Biography

When health care organizations transform and innovate while complying with multiple, complex regulatory schemes and operating under the glare of public scrutiny, Arthur Fried helps support their missions and advance new products, initiatives, and opportunities. His experience, as general counsel of a teaching hospital, nonprofit health system, and several large government agencies serving the public, informs his skills in understanding and achieving clients’ goals, advocating with government agencies, negotiating with adversaries, and addressing public policy considerations. Health care executives trust Arthur’s guidance in a constantly changing strategic, reimbursement, and compliance environment.

In fraud investigations, misconduct proceedings, and other tough challenges, clients appreciate Arthur’s positive, steady-handed and politically astute counsel. His innovative strategies have resulted in successful new companies, product rollouts, and valuable commercial alliances. Whether deciphering the physician-patient relationship across 50 states for a telehealth product launch, or preparing hospital systems for data-driven, value-based payments, Arthur aims to strike the workable balance among compliance, regulatory risk, and commercial viability for his clients.

Arthur represents a variety of health care interests nationwide, from academic medical centers, hospitals, and behavioral health and home care entities to diagnostic laboratories, physician groups, growing telehealth providers, and others.

A mix of public and private legal experience has influenced Arthur’s counsel to clients. He served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at a large teaching hospital, and as Vice President for legal and regulatory affairs at a major nonprofit health system. In 1995, President Clinton appointed Arthur as the first General Counsel to the independent Social Security Administration. Prior to that, Arthur spent 13 years as a litigator at The Legal Aid Society of New York, and was General Counsel to both the New York City Human Resources Administration and Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Arthur also served as a member of the Barack Obama Presidential Transition Team, Social Security Advisors Group.

Arthur’s big-picture perspective helps him maximize opportunity while minimizing liability exposure across organizations. Arthur has exerted his influence and advocated for his clients in the media and across health care’s many forums: federal, state, and city agencies; national and international organizations; the U.S. Congress; and the White House.

Experience

  • Provided health care regulatory counsel in connection with the application by the New York affiliate of a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment provider for a change in sponsorship post-sale transaction and for a license to operate a Community Residence for Eating Disorder Integrated Treatment for adolescents, the first of its kind in New York State. Arthur and his team advised and represented the client on various complex regulatory requirements and other aspects impacting approval.
  • Represented a medical group practice before the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) regarding a charge that the policy of one of its physicians to not maintain as a patient a child whose parent declined to allow the child to be vaccinated amounted to unlawful discrimination based upon religion, which assertedly was the reason for declining vaccination. Arthur and his team received a favorable decision from the NYSDHR.
  • Defended and negotiated comprehensive settlements of numerous federal and state fraud and abuse investigations involving hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid and Medicare payments. Arthur also oversaw the implementation of, and compliance with, resulting corporate integrity agreements.
  • Overhauled a hospital's clinical services agreements to enhance physician productivity and satisfaction, improve fiscal health, strengthen compliance, facilitate operational objectives, and align physician and hospital interests.
  • Managed peer review processes and medical staff proceedings from start to finish, including board of directors and court appeals, for a major tertiary care facility.
  • Served as sole or lead counsel during his tenure at The Legal Aid Society in dozens of groundbreaking class action lawsuits, against city, state, and federal agencies that resulted in the receipt of cash or medical assistance benefits by over one million individuals and households.
  • Designed the legal structure of a groundbreaking model affiliation and quality of care certification strategy for a world-renowned cancer center.
  • Served as a U.S. delegate to the 1999 Rehabilitation International General Assembly in London, and as the U.S. representative to the 7th European Regional Conference of Rehabilitation International in Jerusalem.
Education
  • Cornell University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1975)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1972)
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Bar Admissions
  • New York
Memberships
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Coalition for Chappaqua Schools
  • The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC): Telehealth Task Force (Inaugural Member)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section, E-Health and Information Systems Committee, Co-Chair
Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law (2021)
  • Chambers USA: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Leader in New York—Healthcare (2020, 2021)
  • The Legal 500 United States, Healthcare: Advice to Service Providers (2021)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (2020)
  • Heroes of Reinvention Hammer Award, Two-time recipient