Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
David S. Szabo is a partner in the Business Law Department, and a member of the healthcare and privacy practice groups. He represents hospitals, integrated delivery systems, home care companies, and other healthcare service providers. He also represents healthcare information technology companies and life sciences companies.
David has extensive experience in healthcare licensing and regulation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse compliance matters, and the structuring of joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on Stark Law and Anti-Kickback compliance matters. His practice also includes the privacy and information security law applicable to healthcare providers, health plans, technology vendors, and other organizations. He advises non-profit organizations on general corporate matters, tax, and governance issues.
- David organized the first regional healthcare information exchange organization in Massachusetts, and recently helped it complete a merger to create a comprehensive health information exchange organization that serves the leading hospitals, health plans and medical groups in Massachusetts.
- David has assisted a leading healthcare system with key acquisitions of four hospitals and three ambulatory surgery centers.
- David has advised several Massachusetts hospitals on the development of hosted electronic medical record services for their employed and independent physicians. These projects included advice on Stark and HIPAA compliance, drafting information services agreements and negotiation of technology vendor agreements.
- David recently led an effort to organize a tax exempt organization dedicated to improving the health of a community though the use of health information technology.
- David advises hospital and their affiliated group practices on a wide variety of regulatory and corporate issues, including Stark law compliance. This includes the review of physician compensation plans, physician recruitment arrangements, and medical practice acquisitions.
- David oversaw the merger of two charities dedicated to promoting cancer research, to create a nationwide foundation dedicated to cancer research, advocacy and patient services.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- David sat on the panel for "Navigating HIPAA/HITECH Security and Privacy Rules: What to Expect When HHS is Inspecting," a Kroll Advisory Solutions Webinar on December 12, 2012.
- David chaired a panel discussion of current legal issues for sleep medicine centers at the SLEEP/2012 conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 12, 2012.
- David presented on legal issues in healthcare information technology to the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology on April 4, 2012.
- David presented “HIPAA, the HITECH Act and Privacy Compliance: Not Just for the Healthcare Industry Anymore,” at ACI’s 11th Annual Legal and Compliance Forum on Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information on February 2, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
- David presented "Data Breach Management and Cyberrisk Update" at the Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter Event on January 11, 2012.
- David sat on the panel for “Data Breaches at Home and Abroad: This Can Mean You Too!,” at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge on June 21, 2011.
- David sat on the panel for "Converting Non-Profit Hospitals into For-Profit Ventures: The Next Wave?," at HCap '10 - Post Reform: Identifying Emerging Opportunities in Healthcare on December 7, 2010.
- David presented “Personal Health Records, Consumer Engagement, Privacy and Security” at the HealthMart 2010 Conference and Trade Show: How to Achieve Meaningful Use on October 5, 2010.
- David presented "Dealing with Data Breaches: Legal, Practical, and Financial Issues" at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Seminar on September 17, 2010.
- David sat on the panel for "Consumer-Centric: The Role of the Patient in Health IT and HIE" at the Health Information Technology: Creating Jobs, Reducing Costs, and Improving Quality Conference on April 29, 2010.
- David presented "Legal and Ethical Concerns in Personalized Medicine" at The World Health Congress Leadership Summit on Personalized Medicine on January 26, 2010.
- David spoke on recent HIPAA privacy amendments at the HealthMart 2009 Conference, jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium and the New England Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society on October 6, 2009.
- David presented on overview of healthcare compliance and fraud and abuse issues at the New to Healthcare Seminar sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Healthcare Financial management Association on Friday, September 25, 2009.
- David presented a webinar in conjunction with Zixcorp on Massachusetts data breach notification and information security rules on May 19, 2009.
- David’s made a presentation on the “Legal Health Record” before the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Health Information Management Association as part of the Dot Wagg Memorial Seminar on April 15, 2009.
- David spoke on the legal issues involved in implementing electronic health records and health information exchange at the Annual Meeting of the American Health Lawyer’s Association in July, 2008.
Before Edwards Wildman
David started his legal career in a boutique law firm specializing in health care reimbursement and regulation. He subsequently developed his health law practice at a national law firm and a regional firm in Boston.
Besides Edwards Wildman
David served in Winchester Town Meeting for over a decade, and over the years has served on a variety of Town planning and financial committees. He is a director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, and serves on its executive committee. In 2009 he was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve on the Commonwealth’s Health Information Technology Council, which is charged with developing a statewide health information technology plan. He currently serves on a data release advisory committee for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance & Policy. He enjoys sailing, but doesn’t get out on the water as much as he would like.