Healthcare Supply Chain Compliance: Minimizing Regulatory and Contractual Liability Risk

Optimal Structuring, Negotiating and Managing Supply Chain Contracts and Vendors

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Course Materials

This CLE course will guide healthcare counsel in examining the legal risks that often exist in supply chains. The panel will discuss how careful due diligence, thoughtful contract negotiation, and effective policies and procedures can mitigate risk.


Healthcare companies and providers are facing increasing supply chain-related risks as well as new supply chain-focused regulations. Healthcare companies, providers and employees frequently interact with numerous vendors whether on-site or via telephone, email or other means of communication. Not knowing with whom staff interacts or who is coming in contact with patients, or patient information, presents significant risks.

Healthcare companies and providers must carefully choose vendors, first vetting, then strategically negotiating and structuring contracts with them, and finally managing them. Counsel must ensure that the contracts as well as the healthcare companies’ and providers’ policies and procedures dealing with vendors reduce the customer’s risk from vendor violations of federal and state regulations, including HIPAA and the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

Through proper due diligence during the initial supplier selection process, carefully negotiated contracts, and effective oversight of the supplier relationship, healthcare companies and providers can mitigate risk and avoid costly missteps.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines supply chain risks and what healthcare companies and providers need to do to mitigate those risks. The panel will discuss the policies and procedures to have in place; negotiating, drafting and managing supply chain contracts; identifying vendors as business associates, and more. The panel will offer strategies for ensuring regulatory compliance.



  1. Supply chain risks and healthcare companies
  2. Mitigating supply chain risks
    1. Policies and procedures to have in place
    2. Vetting and selection of vendors
    3. Identifying vendors as business associates
  3. Negotiating, drafting and managing supply chain contracts
  4. Strategies for ensuring regulatory compliance


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the key supply chain risks facing healthcare companies and providers?
  • What questions should healthcare companies and providers ask during the supplier vetting process to minimize the likelihood of selecting a risky supplier?
  • What key terms should be negotiated in the supplier contract to help mitigate supply chain risks?


Ira Berkowitz
Ira Berkowitz
Senior Counsel
Dignity Health

Mr. Berkowitz provides general legal services to numerous departments with enterprise wide responsibility for Dignity...  |  Read More

Mathias, William
William T. (Bill) Mathias

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

Mr. Mathias represents clients across the U.S. in all areas of the health care industry, with a particular emphasis on...  |  Read More

Stephen K. Phillips
Stephen K. Phillips

Hooper Lundy & Bookman

Mr. Phillips is a corporate and health care regulatory partner and the chair of the firm’s Technology Practice...  |  Read More

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