The THT Legislative Update a series of conversations between Texas Healthcare Trustees and Texas Hospital Association’s associate general counsel, who shares a monthly summary of issues and proposals addressed during the 88th Texas State Legislature. Check back each month for the latest installment.

Check out the online learning opportunities below on an extensive range of topics. Each webinar is easy to purchase, watch and offers CHT credit!

Online registration is currently not available. For more information or to register for an event, please contact the THA Service Center at 512/465-1057 or servicecenter@tha.org

The Path Forward: Industry Facts and History of the PBM/Manufacturer

CHT: 1 hour

In this free webinar from Texas Healthcare Trustees, you will learn:

  • The latest challenges impacting the 340B Drug Pricing Program;
  • What leading questions trustees should ask when talking to your hospital leadership; and
  • How you can support your hospital through advocacy.

Healthcare Trustees’ Responsibilities Related to Physician and Executive Compensation

The compensation paid by healthcare organizations to their physicians and executives is a highly regulated and scrutinized area, and a source of increasing legal, as well as reputational, risk for healthcare organizations and their boards. This presentation will address the oversight responsibility of healthcare trustees regarding physicians and executives, with a focus on the legal and practical considerations regarding physician and executive compensation and discuss what healthcare trustees should and should not do to satisfy their fiduciary obligations in this area.

CHT: 1 hour

Speakers: Craig Carter, J.D., Partner, Jackson & Carter and Brian Jackson, J.D., Partner, Jackson & Carter

Craig Carter is a lawyer and co-founding partner with Jackson & Carter. He is the only lawyer in the State of Texas who is Board Certified in both Health Law and Labor and Employment Law. Craig’s current practice with Jackson & Carter consists of representing non-profit and governmental hospitals and hospital related organizations daily, with a special focus on the legal relationships between hospitals and their employees and hospitals and physicians.

Brian Jackson is a co-founder of Jackson & Carter. He represents physicians, hospitals, nurses and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases, proceedings initiated by their respective licensing Boards, and governance and operational issues. Brian serves as General Counsel for the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange and the Texas Alliance for Patient Access and has testified before the Texas Legislature on multiple occasions as an expert resource witness concerning healthcare issues.

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Social Media Opportunities and Pitfalls

Social media is a vital tool for hospitals and health care organizations to connect with their patients and greater communities. Now, more than ever, communication via social media platforms is essential for the delivery of pertinent and timely information. When used regularly and correctly, social media is an incredible lifeline to your hospital’s audience and a valuable marketing tool to grow your base and improve your customer service.

But social media has its pitfalls, too. This webinar with health care governance expert Kevin Reed (Reed Claymon, LLC) will explore both the opportunities and dangers of social media – and how board members and executive leadership can avoid making major missteps in the various platforms that exist. Learn about new and developing social media platforms for your hospital, utilizing social media to magnify the positive of your organization (and respond to the negative), legal issues that exist, and best practices for using these online communication tools — at your literal fingertips!

CHT: 1 hour

Speakers: Katie Friedman, Social Media Lead, PMG and Kevin Reed, J.D., Partner, Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC;

Katie Friedman is a Social Media Lead at PMG, a digital agency out of Fort Worth. She has strategic planning and executional experience on all social platforms with clients across the retail, B2B and Healthcare industries. Her clients have included: Cook Children’s Health Care System, Beats by Dre, rue21, Consumer Reports, GitLab and TikTok For Business.

Kevin Reed is a Partner at the Austin law firm of Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC. Mr. Reed has practiced health law for over 35 years and is Board Certified in both Health Law and administrative Law. Mr. Reed assists hospitals and health care systems with regulatory and compliance issues, complex transactional issues, and medical staff peer review matters. Mr. Reed has served as General Counsel for TORCH hospitals for 25 years.

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Compliance: Board Accountability and Repercussions

Hospital and health care system boards have a fundamental, legal responsibility to provide oversight and accountability for the organization. Often referred to as the board’s fiduciary duty (the Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience), the board’s responsibility is to foster resources to its constituents and follow legal and ethical standards. Join health care lawyers Jeff Lane (Reed Smith, LLP) and Scott Taebel (Hall Render) in conversation with Texas Hospital Association’s general counsel, Steve Wohleb, to learn about a board’s accountability – and repercussions – surrounding compliance.

CHT: 1 hour

Speakers: Jeff Layne, J.D., Partner, Reed Smith LLP; Scott Taebel, J.D., Attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.; and Steve Wohleb, J.D., General Counsel, Texas Hospital Association.

Jeff Layne, J.D., is partner in Reed Smith LLP’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Austin office. He is a seasoned litigator, representing clients in complex government and internal investigations and related litigation. Layne is well-respected by governmental investigators and accustomed to managing complex disputes. Equally important, outside of the courtroom he and his team help companies build compliance and monitoring programs to mitigate risks inherent to their business operations.

Scott Taebel, J.D., is an attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. He represents clients nationally regarding a broad range of regulatory compliance matters including false claims, anti-kickback- and Stark-related concerns. He serves as the primary Compliance Counsel for many of the firm’s clients. Taebel has extensive experience working with clients regarding investigations coordinated through numerous federal and state enforcement agencies. He also regularly assists clients in taking proactive strategies to identified compliance concerns and further counsels firm clients regarding the functions of their corporate integrity programs, including coordinating internal investigations of compliance-related concerns, recommending corrective action, reviewing program effectiveness and providing compliance education and training of provider staff and Board members.

