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 February 14 IIA Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event
2/14/2014 11:00 AM
2/14/2014 3:00 PM
Villa Christina | Georgia

Program Theme: “The New Healthcare Arena:  Change is not coming – it is HERE”


Program Agenda

11:30 – 12:00

Registration, lunch and networking

12:00 – 12:10

IIA Chapter Announcements – Connie Brown

12:10 – 1:00 PM

Debi Weatherford, Executive Director of Internal Audit for Piedmont Healthcare.


1:00 – 1:10PM


1:10 – 2:00PM

Tobin Watt, Director, Smith Moore Leatherwood Healthcare Group in Atlanta

2:00 – 2:10PM


2:10 – 3:00

Trey Sivley, Director of the Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight, Georgia Department of Insurance.



The agenda is designed to update the audience on changes in the healthcare arena from both an employer perspective as well as an individual perspective.  Risk areas from an internal audit perspective will be highlighted for consideration in ERM reviews and future internal audit focus areas. Here are examples of  specific areas that will be discussed:

International healthcare – how what is going on outside the US is impacting our healthcare

Consumerism is entering the healthcare market – what this means to you and your organization

What you need to know if your organization is self-funded from an ERISA and appeals perspective

International health insurance coverage – what you need to know from a company and personal perspective

Georgia – Federally Facilitated Exchange – how this may impact you and your organization

Notable Accountable Care Act (ACA)  Implementation Flaws

ACA Effect on the Market

Brief Review of ACA Law and its Impact on Employers and Individuals​


Speaker Bios –



Mr. Watt has been practicing health care law for over twenty-five years, and he represents hospitals, physicians, networks, ancillary providers, and other organizations engaged in the health industry.  Some of the areas of his work include various physician-hospital relationships and joint ventures, compliance, regulatory advice (Stark, anti-kickback, and Medicare/Medicaid), managed care, tax exemption, mergers and acquisitions, and capital transactions  He has counseled hospitals and other providers from Honolulu to New York City.  Mr. Watt has also been working extensively in the area of hospital and physician effort to address quality of care, clinical innovation, and efficiency of care, including pay-for-performance and gainsharing relationships, and provider-health plan arrangements.  He has obtained multiple tax-exemption rulings from the IRS National Office and OIG Advisory Opinions.  He leads the Smith Moore Leatherwood healthcare group in Atlanta.

Mr. Watt is a graduate of Davidson College (A.B., 1968) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1971). 

Mr. Watt has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on health topics.  He’s spoken before the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Georgia Hospital Association and several other state hospital associations, The Healthcare Roundtable, the Medical Group Management Association VHA, Premier, and the Georgia and Florida Bar Associations.  He has been a presenter at several American Health Lawyer Association conferences, including its national conference on gainsharing and its annual Payors and Plans conference.  He is also a contributor to the Georgia Hospital Law Manual (a publication of the Georgia Hospital Association) and authored or co-authored several articles in national publications including “Pay for Performance: The Case for Quality” (Health Lawyers News, February, 2004).

Debi Weatherford


Debi Weatherford is the Executive Director of Internal Audit for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia.  With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, Debi has served in various management, compliance and audit roles during her career.   She is a native Georgian and a graduate from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.


Debi is active in professional and philanthropic organizations.  She serves on the IIA Programs Committee that develops the agenda and content for these monthly meetings. Debi is a published author, frequent speaker and audit resource.  Debi actively volunteers her time and considerable energy on a number of worthy organizations – The Atlanta Smiles Foundation, Atlanta Chapter of World Wings International, Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk and as a “Lady in Waiting” for the annual Princess Party which benefits women’s causes.


Trey Sivley


Trey Sivley recently rejoined the Georgia Department of Insurance as the Director of the Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight.  Prior to rejoining the Department as Director Mr. Sivley practiced law at the Atlanta office of Locke Lord LLP (concentrating his practice in insurance regulatory, corporate transactional, and healthcare law) and served as the Assistant Director and Regulatory Counsel of the Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight..   

Professional History

  • Director, Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight, Georgia Department of Insurance
  • Attorney, Locke Lord LLP (2012-2013)
  • Assistant Director, Division of Insurance and Financial Oversight, Georgia Department of Insurance (2011-2012)
  • Principal Enforcement Attorney, Georgia Department of Insurance (2006-2010)
  • Attorney, Norton and Associates, P.C. (2005-2006)
  • Attorney, Ragsdale, Beals, Hooper, & Seigler, LLP (2004-2005)

Publications & Presentations


Co-Author, " Locke Lord QuickStudy: The Georgia Any Willing Provider Statute – Only a Blue Cross Issue? ," Locke Lord LLP (November 7, 2012)


Co-Author, " Locke Lord QuickStudy: Diminished Value Insurance Claims for Real Property – An Impossible Measure of Damages? ," Locke Lord (June 20, 2012)


Co-Author, “Private Exchanges: Regulatory Morass or Panacea?,” The Institute for Healthcare Consumerism (June, 2013).