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Richard Cooper
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EMAIL rcooper@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5438

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Experience

Rick is the manager of the firm’s National Healthcare Practice Group and is co-chair of its Healthcare Restructuring Practice Group. Rick served on the firm's Board of Directors from 1992-2012. He focuses his national practice in healthcare law, representing clients in transactional, restructuring, corporate, compliance, regulatory, licensure, reimbursement, contractual, strategic planning, and venture matters. Practice group clients include private practice and academic physician groups, hospitals and health systems (including tax-exempt, physician and investor owned hospitals, critical access to large systems and academic medical centers), physician networks, laboratories (anatomic, clinical, molecular, toxicology, and specialty), healthcare associations and societies, hospitalists and hospitalist companies, multi-specialty clinics, medical staffs, imaging centers, surgery centers, outpatient medical facilities, home health providers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, occupational medicine companies, healthcare technology companies, and healthcare billing and management companies.

Rick earned a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University in 1978.

Credentials

Admissions - State

  • Ohio

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Syracuse University

Honors and Awards

  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (1993-2018) 
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers (2005-2015)
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Professional Membership

  • Ohio State Bar Association – Chair of the Health Law Committee (July 1994 to June 1996)  
  • American Bar Association – Health Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Physician Hospitals of America
  • American Hospital Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Healthcare Billing Management Association 
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • American Pathology Foundation
  • National Rural Health Association

