Kathleen Healy

Kathleen G. Healy


Kathleen G. Healy


  • Overview


    Kathleen "Kate" Healy advises health care entities on transactional and complex health care regulatory matters. She represents a wide range of clients, including hospital systems, behavioral health providers, physician groups, accountable care organizations, clinically integrated networks, data collaboratives and health plans. Kate is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group and the Health Care Industry and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Teams.

    Kate counsels clients with respect to strategic affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, including cross-sector ventures, and other transactional matters. Known for her deep knowledge of health care regulations and practical approach, Kate is skilled at helping clients navigate complex health care regulatory frameworks. She advises clients regarding the formation and operation of accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks, including participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and other innovative payment programs. She regularly advises clients on fraud and abuse matters. Kate’s experience also includes assisting clients with data collaboratives, as well as developing data-sharing agreements and data policies, and advice about secondary uses of data, vendor contracting, electronic data sharing, risk assessments, and data breach responses.

    A former Peace Corps volunteer and project director, Kate’s record reflects a long-standing commitment to community service. She was a member of the Maine health information technology legal work groups, which proposed statutory changes to facilitate the electronic exchange of health information. She was also a member of the Maine Hospital Association work group charged with reviewing advance directive laws and legal forms.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Advised several health systems in strategic affiliations, including advice with respect to federal and state regulatory approvals*

      • Negotiated joint venture between a national primary care practice and a national health plan*

      • Represented health systems, health plans, and physician group practices in responding to HIPAA/HITECH and state law data breaches, including individual and agency notification obligations, appropriate remediation measures, federal investigations, and corrective action*

      • Advised large health care data repository on HIPAA/HITECH compliance, including data breach analysis, with respect to a multipurpose health care data warehouse formed among a hospital system, health plan, and physician group practice*

      • Analyzed recent state referendum for compliance with HIPAA on behalf of state hospital association*

      • Counseled health care purchaser coalition in the negotiation of value-based health care contracts and prescription benefit management contracts*

      • * Attorney Healy was counsel in these representative transactions prior to joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the area of Health Law (Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.)

      Selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers© list from 2013 to 2015

      Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Health Care Law for 2023. 

    • Presentations


      "Privacy, Security and Telehealth: Protect the Data, Protect the Patient," at the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2022 Health Law Conference (9/30/2022)
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    • News

      R+C News Releases

      • October 11, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2022

        74 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023

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      • April 8, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Continues Growth in Boston with the Addition of Partners in Health Care and Insurance

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