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Thomas E. Dutton


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  • Northwestern University (J.D. cum laude 1983); Washington and Lee University (B.A. in Politics magna cum laude 1980; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

For 35 years, Tom Dutton has helped hospitals, health systems, insurance companies, and large physician groups design and successfully implement cutting-edge integration and delivery strategies. He has led deal teams in innovative service line revenue mergers; dozens of hospital, HMO, and insurance company mergers, acquisitions, and joint operating agreements; statewide/multistate health system collaboratives; and distressed company transactions. Tom has handled dozens of specialty/primary care physician practice acquisitions, including physician private equity transactions, and developed regulatory-compliant physician employment compensation models, created dozens of provider-based clinics and co-management arrangements, developed accountable care organizations and advised regarding the use of ACO waivers, and implemented every type of physician-hospital joint venture (including ASC, diagnostic imaging, cancer center, and hospital syndications).

Representative matters include: advising Duke University Health System and WakeMed regarding their development of heart and cancer service line revenue mergers; counseling Yale New Haven Health regarding its acquisition of PriMed, a 120 physician/ACP group practice; advising UPMC regarding the development of its provider-based oncology clinics; counseling Bon Secours Health System regarding the joint venture of its Charity Health System operations with Westchester Medical Center; developing numerous cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncology, and other service line co-management arrangements for UnityPoint Health facilities throughout Iowa and Illinois; and representing the Creditors Committee of AHERF in the sale through bankruptcy of the AHERF hospital operations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Tom is a frequent lecturer at national conferences on the latest models for physician-hospital integration and other health law issues and has authored numerous articles on health law-related topics.

Honors & Distinctions

  • First named to Best Lawyers in America — health care in 1995 at age 37 and named in every subsequent edition

    BTI Client Service All-Star (2018)

    Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of health care (2012-2018)

    Twice selected for Nightingale's Healthcare News List of Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyers
Thomas Dutton