Holly Buckley


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  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, Certificate in Health Law, magna cum laude, Editor-in-Chief, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Public Interest Law Reporter, 2009
  • The University of Kansas, BS, Business Administration, 2002
  • Illinois

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Holly focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. She primarily counsels private equity funds and healthcare clients, including hospitals and health systems, medical practices and physician-owned hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers, on a variety of matters, including structuring transactions, regulatory due diligence, affiliation agreements and compliance matters. Holly also counsels clients on general corporate matters, anti-kickback and Stark issues, self-referral, corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions, and licensure requirements. She has also assisted clients with revising and developing compliance plans and implementing compliance programs.

Holly regularly provides guidance to provider clients on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the HITECH Act, including counseling clients in addressing alleged breaches under HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and in responding to complaints filed under HIPAA with the Office for Civil Rights. She also advises clients on the legal issues related to electronic medical records and negotiation of electronic medical record agreements.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Holly was a client executive at Cerner Corporation where she worked within the client service organization and was assigned to several key customers including two large academic medical centers. She assisted customers with developing implementation strategies and served as a liaison between Cerner’s engineering, intellectual property and clinical teams and the customer.

While earning her law degree from Loyola University, Holly received the Chicago Women’s Bar Foundation General Academic Scholarship as well as the Joe K. Tse Scholarship in Health Law. She was also honored as a Bernard Conway Health Law Scholar and served as president of the Loyola University School of Law Health Law Society.

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Holly Buckley
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Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Healthcare: Service Providers, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017

