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MSBA Health Law Section
Governing Council Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Bethan Davies Gail Brandt Renee Anderson
Brian Felton
George T. Chresand
Amy Pokora
Paul R. Harris Lori Ketola Emily Pokora
John J. Hoefs Neal Peterson  
Susan Gannon Kratz Thomas F. Pursell  
Donna W. Loomis Shirley Qual  
Mary E. Prentnieks Trudi Trysla  
Jeffrey W. Reed Steve Warch  
Murray G. Sagsveen    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
Judith Walker    
Michael J. Weber    
Mary Zilinski    

1. Call to order. Ms. Kratz, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m. on November 1, 2006, at the MSBA office, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN. A quorum was present throughout the meeting.

2. Introductions. The council members identified themselves and their employers. Ms. Prentnieks also introduced Amy and Emily Pokora, second year law students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law; Ms. Prentnieks is participating in a mentorship program with Emily Pokora.

3. Approval of minutes. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved.

4. Financial reports. Mr. Felton reported that, as of September 30, the revenues were higher than budgeted and the expenses were lower than budgeted.

Motion: The Council unanimously approved the financial report.

5. Update on podcast technology. Mr. Sagsveen explained that the October CLE program was recorded using the recently purchased equipment, and the Council listened to a few minutes of the recording. Ms. Anderson will work with MSBA staff to upload the recording on the Section webpage.

6. Program report. The Council discussed a proposal to enable Section members to join the monthly CLE programs by telephone. Mr. Felton will prepare a "business plan" for teleconferencing the CLE sessions. Ms. Anderson will arrange to use a MSBA polycom for a pilot program at a future CLE session.

Ms. Kratz updated the Council concerning future programs:

a. November 17. Brian Felton, Allina Health System, will address current "e-health" issues. Mark Whitmore will also comment about the status of negligent credentialing issues.

b. December 4. A joint presentation with Hamline Health Law Institute: Tax-Exempt Entities, Politics and the IRS. The speaker will be Renee Wells, area manager for the IRS Exempt Organizations Division in Chicago. Ms. Jesson has also asked local attorneys to participate in a panel discussion after the presentation.

c. January 19, 2007. Legislative preview. Phil Griffin and Michael Scandrett are confirmed. Jonathan Lips, General Counsel, Care Providers Network, has also been invited.

d. February 16. Jan Symchych, Medtronic, will address the fraud/abuse settlement.

e. March and April are currently open.

f. May 18. Legislative wrap-up and annual meeting.

The Council discussed hosting a monthly CLE program in Duluth and decided that an early autumn meeting in 2007 would be an appropriate time.

Ms. Kratz mentioned that Steve Warch will complete his two-year term as program chair in May 2007, and she is seeking a volunteer for the position.

7. Law school liaison program. Ms. Zilinski led a discussion about the law school liaison program. Ms. Anderson explained that the MSBA sends notices of the monthly CLE programs to all law schools, and she will also send notices to the student liaisons. Ms. Kratz plans to introduce law students who attend the November meeting.

8. Section brochure. The Council reviewed a draft Section brochure and agreed that updated brochures should be printed.

9. Assembly report. Paul Harris briefed the Council about Assembly issues. The MSBA is doing well financially. The recent meeting focused on a proposal to allow CLE credit for pro bono activities. The debate addressed conflicting goals: how to encourage attorneys to participate in pro bono activities but not detract from educational standards. Although the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education opposed the proposal, the Assembly decided to favorably recommend the proposal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Assembly also discussed outreach efforts to outstate members.

Ms. Kratz noted that, last year, the Council agreed the past chair should be the delegate to the Assembly and the vice-chair should be the alternate.

10. Volunteer opportunities. Ms. Kratz stated that the Council needs a web page coordinator.

11. Other business. Mr. Harris mentioned an item on the AHLA listserv. Many New York organizations, including the state bar association, collaborated to develop a uniform HIPAA compliance authorization. He suggested that the Health Law Section consider developing a model form for Minnesota. He volunteered to lead a work group to develop such a form. Mr. Felton mentioned that other ad hoc groups may also be working on similar projects, and he volunteered to inquire as to whether the groups would invite a representative from the Health Law Section to participate in the effort.

12. Adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 a.m.

Note: Approved by the Governing Council on January 3, 2007.


