PRESS RELEASE: The law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to announce that health care attorney Matthew J. Lapointe has been appointed to the Manatee County Health Care Advisory Board by the Manatee Board of County Commissioners. The purpose of the Health Care Advisory Board is to evaluate, monitor and discuss the health care system in Manatee County, then make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Advisory Board reviews evidence-based practices and programs to determine how they can be applied to the County and performs other tasks as requested by the Board of County Commissioners. Lapointe also serves as Chair of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee.
“Manatee County Government is thrilled by the Board of County Commissioners’ appointment of Mr. Matthew J. Lapointe to the Health Care Advisory Board, “says Joshua Barnett, Manatee County Health Care Services Manager.” Mr. Lapointe’s experience in health law, and his involvement in other community health activities provides this Board with a critical and unique perspective. The addition of Mr. Lapointe will expand our repertoire of knowledge and experience as we work to inform an approach that improves the health of the low-income, uninsured residents of Manatee County.” Lapointe said he is honored to serve on the Advisory Board, noting that “the Board is composed of very bright and energetic people who are committed to improving the health care system in Manatee County, particularly for low-income and uninsured residents. I look forward to contributing what I can to that important mission.”
Lapointe is a principal in the firm’s Business & Corporate and Health Care Law practice groups. In his health hare Law practice, Lapointe advises physician groups, dentists, assisted living facilities and other health care institutions. In addition to counseling these clients on matters common to all businesses, such as personnel issues, financing, and corporate governance, Lapointe advises on compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, the federal anti-referral law, anti-kickback law, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, as well as compliance with state licensing laws. Matthew has handled numerous health care transactions, including the purchase and sale of physician practices, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
Blalock Walters, P.A. is a multi-practice, regional law firm built on a foundation of integrity and hard work. With over 25 attorneys, we serve a wide range of clients in diverse industries. Throughout its more than 90-year history the firm has been a trusted advisor in resolving the legal needs of individuals, leading businesses and other institutions throughout Southwest Florida and beyond. Blalock Walters’ offices are located in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. For more information, please visit www.blalockwalters.com.