Insights

External Publications

  • "Cigna Audits Tox Test Labs for Proof that Patients Paid", The Dark Report, August 24, 2015
  • "Is a Group Without Walls Right for You?", American Academy of Dermatology, July 20, 2015
  • "Anesthesiology Acquisition Rate Still at Fevered Pace", Anesthesiology News, July 2015
  • Featured, "Together - Apart: Is a group without walls right for you?", Dermatology World, July 1, 2015    
  • "FDA Holds LDT Workshop Amidst Flurry of Debate as Comment Period Nears End", G2 Intelligence, February 1, 2015
  • Featured, “Do Some Clinical Laboratory Companies Oversell Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests?”, Dark Daily, January 12, 2015
  • Featured, “FDA’s LDT proposal means ‘whole new ballgame’ for labs”, CAP TODAY, October 2014
  • “Compliance Issues in Toxicology Lab Relationships with Substance Abuse Facilities”, The Dark Report, April 2014
  • Quoted, “Lawyers feeling reform effects”, Crain’s Cleveland Business, February 2, 2014
  • “Negotiation of Co-Management Agreements that Solidify Fair, Balanced, and Long Lasting Hospital Relationships”, RBMA Bulletin, January/February 2014
  • “Tuomey Healthcare Systems Ordered to Pay Nearly $278 Million for Stark Law and False Claims Act Violations”, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest November 2013
  • “Ten Steps: Best Practices in Hiring Laboratory Professionals”, White Paper with James Giszczak and Slone Partners, October 2013
  • “Merger and Acquisition Transactions Involving Imaging Centers and Radiology Practices: Factors Driving Current Trends and Factors to Be Considered if Contemplating a Transaction”, RBMA Bulletin, September-October 2012
  • “A Financial Check-Up for Physician-Owned Hospitals”, PHA Pulse, Winter 2009
  • Coauthor, “Changes to Standard United Healthcare Participating Provider Agreement”, American Pathology Review, Spring 2006 
  • “Modifier 26”, APF Review, Fall 2005
  • Coauthor, “New OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Condo/Pod Laboratories”, APF Review, Spring 2005
  • Coauthor, “New OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Free Services”, APF Review, Spring 2005
  • “Analysis of OIG’s Opinion Shows Compliance Shift”, published in The Dark Report, January 3, 2005
  • “Indictment Alleges Certain Marketing Activities Violate Medicare/Medicaid Anti-kickback Law”, Florida Pathology Today, Fall 2004
  • “More Tips on Negotiating Contracts Between Radiology Groups & Hospitals”, published in Diagnostic Imaging Intelligence Report, July 2003
  • “How To Achieve Success In Negotiating Radiology Group, Hospital Contracts”, published in Diagnostic Imaging Intelligence Report, June 2003
  • “Response To Payment For Physician Administration Service: Navigating Around the Edge of Deep Waters”, APF Review, Summer 2003
  • “Health Lawyers News Attacks Path Part A”, published in The Dark Report, May 27, 2003
  • “New Legal Landmines For Clinical Laboratories”, published in The Dark Report, December 22, 2003
  • “Pathology Part A Comp Under Attack by Both Hospitals and Insurers”, published in The Dark Report, March 11, 2002
  • “The Impact of the HIPAA Requirements on Physicians Part Three: Business Associates”, published in Cleveland Physician (the publication of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland), January/February, 2002
  • “The Impact of the HIPAA Requirements on Physicians Part Three – Business: ‘New Legal Trends Now Affecting Pathologists’”, The Dark Report, November 5, 2001 
  • Co-Author, “Group Effort: Radiology/Hospital Contracts”, ADVANCE for Administration in Radiology & Radiation Oncology, October 2000 - Vol. 10 No. 10
  • “Physician Unions: Pros and Cons”, 2000, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
  • “AMC/NOMA Forms Local Physician Labor Organization”, published in Cleveland Physician (the publication of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland)
  • “Successful Hospital & Pathology Group Contracts”, Washington G2 Reports and CLMA, August 1998 (50 page monograph)
  • Co-Author with Dr. Alexander of University of Alabama, “Risk-Based Contracting for Academic Departments”, Check Sample; Association of Pathology Chairs publication, June 1998
  • “Managed Care Issues Into the Next Century – What the CPA Needs to Know”, course materials for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants seminars for all 50 states; initially published April 1998 and updated annually
  • Coauthor, “Covenants Not to Compete”, American Pathology Foundation, American Pathology Review, Spring 1998
  • Contributing author, “Contemporary Legal Issues for Pathologists”, American Pathology Foundation, February 1998
  • Coauthor, “Physician Unions Are Becoming A Viable Option”, Missouri Medicine, February 1998
  • Contributing author, “Who’s to Blame When Doctor-Hospital Mergers Turn Sour?”, Medical Economics, January 26, 1998
  • “Contemporary Health Law Issues”, Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, September 1997
  • “The Art of Contract Negotiation”, Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory, August 1997
  • “The CPA's Role in the Managed Care Revolution”, course materials for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants seminars for all 50 states, updated in Winter 1997
  • “Pre-Probe Compliance Audit Urged for Hospital Laboratories”, Laboratory Industry Report, November 1996
  • Author, “Glossary of Managed Care Contracting Terms”, Association of Pathology Chairs, Inc. Newsletter, Summer 1996
  • Contributing author, “Roadmap for Laboratory Restructuring”, Washington G2/CLMA Publication, June 1996
  • “Laboratory Guide to Negotiating Managed Care Contracts”, Washington G2/CLMA Publication, July 1995
  • “What to Work Into - and Out of - Managed Care Contracts”, CAP Today, February 1994
  • Coauthor, “Managed Care Contracts”, American Association for the Accreditation of Plastic Surgery Centers, Summer 1993
  • “PHOs”, American Pathology Foundation, American Pathology Review, Summer 1993
  • “Clinics Without Walls”, Medical Office Report, July 1993
  • Coauthor, “Managed Care Contracts”, American Pathology Foundation, American Pathology Review, Spring 1993
  • Coauthor, “Fraud and Abuse Developments”, American Pathology Review, March 1993
  • Coauthor, “Internal Revenue Service's Audit Guidelines”, American Pathology Review, March 1993
  • Coauthor, “CLIA '88 Update”, American Pathology Review, March 1993
  • Coauthor, “Medicare Technical Corrections Bill”, American Pathology Review, March 1993
  • Coauthor, “Fraud and Abuse Developments and What They Mean for Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Centers”, American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Centers, April 1992
  • Coauthor, “Legal Handbook on Payor Disputes”, American Pathology Foundation, January 1992
  • Two audiotape presentations for Medical Dynamics on Physician Hospital Organizations, December 1991 and November 1991
  • Coauthor, “The Stark Legislation and the Inspector General Safe Harbor Regulations: What They Mean for Ambulatory Surgery Centers”, American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Centers, July 1990
  • Author, “Alternative Delivery Systems and Contracts With Alternative Delivery Systems and Hospitals”, Case Western Reserve University, October 24, 1987
  • Coauthor, “Recent Changes Regarding Medicare Rates and Charges”, Compendium (Miami Valley Hospital publication), July/August, 1987
  • Coauthor, “A Practical Approach for Physicians to MAAC Issues”, Ohio Medicine (Ohio State Medical Association publication), July 1987
  • Coauthor, “Alternative Delivery System Contracting”, New Directions in Health Care Financing, August 1986

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