MSBA Health Law Section
Governing Council Meeting Minutes
September 6, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Gail Brandt George T. Chresand Renee Anderson
Bethan Davies
Paul R. Harris
 
John J. Hoefs Mary E. Prentnieks  
Lori Ketola Judith Walker  
Susan Kratz    
Donna W. Loomis    
Neal Peterson    
Thomas F. Pursell    
Shirley Qual    
Jeffrey W. Reed    
Murray G. Sagsveen    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
Trudi Trysla    
Michael J. Weber    
Mary Zilinski    

 

1. Call to order. Ms. Kratz, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:40 a.m. on September 6, 2006, at the MSBA office, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN. A quorum was present throughout the meeting.

2. Introductions. The council members identified themselves and their employers.

3. Approval of minutes. The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved.

4. Financial reports.

a. Mr. Sagsveen briefed the council concerning the 2005-2006 budget.

b. Mr. Felton also submitted a proposed budget for 2006-2007 to the council.

Motion: The council unanimously approved the proposed budget for 2006-2007.

Motion: The council unanimously authorized Mr. Sagsveen to expend up to $500 to purchase an audio recorder to record the monthly CLE
programs so that a downloadable file could be available to members on the Section website.

5. Program report. Mr. Warch briefed the council about the programs that have been scheduled or planned:

a. September 15. Tom Pursell, Lindquist & Vennum, will discuss issues that arise when documents are produced to governmental agencies in connection with investigations.

b. October 20. Ann Tobin, Deputy General Counsel, Ovations, will speak on Medicare Part D.

c. November 17. Brian Felton, Allina Health System, will address current "e-health" issues.

d. December 4. A joint presentation with Hamline Health Law Institute: Tax-Exempt Entities, Politics and the IRS. Speaker will be Renee Wells, area manager for the IRS Exempt Organizations Division in Chicago.

e. January 2007. Legislative preview. Phil Griffin and Michael Scandrett are confirmed. Jonathan Lips, General Counsel, Care Providers Network, has also been invited.

Motion: The council authorized Mr. Warch to work with Hamline
University concerning a joint program at the law school.

6. Update on MSBA President's initiatives. Ms. Kratz briefed the council about the MSBA President's initiatives for 2006-2007. The initiatives include

-Increasing membership diversity
-Expanding Bar and Community Outreach programs
-Educating the public and lawyers importance an impartial judiciary
-Promoting Pro bono opportunities
-Encouraging regional outstate bar events.
-Section recruitment

7. Section priorities for 2006-2007.

a. The council discussed options for continually improving the breakfast meetings, including the food selections. All agreed that the excellent CLE programs are an extremely important to Section members and that the Section should make every effort, through available technology, to make the CLE programs available to Section members throughout the State.

b. Mr. Sagsveen explained that he has been reviewing audio recording equipment that is now available and would be best suited for recording monthly programs.

c. The council discussed the low message volume on Health Talk and options for increasing the "chatter" among Section members.

d. The council discussed offering a monthly CLE meeting outside the metropolitan area, such as in Duluth or Alexandria.

8. Section member non-renewal notice. Ms. Kratz distributed a list, prepared by the MSBA, of Health Law Section alumni. She asked Council members to review the list and, if they knew any of the listed persons and felt comfortable about doing to, to either contact them directly or ask Ms. Kratz to do so.

9. MSBA volunteer reimbursement policy. Ms. Kratz mentioned that the MSBA is developing a volunteer reimbursement policy and requested suggestions from council members.

10. Volunteer opportunities. The Governing Council discussed volunteer opportunities for 2006-2007. Ms. Kratz mentioned three opportunities:

-Web page coordinator
-Law school liaison
-Volunteer activity coordinator

11. Other business. The remaining 2006-2007 council meetings will be at the MSBA office on the following dates:
-November 1
-January 3, 2007
-March 7
-May 2

12. Adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 a.m.


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 24, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Bethan Davies George T. Chresand Renee Anderson
Brian Felton Neal Peterson Mary Kempton
Paul R. Harris Thomas L. Skorczeski Steven Warch
John J. Hoefs Michael Weber  
Susan Gannon Kratz Mary Zilinski  
Mary E. Prentnieks    
Thomas F. Pursell    
Murray Sagsveen    
Gail Brandt    
Lori Ketola    
Doreen A. Mohs    
Jeffrey W. Reed    
Judith Walker    

I. Call to Order and Introductions

A meeting of the Health Law Section Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. by Paul Harris, Chair.

