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Nineteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 18, 2018

CLE 6.5 Hours

CME 7.0 Hours

CNE 7.0 Hours

Opening Pandora’s BottleLaw, Policy, and America’s Opioid Epidemic

Live Site:

SIU School of Law, Carbondale, IL

Interactive Simulcast Sites:

Illinois State Bar Association Chicago Office, Chicago, IL

SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) 2B, HD Smith Tiered Classroom, Springfield, IL 

Join us for a movie screening of Herion(e) prior to the HPI on May 17 see details here




The nation is embroiled in an epidemic that, while not contagious, impacts all sectors of society and devastates communities, especially rural communities. Opioid misuse, including abuse of prescription pain killers and heroin, led to more than 33,000 deaths nationwide in 2016 and nearly 2,000 deaths in Illinois during that same year. And these statistics, counted in lives, continue to rise at alarming rates.

National, state, and local governmental bodies fight to stem the tide of this rampant killer. Law enforcement officials, courts, attorneys, and social agencies are caught in the web of this very human disaster and its tragic consequences. Hospitals, physicians, and health care providers struggle daily to care for patients, between managing patient pain and restricting prescription opioids, while simultaneously averting actions that feed addiction and protecting their professional credentials from scrutiny.

To aid in identifying both the issues and the solutions, the 2018 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)-Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute seeks to provide an informative and engaging dialogue aimed at striking the right balance and bringing to bear effective solutions to the opioid epidemic impacting our country and our communities. 


 At the conclusion of this educational program, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the scope and impact of the opioid crisis;
  2. Identify competing needs that arise in the patient-care milieu, including unmet needs and stigmatization;
  3. Comprehend how various solutions from the legal, medical, and policy arenas feed into the overall strategy for managing the present crisis; and
  4. Participate more effectively in discussions related to the nation’s opioid epidemic and proposed solutions on the national, state, and local levels.

The speaker panel for the 19th Annual SIH-SIU Health Policy Institute (HPI) is both extremely robust and tremendously impressive.  Presenters for the day-long, continuing education program include the following experts: 

  • Professor Christine Porucznik, Ph.D., MSPH, who served as chair of the CDC’s Opioid Guideline Workgroup, will present on the guidelines produced through this governmental effort; 
  • Professor Valarie Blake, J.D., M.A., will set forth health insurers’ role in curbing the opioid epidemic; 
  • Michelle White, MPA, who is a principal court management consultant with the National Center for State Courts, will highlight the function of drug courts as key institutions in managing opioid abuse issues. 
  • Professor Elizabeth Chiarello, Ph.D., M.Ed., will share her research findings on the different ways that health care providers and law enforcement agents use prescription monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse; 
  • Edward Covington, M.D., who is a pain management specialist, will address the need to ensure that patient pain issues are actively treated in a safe and effective manner, amidst efforts to stem the opioid abuse crisis; 
  • Dennis Wichern, a former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officer, will highlight the DEA’s activities in the opioid arena as related to providers; 
  • Monique Anawis, M.D., J.D., will discuss Illinois’s opioid activities through the lens of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office; and 
  • Illinois Inspector General Bradley Hart, J.D, whose focus is Medicaid and who is also an SIU Law graduate, will talk about opioid-related fraud and abuse issues impacting the state’s Medicaid program.

Co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois State Medical Society, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, SIU School of Medicine - Center for Rural Health Social Service Development, and SIU School of Medicine - Office of Population, Science and Policy.

Breakfast sponsor - Meyer Capel | Lunch sponsor - Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC

This program is supported, in part, by unrestricted educational grants from Southern Illinois Healthcare, the SIU School of Law, First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC, Illinois Department of Human Services, Meyer Capel, and Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

 News story relating to using medical cannabis for pain management instead of opioids here 

Eighteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

"Obamacare After Obama: The Future of U.S. Health Care at a Crossroads"

May 19, 2017

CLE/CME/CNE Hours: 5.25
Location: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation - Springfield, IL (videocast to SIU School of Law in Carbondale and ISBA Chicago Office)

co-sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and SIU School of Medicine.

Breakfast sponsor - Meyer Capel | Lunch sponsor - Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard, PC

This program is supported, in part, by funds from the First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC.


