Mr. LaBarbera retired from the practice of law effective 1/1/18 and would like to express his thanks and appreciation to all those he has had the pleasure of serving over the years.
Mr. LaBarbera brings to the firm's clients over twenty years of experience in Health Law. He is a recognized authority in physician hospital contracts; practice transfer agreements; managed care structures and agreements; multi-specialty group formation; negotiation of managed care contracts; establishment of diagnostic and treatment centers; practice management structures among related health care professionals; sales, mergers, and acquisitions of health care entities, including dialysis facilities and nursing homes; and representation of medical staffs in hospitals and nursing homes.
In addition, Mr. LaBarbera is experienced in professional licensure and hospital privileges and credentialling procedures, wrongful termination, Federal Databank appeals, and antitrust and unfair competition in the health care professions. He regularly advises professionals on self referral, billing reimbursement and fee splitting rules, fraud and abuse audits and intra-practice relations including restrictive covenant agreements, dissolutions, and partnership and shareholder disputes. He has successfully defended numerous health care professionals before licensing boards, including the dismissal of suspension and revocation actions before the NYS Board for Professional Medical Conduct. Mr. LaBarbera has prosecuted legal actions against hospitals on behalf of medical staffs and third party payers on behalf of the firm's health care practitioner clients. One of his cases resulted in the voiding of a multi-million dollar NYS challenge of medical payments to hundreds of physicians.
Mr. LaBarbera is a graduate of SUNY at Albany and Brooklyn Law School, was admitted to practice in 1977, and is a member of the American Health Lawyer's Association, the NYS Bar Association Health Law Section, and the NY County Lawyer's Association.
Additionally, he regularly writes and lectures on health care law topics. His past speaking engagements include guest lecturing before: the NYS Bar Association Annual Meeting, Health Law Section on Economic Credentialing and Other Issues in Hospital Physician Contracting (2007) and Restricted Referral Laws(1995); the Bronx County Medical Society on Interference by Governmental Authorities in Physicians Practice of Medicine; the NY Cardiac Diagnostic Association on Managed Care, Restricted Referrals and Practice Management; the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on Developments in the Law Regarding Prescription of Controlled Substances for Chronic Pain Patients; the Society of Haitian Physicians on Compliance Plans in the Small Professional Practice; and before various physician groups on Physician Contracting and Medical Staff Rights.