Hoffman named among vice chairs of national organization's practice group

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Plunkett Cooney healthcare attorney Marta J. Hoffman was recently appointed by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Board of Directors to serve as a vice chair of the national organization’s Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this position,” said Hoffman, a senior member of the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. “The AHLA is an outstanding organization, and I look forward to the opportunity to working with my colleagues to make the Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group even stronger.” 

The American Health Lawyers Association is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. Based in Washington D.C., the association has more than 12,500 members. The Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group is the AHLA’s second largest practice group with over 2,200 members nationwide.

In her role as vice chair, Hoffman will head the group’s Publications Committee. The committee is responsible for publishing articles, white papers and other materials that are disseminated to the entire AHLA organization.

Hoffman is actively involved with the AHLA. In 2014, she was selected into its Leadership program, and she has contributed to numerous publications. She was a contributing author of the 340B (drug discount) toolkit published on AHLA’s website for its membership, she contributed to several of AHLA’s public interest publications for Active Duty Military, and she was a contributing author and editor of “Institutional Review Boards: A Primer,” published by AHLA in 2010. She is currently co-authoring a chapter for “Representing Hospitals and Health Systems,” which will be published by the AHLA in 2016.

Hoffman, who works in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, is licensed to practice in Michigan and Ohio. A former in-house attorney for two large multi-hospital and healthcare systems, her private practice includes work in the areas of healthcare, corporate law, and employment law. She represents a variety of healthcare clients, including hospitals, physicians, nonprofit corporations, extended care facilities, ambulance companies, and Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Hoffman has extensive experience in the areas of corporate healthcare, regulatory matters, physician and physician practice related issues, teaching hospital and faculty group arrangements, service line arrangements, physician and mid-level provider employment agreements, recruitment agreements, leases, graduate medical education, ambulatory surgery center matters, capital acquisition and leasing, clinical research and IRBs, managed care and finance issues, compliance, HIPAA/HITECH and privacy related rules, risk management, and recipient rights issues.

In addition to her involvement in the AHLA, Hoffman recently chaired the leadership council of the Healthcare Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is also a member of the Michigan Society of Health Care Risk Management.

Prior to pursuing her legal career, Hoffman worked for 12 years as a registered nurse, specializing in critical care, emergency nursing and hospital supervision of nursing and other staff.
She received her associate degree, magna cum laude, from Monroe County Community College in 1981 and went on to receive her undergraduate degree magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo in 1988. She received her law degree in 1992 from the University of Toledo College of Law.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group was formed to meet the unique needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, Plunkett Cooney attorneys solve and prevent problems for all types of healthcare providers, including payors and health-related businesses. 

 Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities and one each in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading international directory of law firms, and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014. Plunkett Cooney has also received several awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Marta J. Hoffman’s appointment as vice chair Publications of the AHLA’s Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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