John R. Washlick focuses his practice on health care transactions and corporate compliance. He is resident in both the firm’s Philadelphia and Princeton offices. John is co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team. His clients include hospitals, health care systems, physician practices, individual physicians, medical device companies, and entrepreneurs and investment-backed entities.
John is a recognized authority on federal income tax issues involving tax-exempt organizations and the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. His guidance is often sought as his clients assess various arrangements with physicians, such as clinical joint ventures, co-management arrangements, integrated delivery systems, business joint ventures, physician recruitment, practice acquisitions, employment arrangements, hospital/physician integration planning and exclusive provider agreements. He also advises health care industry clients, including entrepreneurs and investment-backed entities on general corporate law and regulatory health care related issues, such as the corporate practice of medicine and fee splitting laws. John partners with clients to arrive at strategic, yet practical, solutions to often cutting-edge issues and high-profile matters.
John has experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting a variety of complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint operating agreements, joint ventures, clinical co-management agreements, academic and clinical affiliations, and contractual relationships among providers and with third-party payors. He advises clients in the formation or acquisition of new entities, the restructuring of existing entities and the creation of alliances or other integration initiatives. John assists clients in responding to industry changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, including the development of integrated provider networks, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and NCQA patient-centered medical homes.
He also assists clients with developing and implementing corporate compliance plans, HIPAA programs and governance restructuring and planning. John speaks nationally and writes frequently on contemporary health care topics.
John is recognized among the leading health care lawyers in Pennsylvania by international legal research publisher Chambers USA, an honor based on an intensive research process incorporating client feedback. Chambers described John as “well regarded for his transactional expertise in relation to the health care industry” and noted “his tax knowledge on tax-exempt organizations and federal income tax issues.” Chambers also noted that John is highly praised for his “very analytical and business-minded” approach to health care matters and citing sources who praised his “ability to think outside the box in solving health care legal problems,” while also gaining client praise for his “great dedication to client service.”
John has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 in the health care law area. He has also been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® and has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s® Peer Review Ratings.
John is a former adjunct professor of law at both the Widener University School of Law and the Villanova University School of Law, where he taught federal income tax and health care related courses for over 15 years. John speaks and writes on transaction, governance, regulatory and compliance matters, and he has been published in many health care and tax related publications, such as Health Connections, Health Law Digest, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly and the New Jersey Law Journal. He is the author of Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Management Portfolio’s “Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations: Federal Income Tax Issues” (3rd Edition at publisher) and “Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations.”
Prior to joining Buchanan, John was a Shareholder and co-chaired the Health Care Law Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor and, previous to that, was a Partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in Philadelphia, where he directed the commercial health care practice. Prior to and during law school, John worked as a certified public accountant (CPA), including for two Big Four accounting firms, and as a corporate controller for a publicly traded company.
Representative Transactions and Highlights
- Served as lead counsel in the integration/merger of a multi-hospital New Jersey Health System with a Pennsylvania multi-hospital health system in Pennsylvania with combined revenues post-merger of over $4 billion.
- Served as lead counsel for seller of non-profit health system in sale to national for-profit health care organization.
- Represented multiple health care systems and IPAs to develop clinically integrated networks (CIN) and strategic alliances.
- Structured, negotiated and assisted in implementing various multiple hospital affiliation agreements and clinical joint ventures.
- Represented a large academic medical center (AMC) in structuring and developing ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers and cyber knife and other clinical delivery joint ventures between the AMC and community-based physicians.
- Restructured the governance of a multi-tiered, multi-board health care system to afford greater operational and management efficiencies.
- Represented a large AMC in structuring and implementing various affiliation agreements and related clinical joint ventures and leased physician arrangements.
- Represented a large health system and physician group in their “virtual merger” vis-à-vis the formation of a joint operating company.
- Represented a public home health company agency in a merger and acquisition and dispositions of home health agencies in multiple states.
- Conducted education for a Hospital Board of Trustees regarding the Board’s role in corporate compliance.
- Reviewed and updated client corporate compliance plans.
- Prepared HIPAA policies and procedures and reviewed and audited HIPAA programs.