Published March 15, 2024

PYA Experts Moderate AHLA’s Top 10 Healthcare Podcast Series

For the fourth year, PYA is sponsoring and participating in the American Health Law Association (AHLA) Top 10 podcast series. The series covers the Top 10 issues impacting healthcare, which AHLA describes in its article, “Top Ten Issues in Health Law 2024,” in the January/February 2024 Health Law Connections magazine. Beginning in January 2024, PYA thought leaders moderate the podcasts, which are produced as part of AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law podcast channel.

The Top 10 healthcare issues covered in the podcast series include artificial intelligence in healthcare; the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act; antitrust trends; fraud and abuse issues; higher education diversity programs; reproductive health; tax-related developments; Medicare Managed Care; tracking technology; and 340B developments.

Podcast #1: January 12, 2024

“Health Care’s AI Transformation: Managing Risks and Rewards in an Evolving Landscape”

PYA Principal Barry Mathis moderates a discussion with Katherine Snow, Hinge Health, and Alya Sulaiman, McDermott Will & Emery, about the transformative potential and unknown risks of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. The experts discuss governance of AI, policy decisions, compliance considerations, and other related topics.

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Podcast #2: January 19, 2024

“Major Expansion of Federal Regulation of Managed Care Through the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act”

PYA Senior Manager Kathy Reep leads a discussion with Kevin Malone, Epstein Becker & Green PC, about mental health parity and implications of the July 2023 proposed rule related to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The experts discuss issues with non-quantitative treatment limitations and reflect on industry reactions to the proposed rule.

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Podcast #3: January 26, 2024

“Antitrust Trends and Forecast for the Health Care Industry”

PYA Managing Principal Michael Ramey speaks with Rosa M. Morales, Crowell & Moring LLP, about the Dept. of Justice and Federal Trade Commission’s 2023 merger guideline changes. They discuss how the agencies’ focus on theories of harm impacts the industry and offer recommendations for counsel to manage the requirements of the proposed Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.


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Podcast #4: February 2, 2024

“Fraud and Abuse Issues to Watch”

In this podcast, PYA Managing Principal of Revenue and Compliance Advisory Lori Foley and Jonathan A. Porter, Husch Blackwell LLP, discuss fraud and abuse issues facing the healthcare industry. They cover the importance of the SuperValu case, which relates to a ruling involving the False Claims Act, and the impact of split circuits. They also provide key takeaways for healthcare providers.


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Podcast #5: February 9, 2024

“The Diversity Program Landscape After Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard/UNC”

PYA Principal Deborah Biggs leads a conversation with Tiffany Buckley-Norwood, Trinity Health Corporation, about the federal and state impacts of the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard/UNC. They also share best practices for organizations to create pipelines of diversity in the new environment.

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Podcast #6: February 16, 2024

“Reproductive Health Update”

In this episode, the constantly changing landscape of reproductive health is examined by Carol Carden, Managing Principal; Joanne (Jody) Joiner, Tenet Healthcare; and Gina Bertolini, K&L Gates LLP. They discuss federal developments, EMTALA and state laws, access at state levels, privacy issues, and the impact of recent litigation.

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Podcast #7: February 23, 2024

“Tax-Related Developments”

PYA Principal Debbie Ernsberger leads a discussion with Douglas Mancino, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, about some of the tax-related issues facing the healthcare industry today. They provide information for tax-exempt organizations regarding community benefit and Section 501(r) compliance and share best practices for community benefit data and executive compensation.

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Podcast #8: March 1, 2024

“Medicaid Managed Care—Many Proposals Likely to be Finalized”

In this episode, PYA Consulting Principal Martie Ross discusses Medicaid proposals with Caroline Brown, Brown & Peisch PLLC. They cover proposed rules related to quality rating systems, payment adequacy and access, medical loss ratio, network adequacy requirements, and prior authorization. They also explain the regulatory process between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the states.

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Podcast #9: March 8, 2024

“Tracking Technology Remediation, Litigation, and Enforcement”

PYA Principal and Corporate Counsel Karin Anderson speaks with Carolyn Metnick, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, about legal and regulatory issues related to tracking technology. They define “tracking technology,” explain the Office of Civil Rights requirements for HIPAA-covered entities, discuss enforcement and litigation activities, and share recommendations for compliance.

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Podcast #10: March 15, 2024

“Drug Pricing—340B Developments to Watch”

In the tenth episode featuring the Top 10 issues of 2024, PYA Principal Sarah Bowman speaks with Jolee Bollinger, Sharp HealthCare, and Andrew Ruskin, K&L Gates LLP, about drug manufacturers’ tightening access to 340B pricing and how covered entities can protect their access to it. They also discuss the impact of the Genesis case and trends related to audits of covered entities.

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Check back for the remaining podcasts, which are released weekly.

If you would like guidance on any of the issues covered in AHLA’s Top 10 podcasts, PYA thought leaders are happy to assist. As one of the nation’s Top 20 healthcare management consulting firms, PYA offers expertise in strategy and transactions, compensation valuation, compliance, rural health, and technology to help clients successfully navigate the complex healthcare industry. Contact our executives at the emails below or by calling (800) 270-9629.

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