II. Secretary's Report

The May 3, 2006 Health Law Section Governing Council Meeting Minutes were distributed and reviewed by the Governing Council. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, the minutes were adopted as written.

III. Election of Governing Council Officers

The Nominating Committee recommended and nominated the following slate of candidates for Governing Council Officers:

Susan Gannon Kratz - Chair
Mary Prentnieks - Vice Chair
Murray Sagsveen - Secretary
Brian Felton - Treasurer

Upon motion duly made and seconded, nominations were closed and Members of the Council unanimously adopted the proposed slate of officer candidates and elected those persons to the officer positions. Susan Gannon Kratz, Mary Prentnieks, Murray Sagsveen and Brian Felton abstained from voting on the motion.

IV. Consideration of Support for Audio and Video Technology to Convey Breakfast Seminar Programs Throughout the State

Murray Sagsveen gave an update of his research on this topic. After discussion, a motion was duly made, seconded and adopted to allocate up to $1,000 towards this effort. Murray Sagsveen will follow-up and report back to Members.

V. Election of Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the MSBA Assembly

Susan Gannon Kratz indicated that as new Chair of the Council, she will invite Paul Harris to remain on the Governing Council as ex officio Member in part so that he can serve as Delegate to the MSBA Assembly. Paul Harris indicated that at the last Governing Council meeting it was recommended that the former Chair of the Council and current Vice Chair serve respectively as Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the MSBA Assembly. After consideration, a motion was duly made, seconded and adopted to appoint Paul Harris as Delegate and Mary Prentnieks as Alternate Delegate to the MSBA Assembly.

VI. Other Business

Paul Harris asked that members contact Steve Warch with any new recommendations for breakfast seminar meetings. A Council meeting was tentatively scheduled for July 20, 2006 to discuss the fall breakfast seminar program.

Paul Harris introduced and welcomed Shirley Qual, Trudi Trysla and Donna Loomis to the Governing Council as newly elected Members, effective July 1, 2006.

VII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Prentnieks, Secretary


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 3, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Bethan Davies Gail Brandt Renee Anderson
Brian Felton George T. Chresand Steven Warch
Paul R. Harris Lori Ketola  
John J. Hoefs Doreen A. Mohs  
Susan Gannon Kratz Jeffrey W. Reed  
Neal Peterson Judith Walker  
Mary E. Prentnieks    
Thomas F. Pursell    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
Murray Sagsveen    
Michael Weber    
Mary Zilinski    

I. Call to Order and Introductions

A meeting of the Health Law Section Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the MSBA offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, 3rd Floor City Center, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, May 3, 2006. The meeting was called to order at 7:40 a.m. by Susan Gannon Kratz, Vice Chair, who presided over the meeting until the arrival of Paul Harris, Chair.

II. Secretary's Report

The January 4, 2006 and March 1, 2006 Health Law Section Governing Council Meeting Minutes were distributed and reviewed by the Governing Council. Upon respective motions duly made and seconded, both sets of minutes were adopted as written.

III. Financial Report

Murray Sagsveen distributed financial information regarding the overall budget and specific information on the breakfast meeting revenues and expenses. There was discussion about breakfast meeting revenues being less than expenses and acknowledgment of intent to subsidize breakfast meetings with Health Law Section dues revenues. Although breakfast meeting revenues do not match the number of attendees at each of the breakfast meetings, the overall totals seem to correlate. Murray Sagsveen will continue to review this matter and make recommendations as appropriate.

IV. Program Report

Governing Council members discussed the successful March and April breakfast seminars that were well attended. The March program addressed compliance issues in health care and the April program focused on fraud and abuse. Materials provided at the fraud and abuse seminar are on the Health Law Section website. It was suggested that the attorney general opinion also be placed on the website. Phil Griffin and Julie Brunner are scheduled to speak at the Health Law Section Annual Meeting on May 24 and will provide a summary of 2006 state legislative activities. The Annual Meeting location has been changed this year to the Midland Hills Country Club. Mary Zilinski will ensure that Phil Griffin's gift of appreciation for presenting over the years is brought to the meeting.

Steve Warch asked if a meeting could be scheduled over the summer to discuss program ideas for next fall. Susan Gannon Kratz will send a notice for a meeting over the summer.

