Mr. Shipman represents health care facilities and practitioners in corporate and regulatory matters, with emphasis on medical staff matters, captive and alternative risk programs, and regulation of hospital-physician financial relationships.
He has structured and negotiated hospital mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business transactions, including asset purchases and stock purchases, representing both buyers and sellers. He has advised clients on joint ownership of ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic services, addressing anti-kickback, Stark, licensure, and certification and assisted health care providers in developing captive insurance programs, both onshore and offshore.
Mr. Shipman has extensive experience drafting medical staff bylaws and policies, including disruptive and impaired practitioner policies, streamlining medical staff appeal procedures, ensuring compliance with JCAHO and AOA medical staff standards, and counseling medical executive committees regarding difficult credentialing cases and practical steps to reduce antitrust risk and maximize peer review confidentiality. He has counseled hospitals regarding the application of tax, Stark, and anti-kickback laws to physician recruitment contracts and drafted hospital-based physician contracts, including contracts that address clinical service objectives, exclusivity, and reimbursement issues.
Mr. Shipman has served on the boards of directors of the Michigan Society of Hospital Attorneys, the Montgomery Hospital, the Lourdes Home and the Detroit Artists Market.