By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Reed Smith added health care regulatory lawyer Salvatore G. Rotella Jr. as a partner in its life sciences health industry group in Philadelphia.
Rotella had been a member of Cozen O’Connor’s health law group since 2003. Prior to that, he was chief compliance officer and regulatory counsel for the Washington, D.C., Department of Mental Health.
“Sal adds to Reed Smith’s reputation as a leading health law practice in Pennsylvania and nationally. He works with providers to give them practical solutions to contracting, reimbursement, and compliance issues, and invests time into understanding not just their legal needs, but how their businesses work,” Carol Loepere, chairwoman of Reed Smith’s life sciences health industry group, said in a statement. “He also brings significant experience in legal and business issues related to behavioral health, which is an in-demand niche capability that we can now offer.”
Rotella represents health systems, acute care and specialty hospitals and other health care providers in reimbursement disputes with public and private payers, class actions, and billing investigations. In addition, he advises providers, health plans and other health care industry participants on health care regulatory and compliance issues and on privacy law requirements.
Rotella was a member of the Department of Mental Health senior executive team and was involved in the day-to-day operations of an inpatient psychiatric hospital and multiple community-based clinics, as well as in the oversight of private behavioral health agencies throughout Washington that were regulated by the DMH.
“With increasing regularity, my clients need high-level regulatory counsel, for which Reed Smith’s D.C. presence will be a tremendous asset,” Rotella said in a statement. “The firm’s national platform provides an opportunity for me to expand my practice.”
Rotella is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and Washington.