The Transformed U.S. Health Care Landscape:
Navigating the New Frontier

Executive Certificate in Health Policy, Financing and Law

American University Washington College of Law is delighted to present a unique five-day learning opportunity for busy health care executives, consultants, strategic analysts, and lawyers. Taught by luminaries in the field and available on-line through a live and interactive webcast, this certificate training will help you master and navigate the public policy landscape that is transforming the delivery of health care services in the United States.

Why Now?

Washington College of Law Entrance Health policy decisions are shaping the current and future health care marketplace more than ever before. Indeed, to determine the viability of current business models and identify future opportunities, the best guidance is given by internal leaders and external advisors who understand and are able to translate the public policy landscape. Health executives, consultants and lawyers must educate themselves to adapt to this new reality.

The Executive Certificate in Health Policy, Financing and Law will help you fit all the moving pieces together. You may know plenty about health insurance exchanges. Or about the new HIPAA privacy rules. Or have a handle on the new payment methodologies for hospitals and physician groups. But do you grasp how all three are shaping the health plan and provider consolidation in this country? Do you know how the upcoming Medicare and Medicaid entitlement program debates will change the payment and medical service delivery systems in the private sector? You need to understand how the policy pieces fit together to better serve your clients and your organization.

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Coast-to-Coast: Health Reform Implementation at the Federal and State Level

This presentation will be a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute update on the progress, early success and potential failures of the component parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specific review of and examples to illustrate each major provision of the law will be offered on individual and small group health insurance exchanges, Medicaid Program expansion, key delivery system reforms, including payment pilots and new models of care (e.g., bundled payments, accountable care organizations).

Health Care Cost Containment Policy Options

Federal lawmakers are facing serious pressure to stimulate economic growth and reduce the federal budget deficit. Because the Medicare and Medicaid Programs account for 21 percent of the federal budget and health care costs continue to rise, these programs are being scrutinized for waste and excess spending. The policy proposals being considered, particularly payment reform, rolling back the employer-sponsored health insurance tax exclusion and better managing the care of the dual eligible population, will have a profound impact not only on the federal budget, but the nation’s entire health care system. This presentation will feature proposals included in influential reports published by the Bipartisan Policy Center, Simpson-Bowles Commission, Kaiser Family Foundation, MedPAC and the Congressional Budget Office.

Legal Obstacles to Delivery System Reform

Moving away from fee-for-service payment systems to a more clinically integrated approach not only poses cultural and financial barriers, but legal barriers as well. This presentation will present an overview of the many legal barriers to health care delivery system consolidation trends (e.g., antitrust, fraud and abuse provisions in the anti-kickback, Stark and false claims laws, scope of practice, privacy [HIPAA], contractual business arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, program integrity), and the status of discussions about other major legal issues, such as scope of practice, enterprise liability and tort reform/medical malpractice.

How Technology Empowers the Health Care Paradigm Shift

Health information technology is widely-recognized as a necessary tool to help modernize the health care system. If utilized well, technology is the key to resolving the most pressing challenges confronting the U.S. health care system—rising costs, eroding coverage, and inconsistent quality. This presentation will focus on the interoperability of health IT systems and exchange of electronic health information, electronic medical records and meaningful use of them, privacy issues, patient engagement of technology, new innovations in personalized and genomic medicine and the status of data-driven performance and accountability measures commonly found in provider contracts.

In the Eye of the Storm: Professional Workforce Issues for Health Care Professionals

The health professional workforce is at the heart of the health care delivery system. Efforts to transform this system to a more team-based, coordinated care environment require new levels of commitment, collaboration, and leadership from our health professionals. In this transformative time, it is critical that health care providers are ready and able to play new roles and acquire new skills to effectively deliver health care in the future. This presentation will review the status of our workforce education and training, funding, new measures of accountability for delivering cost efficient and quality medical services, challenges to this cultural and structural shift and examples of facility and provider leaders.

Policy Analysis For Strategic Business Planning

During this dramatic transformation of the U.S. health care system, healthcare companies and organizations are struggling with how to plan for their short and long-term future. With the overwhelming volume of new rules and market challenges, it can be difficult to align internal business operations with external policy activity. This presentation will provide tools and concrete examples that demonstrate how you can improve your analysis of market and policy trends, offer strategic messaging and better communications about policy changes and how they relate to business goals and better utilize your consultants to leverage opportunities while the landscape is changing. 


  • Julie Barnes, Executive Director of Breakaway Policy Strategies

  • Brian Colllins, Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Bill Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Frederick Isasi, Vice President, Health Policy, The Advisory Board Company

  • Paul Keckley, Ph.D., Executive Director for Deloitte Center for Health Solutions

  • Janet Marchibroda, Director of Health Innovation, Bipartisan Policy Center

  • Kirk Nahra, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

  • Kavita Patel, M.D., Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Brookings / Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

  • Dean Rosen, Partner, Mehlman, Vogel & Castagnetti

  • Jordan Shlain, Founder, Healthloop

  • Robert Sloan, President/CEO, Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation

  • Piper Su, Of Counsel, DLA Piper

Participant Profile

This program offers a substantive and real-world education for senior executives, legal counsel, administrators and clinicians involved in the transformation of the health care system.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

If you are interested in receiving CLE for your participation, please indicate that on your registration form, and our Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education will apply to your state bar for up to 10 CLE credits. Webcast participants should, however, check with their state bar requirements with respect to on-line credits.

Location for In-Person Attendees

Lectures will be webcast live, but individuals also have the option of attending in person. The seminar will be held in:

Room 601
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Parking: email Matt Pierce if you would like to park at the law school.

Directions: View our directions to the law school.


Monday-Thursday, March 11-14, 2013, 5:00 - 7:00 pm EDT

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00 pm EDT

NB. Daylight savings starts March 10!

Registration and Tuition

To sign up for in-person and online participation, please visit our registration page.

Individual rate: $1025*

Organizational discounts:

  • 3 - 5 employees: 5% off individual rate per employee
  • 6 - 9 employees: 10% off individual rate per employee
  • Over 10 employees: 15% off individual rate per employee

* This fee grants a license for only one person to view the webcast.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this program or would like to learn more about health law events and opportunities at American University Washington College of Law, please email Matt Pierce or call him at 202-895-4518.