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Partner - Vincenzo  Carannante

Vincenzo Carannante

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Vincenzo Carannante is a partner in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, where he provides end-to-end transactional, regulatory and dispute-resolution counsel to local, regional and national health law providers and related entities. In addition to his significant experience in traditional business and compliance matters - including health care mergers, acquisitions, financing, licensure and accreditation, medical staff operations, and responses to federal and state agency investigations - Vincenzo frequently speaks, writes and advises clients on rapidly emerging issues and developing opportunities in areas such as telemedicine, behavioral health, and the corporate practice of medicine.

As outside legal counsel, Vincenzo represents clients from across the health care industry, including hospitals and health systems, pharmacies, telemedicine providers, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), behavioral health providers, substance-use disorder providers, clinical laboratories, residential care homes, home health agencies, physician practices and individual practitioners. He also advises private equity companies, insurance companies and other investors on the acquisition of - or investments in - for-profit and not-for-profit service providers.

Vincenzo provides practical, sophisticated counsel in the following:

Health Care Transactions, Finance and Operations
Vincenzo advises clients at every step of the business lifecycle, helping them establish and finance new and existing facilities, negotiate and document transactions, streamline operations, and draft contracts and affiliation agreements in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements. Among other matters, he has provided counsel and regulatory due diligence in connection with:

  • Formation of for-profit and not-for-profit entities
  • Mergers, acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, physician/hospital strategic alliances and other combinations
  • Debt, equity, tax-credit and related financings
  • Real estate acquisitions and land-use and zoning approvals
  • Sales, divestitures, ownership transfers and unwindings
  • Termination of services

He regularly counsels clients on all Connecticut Office of Health Strategy-related matters and proceedings, including applying for certificates of need (CONs) for the establishment of a new or the sale/transfer of ownership of an existing health care facility. He has helped clients manage more than 100 CON matters, including challenging applications filed by other parties. He also advises clients in conjunction with corporate and medical staff governance and day-to-day operational concerns.

Health Care Regulatory Compliance, Licensure and Credentialing
Today’s providers operate under an ever-increasing regulatory burden. Vincenzo provides compliance counsel on the full spectrum of applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including:

  • HIPAA and related health information privacy requirements
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, including fraud and abuse, Anti-kickback, Stark Law and False Claims Act matters
  • Corporate practice of medicine doctrine
  • Medical staff and facility licensure and credentialing
  • Quality of care, quality improvement and quality assessment programs

Health Care Administrative Disputes
In his transactional and regulatory compliance practice, Vincenzo helps clients preemptively identify, address and prevent potential disputes. When unforeseen events do arise, such as agency audits and investigations, he provides effective legal representation with a keen eye toward helping clients minimize exposure and negotiate an effective resolution. Vincenzo has represented clients before a number of state and federal agencies, including the:

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration
  • Connecticut Attorney General’s Office
  • Connecticut Office of Health Strategy
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Connecticut Department of Social Services

He has handled numerous CMS/DPH investigations and hearings, prepared various corrective action plans and negotiated consent orders on behalf of healthcare facilities and providers. In addition to representing clients’ interests before government entities, Vincenzo has advised clients in connection with the activities of fiscal intermediaries and government-contracted auditors.

Prior to joining the firm, Vincenzo was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers: Healthcare (2018-2019)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Health Care (2011-2018)
  • New Leader of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Connecticut Hospital Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA): Member of the Connecticut Program Committee
  • Health Care Compliance Association

Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement and Compliance Issues

Represented large health system with responding to subpoenas and investigation by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.

Responding to Investigations for FQHCs

Represented large FQHC ("Federally Qualified Health Center") in responding to and handling of investigations by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, HRSA, CMS, the Joint Commission and OSHA.

Publications

January 24, 2018  HHS Takes Action to Protect Religious Beliefs and Moral Convictions
January 17, 2018  Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach
January 10, 2018  OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs
February 15, 2017  SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
January 31, 2017  IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts -- Impact on Healthcare Providers
December 2016  Vincenzo Carannante Published in Leading Forensic Psychiatry Reference
October 11, 2016  Providing Transgender-Inclusive Health Care
October 27, 2016  October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches
May 24, 2016  Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians
April 2016  Communicating Protected Health Information Via Text Messaging
January 27, 2016  If You Provide Behavioral Health Services, Do the New HIPAA Reporting Rules Apply to You?
December 9, 2015  Stark Law Update
February 9, 2015  Key Issues in Negotiating a Health Information Technology Agreement
January 9, 2015  U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Ebola for K-12 Schools
December 12, 2014  Recent Data Breach Demonstrates the Importance of Attention to Software and IT Systems
November 24, 2014  Ebola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics
November 11, 2014  Health and Human Services Addresses Ebola and Other Public Health Emergencies
October 16, 2014  Proposed Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Provisions

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Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law,
    J.D., 2006, summa cum laude
  • Quinnipiac University, B.S., 2002,
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

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