William B. Eck: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

William B. Eck

Shareholder
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.331.3122

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Health & FDA Business
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.331.3122
Fax: 202.261.4755
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/William-B-Eck
 
University Loyola University Chicago, B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1979
 
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., 1982
 
Admitted1982, Illinois; 1987, Florida; 2006, District of Columbia
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee, Hebrew Home Health Network, Inc. (a multifacility long term care chain located in Florida)

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, American Health Lawyers Association

•Member, Health Law Section of The Florida Bar

 
BornEvergreen Park, Illinois, 1957
 
Biography

William B. Eck has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in health care transactional, regulatory and enforcement matters. This experience enables him to guide clients through challenging legal issues and help them identify opportunities to achieve their business objectives.

After many years as a shareholder in the firm's Health Practice, Bill served as the Chief of Healthcare Affairs and General Counsel of a public company client under a criminal and civil Medicare fraud investigation. Bill brought the investigation to a resolution, and designed and oversaw the implementation of effective, tested modifications to the client's processes and compliance program. Returning to the firm to continue serving a broad array of clients, Bill's experience provides valuable insight not only into defending government investigations, but also into the internal dynamics of health care business organizations and the role of general counsel in assisting the organization in addressing complex issues.

Bill is one of the few attorneys nationally to have represented health care clients in successfully working through both corporate integrity agreements and, most recently, a deferred prosecution agreement that mandated substantial compliance program and organizational change for a public company. His experience enables him to assist organizations more effectively and creatively in meeting business and transactional objectives while minimizing regulatory risk.

Areas of Concentration

•Health care corporate law Mergers and acquisitions in the public, private, tax exempt and government sectors

•Private placements

•Regulatory representation in bankruptcy proceedings

•Lender and borrower representation in bank financing

•User representation in tax exempt bond financing

•Borrower representation in HUD financing

•Borrower representation in new markets tax credit financing

•Captive insurance formation, operation and dissolution

•Health care regulation and enforcement Governmental investigations

•Internal investigations

•Compliance program development, implementation and operation

•Stark, anti-kickback statute and billing compliance

•Payment and reimbursement disputes

•Certificate of need

Awards & Recognition

•Florida Bar Board Certified in Health Law

•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Author, Home Care, Hospice Care and the Affordable Care Act ,AHLA Connections, November 2010

•Author, Hanging On to the Reins: How the GC Can Retain the Chief Legal Advisor's Role in Corporate Compliance Programs ,Corporate Counsel, October 2007

•Co-Author, It's Time for CMS to Release Physician Medicare Claim Information,Managed Care, March 2006

Lectures

•Speaker, M&A: Trends in the Not for Profit Hospital Setting, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Health Care Industry Conference, April 26, 2013

Associated News & Events

Press-Releases

07.05.12 Greenberg Traurig Represents Linde AG as Health Regulatory Counsel in its Agreement to Acquire Lincare Holdings Inc.

09.13.05 Health Care Attorney William B. Eck Returns to Greenberg Traurig's Washington, D.C. Office

Published Articles

11.01.10 Home Care, Hospice Care, and the Affordable Care Act

10.01.07 Hanging on to the Reins

Alerts

07.01.13 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Summer 2013

05.13.13 CMS Issues Final 'Sunshine' Rule, Establishing New Reporting Requirements for Drug and Device Makers and Some GPOs

04.04.13 Stark Law Violations Costly To Intermountain Health Care Inc.

04.04.11 Accountable Care Organization (ACO) - The Real Journey Begins

09.04.09 UPDATE --- Medicare Delays Restriction of Consignment Closet Arrangements Between Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment and Physician Offices

