Susan Berson, Managing Member
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Susan is Managing Member of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She returned to Mintz Levin after a two year hiatus during which she served as General Counsel, Public and Senior Markets Group of UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 20 company and one of the nation’s leading managed care organizations. In her role, Susan was responsible for the legal and regulatory oversight of United’s government programs (including Medicare and Medicaid) and was also the chief legal counsel for all pharmacy services. Susan successfully established a strategically-organized legal and regulatory affairs team that included a first-rate litigation and risk management team, a robust audit management team and a national compliance team, each dedicated to addressing the many needs of government-sponsored programs. Prior to her experience at UnitedHealth Group, Susan practiced as a member at Mintz Levin for six years, where she was the head of the Health Law practice, and prior to that practiced in New York for many years.
As a member of the Health Law practice, Susan focuses on advising private and public health care service providers, including those in the managed care, device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical sectors, often in the context of affiliation and service agreements, including some of the nation’s largest pharmacy service agreements, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and network development. She also advises venture capital groups and investment banks on the investment in health related businesses.
With a representation that focuses on a broad spectrum of state and federal regulatory laws unique to the health care industry, and the application of such laws to the structuring and execution of complex business arrangements, Susan regularly advises health care clients on such issues as federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws, emerging developments in health care legislation, privacy, including compliance with HIPAA, state regulatory issues such as corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions, the negotiation of managed care arrangements and service contracts with providers and facilities and the development, implementation and enforcement of compliance programs. Some of Susan’s recent work includes the structuring and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions involving government programs, the negotiation of rebate and pharmacy benefit service contracts, both in the commercial, Medicaid and Part D context, the structuring of disease management and other managed care programs, the structuring of incentive payment arrangements and the negotiation of service and network contracts for a variety of health care related companies.
Susan practiced in New York for many years prior to moving to Washington. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester, and she received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
About Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Founded in 1933, Mintz Levin has grown into a versatile law firm of 500 highly qualified and dedicated attorneys representing diverse international clients in many industries who turn to us for a wide range of legal services and resources. Our offices are located in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Stamford (CT), and London. Our clients include: entrepreneurs, research scientists, investors, underwriters, directors, and officers; start-ups and emerging growth companies; privately held and family businesses; Fortune 500 companies; medical and academic institutions, public agencies, and industry associations.