Rick focuses his practice on healthcare regulatory, data privacy, cybersecurity, corporate, and transactional matters. Rick represents physicians and other healthcare providers and organizations in structuring group practices, joint ventures, medical device companies, ambulatory surgery centers, provider networks, and ancillary services, as well as physician/hospital alignment strategies and involvement in accountable care organizations (ACOs). His services extend to various corporate and transactional matters, including practice acquisitions and managed care, billing, management, employment, independent contractor, and other service arrangements.
Rick assists healthcare providers and businesses in developing and implementing proactive approaches to identify and address existing and potential compliance challenges. He counsels clients on regulatory, fraud and abuse, data privacy and cybersecurity, reimbursement and professional practice issues, including compliance with the Stark physician self-referral law, federal and state anti-kickback laws, and corporate practice and fee-splitting restrictions. Rick provides guidance with respect to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the HITECH Breach Notification Rule, working with HIPAA covered entities and business associates to implement and update policies, procedures and related safeguards for the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). Rick also assists covered entities and business associates in assessing whether a data breach occurred and in reporting and responding to breaches of PHI and in responding to HIPAA investigations and enforcement activities.