Skip to main content

Saint Louis University School of Law Header Logo Center

Menu Search & Directory

Annual Health Law Symposium

Each spring the Center for Health Law Studies hosts its annual Health Law Symposium featuring leading experts and scholars in the field.

Conference topics focus on groundbreaking issues in health law and policy. The proceedings of the symposium are published in the Journal of Health Law and Policy.

2019 Symposium: The Struggle for the Soul of Medicaid
 

2019 Symposium: The Struggle for the Soul of Medicaid

April 5, 2019 | John K. Pruellage Courtroom, Scott Hall

Join the Center for Health Law Studies and the Journal of Health Law and Policy for the 31st Annual Health Law Symposium on April 5, 2019. 5.1 MO CLE credits available.

Description

Medicaid was the “sleeper provision” when Congress created Medicare in 1965.
Today, it is the workhorse of the U.S. health system, covering nearly half of all births, 1 in 3 children, and 2 in 3 people in nursing homes. Medicaid now provides coverage to 1 in 5 Americans, with enrollment soaring to more than 76 million people since 2014 when the Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility to include all low-income working age adults. It is both the largest source of federal revenues to states and the second largest item in state budgets after education. Join us to discuss the future of Medicaid, and the competing visions that struggle to define its future.

Program Schedule
  • Registration: 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Welcome: 9-9:10 a.m.
    Rob Gatter, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law; Director, Center for Health Law Studies
  • Keynote: 9:10-10:05 a.m.
    If Medicaid Didn’t Exist We Would Have to Invent It
    Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

    Responses:
    • Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors
    • Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program

Moderated by Sidney D. Watson, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies

  • Break: 10:05-10:15 a.m.
  • Session 1: 10:15-11:10 a.m.

    Medicaid’s Role for Seniors and People with Disabilities: Current State Trends
    MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director, Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

    Responses:
    • Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
    • Dayna Bowen Matthew, William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Moderated by Elizabeth Pendo, Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies

  • Break: 11:10-11:20 a.m.
  • Session 2: 11:20 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Improving Health in Low-Resource Communities: How Much Should We Ask of the Medicaid Dollar?
    Dayna Bowen Matthew, William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

    Responses:
    • MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director, Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
    • Sidney D. Watson, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

Moderated by Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies; Co-Director, Saint Louis University Center for Equity; Co-Founder, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity

  • Break: 12:15-1:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: 1:40-3 p.m. | World of Waivers
    • Finding the Limits of CMS Discretion:  Medicaid Waivers and Judicial Review
      Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program
    • The View from the States
      Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors
    • State Experimentation:  Looking Back and Looking Forward
      Sidney D. Watson, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law

Moderated by Elizabeth McCuskey, Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law

  • Adjourn: 3 p.m.
 

Health Law Symposium 2014

Recent Symposia

2018: Public Health Law in the Era of Alternative Facts, Isolationism, and the One Percent

30th Annual Health Law Symposium
Friday, April 6, 2018, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

Broad shifts in U.S. policy under President Trump affect population health well beyond the repeal of the ACA's tax-penalty. How do we pursue population health in a political regime suspect of or even hostile to scientific evidence? In an environment that accommodates racial and economic disparities, is health equity possible? SLU LAW's 30th Annual Health Law Symposium explored these and other questions.

Schedule
Welcome
Robert Gatter, professor of law and director, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Session One

  • "Securing Science in Health Law"
    Robert Gatter, professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law, director, Center for Health Law Studies
  • “You want me to do what? Interprofessional Collaboration as a Public Health Policy Advocacy Tool in the Current Political Environment”
    Heather A. McCabe, assistant professor, Indiana University School of Social Work
  • "Stroke of the Pen. Law of the Land. Kinda Cool.”
    Elizabeth Van Nostrand, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Session Two

  • “Harming Public Health in the Undoing of Medicaid”
    Laura Hermer, professor of law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • “Health Justice in the Age of Alternative Facts and Tax Cuts: Medicaid Reform, Value-Based Care and the Social Determinants of Health”
    Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, assistant professor, Brown University, Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health

Session Three

  • "What Do You Have to Lose? Everything! The Health Care Plight of Blacks and Latinos in Trump’s America”
    Kimberly Cogdell Grainge, professor of law, North Carolina Central University School of Law 
  • “One-Percent ‘Answers’ to 99-Percent Concerns: How the Trump Administration's ‘Math’  Challenges a Health in All Policies’ Approach”
    Amy T. Campbell, associate professor of Law, The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 
  • "The Context of Justifiable Homicides: Examining Fatal Interactions between Police and Men of Color”
    Keon L. Gilbert, DrPH, associate professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education, SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice

Session Four

  • "Addressing Pain in the Midst of Opioid Crisis: Alternative Facts and Discarded Realties"
    Kelly K. Dineen, assistant professor of law, Creighton University School of Law
  • "Is the End of Smoking in Sight?: Tobacco Control in the Trump Years and Beyond”
    Micah Berman, associate professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and College of Public Health 
2017: Coping with Health Care Market Concentration

29th Annual Health Law Symposium
Friday, April 7, 2017, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies and Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy hosted the 29th Annual Health Law Symposium: 'Coping with Health Care Market Concentration.'

