Webinar: Responding to COVID-19: How In-House Counsel Met the Challenge
October 29, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Pacific Time
A complimentary, CSHA members-only webinar
Join our esteemed group of in-house attorneys as they discuss their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists helped hospitals, medical groups, payers, and other healthcare organizations deal with the myriad legal and practical issues that arose. Learn about the challenges they faced, the solutions that worked, and how they are adapting in these extraordinary times.
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Rick L. Grossman, Sharp HealthCare
Rick Grossman is senior vice president and general counsel for Sharp HealthCare. In his role, Rick oversees and supervises the legal affairs for Sharp, its hospitals and other related entities, including management and supervision of Sharp’s Legal Affairs, Insurance and Claims/Risk Management departments.
Rick, who has practiced law for close to 40 years, has extensive experience in the health law field in the areas of health care operations, governance, integrated delivery systems and physician organizations, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions, nonprofit tax exempt organizations, regulatory and compliance, litigation management and insurance/risk management. Prior to joining Sharp in 2019, Rick served as executive vice president and general counsel for Dignity Health, a large, multi-state, nonprofit health system, where he was also responsible for the organization’s system-wide legal and insurance/risk matters.
Augustavia J. Haydel, L.A. Care Health Plan
Augustavia J. Haydel is General Counsel of L.A. Care Health Plan. In this role she provides and arranges for legal counsel to L.A. Care’s Board of Governors and to senior management. Ms. Haydel’s duties involve a wide array of activities, including advice and counsel on health care legal issues, public law and government practice issues, board administration and governance issues, litigation activities, contract strategies and negotiations, and various other general and specialized legal topics.
Before joining L.A. Care, Ms. Haydel served for 10 years as counsel at WATTS Health Systems, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. Prior to that position, she was in private practice. She also has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the King’s County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a Market Research Analyst for the Indiana Business Development Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jillian Somers Donovan, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Jillian’s practice focuses on civil and regulatory litigation for health care industry clients and providers of long-term care services. Her representation includes skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, medical staffs, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, independent living communities, and intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled. Jillian represents clients in administrative proceedings and litigation, including suits challenging regulatory citations, deficiency appeals, staffing audits, licensure actions, abuse and neglect complaints, as well as lawsuits on a wide array of matters. Jillian handles all phases of litigation: discovery, law and motion practice, mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, trials, writs and appeals.
Jillian guides her clients through issues involving multiple
government agencies, including the California Department of
Public Health, California Department of Social Services, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services. Jillian handles advice and counsel for
disputes with government agencies and manages the response to
investigations conducted by the same.
Jillian also defends hospitals, medical staffs, and medical staff leaders in civil litigation arising from peer review activities. She has participated in the representation of medical staffs in formal hearings involving peer review actions. Jillian has also acted as a trial attorney representing hospitals in multiple lawsuits involving peer review and physician contracting issues. As part of her work with hospital clients, Jillian also provides advice and representation to clients with regard to Probate Code capacity and medical judgment petitions and related questions.
Mark S. Zemelman, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Mark Zemelman is senior vice president and general counsel for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
From 1998 until his promotion to general counsel in 2010, Zemelman managed a group of lawyers providing legal support for the corporate and business operations of Kaiser Permanente. Historically, his individual legal practice has been primarily in the areas of regulation of tax-exempt health plans and hospitals, business litigation, negotiation and drafting of contracts, and environmental law.
Zemelman has a long-standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession. With his guidance, the legal department at Kaiser Permanente has greatly increased the use of women- and minority-owned law firms, as well as developed internal programs that are resulting in increased diversity and inclusion within the department.
Continuing Education Credit
TThe California Society for Healthcare Attorneys is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and is authorized to provide 2 hours of MCLE credit for this program.
Full participation in the webinar is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education (CE) credit. Registrant must complete post-event survey, attest to participation and, when required, provide a professional license number. CE certificates will be emailed approximately two weeks after survey completion.