Resume/Firm Bio

Education and Awards

1998-Present Florida Bar Board Certified Health Law Attorney

1992 J.D. Stetson University College of Law

Law Review

1988 M.F.A. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Iowa

1986 B.A. Vanderbilt University

Major: English, Minor: Molecular Biology

Law Firm Experience

2003-Present Ellen Sue Block, Esq., P.A., Aventura, Florida

2000-2002 Partner, Duane Morris, LLP, Miami, Florida

1996-1999 McDermott, Will & Emery, Miami, Florida

1992-1995 Humphrey & Knott, P.A., Ft. Myers, Florida

Completed Client Projects

Medical Group Practices

· Advised clients regarding the detailed application of the federal and Florida self-referral and anti-kickback laws

· Analyzed compensation of medical group practices and created “Stark” compliant formulas for the division of ancillary medical services profits

· Represented buyers and sellers of medical practices

· Structured redemptions of stock in medical practices

· Developed comprehensive corporate compliance programs for medical group practices

· Advised clients regarding the day-to-day operation of medical group practices

· Prepared leases for medical office space and medical equipment

· Drafted managed care agreements with hospitals, physicians, and ancillary services providers

· Prepared provider agreements for IPAs and PHOs

· Negotiated employment contracts for physicians in connection with a hospital sale

· Drafted agreements for clinical trial investigators

· Created physician contracts for a medical staffing agency

· Advised physicians regarding the Medicare reassignment rules and “incident to” rules

· Advised clients regarding the Florida Patient Brokering Act

· Instructed physicians regarding the Florida fee-splitting laws

· Advised physicians regarding telemedicine laws

Physician Practice Management Companies

· Served as counsel to physician practice management companies which purchased stock and assets of physician medical practices

· Advised physician practice management companies regarding operational issues

Ambulatory Surgery Centers

· Established ambulatory surgery centers which sold equity to physician investors

· Advised ambulatory surgery centers regarding federal anti-kickback statute safe harbors

· Representing the sellers of the controlling interest in ambulatory surgery centers to a national ambulatory surgery center management company

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diagnostic Centers

· Structured “block-leases” of MRI and diagnostic centers to physicians

· Advised health care providers regarding the application of the Florida Health Care Clinic Act

· Created a physician owned diagnostic center in a rural area

Hospitals and Public Hospital Entities

· Assisted general counsel to a public hospital board of directors

· Participated in the representation of a public health care district

· Assisted general counsel of a hospital and provided advice at hospital board meetings

· Advised public health care entities on the Public Records Act and Sunshine Law

· Represented hospital in practice acquisitions and physician employment arrangements

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

· Designed HIPAA privacy practices programs for rehabilitative hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, medical group practices, and a pediatric mental health facility

· Presented seminars on the HIPAA privacy rules for the Florida Hospital Association

· Advised publishing company regarding the application of the HIPAA privacy rules to the publication of physician profiles and advertisements

Miscellaneous Health Care Businesses

· Established medical director arrangement for medical spa

· Obtained operating licenses for assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities foreclosed on by the lender and secured management arrangements to operate facilities

· Formed holding company for medical malpractice insurance company

· Set up laser vision correction centers

· Coordinated the formation of optical shops

· Drafted provider contracts for a behavioral health network