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  • Mar 31, 2021Town Hall: Merger and Acquisition Trends in Health Care

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to co-host the free webinar, “Town Hall: Merger and Acquisition Trends in Health Care,” with Citi, and CohnReznick LLP. Moderated by Amine Lahlou, Senior Vice President of Citi, F. Peter Lehr, Health Care & Life Sciences Attorney at Law and a Member of the firm, will be joined by Craig Evans, Health Care Banker at Citi, and Cynthia Romano, Global Director of the Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice at CohnReznick, to speak on merger and acquisition (M&A) issues concerning the health care industry.

    Merger and Acquisition Trends in Health Care

    This webinar will cover:

    • Valuation, compensation models, and restrictive covenants
    • The influx of private equity into health care spaces, juxtaposed to the pulling back of banks and sponsors from health care-provided transactions
    • The pros and cons of M&A
    • The post-COVID climate relating to M&A, deal structures, and the buyers’/sellers’ market

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com, including “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    When: Thursday, April 29, 2021 

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About the Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group

    The health care and life sciences attorneys at Norris McLaughlin provide a variety of services to clients throughout the health care field, including highly specialized work in the regulatory areas governing the delivery of health care services under state and federal law. The health care and life sciences attorneys advise clients on compliance with these health care regulations in the negotiation and structuring of numerous transactions between and among providers, payors, and suppliers. In addition, we handle a broad range of health care law litigation including hearings and appeals related to professional misconduct and discipline, private and public insurance audits and refund requests, fraud and abuse, and disputes with other agencies overseeing the practice of medicine.

    Our health care clients include hospitals and their affiliated corporations, medical societies, hospital medical staffs, health care service providers including physicians, psychologists, podiatrists, dentists, nurses and social workers, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, home care providers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, health data analytics companies, laboratories, imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers and other providers of health care services, insurance companies and practice management companies.

    Posted in: Events, F. Peter Lehr, Health Care & Life Sciences, Mergers & Acquisitions | Tags: , ,

  • Dec 11, 2020Peter Lehr and David Vozza Present “Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19” to Lehigh Valley PAHCOM

    F. Peter Lehr and David N. Vozza, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19” for the local Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) on December 3 as part of its annual holiday dinner (held virtually this year).

    “Health care providers and facilities are often considered allegedly responsible for personal injury, wrongful death, and other torts relating to COVID-19. It is critical they be prepared and stay current on risk and liability issues, such as negligence, gross negligence, medical malpractice, and violations of state law,” said Lehr.

    Vozza added, “It’s a scary subject for health care professionals to talk about, but one they must acknowledge. We are privileged to have the opportunity to help shed some light on avoiding these potential legal issues.”

    Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19

    Lehr and Vozza addressed how health care providers, including physician groups, have faced unprecedented challenges since February of 2020, not only in providing care but also in operating as an employer and as a business. Discussion topics included pre-and post-COVID-19 trends; potential risks and liability issues; the declaration of a public health emergency and the series of declarations, orders, guidance, and lawsuits; and the impact on patient, employee, provider, vendor, and landlord relationships and consent. The 2.5-hour-long program offered 2.5 CMM CEUs to participants.

    About Peter Lehr

    Lehr focuses his practice on health care transactional and regulatory matters, real estate, and land use law, including zoning and subdivision applications and commercial lending. He represents and counsels a variety of health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care and nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and more.

    Lehr assists clients in numerous transactions and regulatory issues involving such mandates as HITECH, HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback and attendant safe harbors, and EMTALA. He is experienced in leading operational assessments of health care providers and drafting corporate compliance programs and has counseled clients on fraud and abuse avoidance and represented them in third-party payer reimbursement cases.

    An active member of the community, Lehr serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including LifePath, Inc., the Weller Health Education Center, and the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace. He is a member of the Leonard Pool Society of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. Lehr earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1995.

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, and in private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general health care litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, F. Peter Lehr, Health Care & Life Sciences, News | Tags: , ,

  • May 28, 2020Rebecca Warren to Present to New Jersey Medical Societies on Reopening Practices

    The Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “The Road Back to Recovery: Resuming Elective Surgery and Reopening Medical Practices,” 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, for multiple medical societies, in which the firm is general counsel for, as part of its COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series.

    “We realize that physicians need a trusted legal resource to provide practical guidance and the necessary tools to correctly resume their medical practices. Our educational webinars and informative blogs are specifically tailored to assist physicians so that their attention can be focused on turning the key, reopening their doors, and treating patients in the ‘new normal,’” said Warren.

    For more topics related to COVID-19, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Medical Practices Webinar

    Warren will review New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 145, allowing physicians to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures. Other discussion topics include office set-up for patients and staff, employees refusing to return to work, screening patients before allowing them into the office, potentially being sued by employees or patients if they claim they contracted COVID-19 in the office, and the legal obligations to supply workers with PPE. She will also answer participant questions within the webinar. However, it is strongly encouraged to submit questions in advance via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line by 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Warren devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Warren has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Warren is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states. In addition, Warren has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1991 and her B.A. with honors from Bloomsburg University in 1988.

    Posted in: Health Care & Life Sciences, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, News | Tags: , ,

  • May 27, 2020Bruce Wisotsky Present to Medical Practice Management on COVID-19 Financial Impact and Bankruptcy

    Bruce J. Wisotsky, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101,” at noon on Friday, May 29, for the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association and eight other state Medical Group Management Associations.

    “COVID-19 has brought on significant financial hardships to small businesses, including medical practices. In the face of a practice’s substantially reduced income and mounting debt, it’s helpful to be educated on avenues of business preservation,” said Wisotsky.

