2019 ASMAC Fall Conference

Harborside Hotel & Spa

Bar Harbor, Maine
October 2 to 5, 2019

Early Bird Registration: $495

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HOTEL RESERVATIONS
ASMAC invites all members to the Annual ASMAC Fall Conference taking place in Bar Harbor, Maine home of the beautiful Acadia National Park!
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JOIN US FOR  THE ANNUAL ASMAC FALL CONFERENCE!

The Fall Conference will provide approximately 10 CLE credits (Illinois MCLE Board). Each day includes a full breakfast, 3-4 continuing education sessions, roundtable discussions and afternoon group activities. The conference is noted for being casual with ample time and opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas and take a deeper dive into information presented in formal sessions. 

Fall Conference Sessions :
  • Jackson Laboratories – Genetic and Genomic Law – This session will highlight key legal privacy and ethical Issues of genomic medicine and augmented intelligence.
  • Telehealth Virtual Care – Key Issues in Digital Health – Digital health has emerged as the source of critical solutions for the delivery of healthcare. The panel will discuss trends in regulation, payment and contractual telemedicine issues.
  • Restrictive Covenants – A discussion of the Different Approaches in Individual States – This session will include a discussion of the different state approaches with regard to restrictive covenants, exploring the reasons for banning restrictive covenants as applied to physicians and specific limitations that allow them in certain circumstances.
  • Medical Society Foundations: The Intersection of (c)(3)’s and (c)(6)’s – This session will focus on the tax laws that come into play for related tax-exempt medical society foundations and the degree of independence these foundations have, both from a tax perspective and from an internal organizational perspective.
  • Update on Current (and Future) AMA Litigation – This session will focus on recent AMA litigation and cases on the AMA’s radar.
  • Top Ten Labor & Employment Issues – This session will focus on current labor and employment issues facing medical societies. The speaker will cover the top legal issues faced by medical societies as employers, as well as recent hot topics.
  • How Physicians Should Respond to Online Reviews and Social Media – This session will explore how physicians can best manage negative online reviews and post on social media, and will cover relevant laws such as the “Right to Yelp” Act and HIPAA.
  • Opioid Response Update States’ Response to the Opioid Epidemic – This session will cover the strategies and responses of states to address drug use issues as well as the documented impacts of efforts.
  • The State of Current Managed Care Litigation – This session will focus on several critical managed care lawsuits, the decisions, briefs and anticipated impacts.
  • Medical Staffs Caught Up in Political Issues – This session will cover a variety of instances where healthcare and political issues intersect with Medical Staff rights and responsibilities – the intersectionality of abortion law and clinical privileges, and the #metoo movement’s effect on gender diversity in the organized medical staff.
  • Drug Pricing in DC and States: Proposals Under Consideration – This session will focus on drug pricing proposals under consideration.
  • Surprise Billing / Balance Billing – This session will discuss recent state legislation on balance billing (e.g., Washington and Texas) as well as federal bills on surprise billing. 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (Agenda Coming Soon) 

Wednesday (October 2, 2019)
    • Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm – (members and guests)
Thursday (October 3, 2019)
    • Member Breakfast begins at 7:00 am 
    • CLE Sessions begin at 7:30 am 
    • adjourn to afternoon activities at 12:30 pm 
    • ASMAC Lobster Bake begins at 5:30 pm (members and guests)
Friday (October 4, 2019)
    • Member Breakfast begins at 7:00 am 
    • CLE Sessions begin at 7:30 am 
    • adjourn to afternoon activities at 12:30 pm
    • dinner on your own
Saturday, October 5
    • Member Breakfast begins at 7:00 am 
    • CLE Sessions begin at 7:30 am 
    • Conference adjourns at 12:30 pm

REGISTRATION:

Conference registration is $495 on or before September 1, 2019 ($550 after September 1). Your registration includes:

  • Member & Guest* Welcome Reception (Wednesday, 10/2/2019)
  • 8-10 Continuing Legal Education sessions and credits (IL MCLE)
  • Three full breakfasts (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and
  • Member and Guest* Dinner (Thursday, 10/3/2019)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Limited financial assistance is available to ASMAC members. Preference is given to attorneys who are employed by or under contract with state or national medical societies and to applicants who can demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients will receive assistance for up to 50% of the registration fee. Applications must be received before September 1, 2019 and award recipients will be notified before September 15, 2019. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID (ASMAC Financial Hardship Policy)

* Guests of ASMAC members and speakers are welcome to attend the welcome reception and Thursday Dinner. The $45 guest fee charged at checkout includes attendance to both events but does not include additional beverage credits.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

Hotel reservations at the group rate are limited and must be made prior to September 1, 2019. Call to reserve your room – (800-328-5033). Online Reservation Link (Block code: ASMAC21019)

