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Sheryl Tatar Dacso

Partner

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1810
Fax: (713) 821-0678
Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-9340
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Sheryl Tatar Dacso, J.D., Dr.P.H. is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has represented health care organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years.  Dr. Dacso concentrates her practice on health care compliance, regulations and transactions, including physician practice mergers, acquisitions and business ventures as well as digital health and telemedicine.  Dr. Dacso’s practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Certified Nonprofit Health Corporations, medical education foundations and research organizations.  She often advises on joint ventures involving exempt and nonexempt organizations and addresses issues associated with governance and regulatory compliance.  Dr. Dacso is an AHLA trained negotiator/mediator for resolution of health care disputes and has handled many complex transactions involving health care organizations.  In November 2002, she was the first attorney named by Texas Lawyer as the number one “Top Notch Lawyer” in health care law in Texas.  She has been consistently listed in Texas and National Best Lawyers and a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.  She has written several text books and articles on a broad range of health care topics ranging from managed care contracting to virtual practice arrangements among physician practices and serves on the editorial board of  E-Health, Law and Policy, and is a regular contributing author of a chapter in the BNA publication of E-Health, Privacy and Security Law (Multiple Editions.)  Dr. Dacso holds faculty appointments at the University of Houston where she teaches at the Law School in the Health Law Institute and in the College of Technology, and teaches in the Medical Humanities program at the University of Texas Medical School as a McGovern Fellow.

Dr. Dacso is a thought leader and frequent speaker on many health care topics such as health information technology including digital and e-health transactions, HIPAA and privacy, and Telemedicine use and regulation as well as health care reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health information exchanges and the various rules and incentives associated with the use of electronic health records. Dr. Dacso was a pioneer in the early models of e-Health and information technology as she counseled entrepreneurs, health care providers and academic medical centers on the use and deployment of this technology.  Prior to the introduction of ACOs under health care reform, Dr. Dacso worked with clients to establish legal structures such as IPAs, PHOs and integrated delivery systems that could provide care to patients while managing financial and insurance risk.  Her experience in managed care contracting extends to shared risk arrangements.

Sheryl Tatar Dacso, J.D., Dr.P.H. is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has represented health care organizations, hospitals and physicians for over 35 years.  Dr. Dacso concentrates her practice on health care compliance, regulations and transactions, including physician practice mergers, acquisitions and business ventures as well as digital health and telemedicine.  Dr. Dacso’s practice includes the representation of nonprofit organizations such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Certified Nonprofit Health Corporations, medical education foundations and research organizations.  She often advises on joint ventures involving exempt and nonexempt organizations and addresses issues associated with governance and regulatory compliance.  Dr. Dacso is an AHLA trained negotiator/mediator for resolution of health care disputes and has handled many complex transactions involving health care organizations.  In November 2002, she was the first attorney named by Texas Lawyer as the number one “Top Notch Lawyer” in health care law in Texas.  She has been consistently listed in Texas and National Best Lawyers and a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.  She has written several text books and articles on a broad range of health care topics ranging from managed care contracting to virtual practice arrangements among physician practices and serves on the editorial board of  E-Health, Law and Policy, and is a regular contributing author of a chapter in the BNA publication of E-Health, Privacy and Security Law (Multiple Editions.)  Dr. Dacso holds faculty appointments at the University of Houston where she teaches at the Law School in the Health Law Institute and in the College of Technology, and teaches in the Medical Humanities program at the University of Texas Medical School as a McGovern Fellow.

Dr. Dacso is a thought leader and frequent speaker on many health care topics such as health information technology including digital and e-health transactions, HIPAA and privacy, and Telemedicine use and regulation as well as health care reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), health information exchanges and the various rules and incentives associated with the use of electronic health records. Dr. Dacso was a pioneer in the early models of e-Health and information technology as she counseled entrepreneurs, health care providers and academic medical centers on the use and deployment of this technology.  Prior to the introduction of ACOs under health care reform, Dr. Dacso worked with clients to establish legal structures such as IPAs, PHOs and integrated delivery systems that could provide care to patients while managing financial and insurance risk.  Her experience in managed care contracting extends to shared risk arrangements.