06.16.09 Medicare Secondary Payer --- Insurer, TPA and Employer Reporting Requirements

02.01.06 S. 1932, The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Drug Manufacturers

02.01.06 S. 1932, The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Hospitals

02.01.06 S. 1932, The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Managed Care Organizations

02.01.06 S. 1932, The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Skilled Nursing Facilities

 
Reported CasesHEALTH CARE CORPORATE ; Mergers and Acquisitions; Lincare Corp. (acquisition of Lincare Corp., a public home oxygen supplier, by Linde A.G., regulatory representation of buyer).; AOM Healthcare Solutions (acquisition of AOM Healthcare Solutions, a diabetes testing supplies company, by PolyMedica Inc., representation of buyer).; Development of Joint Venture Caribbean Hospital by a Major U.S. Nonprofit Hospital Chain (representation of U.S. nonprofit hospital chain).; Development of Joint Venture Hospital-Based Cancer Centers (representation of NYSE co-venturer with hospitals and academic medical centers), Development of Joint Venture Hospital-Based Vent Units and Wound Care Units (representation of vent provider and wound care provider).; PolyMedica Corp. (acquisition of PolyMedica Corp., a NASDAQ national markets home diabetes testing supplies company, by Medco Health Solutions, regulatory representation of seller).; PolyMedica Pharmaceuticals (USA), Inc. (acquisition of pharmaceutical manufacturing company by Amerifit Nutrition, Inc., representation of seller).; Health Care Partners (acquisition of 4 Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospitals by Health Care Partners, regulatory representation of buyer).; Chartwell (acquisition of 3 Chartwell nursing homes by Hebrew Homes Health Network, representation of buyer).; Sunrise Senior Living REIT (acquisition of public real estate investment trust by Ventas, Inc., regulatory representation of buyer).; Bethesda Memorial Hospital (acquisition of governmental hospital by non-profit corporation, representation of buyer).; Jess Parrish Memorial Hospital (acquisition of governmental hospital by non-profit corporation, representation of buyer).; Cape Canaveral Hospital (acquisition of governmental hospital by non-profit corporation, representation of buyer).; Victoria Hospital (acquisition of non-profit hospital by investor-owned chain, representation of seller).; Doctors Hospital of Plantation (acquisition of non-profit hospital by investor-owned chain, representation of seller).; dePoo and Florida Keys Memorial Hospitals (consolidation of non-profit and governmental hospitals, representation of non-profit hospital).; Palmetto General Hospital (restructuring of acquisition of physician-owned hospital by investor-owned chain, representation of seller).; Cedars Medical Center (acquisition of non-profit hospital by investor-owned chain, representation of seller).; South Miami Hospital (acquisition of non-profit hospital by non-profit health system, representation of buyer).; Homestead Hospital (acquisition of non-profit hospital by non-profit health system, representation of buyer).; Lower Florida Keys Health System (acquisition of non-profit health system by investor-owned chain, representation of seller).; Deering Hospital (acquisition of investor owned hospital by public hospital, representation of buyer).; South Shore Hospital (acquisition of non-profit hospital by private equity group, representation of buyer).; Coral Springs Hospital (acquisition of investor-owned hospital by public non-healthcare company as market entry, representation of seller).; Sleep Centers of South Florida (acquisition of Sleep Centers of South Florida by Baptist Health South Florida, representation of buyer).; ABC Home Medical (acquisition of ABC Home Medical, Inc. by DW Healthcare Partners, representation of buyer).; Heart Center of Florida (acquisition of Heart Center of Florida by Baptist Health South Florida, representation of buyer).; Arch Plaza and Ponce Plaza (acquisition of two nursing homes by Hebrew Homes Health Network, representation of buyer).; SouthPointe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (acquisition of nursing home by Hebrew Homes Health Network, representation of buyer).; Northwest Florida Health Care (acquisition of Northwest Florida Health Care by Peoples Home Health, representation of buyer).; Ambulatory Surgical Centre of Florida (acquisition of Ambulatory Surgical Centre of Florida by Baptist Health South Florida, representation of buyer).; Representations of buyers in numerous ambulatory surgical and diagnostic facility acquisitions and durable medical equipment company acquisitions by hospitals and by investor owned entities, including companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ National Markets.; Representations of buyers in over 50 acquisitions of various free-standing non-hospital providers and physician and dental practices by hospitals and by investor owned entities, including companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, including PhyMatrix, AmeriPath, Navix Radiology, ECS Holdings, and Southern Dental Group.; Representations of buyers in over of 20 nursing home acquisitions, by private equity companies and non-profit corporations.; Private Placements; Representations of Issuers in Numerous Ambulatory Surgical Center Private Placements with Physicians.; Representation of Issuers in Numerous Diagnostic Center Private Placements with