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Polsinelli earns No. 1 ranking in healthcare law

National law firm Polsinelli has claimed the top spot on Modern Healthcare’s 2015 Healthcare Law Firms Survey, acknowledging that Polsinelli has built the largest Health Care Practice in the nation. Modern Healthcare’s rankings are based on a blended score of health care lawyers employed in 2014 and American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) memberships.

“This recognition from Modern Healthcare underscores the strength of our national Health Care Practice and commitment to serving clients in this dynamic and complex industry,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh.

Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, infusion therapy providers, health care technology companies, home health and hospice agencies and senior and long-term care facilities. Health Care attorneys provide a wide variety of services for clients, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, compliance issues, HIPAA and confidentiality compliance counseling, reimbursement, payor disputes, Medicare and Medicaid fraud allegations, medical staff and credentialing, risk management, public policy and real estate matters, 340B compliance and more.

U.S. News & World Report named Polsinelli the “Law Firm of the Year in Health Care” in its 2015 Best Law Firms report. The designation was based on Polsinelli’s overall performance in health care, incorporating both client feedback and peer review, and reflective of the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of health care legal services, and geographic footprint across 18 cities.

Polsinelli’s team of health care professionals and attorneys include:

  • An attorney who served in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice
  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys
  • Former attorneys with State Attorney General’s Office
  • Former General Counsel of the American Hospital Association
  • Former in-house counsel of national health care providers

“Our diverse team of health care attorneys and professionals nationwide has immersed itself in this challenging and changing industry,” said Welsh. “We’re grateful for our clients who have made this a reality, and who have formed relationships with our growing team of health care attorneys.”

Polsinelli is now in its sixth year as one of the fastest-growing law firm in the U.S.*, opening two new offices this year in Raleigh and Nashville, cities with a focus in the health care industry. The Health Care Practice has grown from two regional practices which merged in 2009 into a coast to coast national practice attracting sophisticated laterals across the country. The American Lawyer recently featured Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice as one that focuses on concentrating its attorneys in competitive markets with high demands for health care work.

To determine the law firm rankings, Modern Healthcare utilized a survey methodology based on a blended score, including the sum of 50 percent weighting from data collected in the survey (number of health care lawyers) and 50 percent weighting of American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) membership from each firm, provided by the AHLA as of April 30, 2015. Polsinelli was ranked No. 3 by Modern Healthcare for 2014.

The AHLA also recently released its own national rankings, placing Polsinelli second among national law firms for the second consecutive year.

Kristen Rosati

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Kristen Rosati – Shareholder, Polsinselli

Rosati is a national thought-leader in electronic health information, emerging health technologies and clinical research. Rosati counsels clients on HIPAA compliance, electronic health records implementation, health information exchange, data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, and clinical research compliance and clinical trials contracting. She is president-elect of the American Health Lawyers Association, the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field.

Surprising fact: “I was enrolled in the University of Michigan Medical School. I decided to pursue law instead, because I was very interested in health policy.”

Biggest challenge: “I chose a field of law that is constantly evolving. To keep up with the pace of change, I do a lot of writing and speaking across the country on electronic health information and research.”

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Kristen Rosati, a shareholder at Polsinelli in Phoenix, is president of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Rosati leads American Health Lawyers Association

Attorney Kristen Rosati, a shareholder of the national law firm Polsinelli, has assumed the office of President of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). The AHLA has more than 12,000 members and is the nation’s largest educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field.

Rosati is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice which is the fourth largest in the country according to the AHLA and Modern Healthcare. She’s a national thought leader in the electronic health industry and will use her term to advance outreach to younger members; increase support for existing programs in the areas of leadership, training and mentoring; expand the use of technology and social media in providing benefits to members; and continue the tradition of collegiality for which the organization is known.

“I am excited to assume the role of President of AHLA at this important juncture in health care law.” said Rosati. “Creating a strong foundation for the next generation of lawyers as well as continuing to support the unique programs that distinguish AHLA as the leading health care organization for lawyers in the country, is an honor that I am proud to accept.”

Rosati has been an active member of AHLA for many years, serving on the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Programs Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Professional Resources Committee, Chair of the Quality Council, Chair of the Health Information and Technology Practice Group, and Chair of the HIT Think Tank.

“Kristen has enormous respect among the healthcare bar because of her deep expertise in health information and technology, her prodigious work ethic, and her commitment to collegiality among her peers,” said Chief Executive Officer of the American Health Lawyers Association Peter Leibold. “Kristen is leading the Association in a direction that will provide significant benefit to members and continue the organization’s recent membership growth.

In her legal practice at Polsinelli, Rosati heads up the “Big Data” initiative. She plays a key role in assisting hospitals, physicians and other health care providers migrating to electronic health records as they tackle the legal complexities associated with HIPAA compliance, electronic health records roll-outs, health information exchange, data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives and ACO’s, and clinical research compliance and clinical trials contracting.

“Kristen’s leadership in AHLA will not only benefit the organization, but it will also serve as a model for all of Polsinelli’s lawyers as we look for ways to be more in tune with our clients and the industry generally,” said Polsinelli’s Health Care Practice Chair Matt Murer.