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As ‘easily the best firm to work with in the field’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s ‘top-notch group’ has ‘attention to detail and excellent organizational abilities that allows for clear and strong guidance’ making it ‘an unmatched leader across the board’. The department handles the full gamut of healthcare issues encompassing transactions, disputes, regulatory issues, compliance advice and white-collar matters. In a recent highlight, Christopher Jedrey and Charles Buck in Boston advised Steward Health Care on its sale of real estate interests in nine acute care hospitals to Medical Properties Trust. The department also fields Boston-based practice head Stephen Bernstein, who advised Change Healthcare on the data elements of its creation of a healthcare information technology company; Bernadette Broccolo in Chicago, who is a healthcare technology expert; and Chicago-based international healthcare M&A team head John Callahan, who handled Care Capital Properties’ acquisition of six behavioral health hospitals. Clients also praise Kerrin Slattery in Chicago; Miami-based Gary Davis, who specializes in managed care issues; Eric Gordon in Los Angeles, who is ‘a leader for healthcare fraud work’; and the ‘brilliantMichael Peregrine and Jerry Sokol who are based in Chicago and Miami respectively.

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Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is ‘the first choice for healthcare’ thanks to ‘second-to-none knowledge and expertise with outstanding client service and an incredibly responsive approach’. The group handles regulatory issues, government investigations, transactions, litigation and data privacy matters for a variety of service provider clients including John Hopkins Health System, Palmetto Health and Richmond University Medical Center. Mark Lutes and George Breen jointly lead the department from Washington DC; Breen recently worked with Newark-based Gary Herschman advising SoutheastHEALTH on False Claims Act issues, and Lutes assisted Palmetto Health Alliance and Greenville Health System with their partnership, which will create the largest hospital system in South Carolina operating a total of 13 hospitals. In Washington DC, David Matyas is the ‘go-to name for regulatory advice’ and Jason Christ and Amy Lerman are ‘exceptionally talented’; Anthony Argiropoulos in Princeton is ‘truly brilliant’ and Washington DC-based Katherine Lofft is ‘thorough, experienced and an excellent negotiator’. The group recruited Richard Westling and Ellen Bonner to the Nashville office from Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis and Callaway Bonner Law LLC respectively.

Jones Day utilizes its extensive national footprint to excel in False Claims Act matters, transactions and regulatory work enhanced by ‘a client service, knowledge and expertise that is unmatched’. In a recent highlight, San Francisco-based department co-head James Dutro advised Dignity Health on its joint operating agreement with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The team also assisted Dignity Health with the $753m sale of its US HealthWorks subsidiary to Concentra Group Holdings, handled a False Claims Act dispute for Pediatric Services of America alleging unsupervised nursing care and regulatory violations, and advised Avizia on its acquisition of Seattle-based virtual care provider, Carena. Stanford Health Care, Yale New Haven Health System, PreMedica Health System and Cleveland Clinic Foundation are also clients. Practice co-heads Stephen Sozio and Kenneth Field are based in Cleveland and Washington DC respectively; Sozio handles litigation and Field is the key name for antitrust matters. Chicago-based tax specialist Gerald Griffith and digital health expert Alexis Gilroy in Washington DC are also recommended.

Highlights for the ‘genuine and sophisticated’ practice at King & Spalding LLP included representing over 200 hospitals in litigation opposing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ cuts to in-patient hospital rates, advising the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on the formation of a joint entity that will develop a hospital campus in Frisco, Texas; and acting for Community Health Systems in Medicare reimbursement litigation. Key names to note include Atlanta-based transactional specialist Jon Harris, Mark Polston and Daniel Hettich in Washington DC, and Stephen Goff, who splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento offices; Polston is representing multiple teaching hospitals in reimbursement litigation, and Goff assisted CalPERS with the negotiations surrounding its contracts with health plans. The department also handles regulatory issues, investigations and enforcement matters. In 2017, healthcare tax expert Travis Jackson joined the Los Angeles office from Polsinelli PC and Constance Dotzenrod left to start her own firm.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘reputation precedes it’ in the healthcare space, where it handles the full gamut of matters for a service provider client base spanning hospitals, dialysis providers, home health hospice providers and eHealth companies. The team recently acted for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in a False Claim Act suit brought by a former employee alleging that the school improperly claimed state and federal Medicaid reimbursement funds; advised KKR on the healthcare regulatory elements of its $2.8bn acquisition of WebMD; and assisted Press Ganey with its sale to EQT Partners. Noteworthy practitioners include healthcare fraud defense expert Katherine Lauer in San Diego, regulatory specialist John Manthei and litigator Daniel Meron (both based in Washington DC), Daniel Settelmayer in Los Angeles and Orange County-based Scott Shean, who focuses on transactional work.

