The Shifting Landscape of Health Law: What You Need to Know for Your Client and Yourself

15.5 Law and Legal, 1.5 Ethics CLE credits | WSBA Activity ID #1049038

The Health Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. This three day program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law. The 2017 program will address the shifting landscape of health law and how you can best serve your client in an uncertain legislative and regulatory future.


It is all about Health Law NOW. This three-day  program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant topics in important and emerging areas of Health Law. The 2017 program addresses the shifting landscape of health law and how you can best serve your client in an uncertain legislative and regulatory future.

  • Federal and state legislative updates
  • Employment law in the healthcare setting
  • Health information IT
  • Integration for behavioral health & physicians groups
  • Rural & under-served populations
  • The ACA & Medicaid and more!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Day 1

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Erica Wolf, Program Co-Chair, Seattle University School of Law
Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law
Barbra Z. Nault and Sevilla P. Rhoads, Co-Chairs, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Advocating for Physicians: Developing Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Issues

Tierney Edwards, Associate Director, Washington State Medical Association
Dr. Denny Maher, JD, MD, General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs, Washington State Medical Association

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Session 2: Federal Legislative Update

John Williams, Attorney, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Wash. D.C.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Session 3: Washington State Legislative Update

Zosia Stanley, Washington State Hospital Association

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 4: Employment Law in the Healthcare Setting

Sevilla Rhoads, Hall Render Killian Health & Lyman, Seattle
Kimberly Washburn, Human Resources, Virginia Mason, Yakima

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 5: Legal Issues in Health Information Technology

M. Re Knack, Attorney, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle
David G. Schoolcraft, Attorney, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn





Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Day 2

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Session 6: Ethical Issues in Health Law

Jake Kempton, General Counsel, Whidbey General Hospital, Whidbey Island
Lucinda Fernald, General Counsel, Gavery Schubert Barer, Seattle

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 7: Financing and Supply Chain Issues

Jennifer P. Viegas, Attorney, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Indianapolis
Will Callicoat, Chief Financial Officer, Summit Pacific Medical Center

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Session 8: To Integrate or Not, That is the Question: Behavioral Health

R. Keith Myers, LICSW, Wellspring Counseling
Cassie Undlin, Chief Operating Officer, Navos

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Session 9: To Integrate or Not, That is the Question: Physician Groups

Laura X. Keisle, Chief Risk Officer, Proliance Surgeons
David Snow, Attorney, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Denver

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 10: Hot Legal Topics in Post-Acute Care

Lawrence Lopardo, Executive VP/General Counsel, Avamere Health Services

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn

Friday, August 11, 2017 - Day 3

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 -10:45 a.m.

Session 11: Prosecuting and Defending Health Care Fraud

Kayla Stahman, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Katherine Kuchan, Attorney, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Milwaukee

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 12: The Future of Health Care Coverage: The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

Bruce Howell, Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt, P.C., Portland

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Session 13: Rural & Underserved Populations: What Leadership Wants the Lawyers to Know

Mo Sheldon, Chief Executive Officer, Odessa Memorial Hospital
Elizabeth Tail, Program Director, Cowlitz Indian Tribe

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 14: Representing Health Systems: What Leadership Wants the Lawyers to Know

Roger Jansson, Corporate Counsel, Providence St. Joseph Health
Chad Knight, Senior Associate Counsel, PeaceHealth Medical System
Mark Gary, Senior VP & General Counsel, MultiCare Health System

4:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn




Program Chairs

Barbra Z. Nault

Barbra Nault focuses her legal practice on health care business and corporate transactions, compliance, employment law and business advice. She has represented hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician practices, independent diagnostic testing facilities, pharmacies, medical billing companies, and individual providers.

She is currently a shareholder with the firm Hall, Render, Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C., and regularly works with health care clients on business organization and governance, regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions. She also has substantial litigation experience with a special emphasis on employment matters and partnership disputes. Barbra is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and serves as the Managing Partner of the firm's Anchorage office.

