Bruce D. Armon

Bruce Armon counsels clients on how federal and state health care laws affect health care businesses. His understanding of corporate health care stems from a combination of his work with physicians, physician groups, hospitals, academic medical centers, ancillary providers, device manufacturers,  health care entrepreneurs and insurers as well as his past experience in the Pennsylvania legislature and the health insurance industry. As chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Health Care Practice and managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office, Bruce also brings insight on the leadership challenges his clients face from a day-to-day and long-range planning perspective.

Financial issues

Bruce has experience drafting, editing and negotiating contracts for health care businesses. He also advises on payment and reimbursements issues, including those involving Medicare and Medicaid as well as private insurers.

Select representations include:

  • Helping hundreds of physicians with employer contract and shareholder issues
  • Helping many groups across many specialties add physicians as well as sell and acquire practices
  • Helping clients navigate reimbursement issues with payors and with medical necessity issues
  • Serving as regulatory counsel on compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse provisions to develop appropriate business relationships

Regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse

Bruce regularly helps his clients with compliance matters, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. His also provides counseling on complying with fraud and abuse statutes, including those involving the federal anti-kickback statute and the federal Stark law and related state fraud and abuse laws. 

Select representations include:

  • Helping a large university without an academic medical center assess risks and develop a HIPAA compliance plan
  • Helping an academic medical center and other providers with HIPAA compliance
  • Drafting and editing many business associate agreements

Transactional issues 

Bruce has experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions in the health care industry, including hospitals, medical practices, nursing homes and ASCs.  

Select representations include:

  • Assisting a  large multi-hospital heath system in its acquisition of a community hospital in a neighboring state a few miles from one of its own campuses in Pennsylvania. This included drafting, negotiating and implementation of the letter of intent, extensive due diligence (including CMS payment issues), and issues involving corporate governance, public finance, real estate, environmental compliance, charitable assets, corporate reorganization, antitrust (including preparation of its HSR application), and contract assignment. Preparation of the definitive agreement, ancillary documents and corporate resolutions were also part of the engagement.
  • Assisting ASCs in mergers, compliance issues and management agreements.
  • Assisting a Pennsylvania County in the sale of its county-owned nursing home and associated real estate. This included addressing legal issues involving real estate, environmental compliance, employment, financing, licensure transfer, and regulatory matters. 

Bruce speaks often to physicians and health care audiences, and regularly writes and is quoted about health care issues in external publications, including a February 2017 article in the Delaware Medical Journal, and in firm publications.

Bruce is active in the community, and serves on the boards of the Committee of Seventy and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and is president of Adath Jeshuran Synagogue. 

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