Michele Masucci focuses on in private equity transactions within the health care industry. She also serves as general and special counsel to private equity firms and other investors looking to make investments in health care. Michele also helps companies address evolving concepts and capitalize on opportunities emerging from the accelerating convergence of health care and technology. She served as chair of the firm’s Health Care Group from 2010 to 2016.
I focus my practice almost exclusively on representing for-profit health care entities in private equity and other corporate transactions. I currently represent health care focused middle-market private equity firms through their initial acquisitions and various add-ons of portfolio companies.
I also advise health care providers on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and contractual arrangements. As a former in-house counsel at a hospital, my uniquely holistic perspective helps me guide health care clients juggling day-to-day operational issues and new business ventures.
In my work with middle-market private equity firms, I’m routinely helping clients with their investments in health care management companies. I understand the health care laws and regulations that place restrictions on certain private equity investments.
With the Accountable Care movement in full effect, it’s more important than ever for providers to participate in alternative delivery systems that drive efficiencies and contain costs. I advise my clients from the initial analysis of their existing models through the formation and implementation of new operational models, such as value-based contracting, ACOs, bundled payments and medical homes.
By identifying transaction structures most likely to attract attention from state and federal regulatory agencies, I help my clients address the underlying licensure, fraud and abuse and other issues that often stand in the way in New York. Local and out-of-state clients involved in health care M&A turn to me to navigate the New York regulatory environment and minimize the risk of regulatory challenges.
Despite the increasing regulatory and reimbursement risks involved, investors continue to look at health care businesses for top returns, with a particular focus on areas that generate efficiencies in the evolving health care system. As health care providers become more and more accountable for cost and quality of care, they will increasingly become partners, investors, and collaborators with digital health and other health technology companies.
The Deal | December 20, 2016
This article is about private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP ‘s recent investment in Professional Physical Therapy, a provider of physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Long Island health care partner Michele Masucci and associate JoAnna Nicholson are noted as representing Professional Physical Therapy.
Newsday | March 12, 2016
Partner and leader of the health care practice Michele Masucci is quoted in this article discussing health care systems’ efforts to grow revenue by tapping employee innovation. Michele provides third-party commentary on the positive impact that venture capital financing can have for health care systems offering them an ownership stake in these new technologies.
Innovate Long Island | November 02, 2015
This coverage highlights our health care practice’s U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” recognition. Practice group leader Michele Masucci is quoted. The firm’s national tier 1 rankings are also highlighted.
The Deal | March 25, 2015
Nixon Peabody is noted among J.H. Whitney Capital Partners’ legal counsel in this article on the private equity firm’s acquisition of Pediatric Services Holding Corp, the parent company of PSA Healthcare.
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.
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University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Brown University, B.A.
Michele was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Health Care Law. Michele has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2012, and was named 2017 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Long Island, NY.
Michele has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-present). She has also been recognized for her exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of Health Care in New York Super Lawyers (2010-present).
Michele has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2016 editorial for Health Care—Service Providers, as well as in previous editions.
Ms. Masucci is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Arbitration Association Healthcare Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. She is also on the Board of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation.