• 2014 HLI Symposium

    Health Law Institute Symposium

    Health Care Reform Implementation in Minnesota:
    Mission Advanced But Not Accomplished

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
    Anderson Center, 774 Snelling Avenue, Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Regional and national experts explored the real, outstanding, and upcoming law and policy issues relating to the implementation of health care reform. This group of experts addressed challenges facing the legal and health care community in Minnesota. Through six plenary and concurrent sessions, expert speakers connected attendees with the issues related to health care access and delivery, and provided valuable takeaway lessons. Session tracks included: Health Care Reform Overview, Access & Coverage (Employer Coverage, Low Income & Vulnerable Populations), Delivery & Quality (Integration Beyond Accountable Care Organizations, Triple Aim & Academic Medical Centers), and Implementation Challenges.

    This special one-day event was relevant for clinicians, policymakers, and industry leaders - those charged with implementing health care reform. Discussion topics centered around informing, guiding, and prompting the development of needed public policy and institutional guidance. Priorities for further regionally-specific and legal research were also be identified. Download the PDF flyer.

    Schedule & speakers

    Schedule (PDF)
    Moderator Biographies (PDF)

    8 - 8:45 a.m.
    Registration & Coffee

    8:45 - 9 a.m.
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • Thaddeus M. Pope, JD, PhD, Director, Health Law Institute, Associate Professor, Hamline University School of Law
    • Jon Baker, Editor-In-Chief, Hamline Law Review
    • Dr. Erik Jensen, Provost, Hamline University

    9 - 10 a.m.
    Minnesota Health Care Reform Background & Overview

    • Lucinda Jesson,Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services

    10 - 10:10 a.m.

    10:10 - 11:40 a.m.
    Access & Coverage Track - Employer Coverage (PDF)

    • Jean Abraham, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
    • Julie Brunner, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
    • Autumn Amadou-Blegen, Human Resources Director, Surly Brewing Company

    Delivery & Quality Track - Integration Beyond Accountable Care Organizations (PDF) 

    • Keith Halleland, Attorney, Halleland Habicht, PA; CEO Community Health Initiatives, Inc.
    • Frank Fernandez, Vice President Government Programs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
    • John Locastro, Vice President, Central Region, Sandlot Solutions
    • Jeffrey Tucker, EFPM, President & CEO, Integrity Health Network

    11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

    12:40 - 2:10 p.m.
    Access & Coverage Track - Low Income & Vulnerable Populations (PDF)

    • Fatema Haji-Taki, Health Care Eligibility & Access, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    • Ralonda Mason, Supervising Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
    • Matthew Burdick, Public Policy Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

    Delivery & Quality Track - Triple Aim & Academic Medical Centers (PDF)

    • Ann Marie Marciarille, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Deborah Farringer, Assistant Professor of Law, College of Law, Belmont University
    • Lawrence Massa, President & CEO, Minnesota Hospital Association

    2:10 - 2:20 p.m.

    2:20 - 3:50 p.m.
    Implementation Challenges (PDF) 

    • Stefan Gildemeister, State Health Economist & Director, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Department of Health
    • Jeremy Springer, MD, Park Nicollet Clinic; Chair, Primary Care Physician Workforce Expansion Advisory Task Force, Minnesota Medical Association
    • David Hyman, H. Ross & Helen Workman Chair in Law; Director, Epstein Program in Health Law & Policy; Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois

    3:50 - 3:55 p.m.
    Closing Remarks & Evaluations

    Continuing Education Credits

    • Law: This program has been approved for 5.5 Standard CLE credits by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education (Event Code: 197285).
    • Nursing: This program is designed to enhance your ability to practice nursing. Pursuant to the rules of the Minnesota Board of Nursing, this program qualifies for 6 3/5 contact hours. The Health Law Institute will provide participants requesting CE units with a certificate of attendance.
    • Social Work: This program meets the CE requirements of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. It will contribute to the practice of social work and is intended for the benefit practicing social workers. This program qualifies for 5 CE hours. The Health Law Institute will provide participants requesting CE units with a certificate of attendance.

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    Program Committee

    • Health Law: Thaddeus Pope (Hamline University School of Law)
    • Government: Lucinda Jesson (Minnesota Department of Human Services)
    • Media: Jackie Crosby (Star Tribune)
    • Academia: Timothy Jost (Washington & Lee University School of Law)
    • Exchange: Brian Beutner (MNsure)
    • Private Insurance: Jim Jacobson (Medica Health Plans)


    • The Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Edition. The Health Law Institute was established in 2006 and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • Hamline Law Review is dedicated to providing a forum for member of the bench, bar, and education communities to discuss topics that are of interest to the legal profession. As a student-run publication, we produce a volume of scholarly articles each year. The printed volume related to the Symposium can be found here.


    Contact Kari McMartin(kmcmartin02@hamline.edu), Program Manager, Health Law Institute.

    2012 Symposium

    The Hamline University Health Law Institute and Hamline Law Review were pleased to present their 2012 Symposium: Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care.