Stacey A. Borowicz

Experience

Acquisition of a Physician Practice by a Regional Health Care System

Dinsmore represented a specialty physician practice throughout their acquisition by a large regional healthcare system. We advised the client through all aspects of the transaction, including negotiating the asset purchase agreement, various management agreements, clinical services agreements and physician employment agreements. The firm also advised the client on the wind-down of their former practice entity.

General Representation of a Home Health Care Company

Dinsmore represents a home healthcare company in a variety of matters, including general business, employment law, regulatory compliance and HIPAA-related issues. The firm has also advised this client through a Medicaid audit and a successful overpayment appeal that significantly reduced the home health company’s Medicaid repayment obligation. This client benefited from the firm’s extensive regulatory experience and knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Settlement of a Hospital OIG Voluntary Disclosure matter

Evolving and complex legislation in the health care arena can provide a myriad of challenges for providers, and overcoming the challenges requires effective and efficient legal counsel. We represented an Ohio hospital that disclosed information about improper financial relationships with referring physicians in response to claims of violating the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Statute. Our client had a relationship with two physicians – a joint venture with a pain management physician and also an arrangement where our client purchased intraocular lenses at an inflated price from an ophthalmologist. Both relationships were alleged to have violated statutory requirements. We represented the client in negotiating a settlement with the Department of Justice, the Office of the Inspector General and the Ohio Attorney General (collectively “Government”). During the negotiations, our client disclosed that some of their arrangements with physicians for violated the federal Anti-Kickback Statute because they did not meet the requirements of the relevant safe harbors. Criminal charges against our client were declined, and we worked to address the civil and administrative issues to provide a global resolution. We entered into negotiations with the Government and ultimately settled for an amount that was agreeable to our client.

Negotiation of Settlement in Stark Law Matter

Evolving and complex legislation in the health care arena can provide a myriad of challenges for providers, and overcoming the challenges requires effective and efficient legal counsel. We represented Ohio Hospital in negotiating a settlement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a matter involving violations of the federal physician self-referral statute, more commonly referred to as the Stark Law. Our client disclosed that some of their arrangements with physicians for electrocardiogram interpretation, medical director services, vice chief of staff services, and hospital services violated Stark Law because they did not meet the requirements of applicable exceptions. We entered into negotiations with CMS, and ultimately settled for an amount that was agreeable to our client.

Sale of Ambulatory Surgery Center

Represented seller in sale of physician-owned ambulatory surgery center to a health system; including negotiation of a co-management agreement and resyndication option.

Acquisition of a Physician Practice by a Hospital

When a physician practice group was targeted by a regional hospital for acquisition, they turned to Dinsmore. The client was sought after by the hospital because of their medical specialty. We advised the client through all aspects of the transaction, including negotiating the asset purchase agreement, management agreements, clinical services agreements and physician employment agreements. The acquisition provided the client with a larger platform and more resources for their practice, while also providing the purchasing hospital with a valuable, specialized practice.

Advised a Large Nursing Home Through a Medicare Audit Appeal

Dinsmore advised a large Ohio nursing home through a three stages of a Medicare audit appeal in connection with physical therapy services. Our attorneys represented the client before an administrative law judge and reduced a million dollar Medicare overpayment to less than $15,000.

Data Privacy Breach Regarding Confidential Financial Information

Dinsmore counseled a retailer in a data breach case that began when the retailer closed a local facility. Dinsmore attorneys met with officials from the Ohio Attorney General’s office within hours of the incident’s discovery, advised the client on filing all necessary governmental disclosures, and also assisted the client with the required media disclosure to notify customers that their personal financial information may have been compromised.

General Representation of a Medium-Sized Physician Group

Dinsmore represents a hospital-based physician group composed of approximately 10 physicians in a variety of legal arenas, including shareholder transactions and real estate matters. We advise the client on their governing documents, shareholder buy-ins and buy-outs, hospital service agreements and other operational matters. We also provide counsel for this client’s real estate matters, including medical office condominium transactions.

Merger of Six Separate Medical Practices into a Single Practice Group

Ms. Borowicz handled all aspects of the business transactions necessary to combine six separate specialty medical practices into a new single tax ID practice entity. Our representation included advice on financial, operational and clinical integration as well as regulatory compliance. This client benefited from Ms. Borowicz’s knowledge of Stark law and ancillary service arrangements.

Merger of Two Surgery Practice Groups

Ms. Borowicz handled all aspects of the business transactions necessary to combine two separate practice groups into a single practice entity. Our representation included advice on financial, operational and clinical integration as well as regulatory compliance. This client benefited from Ms. Borowicz’s knowledge of corporate law and business transactions.

Negotiation of Medicaid Enrollment and Payment Issues

Dinsmore represented a home health care company throughout an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General relating to alleged criminal actions of employees. When the investigation ended in termination of the home health company’s Medicaid provider agreement, Dinsmore represented the client in the appeal of the termination order in a three-day public hearing.

OIG Voluntary Self-Disclosure for Durable Medical Equipment Company

Dinsmore is currently representing a durable medical equipment company through a voluntary self-disclosure to the Office of the Inspector general and settlement negotiations. The client is benefiting from the firm’s extensive regulatory experience and knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Physician Recruitment Agreements for Group Practice Physician

We advise group practice physicians on the legal and regulatory issues related to physician recruitment agreements. We worked with many clients to negotiate components of the agreements related to income guarantees, loan agreements, and Stark and anti-kickback compliance.

Settlement of an ambulance company OIG Voluntary Disclosure matter

Medicare billing and coding requirements are complex and present compliance risks for all types of providers. Mitigating these compliance risks requires experienced and sophisticated legal counsel. We represented an Ohio Ambulance Company in negotiating a settlement with the Office of the Inspector General and the Ohio Attorney General (collectively “Government”) in a matter involving non-emergency transport claims that did not meet Medicare’s medical necessity requirements. Our client voluntarily disclosed their billing errors to the Government, and they declined to pursue criminal charges. We then pursued a global resolution of the civil and administrative issues, and eventually settled this matter for an amount that was agreeable to our client.

Shareholder Buy-Out Dispute

I advised a physician group in a complex and contentious shareholder buy-out dispute that lasted approximately two years. The dispute was ultimately resolved to the client’s satisfaction without litigation.