Understanding Federal Laws and Enforcement Agencies

Aug. 2
1 – 2 p.m. Central


This session will provide an overview of federal and state laws governing hospital licensure and participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Additionally, participants will learn the main aspects of the laws that require patient privacy and the security of patient records as well as the laws supporting and related to hospital peer review activities. This session will also provide an introduction to the state and federal hospital enforcement agencies and address situations in which these enforcement agencies may interact with the hospital, their authority and the enforcement tools they can use against the hospital.

Who Should Attend?
This program is for all hospital boards, C-suite executives and medical staff

Alissa Smith, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, Des Moines, Iowa

Alissa Smith represents health systems, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care providers, home health agencies and medical practices as well as nonprofit and municipal organizations. Her transactional practice includes contracts, leases, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Smith’s regulatory practice includes interpretation and application of state and federal fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid rules, tax-exemption laws, HIPAA and privacy laws, EMTALA laws, licensing matters, employment laws, governmental audits and open records and open meetings matters. She also assists with corporate and health system governance issues, including the revision and negotiation of medical staff bylaws. Smith also assists with hospital-provider relations such as co-management arrangements, peer review investigations and medical staff fair hearings. She represents health care providers before the Iowa State Health Facilities Council in Certificate of Need hearings and represents hospitals in meaningful use audits. Smith is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s health group.


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