June 30, 2010

Polsinelli Shughart PC expands its Health Care practice with the addition of Patrick J. Martinez. Martinez joins the firm as an associate, and will assist health care providers with general health care issues including compliance with the False Claims Act, the anti-kickback statute, the physician self-referral law and Medicare reimbursement.

“We’re committed to expanding our depth of services in a way that will benefit our clients the most,” said Chicago/Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “Patrick’s knowledge of the mandatory reporting requirements in this rapidly evolving industry will be of great value to our clients. We are excited to have him aboard.”

Martinez’s addition to the Health Care Practice is a result of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Health Reform, to help meet clients’ needs. In its May 31 issue, Modern Healthcare named Polsinelli Shughart the tenth largest health care law firm in the country based on its 56 attorneys and other professionals who are members of the American Health Lawyers Association. Martinez is a member of the AHLA.

“Polsinelli Shughart’s national reach provides an excellent stage to develop and grow a health care practice,” Martinez said. “This is an exciting time to be practicing in health care law. I look forward to working with the talented attorneys in the health care practice.”

In addition, Martinez advises clients on Medicare secondary payer rules, HIPAA and EMTALA. His experience includes handling facility licensing, medical staff and patient care issues, clinical trial matters, physician contracting and business transactional work involving various health care entities. Prior to joining the firm, Martinez practiced with the Louisville, Kentucky law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP.

Martinez earned his J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. He also served as editor in chief of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and international studies from Northwestern University in 2003. He is a member of the Illinois Bar and Kentucky Bar

Martinez is a good source for reporters working on stories about: 

Medicare reimbursement and other reporting issues 
Regulatory and corporate compliance 
Clinical trial issues

For more information contact:

Heather McMichael, Public Relations Manager, 816-395-0618,

Bob Inderman, Parris Communications, 816-931-8900,

About Polsinelli Shughart PC
With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business litigation, financial services, real estate, business law, construction, life sciences, environmental and natural resources, health care, insurance coverage/bad faith, and labor and employment. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients regionally, nationally and worldwide, Polsinelli Shughart is known for successfully applying forward-thinking strategies for both straightforward and complex legal matters. The firm has 16 offices located in Kansas City, St. Louis, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, Washington, New York, Wilmington, Overland Park, St. Joseph, Springfield, Jefferson City, Topeka and Edwardsville.