V. Old Business

A. Nominating Committee Report. Susan Kratz, Chair of the Nominating Committee and committee members Bethan Davies and Tom Pursell presented recommendations for candidates to the Governing Council as officers and members. After discussion, a motion was duly made, seconded and adopted to increase the number of Governing Council positions by one additional position; to recommend to Health Law Section members at the Annual Meeting on May 24 the following slate of candidates to serve as members of the Governing Council, effective July 1, 2006; and to recommend to Governing Council members at the Governing Council meeting on May 24 the following slate of candidates to serve as officers of the Governing Council, effective July 1, 2006. John Hoefs, Murray Sagsveen, Susan Kratz, Mary Prentnieks and Brian Felton abstained from voting on the motion.

Governing Council Members
Gail Brandt**
John Hoefs**
Donna Loomis
Shirley Qual
Jeff Reed*
Murray Sagsveen*
Trudi Trysla

* Indicates that the nominee currently serves as a member of the Governing Council and is being nominated for a second term.
** Indicates previous appointment for partial term.

Officers
Chair - Susan Kratz
Vice Chair - Mary Prentnieks
Secretary - Murray Sagsveen
Treasurer - Brian Felton

Paul Harris thanked Nominating Committee members for their work and effort.

B. CLE Sponsorship - Health Law Institute. The Governing Council has agreed to co-sponsor this year's Health Law Institute scheduled for June 8. Paul Harris will make an announcement at the Annual Meeting to generate interest in the seminar.

C. MS Walk-a-Thon. Michael Weber announced that there has been a great response by section members to a request for volunteers to assist with the MS walk on Sunday, May 7. Seventeen individuals have volunteered and there will now be two groups stationed at two locations. The Health Law Section listserv was successfully used to solicit support for the walk.

VI. New Business

A. MSBA Update. Renee Anderson announced that next year MSBA sections will not be charged for internal section fees or administrative fees. Some sections are reducing section dues as a result. Health Law Section dues are currently $21 per year. Rather than reduce section dues, the Governing Council suggested potential use of the additional money for implementation of technology to distribute breakfast seminar program content more widely throughout the state. Murray Sagsveen agreed to work with Renee Anderson to determine the extent to which MSBA could provide support for electronic transmission of information. Murray will provide information to Governing Council members at the May 24 Governing Council meeting where formal action will be taken as appropriate.

B. CLE Co-Sponsoring Request - Human Rights Committee of MSBA. The Human Rights Committee of MSBA has requested the Health Law Section to co-sponsor a seminar on health care access, which is scheduled for September 2006. Presenters at the seminar include state legislators and a local attorney. After discussion, a motion was duly made, seconded and approved to have Paul Harris request more information regarding the program and the degree of Health Law Section involvement that is being requested, and to have discretion to agree to co-sponsorship of the program as appropriate.

C. AHLA Meeting. Paul Harris verified the Health Law Section's collaboration with the American Health Lawyers Association. The AHLA Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 26, 27 and 28. The AHLA President has contacted Paul Harris about a breakfast meeting with the Minnesota Delegation during the annual meeting. Paul will send an email to Health Law Section members with information regarding the breakfast meeting.

D. Recognition of Outgoing Governing Council Members. Paul Harris recognized Doreen Mohs, outgoing Governing Council member, for her service on the Governing Council. Doreen served on a number of committees and the Governing Council is thankful for her hard work and support. Susan Gannon Kratz, on behalf of the Governing Council, thanked Paul Harris for his years of service on the Governing Council and most recently his service as Chair.

E. Other. Renee Anderson reminded the Governing Council that it needed to consider a new Delegate and Alternate Delegate for the MSBA Assembly. Governing Council members agreed that the Delegate position would be appropriate for the outgoing Chair of the Governing Council. It was suggested that the Vice Chair of the Governing Council serve as the Alternate Delegate. Prior to a vote on this matter, Governing Council members wanted an opportunity to review the Health Law Section Bylaws to ensure that the Past Chair can continue on the Council as an ex-officio member. Formal action was deferred and will be taken at the Governing Council meeting on May 24.

F. Governing Council Meeting after Annual Meeting. The Governing Council will meet after the Annual Meeting on May 24 for a brief meeting to take action on the following items:

  • May 3 Governing Council meeting minutes;
  • Election of Governing Council officers;
  • Allocation of support and money for using technology to convey breakfast seminar program content throughout the state; and
  • Election of Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the MSBA Assembly.

