Conor O. Duffy

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Conor Duffy is a member of Robinson+Cole's Health Law Group and Data Privacy + Security Team. Mr. Duffy advises hospitals, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on general corporate matters and health law issues. He also counsels clients on what measures are needed to safeguard data and patient information.

    Regulatory

    Mr. Duffy provides legal counsel to his health care clients on various regulatory matters, such as Medicare and Medicaid program compliance, federal fraud and abuse laws, and the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA). He also assists with the full spectrum of state health law matters, including those related to licensure and staffing. Mr. Duffy represents clients in state and federal administrative appeals and provides counsel related to  internal investigations. Mr. Duffy speaks and writes regularly on recent developments in fraud and abuse enforcement at events aimed at individuals who work in the healthcare field.

    Transactional

    Mr. Duffy advises health care clients on structuring transactions to meet their business objectives in accordance with federal and state law. He assists with transactions involving contracting, affiliations, joint ventures, leasing agreements, clinical service agreements, and the establishment of accountable care and physician-hospital organizations. Mr. Duffy writes regularly about health care transactions in his role as web and technology liaison for the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, Business and Transactions Interest Group.

    Information Privacy and Security

    As a member of the firm’s Data Privacy + Security team, Mr. Duffy assists health care providers with compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He helps clients protect against impermissible disclosures of data and provides guidance on data breach response efforts. He also advises clients on security programs, policies, education, and the implementation of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. Mr. Duffy is a regular contributor to the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Insider publication.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement

    Mr. Duffy regularly undertakes pro bono matters. He is currently representing an Ethiopian political activist in his application for asylum. Mr. Duffy has also provided pro bono counsel on reputation management related to unfavorable online search engine results, counseled a public high school on the establishment of a tax-exempt booster club, and reviewed contracts for a prominent veterans’ support organization. While in law school, Mr. Duffy interned at the University of Connecticut School of Law's Asylum & Human Rights Clinic, where he participated in the representation of a Middle Eastern journalist during her successful application for asylum in the United States.

    Mr. Duffy contributes to the firm's blog, Health Law Diagnosis.  

     

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Assisted hospital client with formation of professional corporation for employment of physicians in private practice model.

      • Provides regular representation of health care providers such as hospitals and nursing homes on matters of corporate governance, contracts, regulatory compliance, corporate compliance, risk management, policies, fundraising and tax exemption, employment, labor and litigation.

      • Advises hospitals on physician recruitment and retention matters, including providing advice regarding Stark exceptions, anti-kickback safe harbors and tax exemption restrictions and drafting of income guarantees, loan forgiveness arrangements and employment agreements.

      • Supports clients in administrative licensure investigations and proceedings before the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

      • Provides advice to hospitals regarding issues involving the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA).

      • Provides counsel to hospitals and physician clients in connection with their adoption of electronic health record systems, including on relevant fraud/abuse and privacy obligations under federal and state law.

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "HIPAA: A Guide to Health Care Privacy and Security Law," co-authored with Lisa M. Boyle (12/1/2016)

      "Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case," co-authored with Nathaniel T. Arden (11/22/2016)

      "New Guidance for Health Care Program Exclusions," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Meaghan Mary Cooper (5/2/2016)
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      "Feds Lay Down Law on Corporate Misconduct," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Edward J. Heath (10/19/2015)
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      "ACA, Health Care Overpayments and the 60-Day Rule," published in Law360, co-authored with Leslie J. Levinson and Nathaniel T. Arden (5/26/2015)

      "Legislature Confronts Health Care Issues," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (2/9/2015)

      "Governor Malloy Signs Bill Making Significant Health Law Changes," published in American Health Lawyers Association Newsstand, co-authored with Lisa M. Boyle (6/4/2014)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Recent Developments in Fraud and Abuse Enforcement – Important Issues for Hospitals and Providers," co-presented with Meaghan Mary Cooper, at 2016 Legal Playbook: Best Practices to Keep Your Healthcare Operations on the Winning Side program in Wallingford, Connecticut (2/23/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • June 22, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Participate in THE RIDE For Our Vets

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      • May 31, 2016

        Health Law Lawyers Write Article for CLT's Special Health Law Section

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      • March 2, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Present at HFMA Program

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      • October 29, 2015

        Hartford Lawyers Pen Article on the US DOJ's Controversial Yates Memo for CLT

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      • June 15, 2015

        Health Law Lawyers Pen Article for Law360

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      R+C News Releases

      • July 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes Six New Lawyers

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