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (1979)
  • Doctor of Public Health, UT Houston Health Science Center (1979)

  • Master of Public Health, UT Houston Health Science Center (1974)

  • B.A., University of Texas (1972)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

  • Board Certified, Health Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2005 - current)

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association:  Health Law; Science and Technology Sections
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Hospital & Healthcare Attorneys
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Houston Bar Association (Health Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Health Law Section)
  • American Association of Accountable Care Organizations
  • Ibn Sina Foundation Advisory Board
  • Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Board Member
  • Illinois Telehealth Initiative, Program Planning Committee, Telehealth Law and Policy
  • Professor, University of Houston Law Center, Health Law Institute

Representative Engagements

  • Organized a Medical-Legal Partnership between a pubic medical school and academic medical practice group with a nonprofit legal services corporation
  • Developed for several physician clients a comprehensive telemedicine service for patients
  • Developed innovative corporate model using the series LLC and PLLC for consolidation of a multispecialty group practice.
  • Consolidated 35 physicians into the largest GI practice in Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Consolidated 20 physicians into the largest Urology practice in Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Consolidated 70+ physicians into one of the largest Radiology practices in Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Developed a for-profit model for an ACO that will utilize an integrated health system comprised of physician-led organizations. 
  • Developed, implemented and currently provide ongoing general counsel to several large single specialty medical practices in the specialties of radiology and urology.
  • Worked with a large employer to develop an employer-based health care service delivery model as part of its self-funded employee benefits program using telemedicine technology and an affiliated medical practice structure
  • Provided on-site assessment, developed policies and procedures and restructured employer-based health clinic with a focus on meeting HIPAA and other health care regulatory compliance requirements
  • Developed a comprehensive HIPAA and HITECH compliance strategy and program for a national fitness company in order for it to satisfy its duties as a Business Associate of a health care organization
  • Developed models for expanding access to health care services for a federally qualified health clinic
  • Developed structure for large retail clinic to engage in delivery of primary care services using mid-level practitioners in association with large health care systems
  • Developed innovative models for affiliating and leveraging status of federally qualified health centers for the purpose of reducing cost, enhancing efficiencies and increasing access to care by underserved populations
  • Participated in the Pre-emption analysis for the State of Texas following the enactment of the HIPAA laws
  • Developed a compliance CD tool for a client to address both HIPAA and Texas Privacy Compliance
  • Provided antitrust compliance analysis and structured a merger of physician-hospital organizations associated with a nonprofit, tax-exempt health system
  • Development of a quasi-government rural-focused health care system, including legislative drafting and technical assistance to State agencies involved with regulating insurance and Medicaid/CHIP in Texas

