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Highlights from the BMD Healthcare Leadership Summit Held in Orlando, FL, January 11, 2018 - January 13, 2018

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The year's Healthcare Leadership Innovation Summit theme focused on entrepreneurism in healthcare as we sought to reach various specialties and stakeholders within the healthcare industry.  There were 3 days of insightful programming and exclusive networking.  There was a diverse range of presentations that highlighted various hot topics and trends in the healthcare industry.  Our Platinum Sponsor, GBS Corp., kicked off the Summit and set the stage with Eugene Calabria as the Keynote Speaker discussing “Embracing the Value of Entrepreneurship in Healthcare.”  This was followed by Dr. Scott Ackerman who spoke about maintaining a successful, independent practice highlighting the success of the Ackerman Cancer Center.   

Our Silver Sponsor, Oswald Companies, discussed “What Employers Are Looking For” from the healthcare industry and introduced the Performance Health Incentive Network we are building throughout Ohio to directly tie providers with employers.  This presentation nicely tied together Summit presenters and espoused collaboration with various stakeholders in the healthcare community such as wellness initiatives, cancer prevention and early detection, and chronic care management.

Our Summit also focused on many panel discussions highlighting the following:

  • Hot trends in long-term care (interior design hot trends, risk management and emergency preparedness, using predictive modeling, and planning for long-term care)
  • Opportunities in micro-hospitals (specialized and concierge care as well as highlighting unique partnerships)
  • Utilizing evidence-based protocols to leverage risk (both from the employer and managed care standpoint)
  • Wellness in healthcare environments (WELL building standards and wellness initiatives)
  • Collaboration in healthcare design and construction (discussing the integrated project delivery model)

Finally, we had many presenters highlight various entrepreneurial opportunities they have personally developed:

  • New solutions for healthcare disinfection
  • Software for office efficiency to improve productivity
  • Proactive strategies for healthcare compliance and using risk-based software
  •  New solutions for healthcare financing and investment

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Healthcare Team


Invitation to Banks & Family Office/Ultra-high Net Worth Investors Exploring Cannabis Lending to Join Our Informal Institutional Cannabis Lenders Community

An update on the latest developments in the cannabis banking/lending space by subject matter expert, BMD Scottsdale/Phoenix Office Managing Partner Stephen Lenn

Community Banks: Collaboration, not isolation, is the key to protecting/ enhancing the cannabis business you pioneered

As we prepare for the plenary session of the informal institutional cannabis lenders community announced in my previous article, I am pleased to advise that participants now include 5 of the best-known dedicated loan funds; a select group of commercial banks ranging in size from single state community banks to mid-size regionals making cannabis loans into the mid-8 figures; and, a syndicator of credit union cannabis loans.

Non-compete Agreements are Under Fire: What Employers Need to Know

Non-compete agreements are an ongoing topic of dispute. Employers and their advocates point to the efficacy of non-competes in protecting proprietary information. Employees and their advocates argue about worker mobility and that employers unduly burden workers’ ability to seek better jobs. The Biden administration has put forth its position, and state legislatures have introduced bills addressing the enforceability of non-competes. Here is what you need to know:

BMD’s Jason Butterworth Quietly Engineers Some of Akron’s Most Impactful Projects

Jason Butterworth, a team member of BMD’s Business & Corporate practice, focuses his practice on finance, real estate, and tax credit law.

Explosive Growth in Pot of Gold Opportunity for Bank (and Other) Cannabis Lenders Driving Erosion of the Barriers

Our original article on bank lending to the cannabis industry anticipated that the convergence of interest between banks and the cannabis industry would draw more and larger banks to the industry. Banks were awash in liquidity with limited deployment options, while bankable cannabis businesses had rapidly growing needs for more and lower cost credit. Since then, the pot of gold opportunity for banks to lend into the cannabis industry has grown exponentially due to a combination of market constraints on equity causing a dramatic shift to debt and the ever-increasing capital needs of one of the country’s fastest growing industries. At the same time, hurdles to entry of new banks are being systematically cleared as the yellow brick road to the cannabis industry’s access to the financial markets is being paved, brick by brick, by the progressively increasing number and size of banks that are now entering the market.