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Sheryl Tatar Dacso

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-9340
Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1810
Fax: (713) 821-0678
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Sheryl Tatar Dacso, J.D., Dr.P.H. is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has represented health care organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years.  Dr. Dacso concentrates her practice on health care compliance, regulations and transactions, including physician practice mergers, acquisitions and business ventures as well as digital health and telemedicine.  Dr. Dacso’s practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Certified Nonprofit Health Corporations, medical education foundations and research organizations.  She often advises on joint ventures involving exempt and nonexempt organizations and addresses issues associated with governance and regulatory compliance.  Dr. Dacso is an AHLA trained negotiator/mediator for resolution of health care disputes and has handled many complex transactions involving health care organizations.  In November 2002, she was the first attorney named by Texas Lawyer as the number one “Top Notch Lawyer” in health care law in Texas.  She has been consistently listed in Texas and National Best Lawyers and a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.  She has written several text books and articles on a broad range of health care topics ranging from managed care contracting to virtual practice arrangements among physician practices and serves on the editorial board of  E-Health, Law and Policy, and is a regular contributing author of a chapter in the BNA publication of E-Health, Privacy and Security Law (Multiple Editions.)  Dr. Dacso holds faculty appointments at the University of Houston where she teaches at the Law School in the Health Law Institute and in the College of Technology, and teaches in the Medical Humanities program at the University of Texas Medical School as a McGovern Fellow.
 
Dr. Dacso is a thought leader and frequent speaker on many health care topics such as health information technology including digital and e-health transactions, HIPAA and privacy, and Telemedicine use and regulation as well as health care reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health information exchanges and the various rules and incentives associated with the use of electronic health records. Dr. Dacso was a pioneer in the early models of e-Health and information technology as she counseled entrepreneurs, health care providers and academic medical centers on the use and deployment of this technology.  Prior to the introduction of ACOs under health care reform, Dr. Dacso worked with clients to establish legal structures such as IPAs, PHOs and integrated delivery systems that could provide care to patients while managing financial and insurance risk.  Her experience in managed care contracting extends to shared risk arrangements.
Sheryl Tatar Dacso, J.D., Dr.P.H. is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has represented health care organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years.  Dr. Dacso concentrates her practice on health care compliance, regulations and transactions, including physician practice mergers, acquisitions and business ventures as well as digital health and telemedicine.  Dr. Dacso’s practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Certified Nonprofit Health Corporations, medical education foundations and research organizations.  She often advises on joint ventures involving exempt and nonexempt organizations and addresses issues associated with governance and regulatory compliance.  Dr. Dacso is an AHLA trained negotiator/mediator for resolution of health care disputes and has handled many complex transactions involving health care organizations.  In November 2002, she was the first attorney named by Texas Lawyer as the number one “Top Notch Lawyer” in health care law in Texas.  She has been consistently listed in Texas and National Best Lawyers and a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.  She has written several text books and articles on a broad range of health care topics ranging from managed care contracting to virtual practice arrangements among physician practices and serves on the editorial board of  E-Health, Law and Policy, and is a regular contributing author of a chapter in the BNA publication of E-Health, Privacy and Security Law (Multiple Editions.)  Dr. Dacso holds faculty appointments at the University of Houston where she teaches at the Law School in the Health Law Institute and in the College of Technology, and teaches in the Medical Humanities program at the University of Texas Medical School as a McGovern Fellow.
 
Dr. Dacso is a thought leader and frequent speaker on many health care topics such as health information technology including digital and e-health transactions, HIPAA and privacy, and Telemedicine use and regulation as well as health care reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health information exchanges and the various rules and incentives associated with the use of electronic health records. Dr. Dacso was a pioneer in the early models of e-Health and information technology as she counseled entrepreneurs, health care providers and academic medical centers on the use and deployment of this technology.  Prior to the introduction of ACOs under health care reform, Dr. Dacso worked with clients to establish legal structures such as IPAs, PHOs and integrated delivery systems that could provide care to patients while managing financial and insurance risk.  Her experience in managed care contracting extends to shared risk arrangements.

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (1979)
  • Doctor of Public Health, UT Houston Health Science Center (1979)

  • Master of Public Health, UT Houston Health Science Center (1974)

  • B.A., University of Texas (1972)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association:  Health Law, Employee Benefits and International Law Sections
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Hospital & Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • Gulf Coast and Texas Medical Group Management Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Houston Bar Association (Health Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas  (Health Law Section)
  • American Association of Accountable Care Organizations 
  • Ibn Sina Foundation Advisory Board
  • Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
  • Illinois Telehealth Initiative, Program Planning Committee

