Scott Becker


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  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1989
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, Finance and Accounting, 1986
  • Illinois

Scott Becker is a partner in the healthcare department at McGuireWoods. He previously served on the Board of Partners of the firm and chaired the healthcare department for nearly 13 years.

Scott is the founder and publisher of Becker’s Hospital Review and Becker’s Healthcare. He represents hospitals and health systems, healthcare companies, surgery center chains, large practices and private equity funds.

Scott is a Harvard law graduate and certified public accountant.

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Scott Becker
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Healthcare: Service Providers, Legal 500 US, 2016

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2018

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Healthcare Law, Illinois, 2005, 2006, 2008-2011, 2013-2018; Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation, Nationwide, 2015-2018; Healthcare: Transactional, Nationwide, 2015-2018, Chambers USA

Named to "Illinois Super Lawyers," Health Care, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005-2017

Contributor, Developing and Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, ASD Management Inc., 2016
Co-author, "Private Equity In Healthcare – A Review of 15 Niche Investment Areas," Becker's Hospital Review, April 11, 2016
Co-author, "23 Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law and False Claims Issues and Thoughts," Becker's Hospital Review, May 26, 2015
Co-author, "8 of the Most Interesting Things We Are Seeing in Healthcare," Becker's Hospital Review, March 19, 2014
Co-author, The Top Areas in Healthcare for Private Equity Investment in 2014, McGuireWoods LLP, February 2014
Co-author, Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Legal and Regulatory Issues (Fifth Edition), American Health Lawyers Association, 2014
Co-author, "Ancillary Services Consolidation: Keeping up With Hospital Mergers?," Becker's Hospital Review, September 2013
Co-author, "Physician Compensation: 10 Core Legal and Regulatory Concepts," Becker's Hospital Review, August 19, 2013
Co-author, 17 Healthcare Niches – Observations 2013, McGuireWoods White Paper, January 2013
Co-author, Investing in Dental Practice Management: Key Issues and Notable Transactions, McGuireWoods White Paper, November 2012
Co-author, 8 Key Issues for Hospitals and Health Systems - 2013, McGuireWoods White Paper, November 2012
Co-author, "Key Issues in Joining an ACO or Other Clinical Integration Program," Nephrology News & Issues, March 2012
Co-author, Private Equity Investing in Healthcare – 13 Hot and 4 Cold Areas, McGuireWoods White Paper, August 2011
Co-author, Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Legal and Regulatory Issues, Fourth Edition, Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association, August 2009
Co-author, "Effective Diligence in Healthcare Transactions," Financier Worldwide, September 2008
Co-author, "Is Block Leasing in Trouble," Becker’s ASC Review, July 21, 2008
Co-author, "Highly Leveraged Investments in the US Health Care Sector," Financier Worldwide, July 2008
Co-author, "Executive Summary: The Application of the Fraud and Abuse Laws and EMTALA to Physician-owned Hospitals," Physician Hospitals of America, March 2008
Co-author, "Key Regulatory and Diligence Issues in Healthcare Real Estate Acquisitions," Health Care Law Monthly, February 2008
Co-author, "Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Physician – Owned Hospital – What Causes the Political Chasm?," ASC Review, January 31, 2008
Co-author, "Friendly Alliances Between Gastroenterologists and Hospitals," American Journal of Gastroenterology, November 2007
Co-author, "Ambulatory Surgery Centers: CMS Update on Payment and Coverage," American Health Lawyers Association, October 2007
Co-author, Stark III - Nine Areas of Concern, McGuireWoods White Paper, August 2007
Co-author, "Hospital-Physician Integration Models: An Alternative to Joint Ventures," Health Care Law Monthly, June 2007
Co-author, "Physician Owned Hospitals - The Best of Times and the Worst of Times," Physicians Hospital Association PULSE Magazine, March 2007
Co-author, "Selling a Physician-Owned Hospital - 15 Key Concepts," Health Care Law Monthly, February 2007
Co-author, "Your Top Legal Worries for 2007," Outpatient Surgery Magazine, January 2007
Moderator, "Healthcare Business Trends and Issues," Healthcare Litigation and Business Trends Program, October 10, 2018
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Surgery Centers," 13th Annual Healthcare Finance and Growth Conference, September 25, 2018
Moderator, "Key Healthcare Business & Market Trends & Opportunities," 15th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 22, 2018
Speaker, 2018 Anti-Kickback and Stark Act Issues, January 24, 2018
Moderator, Business Strategies for Healthcare and Beyond, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, August 15, 2017
Moderator, Key Business and Legal Issues Facing Surgery Centers, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, August 14, 2017
