NJDPA’s Annual Independent Physicians Summit 2020


Samuel Shem

“Staying Human in Medicine” from The House of God to Man’s 4th Best Hospital.

Samuel Shem, Professor of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine, is a novelist, playwright, and activist. His first novel The House of God, is a medical classic, selling 3 million copies. In 2016 it was chosen by Publishers Weekly, on its list of “The 10 Best Satires of All Time,” as Number 2 (Number 1 was Don Quixote; #3, Catch-22). Another ...

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Ex-Cigna Exec: Wendell Potter

“How Medicare for All Can Benefit the Independent Physician.”

Wendell Potter is a former health insurance company executive who became that industry’s worst nightmare. Time Magazine called Wendell “the ideal whistleblower.” Bill Moyers called him a straight shooter. Michael Moore called him “the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America.” Wendell walked away from his job at Cigna, the big health insurance corporation, in 2008 after what he has described as a crisis ...

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Abbey Harris

"NJ Supreme Court: Current Cases Directly Impacting Physicians."

Ms. Harris currently serves as the Director of Legal Affairs and Complex Litigation for NJ PURE. Ms. Harris began her legal career as a law clerk to the New Jersey Supreme Court in the chambers of the Honorable Virginia A. Long. Following her clerkship, she entered private practice with a large national law firm, working on a variety of litigation, appellate, healthcare, ...

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Anthony Argiropoulos

"Restrictive Covenants: When They're Enforceable, When They're Not."

ANTHONY ARGIROPOULOS is a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Health Care and Life Sciences practices and Co-Chair of the firm's National Litigation Steering Committee. He represents health care clients, publicly held companies, and other large businesses in high-stakes litigation and dispute avoidance and resolution. He has represented clients in federal and state court matters throughout the United States and ...

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Anthony P. LaRocco

"ERISA, RICO, and Surprise Bills: An Update."

Mr. La Rocco focuses his practice on a wide range of complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation, including unfair competition, contract disputes and health care and ERISA disputes. He is an “AV” rated lawyer – the highest available rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics. Currently, Mr. La Rocco leads a national health care team involved in significant reimbursement litigation ...

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Brian Held

"Getting Compensated for 'Self-Pay' Emergency Care; A How-To Guide."

Brian Allan Held, a partner since 2007, has been named to the Super Lawyers list every year from 2011 to 2019. Known as a relentless litigator, a few of Mr.Held’s notable settlements include $4.5 million involving a construction defect case against a developer in Bergen County New Jersey, $1.72 million involving a work related personal injury action accident against Hostess/Drakes, $1.5 million ...

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Dr. Craig Wax

"Physician Heal Thyself and Advocate for Thyself."

Dr. Craig M. Wax is a holistic Osteopathic family physician that emphasizes prevention and health. He believes in the power of one -> YOU! Dr. Wax recommends a positive attitude and daily action toward your goal of best health. He is a vigorous advocate for patient and physician rights. Dr. Wax is the pioneer of the Health Is Number One lifestyle plan. ...

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Eric Poe

“Truth Revealed: Real Medical Malpractice Risks.”

Eric S. Poe, Esq., CPA holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate in law from Seton Hall School of Law in New Jersey. Poe is a licensed attorney and Certified Public Accountant. Eric's insurance and legal expertise has resulted in his being called to testify on the topic of insurance before the ...

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Gary Herschman

“Business Strategies for Independent Physicians in The Era of Mergers and Acquisitions.”

GARY W. HERSCHMAN is a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Newark and New York offices of Epstein Becker Green. He serves on the firm’s Board of Directors, and also on its National Health Care and Life Sciences Steering Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Herschman was Co-Chair of the Health Care Practice Group ...

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James S. Lynch

"How to Avoid Malpractice Pitfalls: A Plaintiff-Attorney’s Perspective."

While many lawyers never see a courtroom, Jim Lynch spends much of his professional time in the courtroom arguing issues for individuals damaged as a result of safety violations, for patients seriously injured by hospitals or physicians who have failed to follow established rules for patient safety, and for individuals or classes who have been damaged by fraudulent or unethical business practices ...

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Joseph A. Lagana – NJ Legislature

"OON Arb: Navigating in Uncharted Waters."

Lagana was raised in Ridgefield where he served on the borough's planning board. He attended Fordham University, where he received a B.A. in history in 2000 and later attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he received his J.D. in 2004. He has served as a clerk to Superior Court Judge John A. Conte before joining Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, a ...

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Neal Masia

"Health Policy Outlook for 2020.”

Neal Masia is an Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics at Columbia University and serves as a consultant and advisor to a variety of healthcare companies and healthcare-focused investment firms. Neal spent nearly 18 years rising through the ranks at Pfizer Inc, most recently as Chief Economist and Vice President of Patient and Health Impact. As a member of Pfizer’s Senior Leadership ...

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Stavros Christoudias

"Practice Management Bootcamp"

Fair Health Index: Usual, Customary & Reasonable Potability and Accountability in Billing Electronic Data Interchange SURPRISE GUEST Regulatory Updates & Legal Requirements For the Small Business Medical Practice Marketing Your Practice: Generating Earnest Reviews Town Hall with Leadership Q&A Dr. Christoudias, a second-generation surgeon, is board certified in General Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been ...

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