What Every Hospital Board Member Should Know: Conflicts of Interest — Part III of IV

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A four-part webinar series.

Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Registration for all four webinars — $700 (discounted rate)
Registration for the series remains open until Thursday, Dec. 5. 
If viewing after the event, a recording will be available.

Part I — Honoring Responsibilities While Avoiding Micromanagement
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Part II — Medical Staff Matters

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Part III — Conflicts of Interest

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Part IV — Medicare Fraud and Abuse
Tuesday, Dec. 10
1 - 2 p.m.
Registration for Part IV only — $225

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If viewing after the event, a recording will be available.

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This webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.


This webinar series is designed for hospital and health system governing boards, CEOs and senior executives, physicians and other leaders with governance responsibilities.

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Webinar Series Overview

Trustees play a significant role in the transformation of health care and must demonstrate strong leadership to navigate through the challenges, that confront their organizations. The future of health care still is largely unknown, and the range of board responsibilities is broad. Hospitals and health systems need dedicated and knowledgeable individuals who are willing to commit their time, expertise, experience and leadership to the hospital, its mission and the community.

This webinar series will provide participants with the tools to become more effective in their board service. Participants will receive guidance related to governance obligations, legal risks, fiduciary responsibilies, privacy and patient security risks, civil rights responsibilities, and health care fraud and waste. Attorney Barbara Person with Baird Holm LLP will provide valuable expertise on the legal aspects of board responsibilities.

Part III Overview

Conflicts of interest are common on hospital boards, particularly in smaller community hospitals. But what must be done about them? Is there a difference between a conflict of interest and a duality of interest? Should there be different levels of care depending upon the gravity of the conflict? When should a board member abstain from voting? This session will review the required elements of a conflict of interest policy and procedure as required by the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt entities. It also will discuss nuances and latitude that can be explored as appropriate to the hospital board and its particular conflicts.


  • identify government agencies interested in conflicts of interest on the hospital board
  • review the features required by the IRS in a tax-exempt entity’s conflict of interest policy
  • distinguish recusal from the room as opposed to abstention from vote
  • describe the annual process for identifying conflicts and what must be done with them


Barbara E. Person primarily represents health care clients, concentrating on corporate compliance, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, Medicare fraud and abuse, EMTALA, physician practice and other health business acquisition, medical staff issues, tax exemption, practitioner licensure and sanctions, physician contracts, pharmacy, and nonprofit corporations. Person is a frequent lecturer to many organizations, including the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Iowa Hospital Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Nebraska Mental Health Association, the Nebraska Association of Medical Staff Services and Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., on such topics.