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Marguerite A. Massett, CHC

Marguerite A. Massett, CHC

Partner

P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4537)
F: (315) 565-4600
mmassett@hancocklaw.com

Marguerite A. Massett is the Chair of the Health Care Department and a member of the Affordable Care Act Initiative Team. She has concentrated her legal practice in the area of health law and health care policy since 1992. Ms. Massett regularly advises multi-provider health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, physician practices, nurses, laboratories and other health care professionals and organizations on diverse legal issues, including:

  • Corporate restructurings 
  • Health care operations
  • Regulatory compliance matters
  • Reimbursement issues
  • Physician-hospital contracting
  • Physician recruitment
  • Joint ventures
  • Health care risk management (including utilization review, quality assurance, credentialing and physician corrective action proceedings)
  • Third-party payor contract negotiations

Ms. Massett has counseled health care providers with respect to patient care issues such as informed consent, end-of-life decision-making, the disclosure of private medical information, and reporting of child abuse. She has overseen due diligence in major corporate restructurings and represented clients in the course of such transactions. Ms. Massett has represented hospitals in medical staff relations matters, such as physician corrective action and the revisions of medical staff bylaws.

Ms. Massett’s health care-related regulatory compliance experience includes advising clients on:

  • Antitrust matters
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse regulatory audits, self-disclosures and settlement negotiations with the Office of the New York State Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New York State Attorney General’s Office (MFCU), and the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (OIG)
  • Tax-exempt financing compliance audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service        

Ms. Massett has a Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board. Individuals who have received a CHC designation by the Compliance Certification Board have obtained a significant level of knowledge relating to healthcare industry regulations and compliance processes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Massett served as general counsel to a multi-hospital health care system and was in-house legal counsel to a national insurance and managed health care corporation. She was also a lobbyist and public policy advocate in Washington, D.C., specializing in health care delivery and financing issues.

  • Represented a health care provider in a major compliance self-disclosure, including negotiating a joint settlement with the OMIG and the OIG.
  • Represented numerous health care clients in regulatory audits, self-disclosures and settlements.
  • Represented several major hospital systems in affiliation, disaffiliation, and corporate restructuring, which included overseeing due diligence issues. Most recently, Ms. Massett was lead counsel representing the former Rochester General Health Systems in its corporate restructuring with Unity Health System to form the Rochester Regional Health System. 
  • Represented a hospital in one of the first tax-exempt bond compliance audits in New York.
  • Represented multiple clients in negotiations with the MFCU and OMIG.
  • Represented multiple hospitals in medical staff matters including physician suspension, corrective action and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Represented a hospital in a successful defense against a subpoena of quality improvement and peer review materials.
  • Represented multiple hospitals in contract negotiations with third-party payors.
  • Represented a hospital in a successful contract breach lawsuit against a major third-party payor.
  • Represented sellers in the major restructuring of an outpatient diagnostic and treatment center. 
  • Certification in Healthcare Compliance, Compliance Certification Board
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Past Member, Onondaga County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Past Member, Onondaga County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Hancock Estabrook's 8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, "Healthcare Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now" (Oct. 2012)
  • New York Association of Long Term Care Administrators Seminar, "Health Care Update & Best Practices: OMIG Compliance and Enforcement" (December 2011)
  • CNY in Focus, “Accountable Care Organizations” (May 2011)
  • Hospital Board of Directors’ Briefing, “Compliance Educational Session: Fraud, Abuse and Governance Responsibility” (February 2011)
  • The William E. Palmer Memorial Lecture, Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, “Consolidation in the Health Care Industry: Practical Pressures and Legal Considerations” (May 2011)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “Game Changer:  Practical Implications of Health Care Reform for Health Care Providers” (December 2010)
  • Health Care Financial Management Association of Central New York, “Compliance Update: Physician-Hospital Financial Transactions” (November 2010)
  • Health Care Financial Management Association of Central New York, “Recent Trends in Compliance: Physician-Hospital Transactions” (January 2010)
  • VHA/UNYHEALTH Compliance Meeting, “Recent Trends in Compliance: Physician-Hospital Transactions” (November 2009)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “Recent Trends in Compliance and Enforcement” (November 2009)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “Health Law Update” (November 2009)
  • New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Fall Meeting, “Anatomy of an Internal Investigation” (October 2008)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “Boiling Point: Facility Corrective Action Proceedings and the Office of Professional Medical Conduct” (October 2008)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “New Sheriff in Town: Medicaid Changes and Self-Disclosure” (November 2007)
  • Hancock Estabrook Health Care Symposium, “Joint Ventures – Business Strategies Involving Physicians, Hospitals and Other Health Care Providers” (October 2006)
  • “The ACO-Man Cometh”, New York Physician, Volume 2, Issue 4, June 2011 
  • “More Health Care Reform Regulations March On: Provider Enrollment and Eligibility Verification Regulations”, New York Physician, March 2011
  • “A Stark New Reality”, Central New York M.D. News, January 2008
  • “When the State Board Comes Calling: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You End Your Career”, Central New York M.D. News, June 2008
  • “Medicaid Inspector General – Fasten Your Seat Belts”, Central New York M.D. News, August 2007
  • “New Federal and State Laws Re-Ignite Health Care Compliance”, Central New York M.D. News, March 2007
  • “The Stark Reality – Physician Arrangements in the Crosshairs”, Central New York M.D. News, August 2006
  • “Nuclear Medicine, Including PETT Scans, Included in Stark Self-Referral Prohibition”, Central New York M.D. News, January 2006
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • State University of New York at Cortland, B.S., summa cum laude, 1984 
  • Connecticut
  • New York