Sevilla Rhoads

Sevilla Rhoads has practiced labor and employment law for approximately 20 years. A former health care provider and health care business owner herself, Sevilla has a genuine appreciation for how a lawyer should support clients' patient care priorities and business realities. Her behavioral health training and significant workplace conflict resolution experience helps clients positively navigate disputes with the least disruption to patient care. She is also experienced in finding practical compliance solutions tailored to her clients' specific work environments. Compliance and prevention services offered by Sevilla include workplace investigations, training, contract and policy drafting. When faced with litigation, clients benefit from Sevilla's extensive trial and arbitration background. Understanding the importance of their relationships with other providers, patients and the community, she obtains dismissals and verdicts in her clients' favor without compromising the clients' organizational values around respect and collaboration.

Erica L. Wolf

Erica Wolf is the Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Law and Senior Attorney for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where she teaches a clinical course in Indian Trusts & Estates. Professor Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Wolf has been involved with our Center for Indian Law & Policy (CILP) for almost ten years-as an adjunct faculty member, Supervising Attorney, Managing Attorney, and most recently, Executive Director. Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Wolf worked as an attorney in private practice. Her practice involved litigation, business law, and estate planning. She is a member of the state bars of Washington, California, and Alaska, and is a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.


Will Callicoat

Will Callicoat has 14 years of experience in hospital financial management. Will has spent the past 6 years at Summit Pacific Medical Center, where he currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer. He enjoys developing value-based payment arrangements with payers to help Summit Pacific move from providing volume-based care to value-based care. Prior to joining with Summit Pacific, he worked at a for-profit hospital as a Controller; and also a Director for Providence's regional office, where he supported 10 hospitals in Montana and Washington State. Will has also worked as a Director of Financial Policy at the Washington State Hospital Association, advocating the state legislature and state agencies for improved Medicaid payments. Will has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Saint Martin's College, and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University.

Tierney Edwards, JD

Tierney is an attorney and the Associate Director of Legal and Federal Affairs at the Washington State Medical Association. After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Washington, she graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law, focusing her coursework on health law.

Her continued and profound interest in health law led her to join the WSMA Legal Department in 2013. At the WSMA, she has worked on various legal and legislative issues, advocating for physicians and their patients both in the context of the judicial system and federal policy. She is especially interested in how new technology and related laws are shaping the delivery of health care.

Lucinda Fernald

Lucinda Fernald is General Counsel to the Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. She advises the firm's attorneys on ethics issues from the mundane to the arcane in four U.S. jurisdictions as well as overseeing other compliance and risk management matters and client intake. Cinda was recently appointed to the WSBA's Committee on Professional Ethics.

Mark Gary

Mark Gary, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, MultiCare Health System. MultiCare is an integrated delivery system based in the south Puget Sound region of Washington state, and recently added operations in Spokane and the Inland Northwest region of Washington State. Mark joined MultiCare in 2007 and has served as its chief legal officer and general counsel since 2013. Prior to MultiCare, Mark was a partner in the Seattle law firm Bennet, Bigelow & Leedom, where he practiced primarily health care business law. He received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Bruce F. Howell

Bruce Howell is one of the pioneers in the practice of health law. From being one of the founders of the Dallas (Texas) Bar Association's Health Law Section to one of the first attorneys to be certified as a Board Certified Health Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Howell has experienced a vast array of issues across the health industry spectrum. He focuses his practice on various aspects of health law, including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, managed care issues, physician practice management issues, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. He also handles cases involving genetics, organ transplant technology, laboratory matters, clinical research and health care insurance coverage. Mr. Howell has represented companies and individuals in health care governmental investigations and counseled clients in structuring transactions to comply with health law regulatory requirements. He has also created compliance programs, and consulted on corporate governance matters and tax enforcement matters in nonprofit tax/health care work. Mr. Howell is also experienced in litigating cases related to health care insurance, ERISA issues, and health law regulatory matters as well as serving as an expert witness in some of these areas. He counsels providers and businesses in complying with the requirements of and finding financial opportunities in connection with the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Mr. Howell serves on the ABA Health Law Section as ‎Chair of the Health ‎Lawyer Editorial Board.

