis Centers and
    Nephrologists – Including Employer Implications
    William P. O'Malley, CPA, Director, Washington National Tax, McGladrey LLP
    Sally Doubet King, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
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