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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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