Brian Nichols is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Health Law Group. He represents and advises hospitals, physician groups, nursing homes, community providers, and other health care entities on a range of transactional and regulatory health care law issues. Mr. Nichols has broad experience in health law and business. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in several industries, including health insurance, aerospace/defense and electric utilities. Mr. Nichols understands clients’ businesses, and crafts solutions which are legally compliant and allow clients to achieve their business objectives. Mr. Nichols also is a contributor to Robinson+Cole’s health care blog, Health Law Diagnosis.
Mr. Nichols counsels the health care industry on vendor and payor contracting, joint ventures, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, space and equipment leasing, physician service agreements, clinically integrated networks, physician-hospital organizations, and ambulatory surgery center buy-ins.
Mr. Nichols has extensive experience handling health-related transactions. He has guided a hospital through the formation of a professional corporation, represented a home care agency as it acquired a similar company’s assets, and negotiated an operating agreement for a hospital embarking on a joint venture.
Mr. Nichols provides legal counsel to health care providers on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, including both analysis and defense. He provides advice regarding compliance with Stark law, which prohibits physician self-referrals when patients have Medicare and Medicaid. Mr. Nichols also counsels providers on anti-kickback statutes, false claims, tax exemption, licensure, government investigations, medical staff issues, physician recruitment, reimbursement, privacy of medical information, compliance program development, self-disclosures and risk management.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Mr. Nichols is on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. On a pro bono basis, he helped Specs for Little Heroes, Inc., which donates special eyeglasses to children with retinoblastoma, become a tax exempt organization. Mr. Nichols, a former officer in the U.S. Navy, has worked to help organizations which support veterans. He served as secretary on the executive board of Give an Hour, which provides mental health services to military personnel. Mr. Nichols is involved with internal firm programs aimed at helping the community. He has assisted the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, through internships and by coordinating the firm’s holiday gift program for children involved in the clubs.