Message from the Chair

NWR Headshot webThank you for visiting the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar’s website.

You already know that we are in the midst of a historic transformation of our nation’s health care system.  Insurance companies, physicians, hospitals, clinics, patients and investors continue to operate in a world of great uncertainty – 10-years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.  The controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act and now the unruly “repeal and replace” debate over competing proposals to “fix” problems such as coverage, access and quality of care only serve to prolong this uncertainty.  Compounding these challenge is proliferation of disruptive technology which is radically changing the way we all live.

The Health Law Section of the Florida Bar is here to assist you navigate this ever evolving landscape.  Our 1800 professional members can provide you with guidance from state insurance and hospital regulation and risk management to state licensure and Medicaid issues.  Moreover, we recognize the expertise of some of our members through the Board Certification process – one of the few such programs in the country.

On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I invite you to sample any of our resources.  From traditional CLE seminars and webcasts to Council meetings and our publications – I am sure the Health Law Section has a resource to help you solve any health-related issue you may have in Florida.

If you have any questions, or are interested in membership in the Section, please contact the Florida Bar’s most engaging Program Administrator, Willie Mae Shepherd at WShepherd@floridabar.org.

Again, thank you for your interest in the Health Law Section.  If I can be of individual assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 321.434.4356 or at Nicholas.Romanello@health-first.org.

Thanks.

Nicholas Romanello

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Message from the Chair

Photograph of Steven Grigas, Health Law Section ChairOn behalf of the Executive Council, I would like to welcome you to the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar. I am honored to have been elected Chair of the Section and look forward to working with the Executive Council and the Section membership this next year.

The Health Law Section is over 1800 members strong and focuses on the many varied and complex legal issues that impact health care in our state and nation. From Abortion to Zika virus, our section attorneys have helped to shape policy in both the public and private sector. As today's health care issues grow in number and complexity, the need for knowledgeable and experienced health care attorneys has never been greater.

Membership and participation in the Health Law Section is an ideal opportunity for both seasoned attorneys and those newly admitted to the Bar to gain a better understanding of health law, refine practice skills, and develop significant working relationships with other health care attorneys and professionals.

As a member of the Section, you will be given full access to the Section’s wide-ranging continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs and news materials. The Section hosts several in-person CLE seminars during the year, covering topics ranging from health law fundamentals to the most recent developments in fraud and abuse, compliance, risk management, and representation of licensed practitioners. The Section also hosts a series of monthly audio webcast CLE programs, allowing health care attorneys and other professionals to keep abreast of the law from the convenience of their own offices. Additionally, the Section offers members electronic quarterly newsletters and monthly health law updates containing practice related articles.

Over the last several years, the Section has reached out to younger lawyers who practice, or have interest in, health law. We intend to continue this effort, but will also be reaching out to the more established attorneys in health care who are no longer participating with the Section, or who have never pursued an active membership with it. We hope to invigorate our core membership, young and old, and expand the numbers of attorneys that actively participate with the Section through meetings and social events held in various locations across the State. We also seek to establish a mentoring program whereby experienced health lawyers can help younger lawyers navigate the complex web of regulations, agencies, and case law that governs this practice.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the current members of the Section and Executive Council who have helped me over the years, and on whom I will rely heavily upon over the course of my service as Chair. I also invite those of you who are not yet members to join the Section and discover the many benefits and rewards it offers.

I look forward to serving you during my 2016-2017 term. 

Steven Grigas

Health Law Section Chair

Membership Information

Organized 1988

The Health Law Section of The Florida Bar’s goal is to provide a forum for communication and education leading to the improvement and development of the field of health law. Another goal is serving the bar and the public generally in interpreting and carrying out the professional needs and objectives in the area of health law. Health law is the practice of law involving federal, state or local law and rules or regulations regarding the delivery of health care services. In addition to health care provider issues and regulations of providers, health law includes legal issues regarding relationships between and among providers and payors. 

Membership Information

$30 for a member
$50 for an affiliate member 
$25 for a law student

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Getting Involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the Health Law Section, please contact  Willie Mae Shepherd or join us at the next Executive Council Meeting

Contribute to the Web Site

You can help make our website more effective by sending us pertinent information of interest to the Florida health law community and by letting us know about valuable links to health law resources. Send your information and selections to the Program Administrator and we'll post them as soon as we can.