VII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, upon motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

____________________
Mary Prentnieks, Secretary


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
March 1, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Gail Brandt George T. Chresand Renee Anderson
Brian Felton Bethan Davies  
Paul R. Harris Mary Prentnieks  
John J. Hoefs Thomas F. Pursell  
Lori Ketola Judith Walker  
Susan Kratz Michael Weber  
Neal Peterson Mary Zilinski  
Doreen A. Mohs    
Jeffrey W. Reed    
Murray Sagsveen    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
     

I. Call to Order

A meeting of the Governing Council of the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the MSBA offices, City Center, Third Floor, 600 Nicollet Avenue, Suite 380, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. The meeting was called to order at 7:40 AM by Paul Harris.

II. Approval of January, 2006 Minutes

This item will be held over until the May 3, 2006 meeting.

III. Financial Report

Murray Sagsveen distributed financial information to the Board through December 31, 2005. Murray reported that year-to-date expenses and revenues are tracking on budget. Murray further reported that the $1,000 Katrina Challenge and Technology Initiative amounts had not yet been disbursed. With respect to the Katrina Challenge, so far $650 has been raised. $650 from the Section funds will now be paid to match the contributions. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the report was accepted.

IV. Program Report

Paul Harris reported on past and upcoming programs. The programs for the January and February business meetings were the Legislative Preview and Meet the Attorney General Candidates respectively. Both programs were well attended. Paul Harris further reported that for the last three programs, more students have been in attendance than in the past. The Governing Council members were encouraged to engage in conversations with students at the breakfast meetings. The March, April and May programs are expected to be Jenny O'Brian from the Allina Corporate Compliance Department, Sheva Sanders on Fraud and Abuse Issues, and Legislative Wrap-Up, respsectively.

V. Old Business

A. Website/Newsletter Discussion

Paul Harris led a follow-up discussion relating to the January Governing Council meeting at which guests expressed interest in leading a newsletter/website initiative. The Governing Council discussed the difficulty in sustaining a newsletter and the preference for work on website enhancement. Website enhancement could include a focus on follow-ups to breakfast CLEs and new developments. The Governing Council agreed that the Chair should monitor the content of the information presented on the website.

B. Listserv Update

John Hoefs reported that 25% of the Section has enrolled on the Listserv.

C. Book Reviews

Paul Harris reported that Mary Prentnieks gave the Executive Committee an update on the book review status. After discussion, it was determined that the book review initiative should be put on hold.

D. Katrina Fundraiser Update

See Financial Report.

VI. New Business

A. AHLA Request

Paul Harris reported that the Section has received a letter from Peter Leibold, Executive Director of the American Health Lawyers Association. AHLA is inviting State Bar Association health law groups to affiliate for cross-marketing purposes. No commitment of funds is required. Tim Groshens on the MSBA advised Paul that he will check on the approval process, but it is unlikely that such an affiliation would be a problem. The affiliation is nonexclusive. The Governing Council approved Paul Harris to sign the Affiliation Agreement.

B. Dues

Current dues are $21. There has been no raise in dues for the last two to three years. Renee Anderson discussed the fact that the MSBA is in a budgeting process which my affect Section dues. The Governing Council voted not to change dues for the next fiscal year.

C. Electronic Mail Notices

Reminder notices are to be sent regarding receiving notices by e-mail and updating e-mail addresses. The reminder notices will be sent in September.

D. Nomination Committee

Susan Kratz reported that the notice will be distributed electronically seeking candidates for the Governing Council and Section officers. Susan will also make an announcement at the March breakfast meeting. Persons interested in serving on the Nominating Committee were asked to express their interest to Susan.

E. CLE Sponsorship

The Governing Council discussed co-sponsorship of the Minnesota CLE Health Law session in the spring. Paul Harris to follow up with the Minnesota CLE. The Governing Council agreed to co-sponsor the Health Law CLE.

VII. Other Business

Paul Harris reported that he attended the student event at the MSBA offices, which he reported was well attended by students. Gail Brandt reported on her involvement with the Hamline Health Law Council advisory group and speaking at William Mitchell College of Law to students.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, upon motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 8:45 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

____________________________________
Susan Kratz, Vice Chair


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
January 4, 2006

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Bethan Davies Mary Zilinski Renee Anderson
Gail F. Brandt   Karen Mandelbaum
George T. Chresand   Sandi Raup
Brian Felton    
Paul R. Harris    
John J. Hoefs    
Lori Ketola    
Susan Gannon Kratz    
Doreen A. Mohs    
Neal Peterson    
Mary E. Prentnieks    
Thomas F. Pursell    
Jeffrey W. Reed    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
Murray Sagsveen    
Judith Walker    
Michael Weber    

I. Call to Order and Introductions

A meeting of the Health Law Section Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the MSBA offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402, on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. The meeting was called to order at 7:40 a.m. by Paul Harris.

