9th Annual Business & Legal Issues in Dialysis & Nephrology Symposium

May 12, 2011

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

The business and regulatory landscape for dialysis and nephrology care is dynamic, impacting not only the way in which nephrologists, dialysis care providers, and others in the renal industry conduct daily operations, but also their long-term strategies.


  • Regulatory and reimbursement issues affecting the industry
  • Structuring and financing transactions
  • Organizational and strategic issues for nephrology practices
  • Structuring relationships between dialysis facilities and nephrologists


8 – 8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote – Healthcare Reform and The Nephrology and Dialysis Industries
What it means to healthcare providers and payors, and how recent events in Congress, the courts and CMS will impact you. H. Scott Sarran, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois
9:30 – 11 a.m. Panel – Aligning Dialysis Providers & Nephrologists
How to manage the benefits of a joint venture, physician integration, deal with issues of the competitive marketplace, and more. Joseph A. Carlucci, CEO & Co-Founder, American Renal Associates LLC Dr. Joseph Chazan, Nephrology Associates, Physician Partner, ARA Dennis Kogod, Chief Operating Officer, DaVita, Inc. Susan Price, CEO & Managing Partner, Arizona Kidney Disease & Hypertension Center, LLC, Physician Partner, Fresenius Medical Care, N.A. Joseph Ruma, Vice President of Development, Fresenius Medical Care, N.A. Lynn Stewart, Managing Partner, San Antonio Kidney Disease Center, Physician Partner, DaVita Inc. Robert J. Pristave, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)
11 – 11:15 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. – Noon Concluding Morning Topic – Life Under Bundling Jeff Lehman, President, Dialysis Consulting Group, Ltd. James B. Riley, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Noon – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 – 4:30 p.m. AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Track I  
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Enhanced Government Enforcement – Who is Under the Microscope? Jeffrey E. Rogers, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. ACOs & Managed Care Contracting Hector C. Calzada, Jr., Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP Robert Provenzano, MD, FACP, St. Clair Specialty Physicians, P.C. R. Brent Rawlings, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Financing Dialysis Joint Ventures Teresa Eoff, VP/Healthcare Direct, Siemens Financial Services Inc. Donald J. Gibson, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP Todd Hoopingarner, President/Managing Partner, Solutions Healthcare Management Scott P. Downing, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)
Track II  
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. HIPAA, HITECH Act & Other Compliance Issues Kimberly J. Kannensohn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP Gretchen Heinze Townshend, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Electronic Health Records – What You Need to Know Now Concerning Incentives, Deadlines & Regulatory Issues Holly Carnell, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP Marcy Carrington, Strategic Project Director, Associates in Nephrology Suprit Patel, Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Kimberly J. Kannensohn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP (Moderator)
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Practice Acquisitions – The Legal & Practical Issues Armen L. Gallucci, Assistant VP, Business Development, Rush University Medical Center Jason S. Greis, Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. RECEPTION