Radiologists.; Regulatory Representation in Public Offerings; Regulatory Representation of Issuers in Initial Public Offerings and Periodic Disclosure Filings Regarding Health Care Matters.; Regulatory Representation in Bankruptcy Proceedings; Liberty Healthcare Group.; South Shore Hospital.; FPA Medical Management.; Financings; Arch Plaza (HUD financing, representation of borrower).; Ponce Plaza (HUD financing, representation of borrower).; Jackson Plaza (HUD financing, representation of borrower).; University Plaza (bank financing, representation of borrower).; South Beach Plaza (bank financing, representation of borrower).; Aventura Plaza (new markets tax credit financing, representation of borrower).; North Shore Medical Center (tax exempt bond financing, representation of user of the proceeds).; Pan American Hospital (tax exempt bond financing, representation of user of the proceeds).; South Shore Hospital (tax exempt bond financing, representation of user of the proceeds).; Vasocor, Inc. (revolving credit facility, representation of borrower).; PolyMedica Corp. (revolving credit facility, representation of borrower).; Golden Glades Medical Center (acquisition financing, representation of lender).; Captive Insurance; Hospital Liability Risk Retention Group (general representation of hospital liability group captive).; Edgewater Providers Insurance Company (general representation of hospital liability group captive).; Bayshore Reinsurance Company (general representation of captive physician reinsurance company).; Hospital Medical Staff Self-Insurance Trust (general representation of physician captive).; Superior Providers Insurance Company (general representation of nursing home group captive insurance company).; Hebrew Homes Insurance Services (general representation of nursing home single parent captive insurance company). HEALTH CARE REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT ; Governmental Investigations; PolyMedica Corporation (civil and criminal investigation, including qui tam, leading to civil settlement and corporate integrity agreement, related SEC investigation resulting in no action, shareholder suits settled as nuisance claims).; South Shore Hospital (civil and criminal investigation triggered by qui tam, leading to no action and dismissal with prejudice of qui tam complaint).; South Shore Hospital (qui tam leading to civil settlement and corporate integrity agreement).; Exactech (civil and criminal investigation leading to deferred prosecution agreement with Department of Justice Monitor, and corporate integrity agreement).; Criminal investigation of an orthotics provider leading to plea agreement.; Pending civil investigation of a major health system.; Class action against hospital chain in connection with abuse of PPS inpatient outlier threshold, following on government investigation (representation of plaintiff class).; Internal Investigations; Representation of the Board of Directors of a public company in connection with a billing fraud investigation.; Representation of a home health agency chain in connection with a billing fraud investigation.; Representation of a nonprofit hospital in connection with an anti-kickback and Stark investigation leading to a self-disclosure, which resulted in no action.; Representation of a nonprofit health system in connection with a billing fraud investigation.; Compliance Program Development, Implementation and Operation; Representation of device makers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals and health systems, and physician practices, in all phases of compliance program design, implementation and operation, using six sigma principles, including representation of Exactech, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals (USA), PolyMedica Pharmaceuticals (USA), Liberty Healthcare Group, Erlanger Health System, Boca Raton Community Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida, Hebrew Homes Health Network, South Shore Hospital, Hospital of South Beach, and AllegiantMD.; Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute and Billing Compliance; Regular advice to an array of clients in all sectors of the health care industry regarding structuring transactions, agreements, arrangements and relationships to comply with Stark, the anti-kickback statute and billing requirements, rendering opinions and conducting due diligence regarding these issues in M&A transactions.; Payment and Reimbursement Disputes; Regular advice to and representation of an array of clients in all sectors of the health care industry regarding payment and reimbursement disputes, including representation of the Renal Physicians of America in NAPHT v. Heckler, 588 F. Supp. 1108 (D.D.C. 1984), which successfully challenged regulations regarding Medicare secondary payment for maintenance hemodialysis. Representation of providers before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board in cases regarding, for example, the malpractice rule and reimbursement for losses on bond defeasance.; Certificate of Need; Advice to and representation of clients in the certificate of need process, including negotiation of agreements with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to preserve skilled nursing beds for new facilities notwithstanding Florida's skilled nursing bed moratorium.
 
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2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
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