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The Evolution and Impact of Health IT and EHRs: Setting the Stage for Growth and Value

The Evolution and Impact of Health IT and EHRs: Setting the Stage for Growth and Value
Product Code - LGN245
Speaker(s): William S. Bernstein, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions; Anne O’Hagen Karl, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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The widespread deployment of health information technology (health IT) is key to achieving the critical goal of improving outcomes while containing costs. As has been true in other industries, the transition from paper-based to digital processes in healthcare will automate routine processes, increasing accuracy, customer satisfaction, and efficiency.

This program will detail the evolution of health IT, focusing primarily on developments over the last decade that have accelerated the adoption and use of electronic health records. The faculty will begin by providing a framework for understanding health IT, tracking its growth from inception through the IOM (Institute of Medicine) to its implementation through HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act).

The program will provide definitions of key concepts and terms, deciphering the alphabet soup of acronyms around health IT. The speakers will share insights into the role that federal and state governments play in accelerating, coordinating, and overseeing health IT.

In addition, participants will receive an in-depth look at the benefits electronic health records (EHRs) deliver, including how they increase the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and safety of care. The program will track the market and policy changes that have supported the adoption of EHRs, including a detailed assessment of the federal initiative for supporting their meaningful use. Also, the impact of EHRs on medical practices will be explored, and the faculty will offer a practical discussion of the legal liabilities and risks associated with EHR use.

Educational Objectives:

• Understand the evolution and growth of health information technology over the past 10 years, detailing key reports, programs, legislation and milestones.

• Learn to define all the key concepts and terms around the electronic capture, transmission, exchange, and use of health information.

• Find out about governmental coordination of health IT, including federal leadership and oversight, the roles that states play and the guidelines for public/private partnerships.

• Discover the value and benefits of electronic health records.

• Understand government actions to accelerate adoption, including actions to remove regulatory barriers and support implementation.

• Gain a detailed look at the meaningful use of EHRs, delving into the full range of requirements, incentives and penalties.

• Understand the effects EHRs will have on medical practice, including potential EHR-related errors; federal efforts to address EHR safety; and EHR use, legal liabilities, and risks.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

Executives and counsel for provider, payer, and life sciences organizations as well as representatives from associations and foundations focused on advancing care quality and efficiency will benefit from attending.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of current healthcare issues.
CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Recommended CPE Credit: 1.5 credits
Anticipated CLE Credit: 1.5 credits (may vary based on from which jurisdiction requested)

For additional information, please see the “CE Credit” tab.

William S. Bernstein, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions; Anne O’Hagen Karl, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP

William S. Bernstein, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
William Bernstein is a partner with Manatt, where he serves as Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Division and a member of the Executive Committee. His practice concentrates on providing strategic, business and legal advice to clients in the healthcare industry, including provider organizations, managed care companies, emerging companies and financial institutions. Mr. Bernstein has led engagements to create new business models for the organization and payment of health services, developed plans for the broad use of health information technology to support new care delivery systems and counseled numerous states on implementation issues resulting from health reform. He has also assisted clients in raising billions of dollars of public‐sector financing, ranging from innovative public‐private ambulatory initiatives to cutting‐edge funding for hospitals. Mr. Bernstein began his healthcare career working for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Mr. Bernstein earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law; an M.A. from Brown University; and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions
Jonah Frohlich is a managing director of Manatt Health Solutions. He provides policy and regulatory advice to a wide array of healthcare organizations, including health plans, hospitals, provider organizations, and state governments, with a particular focus on health information technology and healthcare delivery transformation initiatives. Mr. Frohlich has been engaged in a variety of projects involving the use of technology, and clinical and administrative data to support improvements in the delivery of care for individuals and high‐risk populations.

Prior to joining Manatt Health Solutions, Mr. Frohlich was the deputy secretary of health information technology at the California Health & Human Services Agency. In this role, he served as the administration’s top executive and advisor on health information technology, coordinating the state’s initiative for the development, application, and use of electronic health records and secure information exchange. He also facilitated policy, statutory, and regulatory changes needed to advance health information exchange. Mr. Frohlich was also previously a senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation.

Mr. Frohlich earned an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A., with honors, from McGill University.

Anne O’Hagen Karl, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Anne Karl focuses her practice on a variety of regulatory and transactional matters in the healthcare industry for providers, Medicaid managed care plans, and commercial health insurers. She assists providers and Medicaid managed care plans in negotiating, drafting, and securing regulatory approval for agreements, including those incorporating innovative gain‐sharing arrangements. Ms. Karl also advises providers and payers on a wide array of payment and delivery system reform issues, including issues specific to Accountable Care Organizations, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and other innovative payment models. She conducts research and policy analysis on a wide range of Medicaid payment issues, including pay‐for‐performance incentive payments and supplemental payments, and she has experience analyzing Medicaid waiver programs. Additionally, Ms. Karl assists commercial health insurers with a wide range of regulatory issues, including analyzing federal healthcare reform requirements pertaining to commercial plans. Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Karl served as a law clerk to the Honorable José A. Cabranes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Karl earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Notes Editor for The Yale Law Journal; Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; and Senior Editor for the Yale Law and Policy Review. She earned an A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rufus Choate Scholar. Ms. Karl is admitted to practice in New York.

This program’s CLE-credit eligibility varies by state. Bloomberg BNA is an accredited provider in the states of New York*, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and most other jurisdictions grant CLE credit on a per-program basis. At this time, Bloomberg BNA does not apply directly to the states of Florida, Rhode Island, Montana and Hawaii although credit is usually available for attorneys who wish to apply individually. Additionally, the following states currently do not grant credit for Bloomberg BNA OnDemand programming: Arkansas, Ohio, Nebraska, and Delaware. All requests are subject to approval once the live webinar has taken place or the customer has viewed the OnDemand version. Please contact the Bloomberg BNA accreditations desk if you have specific questions that have not been addressed.

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