Case Studies

Epstein Becker Green Helps Finalize Key Step in Historic Merger of New Jersey Hospital Systems

Epstein Becker Green, as lead counsel, advised Barnabas Health, a seven-hospital system based in West Orange, New Jersey, on the health regulatory, organizational design, and corporate transactional aspects of a merger with Robert Wood Johnson, a New Brunswick, New Jersey-based system with four hospitals. In July 2015, these two leading health systems signed the definitive agreement that outlines the merger between Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson. Once complete, the transaction will create New Jersey’s largest health care system—and one of the largest in the nation—to be known as “RWJ Barnabas Health.” This combination would create a system with combined annual operating revenue of $4.5 billion and 30,000 employees. The merger is expected to be completed in 2016.

The Epstein Becker Green team advising Barnabas Health includes John F. Gleason, Katherine R. Lofft, Leonard Lipsky, Patricia M. Wagner, Eileen D. Millett, Colin G. McCulloch, Amy F. Lerman, Serra J. Schlanger, Benjamin M. Zegarelli, Lindsay Borgeson, Shilpa Prem, and August Emil Huelle.

Epstein Becker Green Advises Health System on Forming First-of-Its-Kind Direct-to-Employer Health Care Network and Alliance in California

Epstein Becker Green provided health care transactional and regulatory advice to MemorialCare Health System (“MemorialCare”) pertaining to structuring and developing a five-year arrangement involving a direct contract to provide medical care to Southern California employees of The Boeing Company (“Boeing”) and their families (approximately 37,000 people). The arrangement has been described as the first such customized health plan option in California between a large employer and a health care provider.

The network with MemorialCare for Boeing’s employees includes 2,400 primary care doctors and specialists, nine hospitals, and 71 community-based ambulatory surgery, medical imaging, urgent care, and dialysis centers, among others. The hospitals involved include MemorialCare’s five hospitals that span parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties in addition to hospitals, physicians, and other facilities through MemorialCare’s related network contracts with UC Irvine Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, PIH Health Hospital-Whittier, PIH Health Hospital-Downey, and PIH Health Physicians.

The arrangement is designed to improve health, enhance patient experience, and make health care more affordable for Boeing and those employees who choose it. Also, the arrangement allows MemorialCare direct access to clinical data to better customize and coordinate employees’ health needs.

The Epstein Becker Green team was led by Paul A. Gomez and included Leonard Lipsky and Patricia M. Wagner.