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Claire Cowart Haltom

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Claire Cowart Haltom is a shareholder and health care attorney in the Firm's Nashville office. 

Featured Experience

Represented a billion dollar health system in its request for proposals and consideration of strategic partners.
Represented one of the largest health insurers in the nation in its expansion of services in multiple states.
Represented a large teaching hospital in its negotiations with a University to form a new faculty practice plan.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Haltom is a member of Baker Donelson's Health Law & Public Policy Department which is regarded as one of the premiere health law practices in the country. It has been nationally ranked by Modern Healthcare, Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Health Lawyers News and other health care publications.  

Ms. Haltom concentrates her practice on the legal, regulatory and business issues related to health care services. She assists health care organizations and insurance companies (both for profit and not-for-profit) with complex business transactions, strategic market analysis, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, state approvals, licensing issues, corporate practice of medicine issues, clinical integration opportunities, and antitrust concerns. She has successfully closed more than $1 billion in health care transactions. Additionally, Ms. Haltom provides strategic policy and government relations advice to clients on federal and state public policy matters.

Ms. Haltom is chair of the board of directors for Leadership Health Care and serves on the board of directors of the Nashville Health Care Council. She previously served as chair of the Academic Medical Centers Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. Internally, Ms. Haltom is the chair of Baker Donelson's Alumni Program and serves on the leadership of Baker Donelson's Women's Initiative.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Haltom served as a communications director for one of the United States Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. 

Representative Matters
  • Represented a billion dollar non-profit health system in its application for the first Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) ever issued in the state of Tennessee.

  • Represented a billion dollar health system in its request for proposals and consideration of strategic partners.
  • Represented a group of charitable clinics in the successful passage of state legislation to address corporate practice of medicine issues.

  • Represented one of the largest health insurers in the nation in its expansion of services in multiple states.
  • Represented a large teaching hospital in its negotiations with a University to form a new faculty practice plan.
  • Represented an academic medical center in its acquisition of numerous physician practices.

  • Represented an independent community hospital in negotiating a strategic affiliation agreement to join a clinically integrated network.

  • Represented a health care marketing company in a corporate restructuring to address health care regulatory and corporate practice of medicine issues.
  • Represented a for-profit health care company in a corporate restructuring and roll-up of 30 joint ventures into a Series LLC to address health care regulatory and franchising issues.

  • Represented a regional non-profit health system in the buy-out of a 50-year hospital lease, the purchase of real estate, and commitment to build a new $250 million hospital campus.
  • Represented a group of health systems exploring a regional affiliated network through clinical integration.
  • Represented a regional non-profit health system in the purchase of three medical oncology physician practices.

  • Represented a for-profit hospital company in the sale of a 325-bed acute care hospital to a non-profit health system.
  • Represented a regional non-profit health system in the purchase of a 17-physician cardiovascular group.

  • Represented the purchaser of a 140-bed acute care hospital from a for-profit hospital company.
  • Represented a regional non-profit health system in the purchase of the largest physician-owned medical group in the state of Arkansas.
  • Represented a regional non-profit health system in the sale of a 500-bed acute care hospital to a for-profit hospital company.
  • Represented a for-profit behavioral health company in the sale of a private inpatient acute behavioral facility dedicated to the treatment of behavioral and chemical dependency issues.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2015 – 2017)
  • Named one of Nashville Medical News' "Women to Watch for 2018"
  • Named one of Nashville Post magazine's inaugural "Law Leaders Rising" list of fast-rising legal stars 
  • American Health Lawyers Association Member
    • Chairman of the Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2014 – 2017)
    • Vice Chair of Publications for the Teaching Hospitals & Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2012 – 2014)
    • Vice Chair of Research & Website for the Teaching Hospitals & Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2011 – 2012)
  • Nashville Health Care Council
    • Board of Directors (2017 – 2018)
  • Leadership Health Care  
    • Chair (2017 – 2018)
    • Vice Chair (2016 – 2017)
    • Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
  • Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys
    • Membership Chair (2010 – 2014)
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Member
  • Nashville Bar Association Member
Civic/Personal Involvement
  • Faith Family Medical Center
    • Member – Board of Directors (2015 – present)
  • American Heart Association (Middle TN Affiliate)
    • Chair, Young Professional Board (2011 – 2013)
    • Drafted legislation for the Tennessee Obesity Task Force to permit the use of school playgrounds to non-profit groups
  • The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
    • Young Jacksonian Society (2010 – 2015)
  • Member – Otter Creek Church
  • Married to James Haltom, Esq.
Publications

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    • Articles Editor – Mississippi Law Journal
    • Student Editor – Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law
    • Recipient – University of Mississippi School of Law Scholarship 
    • Co-President and Founder – Ole Miss Student Health Law Association
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A.
    • President – Inter-Residence Hall Association (Student Body President)
    • Recipient – McGill Award for Outstanding Contribution to Vanderbilt University

Admissions

  • Tennessee

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