Roger L. Jannson

Roger L. Jansson is a Corporate Counsel for Providence St. Joseph Health. Roger joined Providence St. Joseph Health's Department of Legal Affairs in June 2008. He was previously a health law associate for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Bennett Bigelow & Leedom PS. Roger graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003, where he was a Notes and Comments Editor, and also obtained Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington in 1999. Roger graduated from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia with a BA in Psychology in 1991. Roger can be reached at (425) 525-3927 or

Jake Kempton

Jake currently serves as legal counsel and privacy officer for WhidbeyHealth (formerly known as Whidbey General Hospital), a public hospital district on Whidbey Island that includes a Critical Access Hospital and several outlying clinics. Prior to working for WhidbeyHealth, Jake had his own practice on Whidbey Island where he focused on business law, estate planning, and health law. He is the father of three rambunctious children (two of which were born while attending SU Law School), and in his spare time can most often be found outdoors with his wife and kids, fighting off the ivy that seems to be ever-consuming his yard, or, most recently, cross-training with the hope of not dying at the upcoming Tough Mudder.

Laura X. Kleisle

As Chief Risk Officer, Laura supports Proliance's CEO and Board of Directors with the organization's compliance, regulatory and risk program. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Laura began her legal career over twenty years ago and is known around the office for her attention to detail and no-nonsense demeanor. Laura received her Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, and her JD from Washington University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she is an ardent fan of NCAA Division III lacrosse, and enjoys visiting the Hiram M. Chittendon Locks in Ballard.

M. Re Knack

Re Knack is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation Departments at Ogden Murphy Wallace. Her practice focuses on insurance, healthcare and civil matters. Re provides a wide range of legal services to members of the healthcare industry including regulatory compliance, confidentiality and privacy-related compliance services including HIPAA and state laws, licensing and risk management related services and related investigations, federal and state agency investigations, guidance and representation related to medical staffing, and defense of professional negligence claims.

Chad Knight

Chad advises healthcare system and medical group executive leaders in structuring, negotiating, and executing healthcare transactions involving acquisitions, professional/physician services, payers, managed care, leases, IP, IT and licensing, and others. He has compliance and regulatory experience (HIPAA, Stark, AKS, tax-exempt, and research). He also advises for issues in commercial relationships and pre-litigation disputes. Before PeaceHealth, Chad practiced as a transactions and healthcare attorney at Polsinelli PC and K&L Gates LLP.

Katherine Kuchan

Katherine A. Kuchan, R.N., M.S.N., J.D. is a nurse and Shareholder in Hall Render's Milwaukee office and provides legal counsel to hospitals, health systems, systems, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, physician groups, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories and other licensed healthcare providers across the country regarding regulatory and compliance matters. She advises clients on federal False Claims Act lawsuits and investigations; internal and government investigations; fraud and abuse matters, including voluntary self-disclosures to appropriate government agencies; EMTALA; CLIA; and special regulatory problems involving survey and licensure. She has represented a large number of clients in investigations coordinated through numerous federal and state enforcement agencies, including local offices of the U.S. Attorney, Office of Inspector General and Medicaid State Enforcement Units. Ms. Kuchan also counsels clients on the design, implementation and assessment of their compliance programs and assists clients with compliance and reporting under Corporate Integrity Agreements. Ms. Kuchan's experience as a Registered Nurse offers her clients the advantage of working with legal counsel who has practical, clinical knowledge and real life experience from working in the healthcare industry.

