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McDermott Named “Healthcare Team of the Year” by Chambers USA

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery was named 2019 “Healthcare Team of the Year” by Chambers USA at its awards ceremony celebrating legal excellence. This is the fourth time McDermott has received the honor – more than any other law firm in the awards’ history. The “Healthcare Team of the Year” award comes on the heels of McDermott’s industry-leading health practice garnering a national Band 1 ranking in the Healthcare category of the 2019 edition of Chambers USA for the 10th consecutive year – also the only firm to hold that distinction. “Our team is dedicated to helping health care companies push the boundaries of what it means to be innovative,” said McDermott Will & Emery Partner and International Head of McDermott’s Health Industry Advisory Group, Eric Zimmerman. “Receiving Chambers’ “Healthcare Team of the Year” award is a powerful testament to that work and to our passion for contributing to the health care and the legal industries at...

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Five Questions with a Health Policy Specialist: Mara McDermott of McDermott+Consulting

Mara McDermott Vice President, McDermott+Consulting Focus Area: Policy, Lobbying and Advocacy Strategies Years at McDermott+Consulting: 1 What is your favorite part about your health policy work at McDermott+Consulting?  My favorite part about working at McDermott+Consulting is the entrepreneurial spirit of the firm. Since arriving at the firm a year ago we have tested and implemented so many new ideas to better serve our clients at an incredibly fast pace. We have established a weekly Check Up article series to provide health policy updates from Washington, DC, started our Policy Breakfast Series for clients and built a new advocacy coalition to influence policy in Washington, DC, just to name a few. The firm is constantly encouraging and embracing innovation to improve client service. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?  I help clients engage with Congress and the Administration on health care...

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Megan Rooney

Megan Rooney Partner Office: Chicago Years at Firm: 13 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law at McDermott?  The team, the team, the team! It’s a pleasure to work with colleagues who have deep substantive expertise, prioritize client service, and are good human beings. As a healthcare M&A attorney, I am responsible for leading large teams of attorneys, including a variety of subspecialists, to drive efficient and effective outcomes and achieve business goals. I love knowing that, in nearly every instance, when an issue arises we have the specific expertise to handle it and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. What is the biggest opportunity facing clients in your area of focus today?  Our hospital and health system clients have a tremendous opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care, expand services provided to their communities and defend against the challenge of declining reimbursement through strategic partnerships. In...

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McDermott’s Health Team Dominates with a Decade in Chambers USA’s Top Spot; Again Secures Only National Band 1 Ranking for 2019

We are pleased to share that Chambers USA has once again named McDermott Health the only firm to receive a Band 1 national ranking in health care. This year’s Band 1 placement marks 10 consecutive years of securing a top national ranking in this prestigious law firm directory, and the ninth year that we have held this position exclusively. The Health team also garnered Band 1 state-level rankings in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, DC—cities and states where we have substantial health law teams—and 29 McDermott health lawyers were ranked individually. Click here to view the full announcement. 

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Amanda Enyeart

Amanda Enyeart Partner Office: Chicago Years at Firm: 4 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law at McDermott?  Definitely our people. I love the depth and breadth of expertise among my colleagues. We have highly experienced lawyers in just about every health care niche you can think of and this allows us to take on client work with confidence. On top of that, we have lawyers who are gifted strategists who can take a holistic and critical look at an issue from a broad perspective. I am constantly learning from my colleagues. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?  Our clients have the potential to transform health care delivery and improve quality of care.  We see forces aligning such as changes in payment models to reward value rather than volume and the integration of advanced technology in health care settings to support health care diagnosis and decision making that could...

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Addressing Conflicts of Interest: It’s a Whole New Ballgame

In a new Governing Health vidcast, McDermott partner Michael Peregrine breaks down why you may need to revamp your conflicts of interest procedures, and how the general counsel and the compliance officer can work together to protect the health system from conflicts-related risks. Many health systems’ conflict of interest policies and protocols haven’t been updated since the 1990s. While these approaches—based on duty of loyalty and simple concepts of financial interests—may have fit the bill in the past, today’s rapidly shifting environment poses new governance-related challenges that have direct implications for the process by which conflicts of interest are identified, disclosed and addressed. These challenges include: Diversification of health system portfolios, featuring investments in a broadening scope of products, services and enterprises, particularly in the case of innovative technology and delivery of care platforms Growing officer and director...

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Best of McDermott’s 2018 Health Care Litigation, Compliance & Investigations Forum

At a time when health care organizations are facing greater financial and reputational costs than ever before, more than 150 health care industry leaders, legal and compliance executives, and investors gathered for McDermott's Health Care Litigation, Compliance & Investigations Forum at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago to discuss strategies for proactively managing and effectively responding to compliance risks, investigations and litigation. The event covered a wide range of issues, including fraud and abuse (such as False Claims Act and Stark Law matters), governance, cybersecurity, antitrust, white-collar, intellectual property, products liability and tax-exemption disputes. The event also featured a keynote address by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2014 to 2017, on the foundations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ramifications of the elimination of the individual mandate and the ACA’s prospects going forward. If...

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New Governing Health Podcast: Your Most Pressing Questions About the Economy, Answered

The latest episode of the Governing Health podcast gets back to basics: the board’s responsibility for monitoring the impact of key economic trends and indicators. McDermott partner Michael Peregrine welcomes special guest John Challenger, CEO of executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, who recently appeared on the Today Show and is one of the foremost thought leaders on the US economy and workforce. Together, John and Michael delve into today’s top economic issues and their significance for health system board governance. Today’s "million dollar question:" How long is the economy expected to grow, and when should the finance committee look for signs of a recession? Like canaries in a coal mine, the early warning signs of a slow-down are already present—if you know where to look. The current job creation statistics and record low unemployment numbers signal a tight job market for skilled workers. Companies may start to put expansion plans on...

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PART 2 – Regulating Nonprofit Health Care: Insights from State Attorneys General

McDermott recently launched the second episode of its special edition podcast providing an in-depth discussion of the interplay between State Attorneys General enforcement authority and nonprofit Board of Directors responsibility in the governance and operation of health systems. This special edition of the Governing Health podcast series welcomed four prominent State Attorneys General (AGs) to discuss the transformation of the nonprofit health care sector. In episode two, our panelists discussed how the evolution of nonprofit health care affects business activities, including M&A, Board of Directors obligations, and state nonprofit law across the health care landscape. Here are four key takeaways: Beware the dangers of “mission drift.” Mission drift occurs when a change in corporate purpose conflicts with donor intent. As large health care organizations increasingly take on all aspects of health care, they often acquire nonprofit facilities endowed with...

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Regulating Nonprofit Health Care: Insights from State Attorneys General

McDermott recently launched a special edition podcast providing an in-depth discussion of the interplay between State Attorneys General enforcement authority and nonprofit Board of Directors responsibility in the governance and operation of health systems. This special edition of the Governing Health podcast series welcomed four prominent State Attorneys General (AG) to discuss the transformation of the nonprofit health care sector. Episode one focuses on the jurisdiction of the State Attorneys General, the types of data commonly flagged for review, and the importance of an actively engaged Board of Directors. Here are five key takeaways: An actively engaged board is critical to avoid pitfalls. The board of directors must provide strategic oversight and organizational direction to help a nonprofit avoid pitfalls. When a board becomes complacent or overly deferential to executive management, problems almost always arise, said Mark Pacella, Chief Deputy...

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