II. Secretary's Report

The November 2, 2005 Governing Council Meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed by the Council. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the minutes were adopted as written.

III. Financial Report

Murray Sagsveen distributed and presented a copy of the 2005-2006 Budget for council member review. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the 2005-2006 Budget was adopted as written.

IV. Website Report

A. Website and Newsletter. Karen Mandelbaum, a recent graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law and former Assistant Editor of MSBA Administrative Law Newsletter, attended the meeting to share her ideas about a health law section newsletter with Minnesota focused articles of interest to health lawyers. Sandi Raup, a colleague of Karen's, also attended. Council members discussed the possibility of linking a quarterly newsletter to the health law section website. The website could also include information about breakfast meetings for those who are unable to attend the meetings. Council members agreed that more discussion is necessary and decided to table this issue for further discussion in the future.

B. Listserv. John Hoefs led a discussion about the development of a listserv for health law section members that would be sponsored by the Health Law Section Governing Council. There was a discussion regarding the pros and cons of a state listserv. After much discussion, a motion was duly made, seconded and adopted to move forward with the development of a listserv.

V. Program Report

Council members discussed the successful November and December breakfast seminars that were well attended. The November program included a guest speaker from the Minnesota Board of Medicine, and the December program included an attorney who spoke on recent Minnesota litigation regarding negligent credentialing. Minnesota health lobbyists have been invited to present at the January breakfast seminar to provide a preview of the Minnesota legislative session. Matt Entenza and Jeff Johnson, candidates for Minnesota Attorney General, are scheduled to present at the February breakfast seminar.

VI. Katrina Challenge Update

Murray Sagsveen provided an update of progress regarding the Hurricane Katrina Challenge. $650 has been raised. Council members are encouraged to contribute. Murray will make an announcement at the next breakfast seminar to solicit support towards this effort.

VII. Other Business

A. Nominating Committee. Susan Kratz is Chair of the Nominating Committee and she will be seeking out persons interested in serving on the committee. Responses for nominees will be needed by mid-April.

B. Annual Charity Event. Michael Weber is reviewing opportunities for council and section member participation in a charitable event within the Twin Cities and will provide an update at the next meeting. Health law section members staffed a rest stop at the Multiple Sclerosis walk last year and may do so again this year.

C. Networking Seminar. A networking reception for law school students will take place at the MSBA offices on Tuesday, February 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Any interested council members may attend to provide information and answer student questions.

D. American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). The AHLA would like to partner with the MSBA Health Law Section in an effort to affiliate for mutually beneficial purposes. The goals of affiliation are to facilitate the dissemination of information useful to the organizations' respective members, to increase and enhance educational and networking opportunities for members, to increase the value of membership in each organization, and to provide a foundation for future initiatives to share resources, reduce costs and enhance services. Paul Harris will follow-up with MSBA to determine if this is a viable initiative for health law section involvement.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, upon motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 9:03 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,

____________________________________
Mary Prentnieks, Secretary


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
November 2, 2005

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Mary Zilinski Gail F. Brandt Renee Anderson
Michael Weber Bethan Davies  
George T. Chresand Brian Felton  
Murray Sagsveen Thomas F. Pursell  
Paul R. Harris Judith Walker  
John J. Hoefs    
Lori Ketola    
Susan Gannon Kratz    
Doreen A. Mohs    
Neal Peterson    
Mary E. Prentnieks    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    
Jeffrey W. Reed    

I. Call to Order and Introductions

A meeting of the Governing Council of the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the MSBA offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, 3rd Floor City Center, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. The meeting was called to order at 7:38 a.m. by Paul Harris.

II. Secretary's Report

The September 7, 2005 Governing Council Meeting Minutes were distributed and reviewed by Council members present. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the minutes were adopted as amended with corrections pertaining to attendance.

III. Treasurer's Report

Murray Sagsveen presented the Treasurer's Report. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Treasurer's Report was adopted.

