Richard L. Bouma - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Richard L. Bouma

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 616-752-2159

Richard Bouma has represented health care providers for twenty-five years on health law issues. He regularly advises clients concerning billing compliance, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, HIPAA privacy regulation, as well as transactional and contract issues. Rich is the former Chair of the Firm's Health Law Practice Group. 
Representative Experience
  • Regularly advises community hospitals, physicians and other health care providers concerning Stark II compliance, federal and Michigan anti-fraud and anti-kickback statutes, and tax-exemption issues (including tax-exempt bonds)
  • Frequently represents physician groups in negotiations with hospitals and large national companies establishing surgical centers, imaging companies and clinics (such as cyberknife facilities and dialysis clinics)
  • Regularly advises community hospitals, physicians and other health care providers concerning reimbursement and compliance issues, licensing issues, certificate of need issues, physician discipline matters, corporate reorganizations, hospital and medical staff bylaw revisions, and contract negotiations
  • Has successfully represented community hospitals in merger negotiations, including mergers subject to antitrust challenge

Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member of Health Law Section Council (2008-present) 
  • American Bar Association: Heath Law Forum
  • American Health Lawyers Association

University of Michigan Law SchoolCalvin CollegeBA 1978
Health Law Section, Michigan State BarAmerican Health Lawyers Association

Case History

Avoided litigation: EMTALA — I represented a hospital threatened with significant EMTALA regulatory penalties, arising out of a mishap involving a hospital-owned ambulance.  As a result of the negotiations, no penalties were asserted against the hospital.
Dialysis Joint Ventures — I have represented physicians in several joint ventures with large dialysis companies, in which the physician groups and dialysis companies establish and jointly operate multiple dialysis facilities.
Cyberknife — I successfully represented a consortium of physicians in joint venture negotiations with a hospital system.  The purpose of the joint venture was to acquire and operate a highly sophisticated medical device (cyberknife) used in eradicating cancerous tumors throughout the body.
FTC v. Butterworth Hospital — I was part of a larger team (led by Bill Kopit of Epstein Becker & Green) in the litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission to contest the merger of two hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This high-profile case was important not just because the hospitals prevailed (and merged), but also because the court accepted a unique arrangement governing the post-litigation conduct of the merged entity. The merging hospitals agreed to several post-merger commitments, and presented those commitments to the court. The court cited those commitments as a basis for denying the injunction sought by the FTC. 
Sale of Hospital — I represented a community hospital that aligned itself with a larger nearby hospital system.  My client hospital received  binding pledges for significant future health care services for its community.

Client Comments

"Richard Bouma is a pleasure to work with. He is very client focused. He provides diligent counsel and is a creative thinker. He is our main source for healthcare legal guidance."

"Rich has always been helpful and has proven knowledgeable. I trust and respect him greatly."

"In the litigious world of healthcare, Rich Bouma lets me sleep a lot easier at night. I am completely confident in Rich's competence and expertise and that the advice my hospital is getting is very well thought out. Rich is a great "strategic thinker" and, hopefully, his counsel will keep us out of the courts. It's reassuring to know that an intelligent, preconceived defense is in place should things result in litigation. Having Rich as a resource has been extremely helpful to my organization."

-Gregory E. Roraff
Marlette Regional Hospital

"Rich has been exceptionally supportive of me and my company. He has a great intellect and is a very good strategist. We have been through various business and industry challenges together and has shown me he is exceptionally adroit. "

"Richard Bouma is a pleasure to work with. He is very intelligent and committed to serving our organization. "

Office Location

Fifth Third Center, Suite 900
111 Lyon Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law of the Grand Rapids Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law of the Grand Rapids Metro Area
Richard L. Bouma has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Richard L. Bouma has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Health Care Law (Antitrust, Corporate, Food and Drug, Fraud and Abuse, Hospitals, Joint Ventures, Medicare, Physicians)

Other Information

Gender: Male