    For more topics related to the coronavirus, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Financial Impact

    Ros and Wisotsky will discuss the different bankruptcy chapters available to businesses, the recently enacted Small Business Reorganization Act, and the impact of the CARES Act on the ability to obtain bankruptcy relief, with an emphasis on the availability of those laws on medical and other professional practices. They will also answer participants’ questions. For more information about the NJMGMA, visit njmgma.com.

    About Bruce Wisotsky

    Wisotsky, a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Law Practice Group, represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial issues during his career inclusive of contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions.

    Wisotsky has also lectured on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions; treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings; and retention bonus issues. Wisotsky is a member of the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is also on the United States Bankruptcy Court’s approved list of mediators.

    Wisotsky received his J.D. in 1978 from Temple University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Temple University.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Health Care & Life Sciences, News | Tags: , ,

  • May 26, 2020The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101

    Bruce J. Wisotsky, a Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101,” for the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association and eight other state Medical Group Management Associations.

    About the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Webinar

    Discussion topics will include:

    • How the CARES Act has raised the debt ceiling for small businesses
    • Different chapters of bankruptcy
    • Sub-Chapter V rules in the Small Business Reorganization Act
    • Which chapter of bankruptcy may be appropriate for medical practices experiencing financial hardships caused by COVID-19
    • What factors must be considered when determining whether to file for bankruptcy

    When: Friday, May 29, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: njmgma.net

    About Bruce Wisotsky

    Bruce represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial issues during his career inclusive of contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions. Bruce has also lectured on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions; treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings; and retention bonus issues.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Events, Health Care & Life Sciences | Tags: , ,

  • Apr 28, 2020Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Present to Medical Management on COVID-19 Employment Law Updates

    Patrick T. Collins and David N. Vozza, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the virtual town hall, “COVID-19 Guidance: A Discussion about FFCRA and Other Employment Laws Impacting Medical Practices,” at noon on Friday, May 8, for nine state chapters of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on significant changes to the employment law landscape and because it is extremely fluid and constantly changing, it’s critical to monitor and understand the ongoing developments,” said Collins.

    Vozza added, “For medical practices on the front lines, staying up-to-date on the coronavirus is vitally important. That’s why we have been dedicated to providing critical information, updates, and best practice directives.” For more topics related to the coronavirus, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Employment Law Update

    Collins and Vozza will address the recent employment law passed in response to COVID-19, strategies to manage obligations regarding employment contracts in the midst of COVID-19, and how to deal with reduced hours. They will also answer participants’ questions regarding the recently expanded Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Leave, furloughs, layoffs, employment contracts, and other employment issues medical practices are currently facing. For more information about the MGMA, visit mgma.com.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Pat Collins

    Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. Collins has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Collins has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. from Glassboro State College in 1979.

    David Vozza

    Vozza, a member of the Health Care & Life Sciences Law Practice Group, devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, Health Care & Life Sciences, Labor & Employment, News, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: , , , ,

  • Mar 27, 2020Responding to Coronavirus Orders and Adapting My Business – Is This the NEW NORMAL? [DIAL-IN]

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will host a virtual town hall featuring a panel of attorneys from across the firm’s multi-disciplinary practice answering questions from entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and community leaders about coronavirus preparedness, transitioning business operations, and adapting to comply with Executive Orders to shut down non-essential businesses.

    Our experienced attorney panel will address issues related to:

    • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it affects obligations to comply with state-issued Executive Orders regarding the closure of non-essential business and orders for residents to stay at home
    • Implications for your commercial contracts as business is impacted by the outbreak
    • Extensions for tax filing deadlines for personal and commercial tax returns
    • How immigrant workers may be impacted by the shutdown and what your obligations are related to reporting
    • How health care facilities and doctors’ offices are coping with the need to stay open and be accessible to patients, and how they are planning for the pending medical supply shortages that are only days away in some areas
    • …and more!

    If you are an entrepreneur or business owner with questions about any of the policy directives, executive orders, and legislation coming out related to coronavirus, you will want to join this virtual town hall to ensure you are getting the most current and up-to-date guidance and advice from a reliable and authoritative resource. Whatever legal questions you may have, our panel of attorneys – who cover nearly every legal discipline that impact today’s businesses – will have an answer.

    We welcome you to submit your questions in advance of the town hall. Please submit those questions by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, by emailing them to marketing@norris-law.com and put TOWN HALL QUESTION in the subject line.

    When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    Meet Your Panelists

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Health Care & Life Sciences, Immigration, Labor & Employment, Milan D. Slak, Patrick T. Collins, Raymond G. Lahoud, Taxation | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • Dec 10, 2019David Vozza Presents to New Jersey Medical Management on Fraud and Abuse

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently presented “Fraud and Abuse: Current Regulatory Trends and Avoiding Investigation” at the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association’s 2019 Payer Day.

    About the Presentation

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to speak at another NJMGMA event, as these are important topics for those managing medical practices,” said Vozza.

    The presentation includes applicable federal guidelines and regulations related to agreements and referral relationships entered by medical practices, how patient interactions can lead to investigations, and ways to avoid those investigations.

    Other discussion topics come from Aetna, AmeriHealth, Cigna, and United Healthcare. Mike Enos, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, of Enos Medical Coding, is also a presenter, speaking on coding changes for the upcoming year. For more information and to register, visit njmgma.com.

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, Health Care & Life Sciences, News | Tags: ,

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