James (Jim) F. Owens serves as counsel to a variety of nonprofit and for-profit health care businesses, with a focus on transactional and regulatory advice. His clients include multi-facility health systems, academic and community hospitals, county medical centers, healthcare districts, children’s hospitals, medical foundation clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, dialysis centers, health plans, physician and dentistry practice management companies, and large medical groups.
With a health care law practice that spans more than three decades, Jim has substantial experience in corporate and business law, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations, health care joint ventures and clinical integration. He regularly advises clients on compliance with state and federal health care laws. Jim also has experience resolving disputes among health care businesses.
Jim is a leading practitioner in physician/hospital clinical integration matters. He has extensive experience working with health systems, hospitals, clinics, provider networks and others on a variety of integrated delivery system matters, including working with business consultants and stakeholders to identify the right physician integration strategy based upon the strategic goals of the organization and the relevant market conditions. He regularly advises on structuring sophisticated incentive compensation systems for medical groups and physicians. Jim is a contributing editor of the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Representing Hospitals and Health Systems Handbook, examining the multitude of issues that those who represent hospitals and health system need to be informed.
Assisted with the formation of a limited liability company among Anthem Blue Cross and six other competitive hospital systems in the Los Angeles area. The venture, “Anthem Blue Cross Vivity,” offers a network of 6,000 doctors and 14 hospitals, in total, to large self-insured employers
Advised a health system in Los Angeles on the acquisition of a world-renowned orthopedic group and in obtaining a controlling interest in two ambulatory surgery centers specializing in orthopedics
Represented a state dental society in the formation of a new service line to benefit its members
Reorganized a cardiology service line for a large nonprofit health system in Nevada
Served as joint transactional counsel to a multi-facility children’s health system and a pediatric multi-specialty medical group in Orange County, California, on the formation of a pediatric subspecialty medical foundation clinic
Assisted with the affiliation of a safety-net pediatric hospital and research center with a state university health care system
Advised on the formation of a joint venture between two competing health systems to own and operate an acute care rehabilitation hospital and related medical group
Advised on the affiliation of Lodi Memorial Hospital with Adventist Health West
Assisted with the affiliation of a large pediatric subspecialty medical group and a newly formed nonprofit medical foundation clinic, sponsored by a nonprofit children’s hospital and a state university health system in San Diego, California
Represented Cedars-Sinai Health System in the affiliation with Torrance Health Association, a non-profit organization that includes a 470-bed Torrance Memorial Medical Center, various outpatient centers throughout the South Bay region of Los Angeles, a multi-specialty physician group and an independent physician association
Represented Providence St. Joseph Health, in its transactions with Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI), a Southern California hospital focused on orthopedic care
Represented Cottage Health, a nonprofit health system based in Santa Barbara County, California, in its affiliation with Lompoc Valley Medical Center, a California local health care district
Represented Santa Clara County in the acquisition of O’Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital in connection with the Verity Health System bankruptcy
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