Speaker, "Part One: Healthcare Litigation - Out of Network, False Claims Cases and Antitrust Issues," "Part Two: What to Expect With Regard to the ACA" and "Part Three: Key Trends in Anti-Kickback and Stark Enforcement" and "Part Four: Hospitals and Surgery Centers - 12 Thoughts for 2017," Healthcare Webinar Series, March 9 and 22, April 5 and 26, 2017
Moderator, "The Ongoing Movement to Lower-Cost Settings for Care: How the ASC Industry and Others Have Driven and Responded to This Trend," 14th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 23, 2017
Speaker, "Part One - National Trends in Healthcare: Movement from Inpatient to Outpatient," "Part Two - 12 Thoughts on Strategy and Leadership" and "Part Three - 10 Thoughts on Surgery Centers in 2017," Healthcare Webinar Series, January 10 & 18; February 1, 2017
Moderator, Becker's Hospital Review 5th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable, Chicago, IL, November 7-9, 2016
Moderator, Fall Healthcare Litigation Update, November 2, 2016
Speaker, Ambulatory Surgery Centers and ASC Litigation, McGuireWoods LLP Teleconference, March 17, 2016
Moderator, "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, Academic Medical Centers — Core Goals, Options and Trends in Mergers, Acquisitions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Teleconference, January 26, 2016
Speaker, Key Valuation Issues for Healthcare Leadership, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Teleconference, January 26, 2016
Speaker, 17 Winners and Losers Under the Affordable Care Act, McGuireWoods Teleconference, December 15, 2015
Speaker, Healthcare Litigation: False Claims, Antitrust and Commercial Issues, McGuireWoods Seminar, December 14, 2015
Speaker, "False Claims, Commercial Litigation and More," Healthcare Litigation and Compliance, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Teleconference, November 11, 2015
Speaker, 12 Things to Know About the Tuomey Case, McGuireWoods Teleconference, August 20, 2015
Moderator, "The Evolving Role of the CIO," "Key Thoughts on Improving Revenue Cycle 2015," "Mobile Health and the Healthcare Industry - Where Are We Now?," "EMR - Best Practices for After the Implementation," and "CIO Roundtable," Becker's Hospital Review Annual CIO/HIT + Revenue Cycle Summit, Becker's Hospital Review, July 21, 2015
Chairman and Moderator, "What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Next Five Years," "What It Takes to Be a Thriving Orthopedic and Spine Practice Over the Next 5 Years," "The Future of Spine Surgery - The Next Five Years," "The Best Strategies for the Next 5 Years," "New Initiatives in Spine and Pain Management," and "23 Anti-Kickback, Stark and False Claims Issues," 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, June 11-13, 2015
Speaker, 10 Key Anti-Kickback and Stark Act Issues in 2015, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Teleconference, May 21, 2015
Moderator, The ACA and the Implications of King v. Burwell, McGuireWoods LLP Teleconference, March 11, 2015
Speaker, Current Trends in Hospital Sales and Partnership Transactions, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, February 19, 2015
Moderator, "The Evolution of Payor Perspectives: The Changing Role of Payors in the U.S. Healthcare System," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 17, 2015
Moderator, "The CIO's Role - Intersection of IT, Business and Healthcare," Becker's Hospital Review Annual Chief Information Officer Roundtable, November 4, 2014
Speaker, Hospital and Health System Transactions – Key Considerations, Trends and Issues, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar, April 22, 2014
Speaker, "7 Key Stark, Antikickback and False Claims Concepts for Senior Leadership," Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, April 8, 2014
Speaker, 8 Key Trends in Healthcare False Claims and Antitrust Litigation, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, March 12, 2014
Speaker, Healthcare Private Equity Update and Overview of 19 Niche Sectors, McGuireWoods Complimentary Webinar, March 5, 2014
Moderator, "Investor Spotlight: Key Issues & Hot Outpatient Sectors Right Now As Compared To Ten Years Ago — and What Will The Next Decade Bring?," 11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 25-26, 2014
Speaker, "Emerging Topics Regarding Medicare/Medicaid,", The Chicago Bar Association, May 22, 2013
Speaker, "Sales, Joint Ventures, Specialties, Turnarounds and Other Key Issues," Ambulatory Surgical Center Trends, March 21, 2013
Speaker, Seven Emerging Issues in Stark, Kickback and False Claims Cases, McGuireWoods Webinar, March 6, 2013
Panelist, "Expanding Healthcare Business Lines," 9th Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference, McGuireWoods LLP and McGladrey LLP, February 22 - 23, 2012
Speaker, "From Strategy to Transaction: How To Achieve the “Best” Deal for You and Your Physicians," Physician Strategies and Solutions Webcast Series, December 14, 2011
Moderator, "Examining Private Equity’s Role in the Hospital/Healthcare Market: Private/Public Partnerships," Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference, October 11, 2011