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Burns Receives Appointment to MHA Legislative Policy Panel

September 13, 2011

Varnum attorney Lawrence P. Burns was recently appointed to serve on the Michigan Health and Hospital Association's Legislative Policy Panel.

The panel reviews emerging health care legislation in a timely and efficient manner and recommends appropriate association response. In addition, the panel will assume a proactive role in identifying new legislative initiatives for the association to champion.

Burns has worked in health care law for more than 20 years as the Chair of Varnum's Health Care Law practice area. He works with clients to develop innovative health care arrangements, including hospital-physician joint ventures and integrated delivery systems. He also counsels hospitals on staffing matters such as physician recruitment arrangements, medical staff bylaws review and the equitable use of credentialing criteria. He regularly counsels clients on significant compliance issues, including federal and state anti-fraud laws and the Stark laws. In 2011, Best Lawyers named Burns Grand Rapids' Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law.

Beyond his legal practice, Burns serves on the Institutional Review Board at Saint Mary's Health Care and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Mary's Doran Foundation and the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education. Burns' professional affiliations include the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association, and American Health Lawyers Association. He has written numerous articles on health care related issues.

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