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BridgetSteele

Associate

"My goal is to understand each client's unique mission in the dynamic health care field so I can best provide tailored, practical legal counsel."

Overview

Biography

Bridget concentrates her practice on assisting health care and human service providers with regulatory and compliance matters, including audits and investigations, self-disclosures, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement issues, not-for-profit corporate governance, contract analysis and negotiation, regulatory developments impacting the provision of telehealth services, and FDA-related matters.

Bridget has extensive experience working with behavioral health providers, home care agencies, health information exchanges (HIEs), hospitals, and agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

Bridget also regularly assists health care clients with HIPAA and health information privacy and security compliance, responding to and reporting data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, and negotiating privacy and security terms in health care IT contracts.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Designed corporate structures for an intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) agency to facilitate the telehealth delivery of health care services.
  • Represented several health information exchanges in negotiating health care IT vendor contracts and other data-sharing agreements.
  • Represented care-coordination organizations (CCOs) to assist with HIPAA and corporate compliance, reviewing data-sharing agreements, and negotiating health care IT vendor contracts.
  • Assisted several behavioral health care collaboratives (BHCCs) with forming IPA and developing network agreements as well as other governance and regulatory matters.
  • Represented an institutional provider participating in clinical trials. Reviewed clinical trial agreements, including clinical research agreements and informed-consent forms.
  • Assisted in preparing a response to an information request from the Office for Civil Rights related to a breach of protected health information.
  • Represented health care providers in compliance-related investigations and submissions of self-disclosures to the OMIG.
  • Represented NY not-for-profit corporations in complying with the NY Non-Profit Revitalization Act and subsequent amendments.
  • Served as counsel to a NY Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in its merger with another RHIO that doubled the scope of the client's service base.
  • Served as outside general counsel for nursing home facilities and related sellers in a $45 million equity sale and Department of Health regulatory approval process. The overall purchase and sale of all issued and outstanding equity in targets to the buyers is expected to span six years and involves complex health care regulatory compliance challenges and responsive deal structuring and drafting.
  • Successfully defeated a $1.6 million liability arising from an Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) finding that an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) agency documentation was insufficient to support reimbursement it received for services provided.
  • Successfully challenged improper Medicaid rates for an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) agency that was acquired by a larger agency. 
  • Assisted a NYS care coordination organization (CCO) with health care compliance matters during its initial formation and once operational, including assisting with vendor contracting, reviewing data-use agreements and security attestations, corporate matters, HIPAA compliance and policies, and preparing a corporate compliance plan and related policies.
  • Represents an administrative data exchange in organizational planning, governance, regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, and building and implementing business-sustainability strategies.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Summer Associate
  • NYS Attorney General, Environmental Protection Bureaus, Law Clerk

Selected Community Activities

  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Rising Champions for Justice, Junior Board Member
  • SABAH, Inc., Junior Board Member
  • Buffalo Fenians Ladies Gaelic Football Club, Member

Selected Honors

  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Say Yes Legal Clinic Award, 2018
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2018

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