October 5, 2012

From The Denver Business Journal

by Kathleen Lavine

Bruce Johnson, vice chair of the health care practice at Polsinelli Shughart, says his business clients are concerned about meeting all the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes provisions that are designed to promote higher-quality care by changing payment patterns, how physicians operate their businesses and much more.

"There are two sides of work that we do. One is transactional, so merging, acquiring and creating new business and the like, and the other deals with operational and compliance issues, so reimbursement and confidentiality issues."

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About Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson brings both legal and management perspectives to health care-related legal issues and to his role as vice chair of the Health Care practice. His extensive experience as a health care attorney and consultant includes providing representation and services to medical groups, hospitals, academic practice plans and other health care enterprises in a variety of operational, regulatory and transactional matters. Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in the application of the Stark self-referral prohibition, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, tax-exempt organizations, antitrust, and other legal issues to health care business transactions.

Mr. Johnson has authored and contributed to numerous books and articles, including Physician Compensation Plans: State of the Art Strategies—a top selling publication on the topic. He also serves as a regular faculty member on many national education programs and is a founder of the MGMA-sponsored Integrated Delivery System Round Table program, first held in 2007, which involves leaders from integrated delivery systems across the U.S. Mr. Johnson also developed a website for MGMA members to address the challenges that the federal physician self-referral or "Stark" law presents to physicians, hospitals, academic practices and other health care organizations -