This day-long conference explored issues relating to market concentration and competition in the health care sector. Nationally recognized experts in health care policy and law; representatives of leading providers in the St. Louis region; and academics specializing in health and antitrust law addressed the rapidly changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Participants also addressed how shifting policies at the federal and state level will impact health care markets.

Schedule
Opening Remarks

  • Rob Gatter, J.D., professor of law and co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Thomas (Tim) Greaney, J.D., Chester A. Meyers Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Session One
Moderated by Elizabeth Pendo, J.D., Simeone Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • The Anticompetitive Potential of Cross-Market Mergers in Healthcare
    Jaime S. King, J.D., Ph.D., professor of law, UC Hastings College of Law and co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy
  • Competition as Policy Reform: Antitrust, Market-Governance Rules, and Incentives
    Emilio Varanini, J.D., Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Section, California Attorney General’s Office
  • How (And Why) to Address Health Care Prices through Private Antitrust Enforcement
    Anne Marie Helm, J.D., co-founder, The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

Session Two
Moderated by Sidney D. Watson, J.D., Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • When is Competition Not Competition?: The Case of Medicare Advantage
    Robert A. Berenson, M.D., Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; lecturer, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • Taking the Vitals of the Medicaid Managed Care Marketplace
    Zack Buck, J.D., assistant professor, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Coping with Concentration
    Thomas (Tim) Greaney, J.D., Chester A. Meyers Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Session Three
Moderated by Kelly Dineen, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of health law and ethics, Saint Louis University School of Law; Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, co-director, Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics

  • State Insurance Department Review of Health Insurance Mergers: Law and Practice
    Jay Angoff, J.D., attorney, Mehri & Skalet PLLC
  • Competition and Measuring Carrier Efficiency
    Scott Vogt, MBA, senior vice president, director of Client Services, Lockton Companies

Session Four
Panel discussion, moderated by Ron Levy, executive-in-residence, SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice

  • Richard J. Liekweg, president, BJC HealthCare
  • Chris Howard, president of Hospital Operations, Executive Vice President, SSM Health
  • Jeffrey Johnston, president, Mercy Hospital St. Louis

Videos

Opening Remarks and Session One

 Session Two

Session Three

 Session Four

 

2016: Dying Fast and Slow: Improving Quality of Dying and Preventing Untimely Deaths

28th Annual Health Law Symposium
Friday, April 1, 2016, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies and the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy hosted the 28th Annual Health Law Symposium, 'Dying Fast and Slow: Improving Quality of Dying and Preventing Untimely Deaths.'

This day-long conference engaged ongoing ethical and legal questions about policies and practices that hinder effective communication about dying, impact utilization and quality of services that improve dying—such as palliative care and hospice—and lead to conflict and engagement of the legal system at end of life. In addition, conference participants addressed untimely death—such as accidental overdoses, suicides, and pediatric mortality—and offered policy suggestions to decrease premature death and improve quality of dying.

Schedule

Session One: Talking About and Planning For Dying

  • “Family Communication Around End-of-Life Planning and Decision Making: Managing Uncertainty and Making Sense of Communication About the End of Life”
     Jennifer Ohs, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication, Saint Louis University
    April Trees, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Communication, Saint Louis University 
  • “Is There a Moral Obligation of Health Systems to Develop Robust Advance Care Planning Programs?”
    Thomas D. Harter, Ph.D., director, Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and Advance Care Planning, Gundersen Health System
  • “Death as Failure?”
    Miguel Paniagua, M.D., FACP, medical advisor, National Board of Medical Examiners; adjunct associate professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Session Two: Policy Solutions to Improve Quality at the End of Life

  • “From Medicare to Obamacare: The Ethical Evolution of US Hospice Care”
    Harold Braswell, Ph.D., assistant professor, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
  • “Perpetual Legal Calibration: Balancing Risks of Unwanted Life and Unwanted Death”
    Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D., professor of law; director of the Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • “Advance Directive Statutes: Guarding State Interests at the Expense of Liberty”
    Kathy Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., professor of law, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University

