Representative Matters

  • In 2019 and 2020, Andy Cashman worked extensively with the Maine Health Care Association and its member nursing and long-term care facilities to secure additional MaineCare funding to provide special wage allowances to help offset the impact of minimum wage increases on these facilities.
  • In 2018, John Doyle was Certificate of Need (CON) regulatory counsel in securing approval for a replacement multi-level skilled nursing and long-term care facility of the Maine Veterans Homes in Augusta, Maine. It was an innovative “small house concept” with an approved capital expenditure cost of $91M.
  • In 2017, Dan Rapaport and Shana Solomon obtained a defense verdict in a Superior Court trial where the Plaintiff asserted claims of medical negligence against a general surgeon and the Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC). The Plaintiff claimed the defendant surgeon was negligent during his performance of a gall bladder removal surgery, causing damage to the Plaintiff’s small bowel and the need for seven additional surgeries to remedy the injury. After a five-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the surgeon and the hospital.
  • Preti Flaherty attorneys have represented a wide range of providers on Medicare and Medicaid compliance issues and audit reviews by federal Office of Inspector General (OIG), the US Attorney's Office, Maine DHHS Program Integrity, and Maine U.S. Attorney's Office. They negotiated terms of settlement and corporate compliance agreements and addressed multiple investigations.
  • Over the past several years, John Doyle has worked with Woodlands Senior Living, LLC, in securing DHHS approvals for MaineCare-funded slots for several memory care facilities throughout the state.
  • In 2018 and 2019, Tony Manhart and Bodie Colwell of our business restructuring group, along with John Doyle, worked with long-time owners of five rural nursing facilities that were forced to close due to multiple financial challenges. Preti Flaherty lawyers worked with the owners to carry out orderly closures meeting all regulatory requirements, and secured some value for the transfer of MaineCare “bed rights” to other MaineCare providers, with the funds partially offsetting claims of creditors.
  • In 2016, John Doyle and Sig Schutz served as counsel to Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, a methadone medication assisted treatment facility in securing approval from the Bangor City Council to expand its authorized treatment slots, following a federal court ruling that Council’s initial denial would likely be determined to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • In 2015, John Doyle served as counsel to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in securing Certificate of Need approval for the merger of the Medical Center and St. Margaret D'Youville Pavilion of Lewiston.
  • Preti Flaherty attorneys served as regulatory counsel to Eastern Maine Health Systems (now Northern Light Health) in connection with its affiliation with Mercy Hospital. CON approval for this $89 million transaction was issued October 2, 2013. John Doyle had earlier served as counsel to Mercy in obtaining CON approval for its Fore River campus facility that now houses short-stay surgery, outpatient services, and Mercy's Birthing Center.