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Laurie T. Cohen



Laurie Cohen represents health care clients in corporate, transactional and regulatory matters and provides counsel on a wide range of health care operational and compliance matters.

What do you focus on?

My practice is largely focused on assisting and advising health care clients including hospitals, medical groups, digital health entities, nursing homes, ambulance services, independent practice associations/provider networks and individual providers on day-to-day operational issues covering governance matters, medical staff issues, licensing and certification, managed care contracting, value-based contracting, physician recruitment and employment, billing, vendor contracting, privacy and other health care compliance matters.

In addition, I routinely counsel hospital clients on ways to collaborate or contract with physicians and other providers so that such arrangements are compliant with physician self-referral (Stark Law) and anti-kickback statutes and other fraud and abuse laws as well as tax-exempt rules. This includes drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements, medical director agreements, exclusive service contracts, on-call agreements and other professional services agreements.

I regularly provide guidance to health care clients on HIPAA privacy and security laws and regulations and related state laws and draft privacy and security policies and business associate agreements for both covered entities and business associates. I also provide counsel with respect to HIPAA breach analysis, reporting, response and mitigation activities.

I also work with a number of health care associations providing educational programming and other assistance on legal and regulatory changes impacting their members.

What do you see on the horizon?

The continued implementation of federal health reform as well as state level reform efforts will provide opportunities and challenges for many clients. Outcome and/or performance based payment coupled with growing demands in regulatory compliance are among the factors driving the consolidation of health care providers. Collaboration and better coordination among providers is expected as is more accountability for patient outcomes. Providers who are willing to change and adapt will be the ones most likely to survive as federal and state reforms proceed.

Presentations

  • “ IPA Opportunities for County Nursing Homes,” 2015 Winter Conference of County Nursing Home Administrators, February 10, 2015
  • “Countdown to New York’s Electronic Prescribing Mandate,” NY Chapter of American College of Physicians Scientific Meeting, February 6, 2015
  • “Health Care System Transformation and Consolidation and Physician/Hospital Alignment,” SaxBST’s Healthcare Seminar, November 5, 2014
  • “NYS Non-Profit Revitalization Act to The Healthcare Financial Management Association of Northeastern New York (“HFMA”),” The Edison Club, March 20, 2014
  • “Nonprofit Health: Moving forward in the era of managed care,” Nixon Peabody LLP, Jericho, New York, March 13, 2014
  • “Managed Care and Mandatory Enrollment in Managed Long Term Care,” Winter Conference of County Nursing Home Administrators, February 11, 2014
  • An ERM Approach to Pay for Performance and Patient Satisfaction,” Beth Israel Medical Center- Association of Healthcare Risk Management of NY, December 13, 2013
  • “Transitioning to Practice, Top 10 Things a Resident Should Know Before Signing a Contract,” University of Rochester School of Medicine – NY Chapter of American College of Physicians Resident and Medical Student Forum, November 9, 2013

Publications

  • DSRIP: NY Medicaid Program’s Transition to Value Based Payment Agreements” (with Michael Taubin and JoAnna Nicholson), NYSBA Health Law Journal, Summer/Fall 2016, Vol. 21, No. 2
  • “Billing and Reimbursement Issues for the Physician Office,” “Closure and Sale of a Medical Practice,” “Physician Profiling” and “Committee for Physicians’ Health and Physicians Impairment,” Legal Manual for New York Physicians, 2014 ed., NYSBA publication. (Co-author)
  • “Avoiding Pitfalls in Hospital and Physician Contracting,” The Advisory Board Company’s General Counsel Agenda, June 2013. (Author)

DSRIP: NY Medicaid Program’s Transition to Value Based Payment Arrangements

NYSBA Health Law Journal | September 01, 2016

A team of health care attorneys including partners Laurie Cohen and Michael Taubin and associate JoAnna Nicholson authored this column discussing the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and its efforts to transform the New York Medicaid system.

The Risk of Data Misuse by Health Care Co. Employees

Law360 | May 25, 2016

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti, health care partner Laurie Cohen and commercial litigation associate Michal Ovadia co-authored this column discussing the risks companies that collect or maintain sensitive personal information face when a rogue employee compromises data security.

NY Launches E-Prescribing in Attempt to Curb Opioid Abuse

Law360 | March 28, 2016

Albany health care partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this article discussing a New York law that went into effect on March 27 requiring physicians to issue prescriptions electronically in an attempt to crack down on opioid addiction.

OCR now focusing on business associate agreements

Health Data Management | March 22, 2016

Albany health care partner Laurie Cohen and Chicago health care partner Valerie Breslin Montague are quoted throughout this feature article discussing the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ increased efforts sanctioning healthcare covered entities with corrective action plans and financial fines for major violations of the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

Will NY Expand the Scope of Providers' Duty of Care?

Law360 | May 19, 2015

Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen and Albany Commercial Litigation associate Jena Rotheim coauthored this article on whether New York’s state’s highest court is willing to significantly expand the scope of individuals to whom medical providers owe a duty.

Are Employers Responsible for an Employee's Unauthorized Review of a Patient's Confidential Health Information?

Journal of the American College of Radiology | May 01, 2015

This contributed column discusses employer liability for employees who improperly access confidential patient information. This piece is authored by Albany Health Care partners Laurie Cohen and Peter Millock, counsel Barbara Asheld and Long Island associate Brooke Lane.

7 Issues to Watch in 'Doc Fix' Aftermath

Law360 | April 15, 2015

Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this article on Congress’ newly minted “doc fix” changing the Medicare reimbursement formula for physicians.

Surprise-Billing Law Casts Wide Net

Crain's New York Health Pulse | February 02, 2015

Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen and Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone are quoted in this article discussing New York's surprise medical bill law. The piece also contains a link to Laurie and Rebecca's original client alert on the topic.

ACO Rules Allow For-Profit Medicine?

Crain's New York Business | October 22, 2014

Partner and Health Care Practice Group leader Michele Masucci and Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen are quoted throughout this article discussing the possible impact of New York’s new ACO regulations on the state’s prohibition against the corporate practice of medicine.

NYS Revises Certificate-of-Need Rules

Crain's New York Business | October 21, 2014

Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this column discussing the New York State ACO regulations.

Contact

Laurie T. Cohen

Partner

Albany

Phone: 518-427-2708

New York

Phone: 212-493-6660


Fax: 855-340-5576

Albany Law School, J.D.

Trinity College, B.A.

New York

Vermont

Laurie is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

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