Richard (Rick) Rifenbark relies on his knowledge and experience to help clients identify, avoid, and (when necessary) resolve difficult regulatory compliance issues. He regularly advises clients on health care fraud and abuse laws and other regulatory issues, including the federal anti-kickback statute, stark physician self-referral law, false claims act, state licensing issues, corporate practice of medicine doctrines, and state fraud and abuse laws. Rick also negotiates and drafts transactional agreements, including, merger and acquisition, affiliation, professional services, and management agreements.
Rick’s experience includes:
Conducting health care compliance audits and internal investigations involving Stark and the anti-kickback statutePreparation of OIG advisory opinions Transactions and regulatory reviews involving substance abuse disorder facilities
Counseling regarding telehealth practice structures and compliance with state licensing requirements, fee splitting laws, and state prohibitions on the corporate practice of medicine
Drafting various types of agreements between hospitals and physicians Acquisitions of hospitals and medical groups
Conducting health care regulatory due diligence Advising clients regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and state licensure requirements upon changes of ownership Advising clients regarding Meaningful Use program and MACRA rules and requirements
Testifying as an expert witness regarding California fraud and abuse statutes