IV. Program Report

Paul Harris reported on breakfast programs in Steve Warch's absence. In November, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is scheduled to give a presentation on medical board activities and the disciplinary process. In December, a program on Medicare Part D may be scheduled, or potentially an update on the Minnesota negligent credentialing case. Suggestions for future topics include IRS issues and a public health emergency program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Bar Association.

V. Hurricane Katrina Donations

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Council approved a recommendation to increase the Council's match from $500 to $1,000 for contributions made to MSBA for Hurricane Katrina victims.

VI. Section Newsletter

In response to a student's offer to write a newsletter for the Health Law Section, the Council discussed instead having the student maintain and regularly update the Health Law Section website. It was suggested that monthly breakfast meeting summaries and handouts could be included as well as summaries or articles of interest. Murray Sagsveen will provide an example of a monthly newsletter written by an outside organization for review by Council members. The newsletter includes a brief summary of various topics with links to other sources for more in-depth information. Neal Peterson agreed to follow-up with this issue. Development of a Health Law Section listserve was also considered during discussion of a newsletter. John Hoefs will look into the possibility of a Health Law Section listserve.

VII. Other Business

No other business was discussed.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, upon motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 8:38 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

_____________________
Mary Prentnieks, Secretary


MSBA HEALTH LAW SECTION
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
September 7, 2005

Members Present Members Absent Others Present
Mary Zilinski Gail F. Brandt Renee Anderson
Michael Weber John J. Hoefs Stephen K. Warch
George T. Chresand Brian Felton  
Murray Sagsveen Lori Ketola  
Paul R. Harris Judith Walker  
Bethan Davies Susan Gannon Kratz  
Thomas F. Pursell Mary E. Prentnieks  
Jeffrey W. Reed    
Doreen A. Mohs    
Neal Peterson    
Thomas L. Skorczeski    

I. Call to Order and Introductions

A meeting of the Governing Council of the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association was duly called and held at the MSBA offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, 3rd Floor City Center, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, September 7, 2005. The meeting was called to order at 7:38 a.m. by Paul Harris.

II. Secretary's Report

The May 5, 2005 Governing Council Meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed by the Council. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the minutes were adopted.

III. Treasurer's Report

Murray Sagsveen distributed and presented the Treasurer's Report. Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Treasurer's Report was adopted.

IV. Program Report

Council members discussed potential programs for September and October. It was noted that Hennepin County Medical Society was sponsoring a CLE/CME seminar on end of life issues featuring Dr. Ronald Cranford and Terry Schievo. In the event that the Council would be unable to retain Robert Leech, Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners, for a September breakfast seminar, the September breakfast seminar would be canceled and health law section members would be referred to the end of life issues seminar.

Potential programs for future breakfast meetings include the following:

" Health care providers and the media
" Medicare Part D (after implementation)
" Disaster contingency recovery
" Charity care - IRS issues/health care pricing, tax exempt status and state issues (panel from non-profit sector)
" Ethics
" Medical errors/patient safety and reporting
" Claim review - DOL regulations including court cases
" Minnesota Supreme Court decision regarding negligent credentialing
" Electronic medical records
" Deferred Compensation

V. MSBA Governance Structure

There was a discussion regarding appointment of the Assembly Member and Alternate. Paul Harris is going to develop a more structured appointment process for recommendation to the Council.

VI. Direction for the Year

A. Hurricane Katrina Donation - Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Council approved a recommendation to match up to $500 of contributions made to MSBA for Hurricane Katrina victims and deputized the Executive Committee of the Council to administer distribution of the money.

B. Meeting Location - The Council discussed location for future Council meetings and agreed to continue meeting at the MSBA offices.

C. Legislative Positions/ Amicus Briefs - The Council discussed involvement in relevant legislation and pending court cases and agreed to stay open to the possibility of providing input. Paul Harris will look into ways of distributing information more quickly to Council members so that there is sufficient time to consider Council input.

D. Web Page - Neal Peterson agreed to take responsibility for the Council's web page.

E. Volunteer Activities - There was discussion about volunteer activities for the Council. The Council will make determinations regarding involvement in specific events as requests are made.

F. Health Law Listserve - There was a discussion about recruitment opportunities that could be placed on a listserve. John Hoefs will look into this issue and provide feedback to the Council.

VII. Other Business

No other business was discussed.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Governing Council, upon motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, Paul Harris declared the meeting adjourned at 8:47 a.m.


Respectfully Submitted,


________________________
Mary Prentnieks, Secretary

 

 

 



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