NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - Building on the success of last year's inaugural program, Waller today announced that its national conference "Directions in Healthcare 2012" is set for Thursday, November 29th at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville.

Recognized as one of the nation's largest healthcare law firms, Waller presents this dynamic conference to bring together healthcare executives, general counsel, and development and compliance officers from across the country to explore emerging issues and trends in the healthcare industry. Nearly 200 attendees were on hand for last year's conference.

With a program developed for C-suite executives, including CEOs, CFOs and general counsel, and development and compliance officers from not-for-profit and investor-owned health systems, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, "Directions in Healthcare 2012" will cover critical industry topics, including:

  • Real Estate as a Source of Capital
  • Compliance Issues through the Eyes of the Board of Directors
  • Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions in the Post-Reform Era

Former OIG Chief Counsel Lewis Morris will be the keynote speaker. Milton Johnson, President and Chief Financial Officer of HCA Inc., will deliver the luncheon address.

Waller attorneys Patsy Powers and Richard Westling are the co-chairs of the conference. "Our goal is to assemble healthcare leaders from across the country to share their experience and insight with healthcare providers, investors and executives," Ms. Powers said. "With the Supreme Court ruling on reform, the presidential election and the continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, history will view 2012 as a critical year for healthcare in the United States. Our objective is to help light the way moving forward."

Mr. Westling added, "Waller has a long history providing legal counsel to many of the leading companies in healthcare. We recognize the opportunities and risks that the future holds so we're inviting our clients and thought leaders from across the country to gather in Nashville to address the challenges facing the healthcare industry."

Waller will continue to announce conference details throughout the year. To register for the conference, please visit

For additional information or details on sponsorship opportunities, contact Scott Manners at 615-850-8164 or

Conference Sponsors

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE: HR), a real estate investment trust that integrates owning, managing, financing and developing income-producing real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services throughout the United States, is the Platinum Sponsor for Directions in Healthcare 2012.

HealthCare Appraisers, a leading provider of Fair Market Value (FMV) consulting and valuation services exclusively to the healthcare and life sciences communities, is the Gold Sponsor.

Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, advisory services and strategic growth markets for hospitals and health systems, managed care organizations, home health companies and post-acute care facilities, is the Luncheon Sponsor for the conference. 

Modern Healthcare, the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, is the exclusive Media Sponsor for the conference. 

Seigenthaler Public Relations, an award-winning firm specializing in strategic communications, media relations and marketing for a broad spectrum of clients, is the Social Media Sponsor.

Nashville Health Care Council is a Supporting Sponsor.

About Waller

In the evolving healthcare reform environment, Waller helps its clients focus on their primary mission: providing high quality patient care. Providers rely on Waller's experienced attorneys for advice and counsel on physician/hospital alignment; M&A and joint ventures; financings and securities offerings; Medicare payment issues; Stark and anti-kickback compliance; electronic health records and privacy rules; and legislative and regulatory developments. Waller assists hospitals; surgery centers; imaging centers; physician practice management companies; home health and hospice providers; skilled nursing and senior living facilities; behavioral healthcare providers; urgent care centers; dialysis providers and rehabilitation facilities throughout the country. The firm is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee with offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas. For more information please visit

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