Bowen Law School to Host Health Care Symposium Oct. 20

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 9:55 am   2 min read

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law announced Wednesday that it will host its Health Care Policy & The Law Symposium from 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the school's Friday Courtroom at 1201 McMath Ave. in Little Rock.

The event will bring together local and national health care professionals and policy makers to discuss factors driving health care costs in the state. It is the second symposium in a three-year series on health care policy and law in Arkansas designed to promote informed policy making and establish a platform for generating research projects.

Topics include health care payment reform and how socioeconomic factors like income and county of residence affect a person’s health care and health behaviors. The symposium will also cover the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Medical-Legal Partnership.

The keynote speaker is Michael Chernew, the Leonard D. Schaeffer professor of health care policy and director of the Healthcare Markets & Regulation Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His speech is called “Payment Reform: Evidence and Future Directions.”

Other speakers include

  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson
  • former U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder
  • Joseph Bates, senior public health advisor for the Arkansas Department of Health
  • Lori Chumbler, senior associate counsel for Walmart on its employment legal team
  • Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Mary Claire Hyatt, staff attorney with Legal Aid of Arkansas working with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Judge Mary Spencer McGowan
  • Josh Rosenthal, co-founder and chief scientific officer of RowdMap Inc.
  • Anna Strong, executive director of child advocacy and public health at Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • John Tilford, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The symposium series is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, UAMS and the Clinton School of Public Service.

Attorneys, physicians, pharmacists and nurses can earn professional development credits through the conference.

Registration is $20 online. Students may attend the event for free. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Tina Medlock at 501-324-9973 or email

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