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Jesse A. Berg, Gray Plant Mooty


Jesse Berg counsels health care providers on federal and state anti-kickback laws, the Stark physician self-referral law, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, enrollment and participation issues, HIPAA and state privacy and confidentiality matters, as well as federal and state antitrust issues. Jesse provides legal guidance to a variety of different types of health care providers, including public and private hospitals, physician groups of various sizes and specialties, and ancillary service providers, such as imaging facilities and ambulatory surgery centers.


Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Jesse served as assistant attorney general in the Health Care and Antitrust Division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. During that time, he focused on regulatory matters, including enforcement of various laws that govern the operation of health care organizations in Minnesota, as well as providing legal advice to various state agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Health.


Mary Brainerd, Health Partners


Mary Brainerd is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Under her leadership and direction, HealthPartners has experienced record growth and is often recognized as a national leader in the health care industry.


In her role, Brainerd leads more than 23,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system. This includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a large dental practice, 1.8 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans, and HealthPartners Institute.


Brainerd has been with HealthPartners since 1992. Since that time, the organization has received numerous accolades for outstanding patient care, health plan service and its charitable community work.


Tim Johnson, Gray Plant Mooty


Tim Johnson is a shareholder on the Health Law Team at Gray Plant Mooty. Tim's practice includes the general and special representation of health care organizations, including national health care providers, health systems, hospitals, single- and multi-specialty physician groups, home health agencies, nursing homes, local and national ancillary service providers, and other health care providers and suppliers. A significant part of Tim's practice focuses on representing health care providers in merger, acquisition, divestiture, credentialing and privacy matters.


David Kisch, Optum


David Kisch serves as Chief Operating Officer of Optum Analytics. Optum Analytics is a business focused on enabling organizations to leverage data and analytics to improve health outcomes and help make the overall healthcare system work better for everyone.


David has been a part of Optum since 2002 in varying leadership capacities including strategy, corporate development, operations, network development, business integration, and product development.


Prior to joining Optum, David spent nine years as part of the audit and business advisory division at Arthur Andersen with a focus on assisting clients through structured finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions.


David is a passionate leader who believes strong teamwork will overcome challenges and that enabling people helps build a productive growth culture.


David is also a hockey coach and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.


Julia Reiland, Gray Plant Mooty


As a former mental health practitioner, Julia Marotte provides a unique combination of legal and practical experience in the health care field. She counsels providers on HIPAA and state privacy, confidentiality, reimbursement, enrollment, and participation issues. Julia also advises a variety of health care organizations on governance, contracting, and other federal and state regulatory matters. With a career concentration on Health Law and Bioethics, she has undergone extensive training in HIPAA, the Stark physician self-referral law, and federal and state anti-kickback laws.


Joanne Stadnik, North Clinic


Joanne D. Stadnik, FACMPE, is a successful healthcare industry leader with 30 years of hands-on experience driving profitable clinic operations, growth management, and patient experience strategies amid significant industry change. Since 2004, Joanne has been the Executive Director of North Clinic one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan areas largest and most successful independent healthcare organizations.


Robert Thompson, MMIC


Robert Thompson serves as the director of education at MMIC. He develops and delivers educational programs for MMIC clients and prospects and for local, regional and national health care trade organizations. He specializes in delivering patient safety, risk management and health care communication seminars.


Robert has a diversified background in law, medicine, medical professional liability insurance and health care risk management. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran and graduated first in his class from both the U.S. Army Radiology Technologist School and Avionics School. With 10 years of practice at several Georgia hospitals, Robert is an accomplished radiology technologist.


He holds the designations of Associate in Claims, Associate in Risk Management, Associate in Reinsurance, and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. In addition, he holds the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.


Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, summa cum laude, from North Georgia College and State University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law, his Master of Business Administration from Lincoln University and his Master of Laws in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law.


Doug Wood, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., Mayo


Dr. Wood is the Medical Director in the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic and is a practicing cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. He has previously served as Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, and Chair, Division of Health Care Policy and Research at Mayo. Outside Mayo, he served on the Governor’s Health Care Reform Task Force and has been a leader in health reform in Minnesota. Dr. Wood has held important posts in the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association, has been an adviser to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Dr. Wood was the leader of the Minnesota Medical Association’s Health Care Reform Task Force Quality Planning Group in 2004 and is a Trustee of the Minnesota Medical Association. He has served on the Minnesota Citizens Forum on Health Care Costs and currently serves on advisory committees for medical home payment and provider peer grouping for the Minnesota Department of Health. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Cardiology, the Burgess Meredith Award from the American Medical Association, the Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Medical Association.

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