Led by Deborah Gersh in Chicago and Timothy McCrystal in Boston, Ropes & Gray LLPprovides excellent service across the board’ including advising on healthcare transactions, regulatory compliance, reimbursement issues, government investigations and enforcement actions. Anne Phillips Ogilby in Boston is ‘a fabulous, wonderful and well-recognized expert in her field’; she recently acted for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System on a potential affiliation. The highly regarded John Chesley in San Francisco advised MemorialCare Health System on the transfer of an acute care hospital to an unrelated operator and McCrystal assisted the American Kidney Fund with various matters pertaining to the Health Insurance Premium Program. Deborah Gardner is recognized for her Medicare and Medicaid expertise; she recently assisted Dana Farber Cancer Institute with a challenge to Medicare’s reimbursement of an uncompensated care pool tax. Other names to note include Boston-based Mark Barnes, Thomas Bulleit in Washington DC, and New York-based regulatory specialist Stephen Warnke.

Dentons’ expertise spans regulatory compliance, reimbursement issues, transactions, legislative matters and litigation. In a recent highlight, the group acted for HCA Holdings on multiple issues including compliance matters, Medicare and Medicaid advice and government enforcement actions. Other mandates include assisting Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center with Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings relating to a 110-bed hospital in Los Angeles County, defending Essilor of America and its affiliates in multi-district criminal and civil False Claims Act suits and an Anti-Kickback Statute subpoena investigation, and acting for Northwestern Memorial Healthcare on a debt restructuring. Kathryn Ashton leads the team from Chicago; other key practitioners include Mary Wilson in Chicago, Gadi Weinreich in Washington DC and San Francisco-based Daniel Higgins.

Lawrence Vernaglia in Boston heads the department at Foley & Lardner LLP, which covers the full gamut of healthcare issues including transactions, restructurings, fraud and abuse cases, Medicare and Medicaid issues and litigation. Vernaglia focuses on regulatory and transactional matters including reimbursement mandates and M&A. Michael Blau in Boston and Los Angeles-based Diane Ung are also recommended; Blau handles healthcare transactions, and Ung is noted for her knowledge of federal and state healthcare legislation and Medicare and Medicaid payment issues. Clients include hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is recognized for its transactional expertise; recent mandates include advising the State University of New York on its acquisition of Southampton Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital, assisting University of Wisconsin Health with its joint operating agreements and partnership with UnityPoint Health - Meriter, and acting for UCSF Health on its formal affiliation with Dignity Health. The team also handles privacy matters, policy issues, Medicare and Medicaid claims and antitrust work; it represented the American Hospital Association (AHA) in a challenge relating to delays in Medicare claim appeal decisions and advised the Association of Community Cancer Centers on policy, coverage and reimbursement issues. Sheree Kanner leads the Washington DC-based team, which also fields New York-based transactional specialist Jeffrey Schneider, Washington DC-based Clifford Stromberg and False Claims Act expert Jonathan Diesenhaus. The practice was further bolstered by the firm’s merger with Boston firm Collora, which added additional specialists in the healthcare and life sciences sector.

As ‘a brilliant firm for general healthcare work’, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP counts hospital associations, health systems, academic medical centers and cancer treatment centers as clients; examples include AHA, Yale New Haven Hospital, UCLA Health and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Highlights included Los Angeles-based Barry Landsberg representing Dignity Health in a Supreme Court case relating to religious exemption issues for faith-based hospitals; Peter Olberg in New York advising Mount Sinai Health System on the creation of its for-profit health information company Sema4; and Washington DC-based regulatory expert Cindy Mann assisting the Catholic Health Association of the United States with issues relating to the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace efforts. New York-based William Bernstein leads the group; James Schwartz in Los Angeles regularly acts for nonprofit organizations and Los Angeles-based Gregory Pimstone focuses on healthcare litigation.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s department, which is led by Karen Lovitch and counts Northwell Health, DaVita and Partners HealthCare as clients, is highly regarded for its regulatory and enforcement experience. The group is experienced in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and enforcement matters, data breaches, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues and False Claims Act litigation. Other work includes advising Myriad Genetics on its acquisition of Assurex Health, and assisting Isabella Geriatric Center with its affiliation with Metropolitan Jewish Health System. Susan Berson, chair of the healthcare enforcement defense team Hope Foster and Brent Henry in Boston are also recommended; Henry joined from Partners HealthCare in 2017. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

Yvonne Puig and the ‘incredibly skilledFrederick Robinson jointly lead Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s healthcare practice from Austin and Washington DC respectively; Puig focuses on litigation and Robinson handles fraud cases and government investigations. Clients highlight the team for its ‘responsiveness and commitment to understanding the logistical underpinnings of the client’s needs’ and ‘ability to approach any issues with a practical mindset’. Jerry Bell in Austin recently advised the University of Oklahoma on a proposed joint venture with SSM Health; Robinson is defending Memorial Hermann Hospital System in a qui tam lawsuit relating to physician recruitment agreements; and Thomas Dowdell in Washington DC is a reimbursement expert. Summa Health System, Duke University and Christus Health are also clients.

