Gretchen Heinze Townshend

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Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, Executive Issue Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 2004
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
Affiliations

Member, Illinois Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Gretchen's practice focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. Her experience includes representation of various types of healthcare providers including hospitals, health systems, dialysis facilities, multi and single specialty medical practices, specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and a variety of healthcare industry entrepreneurs, in sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, general corporate matters, contracting, securities, and regulatory matters.

Her work includes negotiating and drafting transaction documents and counseling clients with regard to the legal aspects of day-to-day operations, including general corporate matters; anti-kickback and Stark issues; self-referral, corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions; HIPAA, certificate of need and licensure requirements; and state and federal securities matters.

Following law school, Gretchen clerked for the Honorable Henry Lee Adams, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Honorable Frederick Martone of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She also served as an extern for the Honorable Philip Simon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

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Gretchen Heinze Townshend
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818

Representation of large health system in acquisitions of large and small physician practices.

Representation of physician practices in joint ventures with large dialysis organizations.

Representation of ambulatory surgical center management companies in ambulatory surgery center acquisitions, joint ventures and syndications.

Representation of hospitals, surgery centers, dialysis facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers in compliance counseling and the preparation of compliance plans.

Co-author, Preparing for the CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model, McGuireWoods LLP, February 25, 2016
Co-author, "In-House Labs Require Health Investor Due Diligence," Law360, November 20, 2013
Co-author, "Physician Compensation: 10 Core Legal and Regulatory Concepts," Becker's Hospital Review, August 19, 2013
Co-author, "5 Questions To Consider When Forming and ACO," Law360, May 9, 2013
Co-author, "Waiver of Co-Insurance, Co-Payments, and Deductibles: New Jersey Legal Overview," Health Care Law Monthly, April 2010
Co-author, Health Care Law: A Practical Guide, Matthew Bender Lexis, 2010
Co-author, Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Legal and Regulatory Issues, Fourth Edition, Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association, August 2009
Co-author, Health Care Law: A Practical Guide, Matthew Bender Lexis, 2009
Co-author, "Pre- and Post-Commencement of an Investigation of Health Care Compliance: Key Considerations for All Providers," Health Care Law Monthly, May 2008
Co-author, "Key Regulatory and Diligence Issues in Healthcare Real Estate Acquisitions," Health Care Law Monthly, February 2008
Co-author, Health Care Law: A Practical Guide, Matthew Bender Lexis, 2008
Co-author, "Ambulatory Surgery Centers: CMS Update on Payment and Coverage," American Health Lawyers Association, October 2007
Co-author, "8 Keys to Compliance for Medical Science Liaisons," Health Care Law Monthly, April 2007
Speaker, "STARK Regulations and Compliance," Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management Comprehensive Review Courses and Competency Examination, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Chicago, Illinois, July 2017
Speaker, "Maximizing Leverage in Key Contracts and Business Arrangements," 15th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, May 2017
Speaker, "Effective Compliance Planning for Surgery Centers," and Moderator, "Should You Sell Your ASC? Valuation, Operating Agreement, Non Competes, Legal and Process Issues," Becker’s ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, Chicago, IL, October 2016
Speaker, 10 Things to Know About the CMS CCJR Model and Gainsharing Arrangements, McGuireWoods LLP Healthcare Webinar, April 2016
Moderator, "The Outlook for Independent Specialists," 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, June 2015
Moderator, "Business and Legal Considerations for Nephrology Practice Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions," 13th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, April 2015
Moderator, "Top Business and Legal Considerations Laboratory, Imaging & Other Diagnostics Investments," 12th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference, February 2015
Speaker, Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Issues, Healthcare Webinar, February 2015
Speaker, Avoiding Health Care Fraud and Abuse: 2014 Update, The American Law Institute, May 2014
Speaker, "Financial Relationships Between Healthcare Providers and Physicians," Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance Issues, McGuireWoods LLP Audio Conference Series, March 10, 2014
Speaker, "Preparing for a Transaction – Physician Contract Review and Other Pre-Transaction Tasks," Community Hospital Transactions and Affiliations, McGuireWoods LLP Complimentary Webinar Series, November 2013
Presenter, "From Strategy to Transaction: How To Achieve the “Best” Deal for You and Your Physicians," Physician Strategies and Solutions Webcast Series, December 2011
Presenter, "Should You Sell Your Practice to a Hospital? What Will the Agreement Look Like? What are the Key Issues?," 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, October 2011
Presenter, "Compensation Compliance, Internal Investigations, and Increased Government Investigations," 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference, June 2011
Presenter, "Regulatory and Reimbursement Trends in Nephrology and Dialysis," 8th Annual Business & Legal Issues in Dialysis & Nephrology Symposium, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, May 2010
Presenter, "Regulatory and Reimbursement Trends in Nephrology and Dialysis," 7th Annual Business & Legal Issues in Dialysis & Nephrology Symposium, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, May 2009
Presenter, "Keys to Compliance for Medical Science Liaisons," Center for Business Intelligence Webinar, October 2008
Presenter, "Challenges to Physician Ownership in ASCs and Hospitals," Orthopedic, Sine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference, June 2008