Carol Bowen is an experienced and responsive health care partner whose clients value her knowledge and practical approach to help them achieve their business goals within the complex health law framework. She represents health care providers, private equity and institutional investors and lenders, and other companies in the health care industry for both transactional and regulatory matters. Carol is co-head of the firm’s Health Care practice, a team of health care attorneys providing knowledgeable legal counsel.

Overview

Carol represents a broad range of health care providers and other stakeholders in the health care industry. Her provider clients include health care systems, large medical groups, ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health providers, and other service providers for both transactions and regulatory compliance, and operational matters. Her experience includes both in house and outside general counsel positions. Her work includes joint ventures among large physician groups, hospitals, and other sophisticated health care providers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings, and regulatory compliance. Carol uses both her transactional and regulatory compliance background to advise her clients on structuring strategic alignments between providers and others.

Carol’s regulatory representation includes:
  • Federal fraud and abuse laws, Stark laws, and similar state law issues
  • HIPAA compliance and healthcare data privacy and security breach response
  • Licensing and credentialing
  • Compliance plans and document retention plans
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payor reimbursement, contracting, and value-based payment arrangements
  • Clinical research issues, including negotiation and drafting of clinical trial agreements for hospitals, physician groups, clinical research organizations

Representative Services

  • Transactional Matters:
    • Represented Allergy Partners, the largest U.S. group of single-specialty allergy and asthma practices in its transaction with Waypoint Capital. Allergy Partners operates 62 practice hubs, with135 physicians across 20 states
    • Represented the sellers of an ophthalmology practice and affiliated surgery center in connection with the acquisition by Atlantic Vision Partners, a portfolio company of Sheridan Capital Partners
    • Represented sellers of multiple radiation oncology centers in a sale to a large Southeastern health system
    • Represented a private equity funded urgent care business in connection with negotiation of a clinical affiliation agreement and formation of a joint venture with a large New England health system to own and operate urgent care centers
    • Represented an ENT practice in connection with the sale of its assets to Southern Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Physicians, an ENT and allergy management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners
    • Represented sellers in connection with the sale of majority interest of a multi-specialty surgery center joint venture to a private equity funded buyer
    • Represented a buyer of North Carolina-based applied behavior analysis providers
    • Represented MedCath Corporation over a 25-year period including the structuring and development of dozens of partnerships with physician investors in general acute care and heart hospitals, cardiac catheterization labs and other related services followed by the individual sales of each of those facilities to many of the leading for-profit and non-profit healthcare systems across the country such as HCA, Tenet, and Banner Health
  • Regulatory matters:
    • Represent specialty physician practices throughout the Southeast for regulatory, compliance and operational matters
    • Represent health systems and ambulatory surgery centers in connection with medical staff, regulatory, governance, electronic medical record, licensure, and related matters
    • Represent an ABA provider for regulatory compliance and operational matters




Notable

Notable

  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2013-2023
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Healthcare, 2014-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell, North Carolina Top Rated Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Health Care, 2009-2022
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Women in Business Award Winner, 2013
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 50 Women North Carolina, 2011
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Charlotte Community Health Clinic, 2016-2022
  • Women’s’ Impact Fund 2006 - 2021
  • Board of Directors of Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, 2014-2020, Board Chair, 2019-2020
  • Member and Vice Chair, Membership, American Bar Association Health Law Section, 2010-2011
  • Served on the Health Law Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, 1999-2002

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Affiliations

Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section, Health Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Health Law Section

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • Quoted in Law360 on January 2, 2015 in the article “Life Sciences Legislation and Regulation to Watch in 2015.”
  • Panelist on “Health Care of the Future” at the Charlotte Business Journal’s 4th annual Excellence in Health Care Awards on September 16, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Practical Advice from the MedCath Experience,” American Health Lawyers Association, Health Care Transactions program, April 2014
  • Panelist discussing laws affecting the business goals of healthcare companies, hospitals and physician groups, “Investing in the New Healthcare Frontier,” Charlotte, NC February, 2014
  • Co-presenter, Healthcare Reform Update 2012, January 2012, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Presenter, Health Care Symposium, September 2009, sponsored by Moore & Van Allen, PLLC and LarsonAllen, LLP
  • Participant, American Health Lawyers Association Masters Program, “Improving Quality and Bonding with Physicians:  A Health System Case Study,” May 2009
  • Speaker, "Update on Long Term Care Hospitals from the Provider and Government Perspective," Washington Healthcare Summit, American Bar Association, Health Law Section, November 2003
  • Speaker, "Recognizing Pitfalls in Clinical Research from the Physician and Hospital Perspective," Current Issues in Health Law, North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section Annual Meeting, April 2002

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1984

B.A., Duke University, 1979

Middlebury College, 1978

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997
  • Massachusetts, 1985
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