American Health Law Association (AHLA) Annual Meeting

June 26-28, 2023

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

McGuireWoods partners Kristen McDermott Woodrum and Ed Brooks will speak at the American Health Law Association (AHLA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco next week.

On June 27 at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Kristen McDermott Woodrum will co-present “Can We Be Friends? Health System Approaches to PE Roll-Ups of Key Medical Staff (Advanced).” This session will examine challenges hospitals face when competing or contracting with private equity (PE) and presents novel collaboration models for hospitals, private equity and physicians. Presenters will discuss:

  • Emerging PE-physician investments and the challenges and opportunities for hospitals
  • Key strategic risk areas for health systems
  • Re-examining existing physician-hospital arrangements when the physician group is acquired and structuring the new financial deal
  • Case studies on contracting and integration models (co-management agreements, ambulatory surgery center joint ventures, service line ventures, JV MSO models and other complex collaborations)

At 9:45 a.m. on June 27, Ed Brooks will co-present “The Roles and Responsibilities of In-House and Outside Counsel in Resolving Healthcare Disputes.” The panel will discuss best practices in managing disputes before and during litigation in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the courts. Topics will include:

  • Choosing outside counsel and when to bring them into a dispute
  • Tools for managing outside counsel including setting expectations, timeliness discipline and effective communication
  • Budgeting and alternative fee structures
  • Defining the “win” or best outcome
  • Choosing the forum — ADR vs. courts
  • Mitigating the risk of litigation
  • Meeting expectations of in-house counsel’s business client
  • Tips for drafting ADR clauses that mitigate risk and reduce cost
  • Tools to reduce costs during litigation
  • Dealing with pattern litigation and difficult opposing counsel
  • How the in-house-outside relationship differs in healthcare

For more information and to register, please visit, or reach out to Kristen or Ed.