Susan W. Berson

Chair, Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & Ml Strategies Division at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan W. Berson

Susan W. Berson

Chair, Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & Ml Strategies Division at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

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Susan’s clients depend on her in-depth industry knowledge and strategic insights. Her in-house experience informs her pragmatic, business-savvy counsel to health care industry clients. She regularly advises pharmaceutical services providers, managed care organizations, post-acute and long term care providers, and those who invest in the industry on the risks and potential benefits of strategic affiliations, complex service agreements, and due diligence in high profile transactions. She also provides counsel on government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and compliance and regulatory matters. She has particular insight into the challenges facing managed care organizations, specialty pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers. Susan is also part of Mintz’s leadership team.

Susan is the Managing Member of the firm’s DC office, serves on the firm’s Policy Committee, and is Division Head of Mintz's Health Law, Communications, and Antitrust practices as well as ML Strategies, the firm’s government relations affiliate.

Clients look to Susan for her deep understanding of the health care industry and her extensive experience solving their most complex, cutting edge issues. However, a distinguishing feature of why clients turn to Susan is that she is able to provide industry insight and strategic guidance to help them determine the pros and cons of engaging in a transaction, as well as the best structure for that transaction, well before any issues or regulatory requirements are identified. Her broad client base includes:

* Pharmaceutical services providers such as PBMs, pharmacies, specialty care companies, and integrated delivery systems;
* Private and public health care service providers, including managed care organizations, such as Medicare Advantage Plan Sponsors, Medicare Part D Plan Sponsors (including Employer Group Waiver Plans), and Medicaid Managed Care plans;
* Providers of post-acute, home health, and hospice services; and
* Private equity firms and other investors in the health care sector.

Susan has led many complex due diligence projects of health care companies, in a vast array of areas including managed care, specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, post-acute, home health, and hospice, to name a few. She also regularly provides counsel on compliance and regulatory matters, including federal programmatic and certification requirements, risk adjustment programs and practices, benefit design requirements for state and federal programs, fraud and abuse and anti-kickback rules, state regulatory requirements relating to drug pricing and coverage, and government policies, procedures, and reporting requirements. She routinely advises these clients in the context of strategic affiliations and complex service agreements.

Susan has been in the client’s shoes and this drives her holistic view of the industry and her pragmatic business advice in solving legal issues and managing legal expenses. Her in-house experience has given her a unique perspective on the need to devise practical, pragmatic, business-focused solutions to issues in a cost effective and timely manner. From 2006 to 2008, Susan served as general counsel of the Public and Senior Markets Group at UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 10 company. In this role, she was responsible for the legal and regulatory oversight of UnitedHealth’s government programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and was also legal counsel for all pharmacy services.

Susan has been recognized by Chambers USA for several years. One Chambers-quoted client called her “brilliant,” noting that she “has a really deep knowledge across the whole spectrum of healthcare, not just one area.”

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Chair, Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & Ml Strategies Division at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Education
JD
Class of 1985

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BA
Class of 1982

The University of Rochester is a private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees. The university has six schools and various interdisciplinary programs. The University of Rochester is noted for its Eastman School of Music. The university is also home to the Institute of Optics, founded in 1929, the first educational program in the US devoted exclusively to optics. Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics is home to the second most energetic fusion laser in the world.

Career History
Chair, Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & Ml Strategies Division
Current

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC provides legal services and resources. The company offers services to the communications, education, environmental, health, immigration, public finance, real estate and tax industries. It was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations
$250
2013

Former Representative from Massachusetts's 3rd Congressional District

$500
2011

Senior Provost & Chief Executive Officer, Touro University Western Division at Touro College

$500
2007

Founder at Americans for Responsible Solutions

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CVS Health Corp. purchases Longs Drug Stores Corp.

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The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., The Blackstone Group, Inc., CVS Corp. purchase Eckerd /Northeast & Mid Atlantic Drugstore Operations from J. C. Penney Co., Inc.

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