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April E. Schweitzer



April Schweitzer partners with provider clients to address corporate and regulatory issues affecting hospitals, health systems, physician groups, and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). April also provides counsel regarding value-based contracting, clinical integration networks, and accountable care organizations.

What do you focus on?

As a former public health project manager, I enjoy the opportunity to work with a variety of healthcare clients to implement strategies that will ultimately impact patients. I am particularly interested in helping clients think strategically about the practical realities of functioning in an ever evolving healthcare environment. Currently, my practice consists of the following:

Healthcare Transactions

I work on transactional matters including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance, licensure, tax exemption, and formation issues.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

My practice consists of representing FQHCs in connection with various affiliation agreements, transition of services agreements, Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) issues, managed care contracting, and grant applications.

Hospital/Physician Alignment

As part of the transition to value-based care, I provide counsel regarding the regulatory and operational requirements of hospital/physician alignment strategies such as clinical integration networks and accountable care organizations.

Regulatory Compliance

I provide counsel to clients regarding EMTALA, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the federal Stark law, and state law equivalents. I also work on Medicare and Medicaid regulatory compliance, including voluntary self-disclosures.

Nonprofit Corporate Governance and Board Disputes

I work with many nonprofit organizations to ensure their governance and operations comply with legal requirements as well as best practices. With respect to tax-exempt hospitals, I provide assistance regarding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state law requirements governing financial assistance and community benefit activities.

What do you see on the horizon?

In this time of transformation in healthcare, consolidation is likely to continue as providers join forces to harness the power of big data and leverage new technologies to fundamentally alter how healthcare is delivered and paid for in the United States.

Presentations

  • Presenter, “What You Should Know About Federally Qualified Health Centers in 2019,” DePaul University College of Law, December 4, 2019
  • Presenter, “How Telehealth is Changing Health Care,” Nixon Peabody Chicago CLE, June 6, 2019
  • Presenter, “Provider Networks and the Transition to Value-Based Care,” Loyola University Chicago School of Law Corporate Transactions in Healthcare, March 21, 2019
  • Webinar Presenter, “How Telehealth is Changing Healthcare,” Loyola University Chicago School of Law Health Law Seminar Series, March 7, 2019
  • Presenter, “Provider Networks and the Transition to Value-Based Care,” Chicago Bar Association Health Law Committee, October 24, 2018
  • Presenter, “What You Should Know About Federally Qualified Health Centers,” DePaul University College of Law, November 28, 2017
  • Presenter, “Overcoming Common Barriers to Clinical Integration,” ABA Health Law Section and the Chicago Medical Society’s 2017 Physicians Legal Issues Conference, June 8, 2017
  • Presenter, “EMTALA,” Norwegian American Hospital, March 8, 2017
  • Moderator, “Early- and Mid-Career Attorney Discussion Panel and Networking Event,” Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, September 17, 2015
  • Presenter, “Bridging the Gap: Capitalizing on Generational and Gender Differences,” AHLA Women’s Leadership Institute, April 15, 2015
  • Panelist, “Women in Law Panel,” Loyola University Chicago School of Law Women's Law Society, October 28, 2014
  • Presenter, “Bridging the Generation Gap: Staying on Top of Hot Topics and Capitalizing on Differing Perspectives,”Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys 32nd Annual Health Law Symposium, October 22, 2014
  • Panelist, “Health Law Panel,” DePaul University College of Law, October 7, 2014
  • Panelist, “Health Law Society Career Panel,” Northwestern University School of Law, October 2, 2014
  • Panelist, “Health Law Society Career Panel,” The John Marshall Law School, November 19, 2013
  • Attorney Representative, “Practice Tracks: Health Law,” Chicago Bar Association, November 16, 2013

Publications

  • “Accountable Care Organizations: Past, Present, and Future,” published in Health Law and Compliance Update, 2016 edition, Wolters Kluwer, November 2015
  • “User Fees, Biosimilars on FDA Priority List for 2016,” American Health Lawyers Association, December 31, 2015
  • “Trends to watch for in health care and delivery system transformation,” American Health Lawyers Association, June 1, 2015

People

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 03, 2022

This roundup of notable legal moves features Healthcare partner April Schweitzer, Global Finance partner Joshua Scarborough, and Complex Disputes partners Elizabeth Zamora Meraz and Bill Kirby for their promotions to partner, noting areas of focus for each attorney.

Cincinnati insurer led by former American Financial CFO makes first acquisition

Cincinnati Courier | April 19, 2021

The following article, covering Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, mentions the NP for the work by Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, for advising Lancer.

Transportation insurer Lancer to merge into Core Specialty

Insurance Journal | April 19, 2021

The following article, covering Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, mentions the NP for the work by Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, for advising Lancer.

Long Beach insurer merges with Cincinnati firm

Long Island Business News | April 19, 2021

This feature story on Long Island-based Lancer Insurance Company’s merger with Core Specialty Insurance Holdings quotes Long Island office managing partner and Health Care partner Allan Cohen for leading the team that advised Lancer. Long Island associates Ashley Mistretta and Bianca Lewis, and Chicago counsel April Schweitzer, all in the Health Care group, were also mentioned for being a part of the deal team.

Contact

April E. Schweitzer

Partner

Chicago

Phone: 312-977-4365


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., health law certificate, cum laude

Marquette University, B.A., cum laude

Illinois

  • Received a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Health Care Law in 2022 and 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2020
  • Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy Fellow
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient
  • Loyola Leadership and Service Award Recipient
  • Loyola Public Interest Award Recipient
  • Board of Directors, Pillars Community Health
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
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