Lawrence Lopardo

Larry Lopardo joined the Avamere Family of Companies as its first General Counsel in 1999. As General Counsel, he is responsible for all legal, risk management and compliance functions. This includes transaction negotiations, litigation management, licensing and regulatory compliance, insurance acquisition, and advising all Avamere companies on legal matters. The Avamere family includes skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, rehabilitation, home health and hospice care. Before the Avamere companies' growth, Larry also headed the companies' risk management and human resource functions.

Larry came to the Avamere companies after ten years as chief administrative officer of an electronics manufacturer and eight years as a California business trial attorney. Larry holds three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (cum laude), Bachelor of Arts in History, and Juris Doctor.

Denny Maher

Denny Maher is an attorney and a physician, and serves as General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at the Washington State Medical Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MD from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Denny practiced hand surgery on the faculty of the UT-Houston Medical School and in private practice in Seattle. After leaving his medical practice he received his law degree from the University of Washington. Denny has been with the WSMA since 2009, and works to serve the legal needs of the WSMA, and to provide analysis and education related to legal, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting physicians, hospital medical staff, and the delivery of health care in Washington.

R. Keith Myers

R. Keith Myers, LICSW is the former Vice-President of Clinical and Training Services for Wellspring Counseling. He has been a practicing clinician for over 40 years, and was at Wellspring for 31 years and was its clinical director for 26 years. He has been active in legal and ethical issues as relates to mental health, and has trained locally and nationally on risk management practices and HIPAA. He has also taught extensively on the subject of suicide, and adolescent treatment. He is co-author of the book Brief Counseling with Suicidal Persons and other articles and presentations on suicide and crisis intervention.

David Schoolcraft

David Schoolcraft has worked for more than 20 years at the intersection of healthcare, law and technology. He is a Partner and Chair of the Health Law Group at Ogden Murphy Wallace in Seattle. He provides strategic guidance to healthcare provider organizations and technology companies seeking to drive health system transformation. David has a national practice advising clients on technology licensing, data governance, health information privacy and security issues.

Mo Sheldon

Mo Sheldon is the Chief Executive Officer at Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management at Texas Tech University. She has served almost exclusively in rural markets for more than 20 years and her experience spans both acute and critical access hospitals which operate physician groups, licensed nursing homes, rural health clinics, EMS and assisted living. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is licensed as a nursing home administrator.

David H. Snow

David H. Snow is a shareholder with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PSC, the nation's largest law firm focused exclusively on matters specific to health care organizations. He has practiced health law for over 30 years and now splits his time between the firm's Milwaukee and the Denver offices, while serving clients coast to coast. Hall Render has over 200 healthcare attorneys in 12 offices serving health care clients in all parts of the country.

Mr. Snow's practice focuses on advising health care organizations on corporate, financial and regulatory matters, including: billing and payment; strategic reimbursement planning; regulatory compliance; federal and state tax exemption and unrelated business income issues; physician integration transactions; corporate governance and restructuring; and general business transactions. He is a frequent speaker for health care industry and professional associations on these topics. He is also a CPA and a long time member of the HFMA, and served as President of the Wisconsin Chapter.

Mr. Snow is a 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, with a degree in business administration and economics; and a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Kayla Stahman

Kayla Stahman is an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle who focuses her practice on health care fraud cases. Kayla is the Civil Division Health Care Fraud Coordinator. Prior to serving as an AUSA, Kayla was an Associate in the Securities Regulatory and Enforcement Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) in Washington D.C. Kayla is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Emory University.

Zosia Stanley

Zosia Stanley is Policy Director, Access at the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA). Zosia is responsible for policy issues that address access to health care, including facility regulations, insurance coverage issues, charity care, and health information privacy. She has also worked at WSHA in the areas of behavioral health and health care integration. Prior to WSHA, Zosia worked as an attorney in private practice. In that role, she counseled private sector health care clients on transactional and litigation health care matters. Zosia earned both a JD and Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington.

