Robert K. Blaisdell is Managing Partner and Chair of Summit Health Law Partners' Health Law practice. He works with healthcare clients to provide general business and corporate legal services and guidance on a wide range of issues, such as regulatory and corporate compliance; vendor contracting; HIPAA; medical staff credentialing and peer review; healthcare fraud and abuse, including Anti-Kickback, Stark Physician self-referral and False Claims Act analysis; nursing home and assisted living facility representation (including MassHealth audit appeals, transfers/discharges, and evictions). He has also appeared before various oversight agencies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Board of Registration in Nursing and the Board of Registration in Medicine.
Bob is also experienced in general corporate law, employment law, and litigation.
Associate, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane
Student Prosecutor with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office
Law Clerk, Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission
Contributing author, Pattern Discovery: Labor and Employment Law, published by Clark, Boardman, Callahan
Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1994
Edward F. Hennessey Scholar
Paul J. Liacos Scholar
Salem State College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1987
Court / Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Behavioral health contracting; Compliance program development & counseling; Contract negotiations; Corporate formation, joint ventures, affiliations & other business arrangements; Corporate governance; Employment-related issues; EMTALA; Financing (tax exempt/ taxable); Fraud & abuse compliance: Government investigations; HIPAA; Medicaid fraud; Medical staff governance; Medical peer review; Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement; Patient care issues; Physician compensation & financial arrangements; Physician recruitment & retention; Professional licensure and discipline; Risk management/liability; Regulatory compliance; State & federal matters; Tax exempt issues
Academic Medical Centers; Assisted Living/Independent Living; Community Hospitals; Home/Hospice Care; Physicians & Physician Groups; Skilled Nursing
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers, Health Care Law, 2020-2021 (1)
Futile Care Presentation: Conflict of Conscience – When Providers and Caretakers Disagree
Informed Consent Presentation: Informed Consent – Basic Principles and Special Considerations
EMTALA Presentation: The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986
Assisted Living Presentation: Difficult Landlord-Tenant Issues, Termination of Residency and Resident Eviction
HIPAA and State Law Privacy Presentation: Privacy & Security of Personal Information
Civic & charitable activities
Coach for youth soccer and youth baseball
Off the record...
New favorite activity: REM sleep BASE jumping.
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- Represent providers in disciplinary matters before various licensing agencies, including the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Board of Registration in Nursing, and the Division of Professional Licensure
- Represent hospitals and medical staffs in physician disciplinary and peer review proceedings
- Successfully defended a long-term care facility in arbitration over termination of two union employees
- Successfully represented an ambulance company investor in federal civil litigation over return of his investment
- Advise hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and physician practices on general corporate, employment and regulatory matters
- Successfully represented providers in various discrimination actions before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
- Represent assisted living residences and nursing homes on eviction and trespass matters
“A higher level of experience and focus you don’t get from the big firms.”
–Home / hospice care provider
Clearing the path for a state-of-the-art hospital in Charlestown
“They know our industry and speak our language.”
–Assisted living provider
Giving back to our community
“We count on them for strategic advice beyond our legal needs.”
–VP, assisted living
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