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Howard L. Sollins


Howard L. Sollins is the leader of Baker Donelson's Long Term Care Team.

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Professional Biography


Mr. Sollins' experience, which stretches over three decades, includes matters involving federal and state regulations; Medicare, Medicaid and other reimbursement; structuring business transactions and contracts; licensing, survey and certification; certificate of need; fraud and abuse; corporate compliance; and e-health and technology.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sollins served as an assistant attorney general for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Mr. Sollins represents health care providers, vendors and suppliers. His clients include hospitals and health systems, long-term care providers including skilled nursing facilities, hospices, assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities, ambulance suppliers, physicians and other health care practitioners, pharmacies and others. He has helped health systems navigate licensing and certification issues; obtain certificate of need approvals for major projects; structure business transactions including the change of ownership process; work with banks and other lenders on health care financing transactions; and respond to False Claims Act investigations including the negotiation of corporate integrity agreements.

Mr. Sollins helps to serve the community by participating actively with not-for-profit organizations in a leadership or advisory capacity. These include organizations operating 1500 housing units and an array of community services to seniors, a foundation funding programs and services for families in Baltimore City, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Mr. Sollins represents a number of national and local health care associations. He has participated on their behalf in multiple federal negotiated rulemaking processes.

He is also very familiar with ambulance regulation and reimbursement in general and for air ambulances in particular, having represented the Association of Air Medical Services in negotiated rulemaking to establish Medicare's ambulance fee schedule and in advising on other regulatory matters.

Mr. Sollins is well-versed in the practical application and communication of complex regulations and issues facing health care clients today. In 2009, Mr. Sollins, in a collaboration with the Maryland Attorney General's office, led the effort to create www.marylandadvancedirectives.com, a website offering resources for health care facilities as well as health care practitioners who need to provide care that complies with the Maryland Health Care Decision Act.

Mr. Sollins is recognized as one of the top lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Matters
  • Represented a network of 14 skilled nursing facilities throughout Maryland in securing a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a new facility in the state.

Professional Honors & Activities

Professional Memberships

Community Service

  • University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work
    • Chair – Board of Advisors
    • Member of the President's Roundtable
  • President – Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI) Baltimore
    • First Vice President
  • American Health Care Association
    • Legal Committee Member
  • Director – The Frank and Miriam Loveman Foundation
  • Past Member, Advisory Board – Stella Maris
  • Special Drafting Committee on Health Care Decision-Making Legislation
    • Member – appointed by the Conference of Circuit Court Judges of Maryland (1992 – 1993)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors – Waxter Senior Center Foundation


  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, Healthcare (Maryland) (2006 – 2020)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Health Care Law Category (1993 – 2021)
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Health Care (2007 – 2020)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient – Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record (2012)
  • Recipient – Impact Award, Light of Truth Center (2016)
  • Recipient – Board Member of the Year, Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI) Baltimore (2018)
Professional Background
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Maryland
Speaking Engagements
  • Moderator – "When Chaos Threatens: Key Tips for Owners and Operators for Avoiding Disasters in Surveys and Enforcement and in Navigating the Process with Lenders and Other Funders," eCap Healthcare Summit, Miami, Florida (February 2020)
  • "Regulatory and Legal Update for Skilled Nursing Facilities," LifeSpan Annual Conference (September 2019)
  • "Regulatory and Legal Update," Health Facilities Association of Maryland (June 27-28, 2019)
  • "Israel Tech Update and Networking Event" (January 2019)
  • Moderator – "Navigating the Survey Process," 2018 Long Term Care Symposium (November 2018)
  • "Preparation and Implementation of the New Survey Process," Health Facilities Association of Maryland (March 2018)
  • "Best Practices: Informal Dispute Resolution Process," South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations webinar (March 2017)
  • "Key Components of an Effective Compliance Program," Beacon Institute, Columbia, Maryland (February 2017)

Clients characterize [Howard] as 'a lawyer's lawyer who is very thoughtful, strategic, and has a tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge.'

Howard Sollins is described as 'the go-to guy' for issues regarding care facilities, alongside wider strengths in more traditional fraud and abuse issues.

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