Edward (Ed) G. Zacharias focuses his practice on complex transactions and regulatory compliance matters. He represents hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, post-acute care providers, health information technology vendors, biotech companies, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and a variety of other health care entities.
A substantial component of Ed's regulatory practice involves advising clients on Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other state and federal privacy and data security laws. Ed is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US); he routinely counsels clients on privacy and data security laws, and helps business navigate and remediate data breaches. Ed has extensive experience representing clients in response to government investigations resulting from reported data breaches and consumer complaints. He prepares comprehensive privacy and data security programs and policies for businesses, and regularly counsels clients regarding the collection, use, retention, disclosure, transfer and disposal of protected health information and personal information.
Ed regularly counsels clients on matters related to federal health care program reimbursement, fraud and abuse and the Stark law, governance, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, and licensure and determination of need laws.
In his transactional practice, Ed represents hospitals, physician group practices and health services vendors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations and general corporate matters.
While in law school, Ed served as the editor in chief of The American Journal of Law and Medicine and was president of the Health Law Association.