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Partner - Vincenzo  Carannante

Vincenzo Carannante

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Vincenzo Carannante is a partner in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, where he represents a variety of healthcare facilities and providers including hospitals, tissue banks, ambulatory surgical centers, FQHCs, behavioral health providers, clinical laboratories, residential care homes, home health agencies, physician practices and individual practitioners.

Vincenzo provides representation to clients in connection with compliance and reimbursement issues including all Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, Stark, Anti-kickback and audit issues and investigations.  He assists clients in establishing or structuring facilities, transactions, operations, and contracts in order to comply with the numerous regulatory hurdles faced by health care providers. He also represents clients in compliance and reimbursement audits and investigations conducted by state and federal agencies including the OIG, DOJ, HRSA, DSS, CT Attorney General’s Office, MassHealth, fiscal intermediaries, and government contracted auditors.

Vincenzo also represents clients before the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) and other federal and state agencies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  He regularly counsels clients on all OHCA related matters and proceedings including, applying for Certificates of Need (CONs) for the establishment of a new or the sale/transfer of ownership of an existing health care facility or challenging CON applications filed by adverse parties. Vincenzo has assisted clients navigate over 100 CON matters.  He also advises clients on privacy and HIPAA issues and the licensure of new facilities and ongoing compliance with Connecticut regulations (i.e., the Public Health Code), handling DPH investigations and hearings, preparation of Corrective Action Plans and negotiation of Consent Orders on behalf of healthcare facilities and providers. Vincenzo also represents individual practitioners (including physicians) in licensure investigations involving DPH and related professional boards.

In the life science space, Vincenzo routinely advises clients with respect to various contractual, business, and regulatory matters including, compliance with applicable AATB, EBAA, FDA, and HCT/P guidelines. 

As outside legal counsel to numerous FQHCs, Vincenzo regularly counsels and assists FQHCs with a wide range of business and regulatory matters including: preparation and review of contracts and affiliation agreements; coordination of FQHC governance and operations in accordance with Federal (e.g. HRSA) and state requirements; defending FQHCs with respect to government investigations and audits; HIPAA and state patient data privacy and security requirements; and licensure matters before the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Health Care (2011-2017)
  • New Leader of the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Connecticut Hospital Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA): Member of the Connecticut Program Committee
  • Health Care Compliance Association

Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement and Compliance Issues

Represented large health system with responding to subpoenas and investigation by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Justice, and the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office.

Responding to Investigations for FQHCs

Represented large FQHC ("Federally Qualified Health Center") in responding to and handling of investigations by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, HRSA, CMS, the Joint Commission and OSHA.

Publications

February 15, 2017  SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
January 31, 2017  IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts -- Impact on Healthcare Providers
December 2016  Vincenzo Carannante Published in Leading Forensic Psychiatry Reference
October 11, 2016  Providing Transgender-Inclusive Health Care
October 27, 2016  October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches
May 24, 2016  Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians
April 2016  Communicating Protected Health Information Via Text Messaging
January 27, 2016  If You Provide Behavioral Health Services, Do the New HIPAA Reporting Rules Apply to You?
December 9, 2015  Stark Law Update
February 9, 2015  Key Issues in Negotiating a Health Information Technology Agreement
January 9, 2015  U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Ebola for K-12 Schools
December 12, 2014  Recent Data Breach Demonstrates the Importance of Attention to Software and IT Systems
November 24, 2014  Ebola Guidance for Schools: Focusing on the Basics
November 11, 2014  Health and Human Services Addresses Ebola and Other Public Health Emergencies
October 16, 2014  Proposed Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Provisions
September 2, 2014  CMS Proposes Short-Term Inpatient Admission Settlement Process for Hospitals
August 1, 2014  Connecticut Expands Transparency Reporting Obligations to APRNs
July 9, 2014  Connecticut Health Law 2014 Legislative Update
February 3, 2014  CMS Delays the 2-Midnight Rule For At Least Another 2 Midnights
January 14, 2014  IRS Releases Further Guidance for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
December 4, 2013  DSS Releases Proposed FQHC Reimbursement Regulations
November 19, 2013  Court Rules that Hospital's Incentive Payments for its Oncologists Violated the Stark Law
November 8, 2013  CMS Delays Post-Payment Reviews for "Short-Stay" Inpatient Admissions
November 6, 2013  Medicare Conditions of Participation for Community Mental Health Centers
August 26, 2013  Recent OCR Enforcement Action Demonstrates the Importance of a Thorough Risk Analysis
August 8, 2013  Health Law 2013 Legislative Update
May 22, 2013  Lessons Learned From "U.S. ex rel., Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc."
May 20, 2013  Shining The Light On Physician Payment Sunshine Act
May 16, 2013  Certificate of Need Regulations Finalized and Released
February 12, 2013  HIPAA Final Rule
January 3, 2013  HHS Announces Mobile Device Security Initiative

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Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law,
    J.D., 2006, summa cum laude
  • Quinnipiac University, B.S., 2002,
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

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