June 13, 2013

Polsinelli welcomes highly experienced legislative strategist and attorney Margaret “Peggy” Binzer as a shareholder to the firm. With background and experience in patient safety and quality issues on Capitol Hill, Binzer will practice in both the firm’s national Health Care Practice and Public Policy Group. Binzer will focus her practice on matters relating to health care, life sciences and patient safety and quality issues, particularly on Patient Safety Organizations. Polsinelli’s growing Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation and represents health care systems, medical centers and physician practices.

“Peggy is a veteran in helping hospitals improve the quality of their patient care through Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) and we are extremely pleased to have an attorney with her depth of experience on our team as hospitals prepare to comply the affordable care act’s requirement to be part of a PSO,” said Polsinelli Health Care Division Chair Matthew J. Murer. “Her focus on patient safety and quality issues will enhance our capabilities in health care and provide great value for our clients.”

Binzer’s legal experience includes assisting dozens of health systems, hospitals and other healthcare professions to establish Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). Binzer spearheaded the crafting and passage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), which established Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) while serving as Senior Health Counsel for the Senate HELP Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, a national nonprofit association for PSOs and their members. Currently, Binzer is working with Health Information Technology (HIT) developers to create patient safety and quality event surveillance framework utilizing PSOs.

“I am very excited to be collaborating with HIT developers and health care professionals to take a shared responsibility in ensuring the quality of patient care and the quality of products used in health care,” said Binzer whose clients include trade associations, patient safety organizations, health systems, HIT companies, and pharmacies.

The addition of Binzer occurs during an exciting period of overall growth for Polsinelli, which has seen its national footprint expand to ten states and 17 cities. The Washington, D.C. office, which opened in 2005, and recently ranked (Tier 1) by US News-Best Lawyers: Best Law Firms, for government relations in the District of Columbia, continues to grow its strong public policy practice to meet client needs.

“Peggy is a highly regarded strategist and coalition builder whose healthcare knowledge and expertise greatly enhances our ability to help clients achieve their goals in Congress and federal healthcare agencies,” said Jim Davidson, Chair of the Polsinelli Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C. Binzer serves as the Executive Director for the Academy for Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care, a national nonprofit professional association whose mission is to raise awareness and promote access to quality allergy and asthma care.

Polsinelli was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The firm’s nationally recognized Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation according to the American Health Lawyers Association. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue.

Binzer earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School after earning her B.S. degree cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Binzer is licensed in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Binzer is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Patient safety and quality with respect to healthcare and Health Information Technology and Patient Safety Organizations
• Issues impacting allergy and asthma in primary care
• Liability protections in health care, FDA products and life sciences

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