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  • Education
    • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 2001, California Law Review
    • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1998, Phi Beta Kappa
Richard (Rick) Rifenbark’s practice is a blend of health care regulatory compliance and transactions. He relies on his knowledge and experience to help clients identify, avoid, and (when necessary) resolve difficult regulatory compliance issues. He regularly advises clients on health care fraud and abuse laws and other regulatory issues, including the federal anti-kickback statute, stark physician self-referral law, false claims act, state licensing issues, corporate practice of medicine doctrines, and state fraud and abuse laws. Rick also negotiates and drafts transactional agreements, including, merger and acquisition, affiliation, professional services, and management agreements. Having practiced health care law in California for almost 20 years, he has significant experience with California’s health care regulatory landscape.  

Rick’s experience includes: 
  • Advising clients regarding California’s prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, anti-kickback laws, and self-referral prohibitions 
  • Conducting health care compliance audits and internal investigations involving Stark and the anti-kickback statute
  • Preparation of OIG advisory opinions 
  • Transactions and regulatory reviews involving substance abuse disorder facilities 
  • Counseling regarding telehealth practice structures and compliance with state licensing requirements, fee splitting laws, and state prohibitions on the corporate practice of medicine 
  • Drafting various types of agreements between hospitals and physicians 
  • Acquisitions of hospitals and medical groups 
  • Conducting health care regulatory due diligence 
  • Advising clients regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and state licensure requirements upon changes of ownership 
  • Testifying in a jury trial regarding California fraud and abuse statutes
Health Care Compliance
  • Advising medical groups and other providers on multi-state operations, including reviews of corporate practice of medicine doctrines, state fee splitting and anti-kickback laws, state self-referral statutes, telehealth rules, foreign professional entities, and licensing requirements
  • Leading health care regulatory due diligence teams, with a particular focus on health care transactions in California
  • Various internal investigations into contractual relationships and joint ventures between hospitals and physicians
  • Representation of a hospital accused of violating the federal Anti-Kickback Statute through its physician recruitment agreements
  • Review of health care fraud and abuse issues specific to health care arrangements and operations resulting from Covid-19
Health Care Transactions
  • Representation of a large California medical group in its acquisition of other California medical groups and surgery centers 
  • Representation of buyers and sellers of skilled nursing facilities in California and across the country
  • Serving as outside general counsel to California medical groups and their boards of directors
  • Representation of drug treatment centers in connection with transactions, facility licensure, and other regulatory issues 
  • Representation of a hospital in its acquisition of a majority interest in an ambulatory surgery center
  • Advising clients regarding the formation of health care clinics
  • Representation of a community health care clinics in various transactions