Steve Wohleb, J.D., has served as General Counsel for THA since 2018, advising the organization on a wide range of operational and governance issues, supporting THA’s advocacy efforts in several policy areas, and serving as a resource to members on a wide range of issues. Prior to joining THA, he spent his entire 25-year legal career primarily representing hospitals and other health care providers in a wide range of legal, regulatory, and transactional issues. Areas of practice included: health care transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and contracts; general and professional liability litigation; medical staff, credentialing and peer review issues; Medicare reimbursement and other federal healthcare program issues; HIPAA; hospital licensing, regulatory, and enforcement issues; behavioral health licensing, regulatory, and enforcement issues; bioethical issues; and many other aspects of the healthcare legal and regulatory framework.

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The 2021 Board Agenda

The pandemic has emphasized the need for intentional board discussion and deliberation on numerous key items such as board and CEO succession planning, formation of new strategic partnerships, CEO performance evaluation, financial strategies and workforce needs. The presentation will identify discussion/decision items that should be on each board’s agenda during 2021. Ms. Russel will explain why each of these subjects is of prime importance to the board, and she will offer different approaches for the board to tackle this work.

CHT: 1 hour

Speaker: Kimberly Russel, FACHE Consultant

Kimberly Russel, FACHE, has served as a health care executive for 38+ years. For the past 25 years, Kim devoted her energy and talents to serving as a health care CEO, first at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa and from 2008 to 2020, at Bryan Health in Lincoln, Nebraska. Earlier in her career, Kim served as Chief Operating Officer at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas and in various executive roles at Iowa Methodist Medical Center (now Unity Point-Des Moines).

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Supplemental Payment ProgramsThe 2021 Board Agenda

THT is pleased to offer a free webinar on state supplemental and direct payment programs that can help the financial viability and stability of your hospital or health care system. Anna Stelter, Senior Director of Policy Analysis for the Texas Hospital Association, will provide an overview of CMS payment programs available to your hospital and highlight exactly what you, as board members, need to know about these programs to be effective leaders in the board room. Leave this webinar with a better understanding of what these programs mean for your hospital’s bottom line – and for your hospital’s communities and uninsured populations.

CHT: 1 hour

Speaker:Anna Stelter, Senior Director of Policy Analysis, Texas Hospital Association

Anna is the Senior Director of Policy Analysis for the Texas Hospital Association, where she monitors health care financing and quality issues and supports the Association’s public policy activities related to hospital payments. Before joining THA this past January, Anna was a public health policy analyst at Texas Medical Association. There she led the child health and behavioral health policy activities. She also coordinated the Texas Public Health Coalition, which is a group of 30 public health and health care organizations whose priorities include immunizations, tobacco and e-cigarette use, funding for essential public health services, maternal health, and chronic disease prevention.

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Governing for Population Health – Increasing Reach, Improving Impact

Now more than ever it is important for boards to understand and include a population health perspective in their decision-making and oversight. While there may be some uncertainty over exactly what our hospitals and health systems will look like post-COVID, ensuring a focus beyond the walls of the hospital will remain a relevant strategy to improve impact and health outcomes.

CHT: 1 hour

Speakers: Karma Bass and Brad Clarke, Via Healthcare Consulting

Karma Bass is the founder of Via Healthcare Consulting and is a popular speaker, facilitator, and consultant. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, quality oversight, healthcare policy and board effectiveness. Her clients include hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Previously, Karma worked with Accord Limited, a consulting firm serving clients nationwide with services in strategic planning, governance and board retreats. She also was the president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, where she reported to an independent, 11-person not-for-profit board.

Brad Clarke has more than 15 years’ experience working with managed care, hospital and nonprofit organizations in both the United States and New Zealand. In addition to consulting experience, Brad previously held leadership roles in corporate compliance, quality improvement and workforce development. He draws on this experience in supporting process improvement, navigating increasingly complex regulatory requirements and the development of governance work plans.

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Addressing Health Disparities through Governance: Diversity and Inclusion Strategies to Achieve Health Equity

This webinar will enhance awareness of how Health Equity is central to all health systems’ mission. Programs and initiatives that address health disparities will be discussed, along with strategies to integrate diversity and inclusion into overall organizational priorities.

CHT: 0.5 hour

Speakers: Marcos Pesquera, System Vice-President for Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; and Tiffany Capeles, Director of Health Equity, CHRISTUS Health, Irving

Marcos Pesquera is the System Vice-President for Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. In this capacity, he leads the integration of diversity and inclusion strategies, cultural competence and community partnerships to impact population health and achieve health equity.

Tiffany Capeles serves as Director of Health Equity and is responsible for establishing and advancing the Health Equity strategy of CHRISTUS Health by working across the organization to ensure initiatives, resources and tools are effectively leveraged. She leads the implementation of innovative system changes that promote community health, reduce health inequities, and improve patient outcomes.

Where Governance Models are Going: Trends Toward 2025

The future of governance is already here, it is just not evenly distributed. In the 1990s, boards had to redesign fiduciary oversight to include greater attention to strategy. Board makeup, frequently criticized by regulators and consumers, has taken a turn toward younger and more diverse. The typical hospital board meeting is moving toward 75% strategy discussion and greater reliance on distributed forms of oversight to assure clinical quality. Hospital responsibility for population health greatly changes the traditional strategic focus for all hospitals. Learn more about where governance models are going with guest expert Les Wallace.

CHT: 1 hour

Speaker: Les Wallace, Ph.D.

Les Wallace, Ph.D., author of Principles of 21st Century Governance and a former board member of the World Future Society, takes a look at trends moving boards to new Models of governance. Dr. Wallace, a governance and leadership consultant, has worked with over 400 boards of directors on governance and strategy and is a former hospital administrator and university professor.

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