The Coral Gables Gazette today published an article on the expansion of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. into Chile. The article stated that “the law firm of Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. is continuing its successful ‘new globalism’ approach to expansion”. Citing ZP&W’s growth, the article states that “with this office opening, the firm has catapulted to more than 40 members in fewer than three years, placing the firm among one of Coral Gables larges and fastest growing firms.” Joseph Zumpano was quoted in the article as stating “with our latest representative Office opening in Santiago, we have grown the firm past the 40 member mark and further expanded our international reach. The fullyintegrated concept of ‘new globalism’ has taken off and resulted in our firm growing exponentially over the last three years while maintaining the quality of work that is the hallmark of ZP&W” The firm’s Representative Office is located within the law firm of Betancourt Escarate & Concha y Cia. ZP&W has hired three attorney coordinators to oversee operations at the firmMarcelo Betancourt Merino, Pablo Concha Hermosilla and Angela Munoz Salazar. “Our newest Representative Office in Santiago strengthens our South American presence, especially since Santiago is the most important industrial and financial center of Chile,” added Zumpano. “Many multinational companies have their South American regional headquarters in Santiago, which opens up new avenues for business development and growth.”
The Florida Medical Business published Lori C. Desnick’s article on the Stark Law advisory opinion process in the August focus issue on AntiKickback and Stark Laws. In the article, Ms. Desnick discussed the types of requests that will be considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the type of information that must be submitted with a request, and the costs to be incurred by the requestor. In the article, Ms. Desnick recommended that health care providers seeking to establish a relationship or enter into a transaction that may implicate the Stark Law consider engaging legal counsel to guide them through the advisory opinion process. According to Ms. Desnick, “[i]t would be difficult to overstate the importance of obtaining clarity regarding the government’s position in a highly regulated environment.
The Bureau of National Affairs Health Plan & Provider Report outlined ZP&W’s significant appellate victory in the Adventist Health System/ Sunbelt Inc. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield case. The article outlined the Florida 5th District Court of Appeal’s decision to allow Florida Hospital to proceed with its lawsuit for reimbursement of emergency health care services rendered to an enrollee of a Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan that was not under contract with the hospital.