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For more than 30 years, Stephen Moore has served as a trusted advisor to health care systems, hospitals, physician groups and surgery centers, as well as other health care providers. As a health care lawyer, he helps those in the healthcare industry navigate the myriad of complex healthcare laws and regulations by serving as a valued member of their team.

Steve counsels his clients on a variety of corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate organization and governance, tax exemption, Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, physician compensation, and physician integration strategies. His clients value his common sense approach to finding solutions that further support their business objectives.

Professional Background

Steve has held a number of leadership positions in the firm since joining in 1984. Currently, he is the leader of the firm's National Health Care Practice Group which serves the regulatory, transactional and litigation needs of all health care providers.

Early in his career in private practice, Steve represented entrepreneurs, closely held businesses, financial institutions, manufacturers and publicly traded companies in a variety of commercial litigation matters as well as in business formation, mergers and acquisitions, financings, contracts and commercial real estate transactions.

Following graduation from law school, Steve first served as an Assistant Attorney General of the Iowa Department of Justice, briefing and arguing over a dozen cases before the Iowa Supreme Court. He then served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
    • Board of Directors, 1990-1993
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 1993
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • Selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions" by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Recognized by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Health Law, 2003–Present
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2005–Present
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Health Care Law, 2017 and 2018

Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented a Catholic sponsored health care system in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of two separately licensed Catholic sponsored acute care hospitals and a licensed home health agency.
  • Represented a Catholic sponsored health care system in acquiring from another Catholic sponsored health care system substantially all of the assets of a number of ambulatory free standing clinics and an urgent care center, and a licensed acute care hospital which ceased operations concurrently upon closing the transaction, followed by opening of a free standing emergency room located in the former hospital.
  • Represented a hospital system in the acquisitions of substantially all of the assets of a Critical Access Hospital.
  • Represented a hospital system in the acquisition of a community hospital through a change of control affiliation agreement.
  • Represented hospitals in the acquisition of physician practices and physical therapy practices, and in the sale of nursing homes.
  • Represented a behavioral health service provider in the acquisition of an outpatient counseling clinic.
  • Represented a hospital system in the organization/syndication of joint ventures with independent surgeons of multi-specialty surgery centers,. in the merger of multi-specialty surgery centers, and in the organization of joint ventures with physicians of an imaging center and a sleep disorder clinic.

Health Care Transactions

  • In two separate, unrelated transactions, represented not-for-profit hospital systems in joint ventures with a for-profit owner and operator of urgent care centers. In order to assure continued access to care and to improve operating efficiencies, in each transaction the parties organized a jointly owned entity which manages urgent care centers contributed to the joint venture by the parties.
  • Represented a financially distressed Critical Access Hospital in exploration of potential affiliation options and its ongoing negotiations with bond holders, and in support of its successful efforts to achieve financial stability.
  • Represented a hospital district in its conversion to a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation, and in the financing and construction of a replacement Critical Access Hospital.
  • Represented a multi-specialty group practice in the sale of all of the stock to a community hospital.

Presentations

Steve has spoken at the annual meetings of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Annual Health Law Symposium of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Inc.

He has also made presentations at conferences sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and at several seminars attended by hospital governing boards, medical staffs, nursing staffs and administrators. His other presentations include:

  • "Medical Error Disclosure Programs: Legal and Ethical Issues," OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Ethics Committee, December 2016
  • "The Fair Housing Act and Recent Litigation Trends in Senior Living Facilities," Hinshaw's Breakfast Seminar Series, Rockford, Illinois, October 11, 2016

Publications

  • Author, Chapter 1, "Inside the Minds: Navigating Health Care M&A Transactions," Orchestrating Successful Mergers and Acquisitions of Health Care Providers, July 2013

Hinshaw Publications

Community/Civic Activities

Steve's extensive community activities further reflect the health care emphasis of his legal practice.

  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
    • Ethics Committee, Member
    • Advisory Board, Honorary Member; Former President
    • Internal Review Board, Former Member
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Foundation Council, Former Board Member
    • Finance Committee, Former Member
  • Northern Illinois Hospice Association, Former Board Member
  • Crusaders Health Foundation, Former President
  • Rock River Valley Blood Center, Former Board Member
  • Jeremiah Development, NFP, Former President
  • River District Association, Former President

J.D., with honors, Drake University, 1973

B.S., Western Illinois University, 1971