Proskauer Rose LLP is ‘excellent at what it does’ and ‘treats everyone professionally with fairness, dignity and respect’. The department, which has ‘honesty beyond reproach and an ability to find creative solutions to difficult problems’, is led by ‘brilliant attorney’ Richard Zall, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable in all facets of the healthcare industry’; he recently advised Archimedes Health Investors on its acquisition of multiple anesthesia practices in Texas and assisted Clinton Health Access Initiative with its activities in South-East Asia and Africa. Other work for the group includes David Manko handling Continuum Health Alliance’s acquisition of a large medical group and Edward Kornreich advising Hospital for Special Surgery on negotiations with Tenet pertaining to a joint venture for the development of an ambulatory surgery center. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York. Roger Cohen joined Goodwin.

Reed Smith LLP’s diverse practice covers transactional, regulatory and contentious work under the leadership of Washington DC-based Scot Hasselman. The department regularly acts for post-acute hospital chains, nursing homes, therapy centers and hospice providers; recent examples include representing a provider in a False Claims Act dispute brought by three former employees alleging fraudulent billing practices, advising a client on a combination between Concentra and US HealthWorks, and assisting a hospital with the sale of its imaging centers, pain management clinics and physiatry practice. Carol Colborn Loepere in Washington DC and San-Francisco based Paul Pitts are also names to note.

Highlights for Arent Fox LLP included representing Fresenius Medical Care North America in multiple healthcare disputes, assisting Kaiser Permanente with HIPAA compliance issues, and advising Maxim Health Services on new care models and a $155m senior-secured credit facility. St Joseph Health System, Fundamental Long Term Care, Harvard Drug Group, Sunrise Senior Living and US Renal Care are also clients. Lowell Brown leads the practice from Los Angeles, which also counts Los Angeles-based Thomas Jeffry and Michael Blass in New York as noteworthy practitioners. Rachel Hold-Weiss rejoined the New York office from an in-house position.

Key names in Baker Donelson’s broad practice include Sanford Teplitzky, Julie Kass and Catherine Martin. Teplitzky is highly regarded for his fraud and abuse expertise; he advises on corporate compliance programs, internal reviews and investigations. Kass is the main contact for Medicare and Medicaid issues including Stark Law issues and Anti-Kickback Statue matters; while Martin advises healthcare systems and hospitals. All attorneys mentioned are based in Baltimore.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s expertise spans private equity issues, transactional work, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, and data privacy advice. It recently advised Mednax on its £132m acquisition of Radiology Associates of South Florida; assisted DentaQuest and its subsidiary Advantage Community Company with its acquisition of the Access Dental platform in Oregon and Washington; and handled JW Childs Associates’ acquisition of Ascent Medical Group. Miami-based practice head Joshua Kaye led the work. Health data expert Anna Spencer joined the firm’s Atlanta office from Sidley Austin LLP and Adam Rogers joined Jones Day.

Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘exceptional’ department is ‘very practical and business oriented’ with ‘a highly knowledgeable and responsive’ team of ‘impressive’ individuals. The group handles transactions, litigation, enforcement actions, product approvals and regulatory issues; it recently assisted CityMD with a majority equity investment by Warburg Pincus, advised Centerbridge Partners on the regulatory elements of its purchase of a majority stake in Davis Vision, and handled Blue Wolf Capital Fund’s investment in Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. Washington DC-based Nancy Taylor and Tallahassee-based Michael Cherniga jointly lead the team, and Dallas-based Michael Malone and Joseph Coniglio are also recommended..

Boutique healthcare firm Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC advises on the full range of issues including False Claims Act disputes, compliance issues and government reform matters. Key contacts include Mark Reagan in San Francisco who is a member of the firm’s fraud and abuse practice group; Washington DC-based Robert Roth, who handles Medicare and Medicaid work; and Washington DC-based litigator James Segroves.

McGuireWoods LLP provides ‘dependable and conservative’ advice that ‘ensures transactions can always work despite the obstacles that may be in the way’. The practice regularly handles private equity transactions; it recently acted for Silver Oak Services Partners on the recapitalization of Redwood Dental and assisted Chesapeake Urology Associates with its acquisition by Audax Group. The group also covers litigation and regulatory mandates. The ‘terrificAmber McGraw Walsh leads the team.

