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. 

    • Publications


      "Compliance Corner—The End of the Public Health Emergency: What’s Next for Telehealth?" co-authored with Conor O. Duffy, published in Health Law Connections, the member magazine of the American Health Law Association (May 2023)
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      "A New Look at Medicare Advantage: What Lawyers Need to Know to Advise or Contract with Medicare Advantage Plans Now," published in the American Health Law Association's Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law (October 2018)

      "The Emerging Role of Quality in Healthcare Decision-Making and Payments," published in In-House Counselor, produced by the American Health Lawyers Association In-House Practice Group (June 2012)

      "ARRA and Health Information Technology," published in Law360 Expert Analysis (03/17/2009)

    • 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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      "Medical Records Retention Requirements, Electronic Health Records Privacy and Security Issues, and other Risk Management Issues Related to Healthcare Information," presented by Lorman (2010)

      "Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Maine," MEDS PEN (May 2006)

      "Health Care Advance Directives: What’s New?" presented by the Maine Hospital Association (April 2008)

      "The Legal Ramifications of Technology Used by Home Care Staff," presented by the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine (2010)

      "The Use of Protected Health Information in Legal Proceedings," presented by Lorman (2010)

      "Information Blocking: Complying with the New ONC Final Rule," presented by the Massachusetts Hospital Association (2021)

      "Electronic Health Records Privacy and Security Issues," MEDS-PDN Seminar (February 2009)

      "High Tech and Health Care: A Look at Current Legal Issues in Technology that Affect your Client’s Business," presented during the Annual Meeting of the Maine State Bar Association (January 2009)

      "Overview of HIPAA and the Privacy Rule," Lorman HIPAA Audits Seminar (April 2008)

      "Managed Medicaid: What are the Reimbursement Implications for FQHCs?" presented during the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Regional Conference (11/14/2018)

      "Advance Directives and Treatment Limitation Orders-Practical Guidance for Common Problem Areas," presented by the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine (2012)

      "The HITECH Act: Ready or Not … Here It Is," presented by the Maine Health Information Management Association (2010)

      "Information Blocking: Complying with the New ONC Final Rule," presented by the Maine Hospital Association (2021)

      "Straight from OCR-An Update on the HIPAA Phase 2 Audits," presented by the Boston Bar Association (2017 and 2016)

      "Get Ready, Get Set: The Race to Comply with the Requirements of the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule," Get Ready, Get Set: The Race to Comply with the Requirements of the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule (2013)

      "HIPAA Audits: Auditing Systems Against the Security Rule," presented by the Maine Medical Association (March 2008)

      "A Look at Health Information in the Paper and Electronic Environments," MEDS PEN (March 2007)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 4, 2023

        Kate Healy and Conor Duffy Co-Author American Health Law Association Article on “What’s Next for Telehealth?”

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      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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