Zach Dinardo is a shareholder at Sorling Northrup, concentrating his practice in the areas of health law, business advising, contract preparation, professional licensure and disciplinary defense, and transactions.
Mr. Dinardo represents a wide variety of interests in the health care industry, including hospitals, physicians, long term care facilities, billing services, provider associations, and ancillary service providers. He works with the firm’s health care industry clients on regulatory compliance and transactional matters, including anti-kickback, certificate of need, compliance programs and investigations, clinical research, contract preparation, corporate restructuring, electronic health records, EMTALA, HIPAA, HITECH, joint ventures, licensing, PPACA, physician practice acquisitions, real estate, reimbursement, Stark, and tax exemption. He also represents individual health care providers, including physicians, dentists, chiropractors, counselors, nurses, and pharmacists, in matters involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Mr. Dinardo also maintains a general corporate practice, advising clients in connection with the formation and day-to-day operation of business entities and associations, including S corporations, limited liability companies, and not for profit corporations. His representation includes such matters as preparing shareholder buy-sell agreements; providing guidance with respect to industry-specific regulations; reviewing, negotiating, and preparing contracts; and conducting due diligence and preparing documentation for commercial real estate transactions and acquisitions and sales of business assets and interests.
Mr. Dinardo has lectured on a variety of health law topics, including compliance programs and investigations, EMTALA, health care reform, HIPAA, HITECH, informed consent, physician contracts, and Stark. He maintains active memberships in the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Illinois State Bar Association; serves on the Health Care Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association; served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (2010-2013); and was named by Super Lawyers Magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in health law.
Examples of matters handled by Mr. Dinardo include the following:
- Assisted a dentist in setting up a new practice and practice management company;
- Assisted a physician in setting up a new practice;
- Assisted a physician in purchasing a clinic, research practice, and medical office building;
- Represented a hospital in responding to an audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs;
- Analyzed the requirements for hospital-owned physician practices to obtain provider-based status under Medicare;
- Prepared and negotiated physician employment agreements, exclusive provider agreements, electronic health records agreements, and physician recruitment agreements;
- Advised a hospital in setting up an ambulance restocking program;
- Assisted a radiopharmaceutical company in setting up joint ventures in numerous states;
- Assisted a podiatrist in setting up a laser treatment center;
- Restructured a long-term care organization, including the formation of a tax-exempt supporting organization and supportive living facility;
- Prepared HIPAA policies and procedures and business associate agreements for numerous hospitals and updated them to reflect HITECH provisions;
- Assisted a national hospice care provider in setting up a palliative care program;
- Advised a hospital in increasing the number of medical-surgical beds in compliance with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act;
- Created and implemented a plan for a hospital to close a portion of its medical staff to exclude certain non-employed specialist physicians;
- Analyzed a proposal to form a Federally Qualified Health Center;
- Conducted an internal investigation for an institutional review board and updated its policies and procedures;
- Represented a hospital in the purchase of a sports enhancement center;
- Documented the formation of an external peer review network in several states on behalf of a provider association;
- Worked with a team of Sorling Northrup attorneys who were engaged as hospital counsel in a tax-exempt bond financing;
- Advised several hospitals in conducting investigations of potential HIPAA violations;