News Release

Illinois Times article


A critical focus of national policy discussion both going into and coming out of the presidential election has been the future of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – popularly known as Obamacare. Six years after the passage of the ACA, physicians and other health providers, as well as insurers, and employers, have all invested in substantial changes as the ACA has been implemented.With the November election, the Republican Party took control of Congress and the White House. As anticipated, the Republicans soon introduced their replacement plan for the ACA, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Initially, after encountering sharp divisions in Congress, the AHCA was withdrawn from consideration. Then on May 4, the House narrowly approved a revised AHCA. How the Senate will change this bill remains to be seen. And so, the debate about repeal and replacement continues and grows more complex and intense.

Just as the ACA dramatically impacted physicians, whatever may follow it will likely further disrupt health care providers and their patients in numerous ways. To that end, the 2017 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)/Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute aims to bring together a panoply of speakers form multiple sectors and a range of viewpoints to explore the issues in a way that goes beyond the strongly held political positions that have captured the media attention.


The Challenges of Budgets and Health Care

G. WILLIAM HOAGLAND, Senior Vice-President, Bipartisan Policy Center

How ACA implementation and reform under President Trump will affect health care providers, health insurers, and other healthcare organizations

JEREMY EARL, JD, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The Purchaser’s View of Health Benefit Directions

LARRY BORESS, President and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health

The Future of Medicaid 

LEIGHTON KU, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University

State Medicaid Transformation Using Section 1115 Waivers: Implications for Physicians, Providers, Hospitals, and Medicaid Enrollees

DANIEL DERKSEN, MD, Chair and Director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, and Professor and Chair of the Community, Environment and Policy Department, The University of Arizona

What’s the Current Status of the ACA: While Illinois Grapples With a Budget Crisis

LINDA BAKER, Ph.D., Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, SIU

The Future of Women’s Health Coverage

DANIA PALANKER, JD, MPP, Assistant Research Professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University 

Sixteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

From Critical Shortage to Critical Mass: 
Addressing the Lack of Donor Organs

May 16, 2014


The science and technology of human organ transplantation have advanced to the point where organ transplantation has become, in many situations, almost commonplace. Kidneys, lungs, and even hearts are now routinely transplanted successfully, improving the health and extending the lives of thousands of patients each year.

And yet, together with this great success, challenges have arisen involving critical medical, legal, and policy issues. Included among these issues are questions regarding the procurement of sufficient quantities of transplantable organs to meet the increasing demand, as well as concerns about the selection of recipients for the limited supply of available organs. These issues are real and perplexing. For example, there are currently more than 99,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, with a new person added to the list every 20 minutes. Yet, in 2013, only about 14,000 kidney transplants were performed, while more than 3,300 patients died waiting for a kidney.

Physicians and attorneys may play critical roles in the transplant process. For example, a physician may be treating a patient whose survival depends on receiving a transplant or who is considering being a live donor. An attorney may counsel a family being asked to donate the organs of a loved one or a client in need of a transplant seeking to improve their chances of getting a needed organ. As professionals, both physicians and attorneys may play a role in discussing and formulating crucial transplant policies.

co-sponored by Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and SIU School of Medicine - Department of Medical Humanities  


Dean KappelDean Kappel,B.A., M.S.W., President/CEO of Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS)

Organ Donation in the US: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

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Steve HarveySteve Harvey, JD, lead counsel and owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC

Organ Allocation Meets the Judiciary: Thoughts on the 2013 Lung Allocation Cases

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Stuart SweetStuart C. Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program W. McKim Marriott Professor of Pediatrics Washington University

Who Goes First? Equity, Utility and Organ Allocation Policy

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T. Randolph BeardT. Randolph Beard, PhD, Professor of Economics, Auburn University

Realistic Compensation Systems

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Andrew CameronAndrew Cameron, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Liver Transplant program at John Hopkins Hospital

Social Media and Organ Donation: The Facebook Effect

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Support provided by First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC

Fifteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

Health Policy Institute Group

May 17, 2013

Medical-Legal Partnerships: Collaborating to Transform Health Care
for Vulnerable Patients


Improving a patient’s health status involves more than identifying an illness and providing a medical treatment. Instead, an individual’s health is dependent on an array of factors or determinants, including not only access to health care services, but also the social and physical environment in which the patient lives and works.

There are practical limits to the ability of health care professionals to effectively address many of these determinants. For example, physicians may recognize that the conditions of a patient’s public housing apartment are adversely impacting his or her health status, but may simply not be able to guide the patient through the maze of statutes and regulations protecting tenants’ rights.

Recognizing this, medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) combine physicians, health care providers such as nurses, social workers, and attorneys into an interdisciplinary team that can proactively address unmet social and legal needs. MLPs can benefit patients in a number of ways, such as assisting with gaining access to public program benefits or providing representation to enforce housing codes. The benefits to the health care system include reductions in emergency room visits, re-hospitalizations, and improvements in patient health and well-being.