Michael Taubin heads the department at Nixon Peabody LLP, which recently advised Presence Health Network on its public offering of $1bn in tax-exempt bonds, assisted Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest with the formation of a joint operating company, and handled the development of the Florida Hospital Physician Network. The Long Island-based team also includes Peter Egan and Rebecca Simone. Los-Angeles based Jill Gordon and recently promoted partner Christopher Browning in Providence are also noted. Susan Robfogel retired.

Polsinelli PC’s dedicated team advises hospitals and health systems on healthcare issues including compliance matters, fraud and abuse cases, and transactions. It acted for Catholic Health Initiatives on its collaboration with Dignity Health, assisted the University of Kansas Hospital Authority with its $250m acquisition of Hays Medical Center, and handled Kindred Healthcare’s sale of its skilled nursing division to a private equity buyer. Matthew Murer leads the department from Chicago; St Louis-based Jane Arnold is head of the healthcare alignment and organization practice, Colleen Faddick in Denver leads the operations practice, Chicago-based Mary Clare Bonaccorsi is the key name for disputes, and Stuart Pape leads the healthcare FDA practice from Washington DC. The team also saw substantial growth in 2017 with six partners joining nationally.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for its reimbursement expertise with substantial experience in payment programs, reform strategy implementation, joint venture projects and transactional matters. Practice head Eric Klein and recently promoted partner Lynsey Mitchel (both in Century City) advised Fresenius Medical Care on the structuring of a downstream global risk and population health management shared-savings program in 38 states; Klein also assisted AccentCare with a joint venture with Baylor Scott & White Health and handled St Luke’s Hospital System’s disposal of the Saltzer Medical Group. Jay Gerzog in New York and Century City-based Aytan Dahukey are recommended for transactional advice.

Arnold & Porter has ‘made a name for itself for healthcare regulatory work’ and litigation; it recently represented Millennium Health in trade secret and unfair competition litigation, acted for several retina physician group practices in False Claims Act investigations, and assisted Dexcom with the Medicare coverage of its continuous glucose monitoring device. TeamHealth, DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care are also clients. Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren jointly lead the group, which includes Kristin Hicks, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Charlene McGinty leads the practice at Baker & Hostetler LLP from Atlanta, which saw substantial growth in 2017 recruiting Mark Kadzielski and counsel Jeeyoung Kim into its Los Angeles office from Pepper Hamilton LLP and counsel Elizabeth Goldman in Washington DC from an in-house role. Houston-based Gregory Saikin is recommended for litigation; he is acting for a national provider of hospice services in fraud and abuse litigation claims. In Atlanta, Emily Crosby focuses on nursing homes and assisted living clients and Amy Fouts handles compliance issues.

Duane Morris LLP is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise alongside notable experience in litigation; it recently acted for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania in litigation alleging its Medicare quality care assessment program was unlawfully implemented, and is representing a group of hospitals in the appeal of an order regarding the reduction of outpatient Medicaid rates. Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health System are also clients. David Loder and Nicholas Lynn jointly lead the team from Philadelphia and Chicago respectively. Matthew Jones moved in-house and Ari Markenson joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

As ‘a wonderful firm with great lawyers’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP fields ‘a highly responsive and smart team’, which is ‘excellent for the full range of healthcare issues’. Recent highlights for the ‘extremely dependable’ team include advising the City of New York on Medicare and Medicaid issues and representing Vizient in a Supreme Court case relating to the confidentiality protections given to hospitals as applied to patient adverse incident reports and peer review materials. Clients praise practice head Laura Keidan Martin, who is ‘truly brilliant’; New York-based Joseph Willey, who is ‘an absolute pleasure to work with’; Megan Hardiman and the ‘terrificLouis Glaser. All named attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Chicago.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s department is ‘highly skilled with extensive industry knowledge and strong business acumen’ thanks to ‘an effective team which provides the client with exactly what it needs’. Howard Young leads the Washington DC-based practice supported by Los Angeles-based deputy head Brian Jazaeri. Clients also single out Scott Memmott, who provides ‘mature and sophisticated advice’ and represented TeamHealth in a False Claim Act lawsuit; and Joyce Cowan, who is advising Varsity Healthcare Partners on multiple regulatory issues and its entrance into the orthopedic sector. Other clients include EyeCare Services Partners, Blink Health and Portneuf Medical Center.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘highly responsive, client-oriented and knowledgeable practice’ handles a variety of healthcare issues with notable expertise in non-profit hospital work, biotechnology and long-term care facilities - an area of expertise for New York-based Cynthia Mitchell. Transactional expert Douglas Mancino leads the group from Los Angeles, which also counts vice-chairs Kristin McGurn and Jesse Coleman as key practitioners in Boston and Houston respectively. ‘Absolute expert’ Thomas Haag and the ‘extremely prudent’ Dean Fanelli (both based in Washington DC) are also names to note.

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