Elizabeth Tail

Elizabeth Tail is the Clinic Director of Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle, one of three CARF-accredited clinic sites operated by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. She supports a team of 36 highly qualified, culturally competent behavioral health professionals who provide services to American Indian and Alaska Native clients referred by the Office of Indian Child Welfare, King County Drug Diversion Court, and Family Treatment Court. Additionally Ms. Tail implements MOAs with 8 school districts for delivery of services to Native youth and families. She has an MPA degree from Harvard University.

Cassie Undlin

As the COO of Navos, Cassie is responsible for managing the business and general operations of the organization. She has worked in non-profit, for profit, and for the government in senior leadership roles, with 35 years of experience in healthcare. Previously, Cassie held the position of CEO of The Community Health Plan of Washington, and has served as the CFO for several organizations. Cassie is passionate about the Navos mission, and believes that the success of Navos is dependent upon a continued focus on those we serve.

Jennifer P. Viegas

Jennifer Viegas focuses her practice in the area of supply chain procurement, operations and management. She counsels group purchasing organizations, hospitals, health systems and other health care industry partners on supply chain strategies that help create efficiencies and manage operational costs. Jen helps clients navigate fraud and abuse and other regulatory considerations when employing such supply chain strategies. She assists health care entities in developing standard terms and conditions based on risk tolerance; in negotiating complex supply chain agreements, including, but not limited to, supplier, distribution outsource and service agreements; and in internal training sessions with in-house counsel as well as supply chain departments that address the regulatory framework in addition to contracting pitfalls. Clients who are actively engaged with their supply chain in all aspects are often able to lower costs, increase quality and improve performance.

Additionally, she provides general counsel services to clients on a variety of health care matters, including clinical services and patient care issues and issues related to human subject research. Jen earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University in 2005 and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2008. She is admitted to the bars of both Indiana and Michigan.

Kimberly Washburn

Kimberly Washburn is a versatile Human Resources professional with more than 25 years of experience driving increased performance and profitability through envisioning and leading strategic initiatives. She has a demonstrated ability to create organizational alignment towards key goals by optimizing human resource activities, and is masterful in building strong relationships with all levels of staff to ensure effectiveness and engagement. Kimberly has worked in a wide variety of industries ranging from health care (Virginia Mason Memorial - Organization Development Consultant - 6 months, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital - HR Director 5.5 years) to non-profit (United Way of King County - HR Manager 5 years) and hi-tech (at Microsoft, HR Consultant 5 years). She also has HR experience working in hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and service industries. Kimberly recently started in a new role as Organization Development Consultant at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima, WA.

Kimberly is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a Leadership emphasis from Walden University with an anticipated completion of early 2017, and she holds a Masters in Management - HR Management specialization from University of Phoenix. Kimberly currently holds the following certifications, Certified Health Care HR professional (CHHR), Society of Human Resource Management, Senior Competent Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Kimberly is active on the Washington State Healthcare Human Resources Board of Directors as Legislative Liaison, and is on the 2017 Annual Conference committee of the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and is the Chair of the Chapter Host Committee.

John Williams

John Williams is a shareholder at Hall Render and managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office, where he focuses his practice on federal legislative and regulatory affairs. In the 1990's he was Press Secretary for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and a member of the Republican Senior Communications Staff Committee during the 1998 impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton. He also served as the Chairman's advisor on domestic policy matters, ranging from annual appropriations and budget issues to health care, social security reform and transportation funding. In 2004, he was the Director of Transition at the Indiana State Department of Health for Governor-Elect Mitch Daniels and, in 2007, served on the transition team of Mayor-Elect Greg Ballard. In the 2016 presidential election cycle, Mr. Williams served as Indiana Finance Chairman of John Kasich for America. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Woodson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and supporting policies and programs that promote the social and economic self-sufficiency of low-income communities. In this capacity, Mr. Williams has worked with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other members of Congress to advance anti-poverty policy initiatives on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Williams completed his undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned his law degree at George Mason University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and the District of Columbia. Mr. Williams is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association and National Republican Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society. He is also a commercially licensed pilot with over 1,000 hours of flight time.


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