Richard Minicucci has and continues to be an active participant in firm management and leadership having recently completed two terms serving on the firm’s governing body. Largely responsible for the establishment of the firm’s focus in this area, Rick continues to lead the Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation practice representing academic medical centers, medical schools and residency training programs in a wide range of matters.
What do you focus on?
Today I spend much of my time on developing and maintaining relationships with academic medicine and graduate medical education (GME) enterprises, both in the United States and internationally.
GME, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
My current focus is on assisting our academic medical centers, medical schools and hospital clients in attaining and maintaining accreditation and, more generally, in regulatory compliance. I have consulted with and advised hundreds of residency training programs, medical schools and academic medical centers in the past three decades on GME, accreditation and regulatory issues. I have established both a national and international reputation in these areas.
International Accreditation and Globalization of Medical Education
The international community continually strives to elevate the level and quality of medical care and education. International accreditation initiatives have slowly developed toward this end. I have represented international clients and medical schools in their quest to achieve international accreditation—bringing my 30 plus years of experience to these efforts. The signature accreditation body for graduate medical education, the ACGME-I, is ramping up its international efforts to accredit international hospitals and programs and we stand ready to assist the global medical education community in achieving international accreditation.
What do you see on the horizon?
The regulatory clamps on the health care community have gotten progressively constrictive. Every aspect of the industry is under governmental scrutiny; expectations have turned to demands and penalties are being assessed for not meeting the new standards. This is the obvious and the “new normal.”
We have developed special talents and experience in a wide range of regulatory areas that assist clients in developing compliant behavior while fostering continuing excellence in the quality of services provided. Serving the academic medical centers and GME enterprise has been our focus and the subject of my unwavering commitment. Keeping our domestic and international clients accredited, licensed and compliant with the complex web of regulations is not only our job—it is our passion.