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Baker Donelson's Thomas E. Bartrum Named Co-Chair of AHLA's Accountable Care Organizations Task Force

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(Nashville, TN/November 11, 2010) Thomas E. Bartrum, shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has been named co-chair of the American Health Lawyers Association's (AHLA) newly created Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Task Force.

The task force was created by the AHLA's Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group to address the variety of legal issues potentially impacting the development and operation of an ACO as a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The task force will monitor and evaluate the relevant statutes, regulations, cases and secondary materials and will develop educational materials and activities to assist AHLA members in implementing ACOs and complying with ACO laws and rules.

Mr. Bartrum, who concentrates his practice in the areas of health care regulatory, transactional and fraud and abuse investigations, spends considerable time assisting hospitals in developing payment reform strategies and evaluating accountable care opportunities. He speaks nationally on health care regulatory, reimbursement and transactional matters, and has written extensively on health law, including authoring the AHLA's Expert Series Monograph "Diagnostic Imaging Centers: Legal and Regulatory Issues." Mr. Bartrum has been recognized as a leading attorney in health care law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Nightingale's Healthcare News, The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

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