Mr. Minicucci’s practice includes the general representation of hospital and health care clients in many medico-legal areas. His practice base is national and concentrates on the representation of academic medical centers and graduate medical education (GME) clients, including medical schools and residency and fellowship training programs.
Mr. Minicucci’s practice includes advising clients on matters related to: HIPAA; corporate and regulatory compliance; institutional and residency program structure, organization and accreditation; compliance with the requirements of JCAHO, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International (ACGME-I), and other accrediting authorities; and advice on a broad range of issues affecting all medical specialties, subspecialties, and academic medical centers.
Mr. Minicucci heads the firm’s GME practice and was recently elected to the firm's governing body. He represents institutions and programs in their accreditation appeals and hearings before ACGME appeals panels. He has represented hundreds of residency and fellowship training programs throughout the United States and his clients include many of the world’s finest medical institutions. He has helped forge a new legal field, the representation of graduate medical education institutions, and has been recognized by his peers for his proficiency in handling regulatory and accreditation compliance matters.
He has appeared before many ACGME appeals panels, written scores of ACGME appeals briefs, and has a long history of successfully representing many academic medical centers and their residency and fellowship training programs in accreditation disputes with GME’s governing administrative body, the ACGME.
As a service to his clients and others in the GME arena, Mr. Minicucci founded and is the editor-in-chief of Accreditation Alert®, a firm publication with a wide client and nonclient subscription base, including the vast majority of the nation’s medical schools and academic medical centers. Accreditation Alert® was the first periodical dedicated exclusively to analyzing accreditation developments and trends in GME training programs. In addition to editing Accreditation Alert®, he is one of its main contributors. His other publications include The New York Environmental Law Handbook, 2nd edition, editor; Residency Training Program Accreditation, 1st–5th editions, author; and Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, consultant. His successful representation of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in its appeal of the ACGME’s summary withdrawal of accreditation of the Osler Medical Residency received worldwide and national attention, including his presentation at Oxford University of his paper, “Accreditation Politics in Graduate Medical Education: Rescuing the Accreditation of the Johns Hopkins Osler Medical Residency.” His original research on litigation trends in academic institutions will appear in Academic Medicine in the fall of 2003 in an article accepted for publication entitled “Trouble in Academia: 10 Years of Litigation in Medical Education.” Additionally, Mr. Minicucci has been a featured lecturer on many health-related topics at educational seminars, including those sponsored by the National Health Lawyers Association, American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, American Health Lawyers Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and Association for Hospital Medical Education, among other professional associations.
Mr. Minicucci is also experienced in other areas of health care law, including hospital mergers and reorganization, antitrust and its impact on health providers, medical staff appointments and disciplinary matters, medical staff and corporate bylaws, physician and hospital contracting, medical waste issues, compliance with federal and state regulations, patient-oriented legal problems, risk management, and malpractice prevention.
For four years Mr. Minicucci was the director of administration for a three-hospital, 1700-bed complex. In this capacity, he was responsible for institutional planning and development, management services and programs, HMO feasibility analysis, and regulatory compliance. As the director of health planning for a comprehensive health planning agency, Mr. Minicucci developed a health facility plan for a population in excess of one-half million. He was responsible for evaluating new facility and service proposals, developing area ambulatory primary care plans, and aiding in the formulation and evaluation of ongoing and special projects.