Representative Matters

  • Genesis HealthCare - Represented Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of long-term health care and support services to the elderly, in obtaining its Certificate of Need approval to enter into a long-term lease to operate 11 nursing facilities previously operated by Sandy River Health Systems. Worked closely with officials of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and assisted Genesis in meeting the detailed standards for obtaining the CON. The CON also approved a purchase option.
  • Defending a Maine physician - Prevailed in a federal administrative law hearing before a Cleveland Ohio judge on behalf of a Maine osteopathic physician, Judy Hetzler Shedd, D.O.  The Judge concluded that the regional Medicare carrier had improperly recouped payments for hundreds of osteopathic procedures performed by Dr. Shedd and restored these funds to her. The court rejected the carrier's denial, based on a 1994 local coverage determination.  The administrative law hearing was the third level appeal, following reviews by Massachusetts and Florida Medicare entities, where Dr. Shedd had been denied relief.
  • Acadia Hospital and Spring Harbor Hospital - Successfully worked on behalf of Acadia Hospital and Spring Harbor Hospital, Maine's two non-profit psychiatric hospitals to obtain enactment of supplemental appropriation of $5.6 million to treat indigent mentally ill patients. Handled legislative approval of the appropriation necessary to make up for significant shortfall in so-called disproportionate share of hospital (DSH) Medicaid pool.
  • Franklin Memorial Hospital - Preti Flaherty worked with Franklin Memorial Hospital to secure needed approvals to permit transfer of $16 million in investment funds from the hospital to its parent, the Franklin Community Health Network, a national award winner for its community health programs.   Approvals were secured from the Maine Attorney General and a Franklin County Superior Court Justice. This change will provide the Hospital and its parent with greater flexibility to fulfill community needs.
  • Cancer Care Center of York County - Represented a consortium of three Maine hospitals – Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital– in obtaining Certificate of Need approval for a radiation treatment facility in South Sanford, the Cancer Care Center of York County (CCCYC). Because two other hospitals were also seeking approval in a competitive review, the hearings and other proceedings before the Department of Human Services were hotly contested. Several court appeals followed in which the CCCYC has prevailed. 
  • Great Northern Paper (GNP) - When Great Northern Paper (GNP) filed for bankruptcy protection, its self-funded employee health care plan was in jeopardy. We worked with GNP, the Governor's office, major health care providers and creditors to create and fund an interim health program to preserve employee coverage and make GNP more attractive to prospective purchasers. The federal bankruptcy court approved the interim health care funding protocol, assuring employees, retirees and their dependents continued health care until the company was sold. 
  • Rumford Community Hospital - Represented Rumford Community Hospital when it sought additional Medicare payments to help recover from an economic downturn and physician recruitment problems, Medicare denied the request. Our lawyers worked with the hospital to appeal to the federal Provider Reimbursement Review Board in Baltimore. After a full hearing, the Board reversed the initial Medicare decision and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional reimbursement.

Firm Highlights

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

Event

Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

Publication

Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

Publication

Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

News

David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

Event

Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...