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Jennifer Forbes has more than 25 years of experience counseling businesses, nonprofits and healthcare providers. She is skilled in condensing complex legal and regulatory issues into straightforward, practical legal advice.

Jennifer handles complex business transactions including business formation and planning, business acquisitions, intellectual property protection, contracting and joint ventures, and licensing agreements, sales, reorganizations, mergers and dissolutions.

Jennifer is a member of the firm’s business law practice group and Chair of its health law practice group.

Practice Areas

  • Health Law
    • HIPAA, HITECH ACT Compliance Advice and Training
    • Business Associate Agreements
    • Provider Agreements, Call Coverage Agreements
    • False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark III
    • Joint Ventures
    • Medical Staff Bylaws and Hearings
    • Licensure Issues
  • Business Organizations and Transactional
    • Business Entity Formation
    • Corporate, Limited Liability Company and Limited Partnership Agreements
    • Complex Business Contracts
    • Business Reorganizations
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Compliance and Licensing
  • Nonprofit Organizations
    • Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Applications
    • Sales Tax Exemptions
    • Intermediate Sanctions
    • Conflict of Interest Policies and Procedures
    • Whistleblower Policies
  • Labor & Employment Law
    • Employment Agreements
    • Severance Agreements
    • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright Law
    • Trademark Law
    • Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements
    • Intellectual Property Enforcement

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Representative Work

  • Representing specialty physician practices on contracting, joint ventures, provider services agreements, HIPAA compliance, Stark and anti-kickback compliance
  • Serving as outside general counsel to integrated health system and hospitals providing advice on medical staff bylaws, provider services agreements, compliance with Medicare and Medicaid billing laws; Stark III, RAC audits, HIPAA and HITECH compliance
  • Formation of integrated delivery systems and other joint ventures between hospital and physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers
  • Counseling regarding compliance with Medicare and Medicaid regulations, state and federal anti-kickback and fraud and abuse laws, Stark requirements, HIPAA, electronic medical records programs, physician recruiting agreements
  • Establishing a new nonprofit organization offering green building certification and educational services
  • Representing nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing regional renewable energy tracking systems in formation, obtaining recognition of tax exempt status from IRS, negotiating software licensing agreements for operation of systems and obtaining federal trademark registrations for trademarks
  • Representing national credentialing nonprofit organization in merger with complimentary nonprofit organization
  • Advising nonprofit boards regarding regulatory issues unique to nonprofits, including UBIT, excess benefit transactions, formation of for-profit subsidiaries, conflict of interest policies, compensation policies and dissolutions
  • Representing medical device component manufacturing companies in negotiation of manufacturing agreements
  • Representing large multistate conglomerate in intercompany mergers and reorganization to simplify overall management structure resulting in 17 mergers with entities in multiple states
  • Representing large regional business in name change, evaluating availability of new company trademarks, obtaining federally registered trademarks and domain names in time for successful launch of marketing program for repositioning company in its industry

Professional Certifications, Awards & Designations

  • 2015 North Star Lawyer, MN State Bar Association

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1987
  • Wisconsin, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association; Health Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association; Health Law Section
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1987
  • B.A., College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, cum laude, 1983

Articles

  • Minnesota Physician, August 2009, “HIPAA Changes under the Stimulus Act: A checklist of action items to remain in compliance”
  • Minnesota Physician, March 2006, “Physician recruiting incentives…and the laws that bind them”
  • Presentations
  • “When it Comes to Nonprofits, What is HIPAA Compliance and How Do We Get There?” Nonprofits Technology and Communication Conference, April 10, 2013
  • “HIPAA and HITECH Updates for 2012 and Beyond for Covered Entities and Business Associates,” Felhaber Seminar, October 2012
  • “HIPAA/HITECH and HEALTHCARE REFORM,” BOMA Greater Minneapolis Medical Building Special Interest Group, October 23, 2012
  • “Medical Records Law,” Lorman Education Seminars, Bloomington, Minnesota, March 22, 2011
  • “Child Protection and the Church,” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2011
  • “Copyright and the Church,” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2011
  • “Incorporation,” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2011
  • “Choice of Business Entity,” Ramsey County Bar Association, February 9, 2010
  • “HIPAA & HITECH: What You Need to do to Stay in Compliance,” Minneapolis Chapter, American Academy of Professional Coders,  January 21, 2010
  • “Medical Records Law,” Lorman Education Seminars, Bloomington, Minnesota, and St. Cloud, Minnesota, May and July 2009
  • “Child Protection and the Church,” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2009
  • “Copyright and the Church,” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2009
  • “Incorporation.” National Association of Church Business Administrators, University of St. Thomas, May 2009
  • “HIPAA & Estate Planning and Administration: What Planners Need to Know About Patient Privacy and Their Practice,” WebCredenza/Bar Association Teleseminar, June 22, 2004
  • “Developing Business Associate Agreements,” Lorman  Education Seminars, February 7, 2003

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