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Susan Huntington, chair of the firm's Healthcare and Life Sciences practice, assists health care providers with the spectrum of business and regulatory needs, with particular experience in forming accountable care organizations and clinical integration networks. She has focused her entire legal career in health law and has extensive clinical, business management, insurance, risk management and legal experience. As a certified physician assistant, Susan also has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by health care providers. Susan helps hospitals and physicians take advantage of the new options for clinical integration. She has provided the legal support for forming three Medicare shared savings program ACOs, including two national ACOs, a statewide clinically integrated network and multiple ACO-like arrangements with third party payers.
Susan has provided legal support from just about every side of a transaction -- serving as in-house counsel at Aetna, General Counsel for Connecticut's largest primary care physician group and Deputy General Counsel at Hartford HealthCare. In addition, her initial experience as a physician assistant aids with her interactions with health care clients by understanding the general clinical environment and the goals needed to achieve success in today's complicated regulatory environment. Her in-house experience helps to navigate not only the legal issues, but also the internal political and practical issues that can become obstacles in bringing disparate parties together effectively.In addition, Susan has over ten years of experience working for a major international insurance company and served as the health care practice leader/senior vice president. The health care practice provided directors and officers insurance, managed care liability and medical professional liability insurance for the entire spectrum of health care organizations and all types of physicians. The underwriting and claim information from the thousands of insureds provided Susan with a wealth of experience on liability and risk management for health care providers and managed care organizations.
Assisting health care providers contract and meet regulatory requirements for ACOs and integrated delivery networks
Assist with effective negotiating of managed care contracts
Provide legal advice on transactions between various types of health care providers to comply with health care regulations
Compliance with privacy regulations and investigations of actual or potential breaches
Practical advice on software contracting for electronic health records, disease management systems and population management software
Risk management counseling
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading healthcare attorney in Connecticut, 2017-2020
Recipient of Profiles in Diversity Journal's 18th Annual "Women Worth Watching" Award, 2019
Recipient of Leadership Award for Exceptional Volunteerism from the University of Connecticut Medical School, 2016
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