Meaghan Cooper, a member of the firm’s Health Law Group, advises hospitals, physician groups, community providers, and other health care entities on health care regulations, transactions, employment, and general corporate matters.
Ms. Cooper counsels clients in the highly regulated health care industry to ensure they are in compliance with all state and federal fraud and abuse laws. She advises them on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse regulations, the Stark law, and the federal anti-kickback statute, as well as similar state laws. Ms. Cooper also counsels clients on referral and reimbursement rules and on issues such as tax exemption and licensure.
Ms. Cooper works with health care providers to ensure they comply with medical information privacy and security regulations. She counsels them on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and similar state privacy laws, state provider and facility licensing laws, scope of practice issues, certificates of need, and other regulatory issues.
In addition, Ms. Cooper advises clients on the regulation of long-term care services, assisting them in responding to government investigations, subpoenas, audits, and enforcement actions.
Ms. Cooper collaborates with health care providers on a variety of corporate transactions to help them achieve their business objectives, such as mergers and acquisitions of health systems or physician groups, joint ventures, and affiliations. She prepares contracts, conducts due diligence, and ensures that all transactions are in compliance with applicable laws.
Health Care Employment
Ms. Cooper advises her health care clients on a range of employment-related issues. She counsels them on the structuring of physician compensation and on recruitment, hiring, compensation, performance management, documentation, discipline, and terminations. She prepares and negotiates health care employment agreements and counsels employers on how to minimize the potential for employee claims, such as allegations of discrimination or retaliation.
Ms. Cooper regularly volunteers her time to help nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for Interval House, which combats domestic violence. She is also co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee for the Junior League of Hartford, whose mission is to empower women and girls in overcoming obstacles.
Ms. Cooper is a regular contributor to the firm’s health law newsletter, the Health Law Pulse, and blog, Health Law Diagnosis. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, she was a legal research clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.