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

About the Speakers:

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.