Meaghan Mary Cooper


  • Overview


    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.

    Community Involvement

    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.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Counsels clients on development and implementation of physician compensation models to ensure compliance with Stark exceptions, Anti-kickback safe harbors and tax exemption restrictions.

      • Supports hospital clients in matters related to graduate medical education programs and educational affiliation agreements, including resident discipline and employment issues.

      • Provides hospitals and providers with representation for service agreements for hospital-based services.

      • Routinely represents hospitals and providers in drafting and negotiating purchase and service contracts related to medical equipment, pharmacy, laboratory and staffing services.

      • Advises hospitals on physician recruitment and retention matters, including compliance with applicable fraud and abuse and tax-exemption restrictions and drafts of income guarantees, loan forgiveness arrangements and employment agreements.

      • Assists tax-exempt hospital clients in creation of joint ventures between hospital and physicians, including advising on permissible models under federal and state requirements, drafting of operating agreements and management agreements. 

      • Represents clients not-for-profit providers on governance issues and drafts and revises governing documents. Reviews and revises governing documents for federally qualified health centers to ensure compliance with federal mandates.

      • Supports clients in administrative licensure investigations and proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Connecticut Attorney General and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

      • Assisted in the representation of durable medical equipment company in connection with joint federal and state investigation and related False Claims Act allegations, including negotiation of settlement terms.

      • Represents hospitals in connection with affiliations with federally qualified health centers. Draft and negotiate all contracts related to such affiliations, including grant documents, residency training documents, leases and staffing agreements.

      • Provides counsel to health care clients, including hospitals, home health providers, nursing homes and durable medical equipment providers on privacy practices and policies.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Former Chair of the Health Law Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee

      American Health Lawyers Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2015 to 2017.

      Recognized as a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2018

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Interval House
      Board of Directors, Chair of Governance Committee

      Junior League of Hartford
      Co-Chair, Community Outreach Committee
    • Publications


      "New Guidance for Health Care Program Exclusions," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Conor O. Duffy (5/2/2016)
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      "Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics," co-authored with other AHLA members (9/16/2015)
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      "New Model for Accountable Care Organizations," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (5/11/2015)

      "New Entities Will Coordinate Medicare Coverage," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Pamela H. Del Negro (5/16/2011)

    • Presentations


      "Recent Developments in Fraud and Abuse Enforcement – Important Issues for Hospitals and Providers," co-presented with Conor O. Duffy, 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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      "Developing an Accountable Care Organization; Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program," at Connecticut Healthcare Financial Management Association Seminar, co-presented with Brian D. Nichols (11/20/2013)

      "Implications of the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule," co-presented with Brian D. Nichols and Michael J. Kolosky, webinar (3/5/2013)

      "Confidentiality," at Mental Health and the Law, A Health Education Network program

      "Medical Records Law," at Lorman Education Services program (3/14/2013; 4/11/2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 23, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Participate in Volunteerathon

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      • December 8, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Co-Host Interval House Reception

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      • May 31, 2016

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

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      • May 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Participate in the Junior League of Hartford’s First Volunteerathon

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      • March 9, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Women's Committee Sponsors Event with Connecticut Chief Justice

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      • March 2, 2016

        Hartford Lawyers Present at HFMA Program

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      • July 8, 2014

        Four Hartford Office Lawyers Elected to CBA's YLS Executive Committee

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      • June 14, 2011

        Health Law Attorneys Publish ACO Regulations Article in Connecticut Law Tribune

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      R+C News Releases

      • May 29, 2018

        Meaghan Cooper Named New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 30, 2016

        Meaghan Cooper Joins Interval House Board of Directors

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • April 6, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes 10 New Attorneys

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