Terry Brooks has over 35 years of experience in health and hospital law representing health care systems and institutions, physicians, specialty providers, pharmaceutical companies, managed care entities, health-related companies, financial institutions, units of government and trade associations and public equity firms. Her practice focuses on the legislative, regulatory and policy issues in the health industry as well as transactions and operational issues affecting her clients.
Ms. Brooks’ career in health care began in 1968 as the legislative director for the American Osteopathic Association. She was the director of the Washington office of the American Osteopathic Hospital Association and served as the associate director for federal agency liaison of the Washington Office of the American Hospital Association. Before entering private practice, she served as director of legal affairs and policy development for the Michigan Hospital Association.
Prior to joining Polsinelli, Terry was a partner in the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green where she headed the health care legislative, regulatory and policy practice and was a managing director of EBG Advisers (a health care consultancy); a partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., handling health care regulatory, legislative and public policy issues; and the Health Care Practice Group Leader at Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Substantively, Ms. Brooks has been retained to address a broad range of legislative, regulatory and policy issues related to health care entities and organizations that include:
- Represent a national health care provider organization and handle insurance market reform issues in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Prepared the Compendium of Federal and State Health Insurance Reform Actions Required by the Affordable Care Act for the American Hospital Association
- Represented the post-acute industry during the negotiated rulemaking of solvency standards applicable to Provider Sponsored Organizations (PSOs) following enactment of the Balance Budget Act of 1997
- Served as Federal Counsel for the Coalition of Full Service Community Hospitals during the debate over physician ownership of specialty hospitals the enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act
- Prepared for the American Hospital Association a guide for hospitals contracting with managed care organizations, with emphasis on state prompt payment laws
- Advises hospital boards of trustees regarding compliance and fiduciary responsibilities
- Represented health systems, home health providers and physicians during federal and state investigations
- Represented a unit of local government in the development of managed care system for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill
- Advised providers and private equity firms in assessing the regulatory and legislative landscape in the acquisition of health-related entities, including hospitals, nursing facilities, a managed care organization and device manufacturer
- Worked with State Insurance Bureaus regarding the establishment, regulation and compliance issues related to risk-bearing entities
- Represented a national provider association during the Congressional debate over the enactment of the Patient’s Bill of Rights
- Represented several health care clients during the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Ms. Brooks has served on a number of boards of health-related organizations that include: Hospice of Southeastern Michigan (Chairman and Board Member), Michigan Mental Health Association, Michigan Society of Oncology and hematology, Michigan League of Nursing, Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation, and the Archbishop’s Task Force on Bioethics.
Ms. Brooks participated as a consultant in a multinational group of health experts that studied the health systems of Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She was selected as one of the top female business leaders by Crain’s Detroit Business in 1990, has been included in the Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who in American Law, and is a member of the advisory board of BNA’s Medicare Report.
Ms. Brooks is also a frequent lecturer and author on health and hospital law and policy, including Medicare/Medicaid reform and payment policy, HITECH, health care policy and regulation, Congress and the advocacy.