Nathaniel ‘Tani’ Weiner, J.D.
Co-Presenting with Ryan McAteer
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
8:05 AM – 9:00 AM
Title: New Laws Impacting CA SUD Treatment Providers – Sea Change or Rough Waters Ahead?
California has passed two important new laws that will impact marketing and operations of California substance abuse treatment providers. SB 1228 prohibits payments by treatment providers, their owners, and other personnel that are tied to patient referrals, and was passed, in parallel with a similar federal law, in response to widely-publicized instances of patient brokering. AB 3162 requires treatment providers to offer all licensable services exclusively at the street address on the facility license, in response to concerns over treatment providers operating in residential neighborhoods.
While some provisions of these
new laws will support quality treatment by ethical treatment providers, and
benefit the California treatment community as a whole, their broad language
raises questions on parameters of permissible conduct, including marketing and
site selection practices that many operators rely on to provide access to care
and meet the significantly increased demand for treatment services. This
presentation will highlight the changes you need to know about and recommended
steps to ensure compliance with these new laws. We will also discuss
areas for which further regulatory guidance may be necessary to avoid adverse
and unintended consequences from these new laws.
Bio: Nathaniel ‘Tani’ Weiner is a Shareholder of Polsinelli LLP, and Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Behavioral Health Law Group. Tani is a seasoned corporate lawyer with a special focus in the behavioral health field, and designs and closes deals by taking into account corporate structure, as well as licensure, regulatory and reimbursement considerations. Tani regularly partners with behavioral health providers to successfully complete M&A and other transactions, and navigate complex regulatory and reimbursement issues that are part of the highly regulated health care industry.
Tani serves as outside general counsel to companies who benefit from his 16 years of experience representing leading behavioral health providers in all facets of their legal affairs. Before returning to private practice in 2016, Tani served as Deputy General Counsel of Acadia Healthcare and CRC Health Group and Chief Legal Counsel of Aspen Education Group.