Kathleen L. DeBruhl
New Orleans, LA
Mrs. DeBruhl’s practice focuses on the representation of healthcare providers, and in particular, physicians and their legal issues. Mrs. DeBruhl’s multi-state clients include healthcare providers, specialty hospitals, medical staffs, ambulatory surgery centers, durable medical equipment providers, imaging facilities, and laboratories, and pharmacies. She possesses extensive expertise in a variety of healthcare areas, including substantial experience in general healthcare law, managed care contracts, physician practices, recruitment and contracting, antitrust, Medicare and Medicaid certification and reimbursement, audits and appeals, fraud and abuse, mergers and acquisitions, and the development of ancillary services and joint ventures such as ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and specialty hospitals.
Mrs. DeBruhl is particularly experienced in providing strategic planning and advice to healthcare clients to build and develop healthcare projects, including organization of healthcare entities, joint ventures, construction, financing, management structures and investor syndication. She has developed integrated delivery systems, including ACO’s, physician specialty hospitals, and has facilitated the complex mergers of multiple physician practices. Her healthcare practice and expertise also spans both state and federal regulatory issues, including Medicare fraud and abuse enforcement and compliance issues, state fraud and abuse matters, insurance industry fraud and compliance, and federal Qui Tam ("Whistleblower") defense.
Mrs. DeBruhl also serves as outside counsel to the Faculty Group Practice Plans of both LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Mrs. DeBruhl was the initial counsel to organize both faculty group practices and obtained their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation. Mrs. DeBruhl has also served as special counsel to other academic medical centers.
Mrs. DeBruhl has contributed her expertise as a co-author of national publications regarding the legal representation of physicians and speaks at regional and national seminars and conferences for both legal and healthcare associations. She is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell® and since 2009 has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Healthcare in the New Orleans Area by New Orleans Magazine.
Rory V. Bellina
Mr. Bellina’s practice focuses on the representation of healthcare providers, including physicians, allied health professionals, healthcare facilities, and group practices. Mr. Bellina advises clients on matters pertaining to the review and negotiation of their employment agreements, assistance with non-compete issues and regulations, and state and federal fraud and abuse regulations, such as the Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act, Stark Law, and Qui Tam (“Whistleblower”) defenses.
Mr. Bellina also advises clients on matters relating to HIPAA regulations, Medicare and Medicaid Provider Enrollment, change of ownership (“CHOW”), change of information (“CHOI”), and other credentialing issues. Mr. Bellina has also worked with numerous clients on matters such as entity formation, dissolution, liquidation, joint ventures and mergers, and tax-exempt applications.
Mr. Bellina currently serves as the President of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, Director of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District, and a member of the St. Dominic Catholic Church Finance Committee.