5 Questions with a Health Lawyer: Esther Chang Weese
Esther Chang Weese
Practice Focus Area: Health
Office: Los Angeles
Years at Firm: 18 years
What is your favorite part about practicing healthcare law at McDermott?
Hands down – the people. I started at McDermott as a summer associate in 2002, and I tell potential recruits all the time that there is no other big law firm that I would rather practice at because of the team we’ve built at McDermott – the quality and the character of the people here are bar none. I also enjoy that I am still learning and being challenged, because at McDermott, we are advising clients who are on the cutting edge of innovation and change in the healthcare industry.
What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?
Two thoughts on this: first, the pandemic accelerated the use of digital tools and we’re seeing some of our clients trying to figure out how to more effectively implement virtual care, get paid for it and grow their telehealth networks. Second, while we have seen continued physician group mergers and acquisitions, we are also seeing some pushback on these consolidation efforts by regulators. For example, here in California, Assembly Bill 1132 (initially introduced in February 2021) would have required California Attorney General review of certain healthcare provider transactions (including transactions involving medical groups) with a value of three [...]
HPE Miami 2021: Subsector Insights | Pharmacy
McDermott partner Karen Gibbs joined Matthew Thompson, general partner at Enhanced Healthcare Partners, and Drew Walk, chief executive officer at Soleo Health, in an insightful discussion of what’s next for investment in the pharmacy space.
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- New therapies and the accompanying technologies to deliver them make pharmacy an appealing space for investment in 2021. In particular, organizations that can find ways to effectively manage escalating costs will be successful.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value and game-changing solutions that pharmacy can bring to the healthcare ecosystem at large. Pharmacy is an end point of care, and its extraordinary innovation is driving better patient outcomes.
- Regulatory scrutiny is always evolving in the pharmacy industry and should remain top-of-mind for any company considering an investment in the space.
- A transition to true and effective value-based care in the pharmacy sector will require significant collaborating between payers, providers, suppliers and manufacturers.
- COVID-19 has created headwinds in this sector because pharmacy is downstream from elective surgeries and other elective care. There is a backlog of care stemming from the pandemic, however, which presents an opportunity for accelerated growth in the pharmacy space moving forward.
- Innovations that help establish “arm-in-arm” relationships between physicians and pharmacists will help [...]
McDermott Will & Emery and EY during the 2021 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference: Digital Health Pioneers Forum
Top industry executives BJ Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; Dr. Ali Parsa, Chief Executive Officer, Babylon Health; and Lucia Savage, Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer, Omada Health, discussed the evolving doctor-patient relationship and the digitized data and technology convergence with healthcare delivery and payment along with moderators Dale C. Van Demark, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Rachel S. Hall, Partner, Digital Health Leader, EY; Stephen W. Bernstein, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; and Lisa Schmitz Mazur, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery. They also provided insight into 2021’s regulatory considerations affecting healthcare innovation and its solutions.
Below are the top takeaways for McDermott Will & Emery and EY during the 2021 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference: Digital Health Pioneers Forum, click here to access the full webinar.
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CARE OF THE FUTURE
We are only seeing the beginning of the decentralization of care through information technology; but that shift is how scalable solutions to our health care challenges will develop. “Care delivery at home, where we can send patients home and remotely monitor them—eventually that will evolve to things like wearables -IoT devices- that we may have in our clinical settings. We’re seeing the [...]
Advancing Primary Care in Washington, DC, in 2021
Guest post by Mara McDermott, Vice President at McDermott+Consulting.
With the 2020 election almost in the rearview mirror, clinicians and policymakers alike are turning their attention to the 2021 agenda. For primary care providers, 2021 will hopefully bring COVID-19 recovery and response efforts, additional opportunities to pursue value-based payment arrangements, and ongoing deployment of telehealth and virtual technology.
The 2020 presidential election is expected to bring about a change in administration. However, the “blue wave” Democratic sweep projected by some pundits and pollsters failed to materialize. Instead, in Washington, DC, we will have a closely divided US Senate, with the final balance of power to be determined by two run-off races in Georgia. The US House of Representatives will remain in Democratic control, but by a smaller margin. The narrow margins in the House and Senate will likely constrain the extent to which Democrats are able to advance progressive policy changes. Instead, both sides of the political aisle in Congress are likely to focus on bipartisan areas of agreement. For primary care clinicians, this environment may be encouraging, as members of both parties share goals around protecting and advancing primary care across the country.
When the new Congress begins and President-Elect Biden is inaugurated in January 2021, COVID-19 relief is expected to be at the top of the agenda. Expect President-elect Biden and the incoming Congress to pursue economic and public health relief. Clinicians across the country who have faced depressed revenue as [...]
After the Curve Podcast: Focus on Transactions
The lasting impact of COVID-19 on healthcare transactions is multifaceted and has rapidly altered the trajectory of the dealmaking landscape as well as business collaborations. On this episode of the After the Curve podcast, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting healthcare transactions today, as well as the outlook for the healthcare deal landscape post-COVID-19. McDermott’s Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Tullio is joined by Jed Spielman and Kevin Miller to discuss topics surrounding the impact of the pandemic on healthcare transactions, including:
- The sectors of the healthcare industries that are most likely to experience a surge in deal volumes and why
- COVID-19-induced programs that have altered the way healthcare transactions are getting done
- Which transformational aspects of transaction protocol are most likely to carry into the post-COVID-19 future
- Insights from the transactions perspective and a look at the most promising upcoming collaborations
- Advice for dealmakers and healthcare leaders who are looking to effectively adjust their portfolios in a post-COVID-19 environment
After the Curve Podcast: Focus on Providers
COVID-19 led to major policy changes impacting how healthcare is delivered and reimbursed but only some of these new policies will endure in the coming years. On this episode of the After the Curve Podcast, we discuss how provider organizations can innovate their business models and care delivery to adapt and thrive in a post-COVID-19 world. McDermott’s Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Tullio is joined by Sandy DiVarco and Emily Cook to discuss topics surrounding the impact of the pandemic on healthcare provider organizations, including:
- The value of government-provided playbooks for healthcare providers in national situations
- Proper handling of the volume and dynamic nature of information that is conveyed to healthcare providers
- The impact that the increased demand of telehealth will have on the industry from a regulatory perspective
- The benefit of telehealth to hospitals and healthcare providers through the COVID-19 months and into the future
- Key points leaders need to be aware of as the healthcare industry moves beyond the pandemic