University of Pittsburgh

There At the Creation: Nathan Hershey, the History of Health Law, and Health Care Reform

A Symposium in Honor of Nathan Hershey
October 11, 2012 - 9:00am5:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh , PA 15260

History of Health Law

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Mark Hall, Wake Forest University School of Law
Professor Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics.   He is currently engaged in research in the areas of consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulations, and genetics.  He regularly consults with government officials and foundations about health care public policy issues.

What is Health Law?

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Wendy Mariner, Boston University School of Law
Professor Mariner is the Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health.  She combines teaching and research on patient rights, risk regulation, health reform, health insurance, and ERISA.  She has published more than 100 articles in the legal, medical and health policy literature.

The Future of Health Law: Individuals and Populations

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Law and Policy, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  He teaches courses on health law, public health law, and health care regulation.  Jacobson’s recent research includes projects on public health entrepreneurship, safety net services, and how state and federal laws influence public health preparedness.  His books include Strangers in the Night:  Law and Medicine in the Managed Care Era (Oxford University Press, 2002), False Hope vs. Evidence-Based Medicine:  The Story of a Failed Treatment for Breast Cancer (co-authored—Oxford University Press, 2007), and Law and the Health System (co-authored—Foundation Press, 2013).  Jacobson is Associate Editor for Health Law and Public Health at the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  He recently served as President of the Public Health Law Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors, Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc.

The PA CLE board has accredited this program for five hours of substantive CLE credits.  CLE registration will be done at the symposium.  A $50 fee is required.  Checks can be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Panel: Health Care Reform: What next?

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Thomas E. Boyle
Mr. Boyle is a member of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Health Care Section.  His health law practice focuses on regulatory and business law matters for institutional providers of health care.  He regularly represents hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes in corporate matters, administrative appeals relating to their reimbursement, and in connection with fraud and abuse matters.

Linda Haddad
Linda Haddad is a senior partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a senior fellow of the Estes Park Institute and a fellow in the Allegheny County Bar Association.  She has presented in hundreds of educational conferences, including programs conducted by the American Health Lawyers Association, medical societies, hospital associations, and various hospital and health care systems.  She has been included regularly in The Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.  She contributes to the HortySpringer publications relating to health law, including ACTION KIT for Hospital Law, The Medical Staff Leader Handbook Online Resource and ACTION KIT for Hospital Trustees.  She works extensively on Board and physician leadership issues, medical staff bylaws, physician contracts and employment relationships, medical staff “mergers,” system credentialing and physician organization matters.  In addition, her work involves credentialing questions, including health, behavior and competence issues.

George Huber
Mr. Huber teaches graduate studies, and he also advises the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Related Professions, the Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of Pittsburgh and General Counsel, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health with regard to legal, government relations, and policy matters, including research integrity and conflict of interest. Mr. Huber has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh in various departments since 1975. Prior to re-joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty on a full-time basis, Mr. Huber retired from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where he was a Senior Vice President responsible for corporate relations and regional programming, government relations, liability insurance, contracts and grants, and disaster management. Before he was a Senior Vice President, Mr. Huber was General Counsel for UPMC for over 30 years, including during the formation of UPMC.


Deborah J. Robinson
Deborah J. Robinson heads the Houston Harbaugh’s Health Care Law Group. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of the regulation of medicine and healthcare providers; assisting hospitals, physicians, and physician groups in navigating the complex areas of third party payor regulations, Stark and fraud and abuse prohibitions, and HIPAA.  As a regular part of her practice, Deborah works with physicians and physician groups in practice formation, including employment and compensation arrangements. She also works extensively with hospital-based specialists and regularly negotiates contracts on their behalf with hospitals and health care systems. She has had extensive experience with regard to the sale of practices to health care systems as well as the “transition” of physicians as they return to private practice. She represents medical staffs in medical bylaw review and has assisted both physicians and hospitals with developing and reviewing compliance plans.

Moderated by Everett James
Everette James, JD, MBA is Professor of Health Policy and Management, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health and serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences and Director of the Pitt Health Policy Institute (HPI). Before joining Pitt, he served as the 25th Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and oversaw the regulation of all hospitals, nursing homes and managed care plans in the Commonwealth. He teaches health care regulation and his research centers around state and federal public policy issues in health reform, cost effectiveness and translational health services research. James has chaired and served on many statewide boards and commissions including the Pennsylvania Health Policy Board, Health Research Advisory Committee and Health Care Cost Containment Council.


Open to the public; no admission charge. $50 charge for 5 CLE credits.

CLE Information

This event is free and open to the public.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (5) hour of substantive credit. Cost for processing CLE credit is $50 per person, payable in advance or upon entrance to the program.

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