Session Three: Untimely Deaths in Highly Stigmatized Populations

  • “Suicide, Sudden Death and Opioids”
    Kelly Dineen, J.D., Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of health law and ethics, Saint Louis University
  • “Suicide in Individuals with Gambling Disorder”
    Stacey A. Tovino, J.D., Ph.D., Lehman Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law; Director, UNLV Health Law Program

Session Four: Improving Quality at the End of a Child's Life

  • “Technological Interventions in Resuscitation: The Ethics of Decision Making for Critically Ill Children”
    Jay Malone, M.D., M.S., Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
  • “Footprints Pediatric and Palliative Care Program: Developing a Voice for the Voiceless and Why It’s Important”
    Sr. Judith Carron, R.S.M., B.S.N., care coordinator, Footprints Program, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Session Five: Incorporation of New Developments in the Policy and Practice of Dying
All speakers participate in this Question-and-Comment session.

2015: The ADA at 25: Disability Rights and the Healthcare Workforce

27th Annual Health Law Symposium
Friday, March 27, 2015, John K. Pruellage Courtroom

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and prohibits discrimination based on disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and the Center for Health Law Studies at SLU LAW co-hosted a symposium featuring the ADA at the intersection of health law and employment law.

Schedule

Session One

  • Kimberly Lackey, public policy team manager, Paraquad
  • Kelly Moffatt, psychosocial counselor at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis

Session Two: The Difference of Disability for Healthcare Workers
Moderated by Marcia L. McCormick, director, William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Wellness Programs, the ADA, and GINA
    Pierce Blue, special assistant and attorney advisor, Office of Commissioner Chai Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • ADA Issues in the Healthcare Workforce
    Nicole Porter, professor of law, University of Toledo College of Law
  • Numerical Goals and Disability Employment Policy
    Mark Weber, Vincent DePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Session Three: Creating a Healthcare Workforce Ready to Provide Services to People with Disabilities
Moderated by Elizabeth Pendo, vice dean and professor of law, Saint Louis University School of Law
Commentator: Aimee Wehmeier, executive director and CEO, Paraquad

  • Disability Cultural Competence and the Health Professions
    Mary Crossley, professor of law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Accommodations and Modifications: What’s Reasonable in the Healthcare Setting?
    Leslie Francis, distinguished professor of philosophy and law and director, Center for Law & Biomedical Sciences, College of Law, University of Utah
  • Fitting Together Disability, Personal Assistance, and Workplace Personal Assistance
    Silvia Yee, senior staff attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Closing Session: Incorporating Good Practices in the Workplace
All speakers participating.

All Past Symposia

  • 2018: Public Health Law in the Era of Alternative Facts, Isolationism, and the One Percent
  • 2017: Coping with Health Care Market Concentration
  • 2016: Dying Fast and Slow: Improving Quality of Dying and Preventing Untimely Deaths
  • 2015: The ADA at 25: Disability Rights and the Healthcare Workforce
  • 2014: Health Care Reform, Transition and Transformation in Long Term Care
  • 2013: Regulating Dual-Use Research in Life Sciences
  • 2012: Drugs & Money
  • 2011: Implementing Health Reform: Fairness, Accountability and Competition
  • 2010: Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges
  • 2009: Living in the Genetic Age: New Issues, New Challenges
  • 2007: Medicare: After the Medicare Modernization Act
  • 2006: From Risk to Ruin: Shifting the Cost of Health Care to Consumers
  • 2005: Sports Medicine: Doping, Disability & Health Quality
  • 2004: Administrative Law Meets Health Law: Inextricable Pairing or Marriage of Convenience?
  • 2003: Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
  • 2002: Looking Beyond a Patient Bill of Rights: The Future of Managed Care
  • 2001: Ehealth: Structural, Legal and Ethical Implications
  • 2000: Taking the Pulse of Medicaid
  • 1999: Legal and Policy Issues for Academic Medical Centers
  • 1998: Medical Necessity: Fraud, False Claims and Managed Care
  • 1997: Antitrust and Health Care: Current Antitrust Issues for the Health Care Provider
  • 1996: Shifting Professional Relationships in Contemporary Health Care: Privileges, Labor, Employment and Contract
  • 1994: The National Health Care Reform
  • 1993: Legal and Ethical Controls on Biomedical Research: Seeking Consent, Avoiding Condescension
  • 1992: Law and Psychology - Beyond Mental Health and Legal Procedure