News
February 15, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart named Denver shareholders Colleen M. Faddick and Bruce A. Johnson as vice chairs of the national law firm’s Health Care practice group. (See video at the end of this press release).

In these leadership roles, Faddick and Johnson will help expand this practice area in Denver and nationwide for Polsinelli Shughart, which is ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as the country’s sixth largest health care practice. The health care group has attorneys in the firm’s offices nationwide, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Faddick and Johnson join Alan K. Parver, currently a vice chair of the Health Care practice group. Parver is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and has national public policy experience.

“Colleen and Bruce’s appointments are in response to the growth of our firm and our health care group, which have both been driven by increased client needs related to our changing health care delivery and payment systems,” said Health Care Chair Matt Murer, who practices in the Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart. “As vice chairs, Colleen and Bruce, along with Alan, will work with me and our attorneys nationwide to further provide comprehensive representation tohospitals and health systems, medical groups, long term care and other provider organizations, who are facing challenges and opportunities related to the changing environment.”

Faddick and Johnson joined the firm’s Denver office in April 2011 along with nine other health care attorneys, citing Polsinelli Shughart’s strong commitment to health care law, and extensive national resources. Polsinelli Shughart is well-positioned to assist clients in addressing trends associated with health reform, including assisting with strategy development, mergers and the formation of broader networks to participate in systems of accountable care and in other ways. For example, in the past year, the firm’s national health care group was responsible for closing the merger of two Kentucky hospital systems creating the largest health system in Kentucky for its client, Catholic Health Initiatives, a national nonprofit health organization based in Englewood, Colo.

“The myriad of changes in the nation’s health care payment and delivery systems being driven by the public and private sector is an important focus for our clients throughout the West and nationally,” said Faddick. “Our firm has an incredible scope of knowledge and experience in assisting provider organizations in today’s changing landscape. Those experiences help us to provide practical guidance and representation to clients on the full range of issues and challenges facing health care provider organizations today.”

Faddick advises health care providers including hospitals and health systems, dialysis facilities, physician organizations and medical device manufacturers on the federal and state regulatory environment as applied to complex provider business activities and relationships, including in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance.

“As our network of health care attorneys grows in Denver and across the country, we’re able to provide everything from counseling on day-to-day operational issues, to deal work and advising clients on complex political and policy issues through our public policy group in Washington, D.C.,” said Johnson. “Collaborating with attorneys in other cities allows us to tap into the wealth of experience of our firm’s lawyers have in order to share insights and updates that benefit our clients.”

Johnson has broad experience in legal and management issues involving physician organizations, hospitals and other health care providers. He assists emerging and established health care delivery systems in planning and implementing health care business, operational, alignment and integration strategies in today's changing environment.

Faddick and Johnson are available to speak to reporters about:

• Growth of the Polsinelli Shughart Health Care practice group
• Implications of changes from health reform for health care providers, including mergers and acquisitions and the formation and operation of Accountable Care Organizations and clinically integrated networks
• Regulations impacting health care providers, their business activities and relationships
• Changing health care payment and delivery systems, including accountable care
Faddick and Johnson recently spoke about the implications of health reform and how changes in payment and reimbursement policies are affecting health care providers, with video summaries available:

• Colleen Faddick, click here
• Bruce Johnson, click here

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618, hmcmichael@polsinelli.com

About Polsinelli Shughart
With 580 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, as Polsinelli Shughart LLP.