Named an “Emerging Lawyer,” Health Law, Leading Lawyers, 2015-2017

Co-author, 9 Core Considerations for Boards of Directors Considering a Hospital or Health System Affiliation, Healthcare Insights, KeyBank Capital Markets and McGuireWoods LLP, 2014
Co-Author, "Expensive Mistakes: Preventing Technical Violations of the Stark Law," E-Briefings, The Governance Institute, May 2014
Co-Author, "All HIEs Are Not Created Equal: Privacy and Security Considerations Related to HIE Participation," HIT News, American Health Lawyers Association, April 2014
Co-author, The Top Areas in Healthcare for Private Equity Investment in 2014, McGuireWoods LLP, February 2014
Co-author, "Physician Compensation: 10 Core Legal and Regulatory Concepts," Becker's Hospital Review, August 19, 2013
Co-author, "HIPAA compliance: what providers should know about HITECH Act mandatory audits," Federal Employment Law Insider, June 2013
Co-author, "Are Your Vendors Violating HIPAA? Why Internal HIPAA Compliance May Not Be Enough," Becker’s Hospital Review, June 4, 2013
Co-author, "HIPAA Compliance: What Providers Should Know About HITECH Act Mandatory Audits," Becker's Hospital Review, April 17, 2013
Co-author, "HIPAA Compliance: 5 Key Considerations for Hospitals and Other Large Providers," Becker’s Hospital Review, April 2013
Co-author, "Focus on Life Science Compliance: The Evolution of Medical Affairs Departments," AHLA Connections, Vol. 15, No. 11, November 2011
Co-author, Private Equity Investing in Healthcare – 13 Hot and 4 Cold Areas, McGuireWoods White Paper, August 2011
Co-author, "The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Medical Device Companies," Health Care Law Monthly, July 2010
Co-author, "Health Care Reform Includes Significant Transparency and Disclosures Initiatives," BNA's Health Care Fraud Report, April 7, 2010
Co-author, Health Care Law: A Practical Guide, Matthew Bender Lexis, 2010
Co-author, "Effective Diligence in Healthcare Transactions," Financier Worldwide, September 2008
Co-author, "Highly Leveraged Investments in the US Health Care Sector," Financier Worldwide, July 2008
Author, "How Illinois is Using Telemedicine to Improve Health Care Access in Rural Communities," Public Interest Law Reporter, July 2008
Speaker, 5th Annual Healthcare Litigation and Compliance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, May 30, 2018
Moderator, "Retail, Specialty, Compounding and Other Pharmacy Investment Opportunities," 15th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 22, 2018
Speaker, "Part Four: Hospitals and Surgery Centers - 12 Thoughts for 2017," Healthcare Webinar Series, April 26, 2017
Moderator, "Investments into Dermatology Companies - - - Ongoing Robust Activity in 2017?," 14th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 22, 2017
Moderator, "How to Develop and Execute Strategy in Times of Changing Reimbursement," Becker's Hospital Review 5th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable, Chicago, IL, November 8, 2016
Speaker/Lecturer, "Retail Medicine and Corporate Practice of Medicine,", Jaharis Health Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, November 2, 2016
Speaker, "Effective Compliance Planning for Surgery Centers," and "HIPAA and Privacy Issues for ASCs;" and Moderator, "Strategies for Adding Surgeons and Cases," Becker’s ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, Chicago, IL, October 28, 2016
Panelist, Structuring Employment and Recruitment Agreements with Advanced Health Practitioners: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and More, Strafford Webinar, September 8, 2016
Speaker, "Considerations in Structuring Dental Practice Acquisitions," Chicago Bar Association, April 27, 2016
Speaker, Dental Practice Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Affiliations, Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, March 31, 2016
Speaker, "HIPAA for the Rest of Us: What Do Non-Healthcare People Really Need to Know?," HIPAA Webinar Series, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, March 30, 2016
Speaker, "Getting HIP to HIPAA," ABA Techshow 2016, March 18, 2016
Speaker, Structuring Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices, Strafford Publications CLE Webinar, March 17, 2016
Speaker, "Winners & Losers Under The ACA: What Industries Have Flourished, Which Have Suffered & Other Observations for Investors," 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 24, 2016
Speaker, 17 Winners and Losers Under the Affordable Care Act, McGuireWoods Teleconference, December 15, 2015
Co-lecturer, "Future of Health Care Service Delivery, M & A, Integration, Partnerships," Clinical Executive MHA Program, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, December 12, 2015
Speaker, "Joint Operating Structures and Shared Services," 10th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 17, 2015
Speaker, 12 Things to Know About the Tuomey Case, McGuireWoods Teleconference, August 20, 2015
Moderator, "HIE Progress and Success," "Key Legal Issues in EMR, EMR Subsidy, HIPAA and Privacy Issues," and "Population Health and the Use of Healthcare IT," Becker's Hospital Review Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Summit, Becker's Hospital Review, July 21, 2015
Moderator, "Litigation Prevention: Robust Compliance Programs and Internal Investigations," Annual Healthcare Litigation Conference, May 6, 2015
Speaker, Current Trends in Hospital Sales and Partnership Transactions, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, February 19, 2015
Moderator, "How Healthcare Services Companies are Preparing for Population Management," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 17, 2015
Speaker, Current Trends in Healthcare: A Legal Perspective, MS Health Communication Proseminar, Northwestern University, January 17, 2015
Moderator, "Current Issues in Privacy and Data Security - HIPAA, Handling Breaches, Health Information Exchanges and More," Becker's Hospital Review Annual Chief Information Officer Roundtable, November 4, 2014
Speaker, "Ensuring HIPAA Compliance in ASCs: New Rules, More Challenges, Higher Penalties," The Business and Operations of ASCs, Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting, October 24. 2014
Moderator, "Today’s Key Issues Impacting ASCs and Outpatient Strategies," 9th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference, September 18, 2014
Panelist, "6 Critical Considerations in Compliance Planning for Hospitals and Health Systems," Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, April 8, 2014
Speaker, Healthcare Private Equity Update and Overview of 19 Niche Sectors, McGuireWoods Complimentary Webinar, March 5, 2014
Moderator, "Assessing HIPAA Compliance Health Through Diligence & Associated Risk/Liability Issues," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, 10 Key Points Providers Should Know for 2014 HIPAA Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar, January 16, 2014
Speaker, "Evaluating Transaction Structures and Potential Suitors: Assessing For-Profit and Non-Profit Proposals," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, January 15, 2014
Speaker, "Antitrust Implications of Hospital Transactions – Maximizing Chances of Success and Minimizing Antitrust Risks," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar Series, December 11, 2013
Speaker, "Preparing for a Transaction – Physician Contract Review and Other Pre-Transaction Tasks," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, November 13, 2013
Speaker, "Practical HIPAA Compliance Plans for ASCs," 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, October 25, 2013
Speaker, "Current Issues in HIPAA and Data Privacy," Healthcare Finance and Growth: 2013 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, September 24, 2013
Speaker, "Meeting the September HITECH Omnibus Rule Compliance Deadline," Focus on HIPAA Compliance, Thomson Reuters Webcast, July 31, 2013
Planning Chair, "Hospital and Health System Transactions: 10 Key Legal and Business Issues," American Law Institute CLE Webinar, May 16, 2013
Speaker, "The Key Legal and Risk Areas Facing Hospitals-From Anti Kickback, False Claims to Stark and Back to Anti Trust," Becker’s Hospital Review 4th Annual Meeting, May 11, 2013
Speaker, "Staying Protected in the Wake of the Omnibus Final Rule," Are You Still HIPAA Compliant?, McGuireWoods HIPAA and the HITECH Final Rule Webinar Series, March 19, 2013
Speaker, "Staying Protected in the Wake of the Final Rule Released January 17, 2013," Are You Still HIPAA Compliant?, Healthcare Consultants International, Inc. Webinar, February 13, 2013
Speaker, "Defending the Process and the Focus on the Buyer Joint Venture Model," Selecting a Suitor, McGuireWoods LLP & Juniper Advisory LLC Complimentary Webinar, December 6, 2012
Speaker, "Strategies for Protecting Patient Privacy in a HITECH World," HIPAA and Social Media, McGuireWoods Webinar, June 13, 2012
Speaker, "Conducting a Compliance Review of Your ASC or Physician Owned Hospital," 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues, June 16, 2012
Speaker, Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, May 7 - September 13, 2012
Speaker, "Preparing for Physician Payment Sunshine in 2012," 3rd Annual Medical Device, Durable Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Conference, November 2, 2011
Speaker, "HIPAA Compliance in a HITECH World," McGuireWoods Webinar, May 25, 2011
Smart Investing in Primary Care Centers: 5 Key Takeaways, The Healthcare Investor, April 16, 2018
5 Key Takeaways on Top Surgical Specialty Investments, The Healthcare Investor, March 19, 2018
Emerging Models in Urgent Care Investments: 5 Key Takeaways, The Healthcare Investor, March 13, 2018