  • $249 Island View Rooms – a beautiful room with a view of Bar Island and Frenchman’s Bay and semi-private balcony. This rate is also available 3 days before and post meeting.
  • $279 Harbor View Rooms – a beautiful room with a view of Bar Island and Frenchman’s Bay and semi-private balcony. This rate is also available 3 days before and post meeting.
  • Resort Fee Waived. Room rates include complimentary access to all resort facilities, including pools, tennis , hot tub, fire pit and fitness center. Wireless internet, self and valet parking, turn down service, newspaper, local calls and in room coffee and tea are also complimentary. 
TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Portland, ME: (PWM)(3 hrs. – 177 miles) Airlines Servicing Portland: American (nonstop to CLT, LGA, PHL, DCA), Delta (nonstop to ATL, DTW, JFK, LGA), Elite (nonstop to MCO, SRQ, VRB), Frontier (nonstop to DEN, RSW, RDU, TPA), JetBlue (Nonstop to JFK), Southwest (nonstop to BWI, MDW), United (nonstop to ORD, DEN, EWR, IAD)
  • Bangor, ME: (BGR) (1.25 hrs. – 50 miles to Bar Harbor) Airlines servicing Bangor: American(nonstop to PHL and DCA), Allegiant(nonstop to MCO & TPA), Delta(nonstop to LGA, PHL and DCA), United(nonstop to EWR)
  • Bar Harbor, ME (BHB) (20 min. – 13 miles) Airlines servicing Bar Harbor: Cape Air(nonstop to BOS) 
CAR POOL OPTIONSASMAC Carpool

We set up a private ride share app for members. If you have space in your car, log on to let others know when you are traveling (departing the airport & departing the hotel for the return trip). If you need a ride, log on to select a ride or add yourself to the waitlist. BE SURE TO LIST YOUR AIRPORT IN THE ‘CITY’ TAB! CarPool App

MEMBER GUESTS:

Members are encouraged to bring their spouse/guests to Wednesday’s opening reception and Thursday’s reception and dinner. (Breakfasts are members-only) We are looking forward to an evening with friends, good food and fun.

 

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Download the 2019 Sponsorship Packet: At ASMAC we pride ourselves on our commitment to provide our sponsors with a variety of advertising and sponsorship options. We treat every sponsor as a unique partner and work with them to identify their marketing needs and the options that help them meet those goals. Be it a spot on our website, hosting an event, or something as simple as a referral, our goal is to connect you with clients and resources. Contact ASMAC

  • WELCOME RECEPTION SPONSOR – Fall Conference ($3,000) – Includes verbal and written recognition at the reception, a full-page advertisement in the meeting materials, recognition in promotional materials and on the website, and 2 tickets to the welcome reception.           
  • CONFERENCE DINNER SPONSOR – Fall Conference ($10,000) Includes verbal and written recognition at the dinner, a full-page advertisement in the meeting materials, recognition in promotional materials and on the website, and 2 guest tickets to the dinner.  
  • BREAKFAST SPONSOR – Fall Conference ($1,000) – Includes verbal and written recognition at the breakfast, a full-page advertisement in the meeting materials, and recognition in promotional materials and on the website.                                   
  • BREAK SPONSOR – June Meeting and/or Fall Conference ($500) – Includes verbal and written recognition at the break, a full-page advertisement in the meeting materials, and recognition in promotional materials and on the website.                          
  • CONFERENCE GIFT SPONSOR – Fall Conference ($1,000) – Includes recognition in each gift bag, verbal recognition during the conference, a full-page advertisement in meeting materials, and recognition in all promotional mater       
  • EDUCATIONAL SPONSOR – A voluntary contribution to the ASMAC Scholarship Fund and/or Speaker Fund will be recognized in writing on the ASMAC website and in printed materials.

AFTERNOON GROUP ACTIVITY OPTIONS:*

Thursday:

    • Pemetic Mountain Trail Hike (Fairly strenuous) Start at the Bubble Pond parking lot, climb the Pemetic North West Trail and descend the South Ridge Trail to the Jordan Pond House.
    • Sand Beach and Great Head Trail (Fairly easy) The hike starts at the Sand Beach parking lot and includes a couple of loops along the ocean cliffs along the coastline.
    • Jordan Pond Path (Easy Family Stroll) The Jordan Pond Loop follows the shores of Jordan Pond with terrific views of the pond and surrounding mountains.

FRIDAY:

    • Biking the Park Carriage Trails – The park has 45 miles of groomed roads that are open only to carriage, bike and foot traffic. The trails bring you past many beautiful sights, passing over and under some of the 17 stone-faced bridges. 
    • Tour of Jackson Laboratory – JAX is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution. Headquartered in Maine, they began research in the 1930’s and have been awarded several Nobel Prizes for advancements in medicine and physiology. 
    • Nature and Sightseeing Cruise – tour the protected waters of Frenchman’s Bay, see the magnificent summer homes in the search for seals, eagles and porpoise. (alt. cruise – Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching)

* activities still being reviewed by the activities committee. Email your suggestions to the committee.

MEETING MATERIALS:

Materials and presentations will be posted online in advance of the conference as available. Agendas, speaker biographies  and other administrative meeting documents will be handed out at the meeting. 

MEETING ATTIRE: 

Casual attire is appropriate for the conference. We encourage comfortable clothing and shoes. Average temperatures in October can fluctuate greatly.  Meeting room temperatures also vary so a sweater or jacket is recommended.

MEMBER GUESTS:

Members are encouraged to bring their spouse/guests to Wednesday’s opening reception and Thursday’s reception and dinner. (Breakfasts are members-only) We are looking forward to an evening with friends, good food and fun.

Dietary Requests

We work closely with resort chefs to provide meals that meet a variety special dietary needs. Please let us know when you register if you have any dietary restrictions and we will plan meals to accomodate your request. 

People with Disabilities

Need special assistance? Please inform us when you register. Any informationregarding member disabilities is confidential. Accomodations may require early planning so please let us know as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued upon written request. Once ASMAC has ensured that meeting costs are covered by registration fees collected, the request will be honored, subject to a $75 administrative fee.