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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 two-billion dollar health system in various regulatory matters before the Department of Health and the Attorney General's Office.

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 skilled health care advisor who has successfully closed more than $3 billion in health care transactions. She assists health care organizations, both for profit and not-for-profit, with complex mergers and acquisitions, strategic market analysis, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, state approvals, state licensing issues, corporate practice of medicine matters, clinical integration opportunities, and antitrust concerns. She is a member of Baker Donelson's Health Law and Public Policy Department, which is regarded as one of the premiere health law practices in the country. It is nationally ranked by Modern Healthcare, Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Health Lawyers News and other health care publications. As part of her practice, Ms. Haltom provides strategic policy and government relations advice to clients on a variety of state and federal public policy matters. She takes pride in understanding her clients' business objectives and designing creative, yet practical legal solutions to meet their business needs.

Ms. Haltom is immediate past chair of the Leadership Health Care Board of Directors and has served on the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors. 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 a United States Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C. 

Representative Matters
  • Represented a billion dollar non-profit health system in securing the first Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) ever issued in the state of Tennessee and the first Cooperative Agreement ever issued in the commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Represented a two-billion dollar health system in various regulatory matters before the Department of Health and the Attorney General's Office.

  • Represented a ten-billion-dollar health system in restructuring physician contracting arrangements.

  • Represented a two-billion-dollar 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 two-billion-dollar health system in its acquisition of more than 500 physicians.

  • Represented a billion-dollar health system in a successful "merger of equals."

  • 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 sale of a 500-bed acute care hospital to a for-profit hospital company.
  • Represented a large non-profit health system through a strategic options process and selection of a strategic partner.

  • 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 group of charitable clinics in the successful passage of state legislation to address corporate practice of medicine issues.

  • Represented a for-profit health care 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 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 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 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's "Women to Watch for 2018"
  • Named one of Nashville Post magazine's inaugural "Law Leaders Rising" list of fast-rising legal stars 
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
    • Chairman – Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2014 – 2017)
    • Vice Chair – Publications, Teaching Hospitals & Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2012 – 2014)
    • Vice Chair – Research & Website, Teaching Hospitals & Academic Medical Centers Practice Group (2011 – 2012)
  • Member – Nashville Health Care Council
    • Board of Directors (2017 – 2018)
  • Member – Leadership Health Care  
    • Chair (2017 – 2018)
    • Vice Chair (2016 – 2017)
    • Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
  • Member – Nashville Council of Health Care Attorneys
    • Membership Chair (2010 – 2014)
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association
Civic/Personal Involvement
  • Faith Family Medical Center
    • Member – Board of Directors (2015 – Present)
  • Centerstone Military Services
    • Member – Board of Directors (2018 – 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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