Representative Engagements

  • Developed innovative model using the series PLLC for a multispecialty group practice.
  • Consolidated 35 physicians into the largest GI practice in Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Consolidated 20 physicians into the largest Urology practice in Houston and surrounding areas. 
  • Consolidated 70+ physicians into one of the largest Radiology practices in Houston and surrounding areas. 
  • Developed an ACO that integrates two IPAs using care coordination capabilities to clinically integrate the participating providers.
  • Developed, implemented and currently provide ongoing general counsel to several large single specialty medical practices in the specialties of radiology and urology.
  • Worked with a large employer to develop an employer-based health care service delivery model as part of its self-funded employee benefits program using telemedicine technology and an affiliated medical practice structure
  • Provided on-site assessment, developed policies and procedures and restructured employer-based health clinic with a focus on meeting HIPAA and other health care regulatory compliance requirements
  • Developed a comprehensive HIPAA and HITECH compliance strategy and program for a national fitness company in order for it to satisfy its duties as a Business Associate of a health care organization
  • Developed expansion models for expanding access to health care services for a federally qualified health clinic
  • Developed structure for large retail clinic to engage in delivery of primary care services in association with large health care systems
  • Developed innovative models for affiliating and leveraging status of federally qualified health centers for the purpose of reducing cost, enhancing efficiencies and increasing access to care by underserved populations
  • Participated in the development of a guide to HIPAA pre-emption under Texas law for the Texas Hospital Association and Texas Medical Association; development of a compliance CD tool that is specific to Texas law and HIPAA Compliance
  • Provided antitrust compliance analysis and structured a merger of physician-hospital organizations associated with a nonprofit, tax-exempt health system
  • Development, implementation and continued representation of a quasi-government rural-focused health care system, including legislative drafting and technical assistance to State agencies involved with regulating insurance and Medicaid/CHIP in Texas

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Tele-Health and Emerging Technology:  Ethics, Risk Identification and Mitigation," 29th Annual Health Law Conference, presented by UT Law, Houston, TX (April 6, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Texas Series LLCs, Pros and Cons, Specific Applications,” UT CLE Conference - LLCs, LPs and Partnerships (July 14, 2016)
  • Panelist, The Patient as an Innovator, Center for Healthcare Innovation Conference, Washington, DC. (February 10, 2016)
  • Panelist, “AHLA/CDC Public Health Law Program on FQHCs/RHCs,” Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (June 5, 2015)
  • Panelist, “New Models of Delivering Healthcare: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” The University of Texas at Austin’s 27th Annual Health Law Conference (April 30, 2015)   
  • Co-Presenter at 2015 Harris County Medical Society Business Expo (April 11, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Fundamentals of Managed Care and Recent Trends,”  ABA Webinar, (January 23, 2014)
  • Moderator and Co-Presenter, Ali-CLE Program on “Self-Funded Employers Becoming Health Care Providers:  Overview of Industry Trends and Regulatory Risks,” (October 24, 2014) 
  • Moderator, “ALI-CLE Program on “HIPAA Privacy and Security Update for Employee Benefits and Business Lawyers,”  (December 19, 2014)  
  • Co-Presenter, "Healthcare: The Coming Wave of the Affordable Care Act," Texas State Bar 12th Annual Advanced In-house Counsel Course, San Antonio, TX (August 1-2, 2013) 
  • “Long Term Care in a ‘Reformed’ World: How Will Senior Services Fit Into the ACO Model?” LeadingAge Texas Annual Meeting & Tradeshow, Austin, TX (May 21, 2013)
  • “Healthcare Reform:  A Look at Today’s Trends and What’s Coming Next”, Massachusetts Hospital Association’s 3rd Annual New England Executive Women in Healthcare Conference (March 1, 2013)
  • “Deconstructing Healthcare Reform,” Presentation to the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston (January 2013)
  • Speaker, “HIPAA Update,” Texas Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference (April 12, 2012)
  • Speaker, “The Legal Ramifications of Health Care Reform Initiatives,” ABQUARP 34th Annual Quality and Patient Safety Conference, San Antonio, TX (November 11, 2011)

Publications

  • Author, “Ethical challenges for healthcare lawyers practicing in a digital world," Digital Health Legal (May 2017)
  • Co-Author, “Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Health Care Providers and Health Insurers,” Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 24, 2016)
  • Author, “OCR’s Recent Guidance for mHealth App Developers,” eHealth Law & Policy, (April, 2016)
  • Co-Author, "ONC reports on the state of information blocking in the US," eHealth Law & Policy (May 8, 2015)
  • Co-Author, "Texas Medical Board Adopts Restrictive Telemedicine Rules," One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 15, 2015)
  • Co-Author, “Reconciling US Cyber Security Proposals with Health Laws,” eHealth Law & Policy (February 1, 2015)
  • Contributing Author, “E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law, Second Edition,” ABA (January 1, 2015)
  • Co-Author, "Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk, and Compliance Issues,"  American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) (May-June 2008)
  • Co-Author, “The “Never” Events: What It Means for Physicians,” Journal of Health Care Compliance (May-June 2008)
  • Author, “The Managed Care Answer Book,” Aspen Law and Business (1996 – 2001) (multiple editions)
  • Author, “The Risk Contracting Handbook,” Aspen Law and Business (1997)
  • The Long Term Care Answer Book, Aspen Publishing, (2003, 2005 editions)
  • Author, “Legal Ethics and E-Health,” Ch. 18, E-Health, Privacy and Security Law, BNA Press Second Consolidated Edition (in press 2016)

Accolades

  • Notable Practitioner, Healthcare (Texas), Chambers USA (2016–2017)
  • Recognized Attorney, Health Law, Legal 500 (2015–2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Health Care Law (2014–current)
  • Corporate Counsel’s 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Healthcare
  • Selected in the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Health Care Law