Many arrangements between health care providers have the potential to trigger compliance issues involving the Stark and anti-kickback laws. Forrest has deep experience in providing advice on complying with these key laws and regulations, as well as in reviewing and drafting agreements to ensure they are compliant.

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Forrest provides advice on all aspects of HIPAA, including guidance on the day-to-day questions that providers face and on responding to potential HIPAA breaches. He has successfully resolved numerous federal investigations of alleged HIPAA violations, including breaches.

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Forrest assists health care providers navigate North Carolina’s Certificate of Need laws and process. His work includes reviewing CON applications, obtaining CON exemptions, litigating CON decisions, and obtaining changes to the State Medical Facilities Plan. He was deeply involved in a precedent-setting case that determined North Carolina’s Governor has the authority to amend the State Medical Facilities Plan.  Additionally, Forrest has written amicus briefs on behalf of several health care trade associations related to the state’s Certificate of Need law.

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Forrest advises physicians and practice management companies on structuring their management agreements to comply with the requirements of the N.C. Medical Board, including the Corporate Practice of Medicine doctrine.  He has also assisted numerous parties with the successful resolution of Medical Board complaints and investigations relate to management agreements and Corporate Practice of Medicine issues.

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Forrest drafts and reviews a broad array of contractual arrangements for health care providers, including contractual joint ventures, service agreements, management agreements, call coverage agreements, hospital-based provider agreements, employment agreements, recruitment agreements, acquisition agreements, health information exchange agreements, and others.  He has deep expertise in helping clients find unique ways to structure these arrangements to accomplish the business objectives of all the parties involved. 

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Forrest provides general advice about the application of Medicare regulations, including billing matters, to health care providers.

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Forrest assists health care facilities in North Carolina with state licensing matters.

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Forrest has been retained on a number of occasions by health care trade associations and health care providers to write amicus briefs in significant North Carolina court cases, including Certificate of Need cases.

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Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Health Care Law (2016)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Health Care Law (2013- 2017) 

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Health Care (2012-2017)

Selected as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell 

 

Member, Health Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors (2000-02), North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Health Law Section, American Bar Association

Board Member, Foothills Chamber Music, Winston-Salem, 2002-04

Board Member, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, 2000-01

Parish Council, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 2002-05

Member, Carolina Privacy Officials Network

We all have multiple facets to our lives. Before becoming a lawyer, I was a classical musician—a clarinet player. I attended the N.C. School of the Arts for high school and college, and I attended the University of Michigan for a Masters in Music. At Michigan, I studied with David Shifrin, who for years led New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. My only professional recording was for the Vox Record label, and the musicians making the recording included Joseph Robinson, solo oboe of the N.Y Philharmonic. I am married to a musician, my daughter sings as an avocation, and my son studies cello at The Juilliard School. While I can unequivocally say I treasure being a lawyer, music remains a big part of my life.   
 
PS: To balance things out, you should know that back in the late ‘70s, I and another guy helped a friend of ours build a 4,800 square foot solar house—literally, it was just the three of us.  I was very good at sheet-rock! 

I consider my clients to be my friends. I want to represent clients only in the context of that type of trust and relationship.

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