Presentations

  • Panelist, “HIPAA and Long Term Care,” Strafford Live Webinar (May 2019)
  • Panelist, "Global Telehealth: Complying With the FCPA, Privacy and Security Laws, Fraud and Abuse Laws," Strafford Live Webinar (January 30, 2019)
  • Presenter, Public Benefits and Health Law Taskforce (November 16, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Public/Private Partnerships in Health Care - Version 2.0: Understanding New Challenges in the Era of Health Care Reform, Part 5: Can This Marriage Be Saved? A Health Care Counsel’s Guide for Anticipating, Managing and Resolving the Newest and Most Common Sticking Points Between Public and Private Parties," AHLA Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group (December 4, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Tele-Health and Emerging Technology:  Ethics, Risk Identification and Mitigation," 29th Annual Health Law Conference, presented by UT Law, Houston, TX (April 6, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Texas Series LLCs, Pros and Cons, Specific Applications," UT CLE Conference - LLCs, LPs and Partnerships (July 14, 2016)
  • Panelist, The Patient as an Innovator, Center for Healthcare Innovation Conference, Washington, DC. (February 10, 2016)
  • Panelist, "AHLA/CDC Public Health Law Program on FQHCs/RHCs," Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (June 5, 2015)
  • Panelist, "New Models of Delivering Healthcare: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?" The University of Texas at Austin’s 27th Annual Health Law Conference (April 30, 2015)  
  • Co-Presenter at 2015 Harris County Medical Society Business Expo (April 11, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, "Fundamentals of Managed Care and Recent Trends,"  ABA Webinar, (January 23, 2014)
  • Moderator and Co-Presenter, Ali-CLE Program on "Self-Funded Employers Becoming Health Care Providers:  Overview of Industry Trends and Regulatory Risks," (October 24, 2014)
  • Moderator, "ALI-CLE Program on "HIPAA Privacy and Security Update for Employee Benefits and Business Lawyers,"  (December 19, 2014) 
  • Co-Presenter, "Healthcare: The Coming Wave of the Affordable Care Act," Texas State Bar 12th Annual Advanced In-house Counsel Course, San Antonio, TX (August 1-2, 2013)
  • Presenter, "Long Term Care in a ‘Reformed’ World: How Will Senior Services Fit Into the ACO Model?" LeadingAge Texas Annual Meeting & Tradeshow, Austin, TX (May 21, 2013)
  • Presenter, "Healthcare Reform:  A Look at Today’s Trends and What’s Coming Next", Massachusetts Hospital Association’s 3rd Annual New England Executive Women in Healthcare Conference (March 1, 2013)
  • Presenter, "Deconstructing Healthcare Reform," Presentation to the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston (January 2013)
  • Presenter, "The Consequences of Doing Business in the Health Care Industry - New Health Care Laws that May Affect You," ISM-Houston (October 9, 2012)
  • Presenter, "HIPAA Update," 2012 Annual Meeting of Texas Medical Group Management Association (April 12, 2012)
  • Presenter, "Doing Business With Health Care Providers - What You need to Know," Bank of America Practice Solutions Group (July 13, 2012)
  • Speaker, "The Legal Ramifications of Health Care Reform Initiatives," ABQUARP 34th Annual Quality and Patient Safety Conference, San Antonio, TX (November 11, 2011)
  • Presenter, "The Legal Ramifications of Reform Initiatives," ABQUARP’s 34th Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Transformation of Health Care From Patient to Populations (November 5, 2011)
  • Presenter, "Health Care Reform - What it Means to Employers and the Health Care Industry," National Bar Association Mid-Year Conference (April 8, 2011)
  • Presenter, "What is the Accountable Care Act and How Will it Affect Outpatient Rehabilitation Practices?," SynerImages 2nd Annual Conference (January 27, 2011)
  • Presenter, "Highlights of the New Health Care Reform and Its Impact on the Legal Industry," Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association (November 9, 2010)
  • Presenter, "How New Healthcare Regulations Will Affect You," Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and Tri-State SHRM 2010 Health Care Summit (July 22, 2010)
  • Presenter, "Legal Responsibilities Associated With Use of New Media," The Use of Emerging Technologies to Support Health Care Messages Conference, Sponsored by Baylor Teen Clinic, UT Prevention and Research Center and Center for Health Training (June 1, 2010)
  • Presenter, "Avoiding the HEAT:  Compliance Programs for Small Practices," HCCA Compliance Institute (April 20, 2010)
  • Presenter, "Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)," 22nd Annual Health Care Conference (April 8, 2010)
  • Presenter, "Helping Health Care Clients Update Their Conflict of Interest Policies Regarding Doctors and Pharmacies,  Information for the Health Law Practitioner," ExecSense Webinars (February 16, 2010)
  • Presenter, "Research Misconduct:  Detection and Risk Mitigation Strategies," HCCA 2010 Research Compliance Conference (2010)
  • Presenter, "Physician Employment Agreements," 21st Annual Health Law Conference (April 16, 2009)
  • Presenter, "Representing Physicians & Physician Groups:  What’s Hot and What’s Not," University of Houston Health Law Foundation Conference (July 10 and July 17, 2008)
  • Presenter, "How to Write a Medicare Compliance Plan for CORF/ORF Providers," Synerimages 4th Annual Education Seminar:  Rehabilitation Business Strategies (2008)
  • Presenter, "The Combination for a Comprehensive Compliance Program in the Ambulatory Surgery Center," 19th Annual Conference and 20th Annual Celebration  of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association (September 26, 2007)
  • Presenter, "Legal Overview of Valuing and Structuring Buy-in and Redemption Arrangements for Physician-Owned Facilities," Texas Bone & Joint Hospital Board of Directors (November 17, 2006)
  • Presenter, "Good Doctors Gone Bad," UT Houston Medical Humanities Program (October 1, 2005)
  • Presenter, "Credentialing in Managed Care,"  Texas Medical Staff Services Association 1996 Annual Meeting (1996)

Publications

Accolades

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (Chambers USA) Short list - 2019
  • Notable Practitioner, Healthcare (Texas), Chambers USA (2016–2019)
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Top Rated Health Care Attorney (2017, 2018)
  • Recognized Attorney, Health Law, Legal 500 (2015–2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Health Care Law (2010–present)
  • Corporate Counsel’s 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Healthcare
  • “Top Notch” number one ranked health care lawyer in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2005.