Rory V. Bellina is an attorney in the Chehardy Sherman Williams healthcare section. He was named a New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyer for 2020 in Commercial Transactions. He is board-certified in health law in Louisiana and focuses on the representation of healthcare providers, group practices, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, specialty hospitals, medical staffs, allied health professionals, social workers, healthcare facilities, durable medical equipment providers, imaging facilities, and laboratories.
Mr. Bellina advises clients on Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, certification, reimbursement, audits and appeals, as well as state and federal fraud and abuse regulations, such as the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, Civil Monetary Penalties Law, and Qui Tam (“Whistleblower”) defenses. Additionally, Mr. Bellina has represented clients before the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals.
Mr. Bellina provides advice on matters relating to changes of ownership (“CHOW”), changes of information (“CHOI”), HIPAA regulations, and other credentialing issues. He has also worked with numerous clients on tax-exempt applications, federally qualified health center recognition, complex mergers and acquisitions of practices, surgery centers, imaging centers, pharmacies, and hospitals.
Mr. Bellina also assists clients with entity formation, joint ventures, dissolutions, liquidations, and matters pertaining to the review and negotiation of their employment agreements, non-compete issues, payor contracts, employment, labor, and patient policy issues, campus safety, patient safety, and security.
Of particular interest, Mr. Bellina served as part of an Independent Review Organization for various entities under a Corporate Integrity Agreement. He assisted with the establishment of a Federally Qualified Health Center (“FQHC”) Look-Alike. FQHC’s are community-based health care providers that meet the HRSA Health Center Program’s requirements but do not receive Health Center Program funding. They provide primary care services in underserved areas, provide care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay, and operate under a governing board that includes patients. Mr. Bellina also served as Seller’s Counsel for the sale of various eye care providers, imaging centers, and ambulatory surgery centers.
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Metairie, LA 70001
- Louisiana State University
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D.
- United States Tax Court
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
- United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
- American Bar Association, Health Law Section
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- American Health Law Association