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Fourteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 18, 2012

EHRs, EMRs, and Health Information Technology: To Meaningful Use and Beyond

Health information technology (HIT) promises to transform the nation's health care system. Through the computerized, secure, and comprehensive management of health information, the goal is to provide patients better and safer health care more efficiently and at lower costs. With the enactment, in 2009, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government sought to encourage hospitals, physicians, and other providers to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). In the initial phase, with $3.1 billion in incentive payments, some 2,000 hospitals and 41,000 physicians adopted EHR systems. The next phase will focus on the exchange of health information across the delivery system.

Challenges remain if HIT is to achieve a positive impact on health care quality, safety, and efficiency. Further, concerns persist about privacy and the security of sensitive patient health information in the emerging digital world.

The 2012 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)/Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute will examine the current status of HIT within the health care system, as well as look to the future as the drive to adopt and implement HIT continues.

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Thirteenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 20, 2011

The Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 Meets the Era of Health Care Reform: Continuing Themes and Common Threads

Critical themes in the current health care reform environment include: the role of government regulation in improving the quality of patient care; the use of data reporting and dissemination to inform patients, payers, and providers; and new efforts to reconfigure the relationship between hospitals and physicians. These themes are not new. They have been part of the nation's health policy discussion since at least the enactment of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA)—25 years ago.

With the HCQIA, the federal government actively inserted itself into the health care quality regulatory scheme, created the National Practitioner Data Bank, and sought to impact hospital-physician relations in order to support peer review and adjust antitrust risks. The 2011 SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute explores these themes as the nation begins to implement the significant changes embodied in 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Twelfth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 21, 2010

Rationing Medical Resources: Panacea or Peril for American Health Care? 

Rationing — the unspoken “R” word in the health care reform debate — continues to garner both adulation and condemnation as a response to escalating health care costs. The debate not only revolves around the current problems inherent in the passive and de facto allocation of limited resources, including health coverage and the rising numbers of uninsured, but also around the medico-legal issues and socio-economic policies underlying more active mechanisms, ranging from so-called “death panels” to waiting lists for high-tech services or high-dollar procedures.

The formulation of public policies to govern the allocation of health care resources and the design of socially acceptable approaches for doing so will require ongoing engagement by health care professionals, attorneys, and public officials, among others. This program will crystallize the medical, legal, social, economic, and ethical challenges presented in the debate about regulating the distribution of limited health care resources.

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Eleventh Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 15, 2009

Emerging Issues in HealthCare Regulation: Protecting Patients or Punishing Providers? 

Regardless of the outcome of currently debated national and state health care financing reform initiatives, the long-term and short-term effects of governmental regulation on health care providers are likely to be increasingly extensive and pervasive. This program will explore the various forms that expanding health care regulation are taking and will evaluate the dynamic regulatory environment in terms of the public policy goal of improving patient access to high quality, affordable health services. Specifically, speakers will focus on the perplexing question of whether present and emerging approaches to health care regulation are likely to produce as a primary result the protection of important patient interests or the punitive restriction of provider professional autonomy and financial viability.

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Tenth Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

May 16, 2008

The Dangerous Patient: Medical, Legal and Public Policy Responses 

Risks to the public’s health abound in everyday life. Frequently, these risks to the population are connected to the behaviors of individuals. Situations presented, for example, by mentally ill persons who engage in violent conduct at public places resulting in death or serious injury to themselves and others and potentially infectious individuals who knowingly place a large number of other people at risk of contagion by their conduct engender significant medical, legal, and public policy considerations. The medical, legal, and public policy challenges created by these and other threats to the public’s health directly confront many health care professionals, attorneys, public officials, and educators. This program will identify and begin to address these important public policy challenges, especially in the context of shifting attention exclusively from attempting to predict and control the behavior of individual patients to a broader population-based intervention perspective.

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2007 Inaugural John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence

Mark RothsteinMark A. Rothstein

"Health Privacy in the Electronic Age"

As health providers and agencies race to link networks of electronic health records, will it be possible to protect health privacy?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Mark A. Rothstein holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and is Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

Professor Rothstein is a leading authority on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, privacy, occupational health, employment law, and public health law. He is Chair of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the statutory advisory committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy, including the privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He is the immediate past-President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

He is the author or editor of 19 books. His latest book is Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy (with Andrews & Mehlman).