Howard Sollins - Health Lawyer at Ober|Kaler (Baltimore, MD)

Howard L. Sollins

Principal
hlsollins@ober.com
410.347.7369
443.263.7569 fax

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 1979)
    • American University Law Review, 1978, 1979
  • George Washington University (B.A., 1975)

Howard L. Sollins

Experience

Howard L. Sollins, Co-chair of Ober|Kaler’s Health Law Group, is a veteran of the complex world of health care law, a field in which he is recognized as one of the top lawyers by such services as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Super Lawyers. His experience, which stretches over three decades, includes matters involving federal and state regulations; Medicare, Medicaid and other reimbursement; structuring business transactions and contracts; licensing, survey and certification; certificate of need; fraud and abuse; corporate compliance; and e-health and technology. Prior to joining the firm, Howard served as an assistant attorney general for the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. He is a past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

At Ober|Kaler, Howard represents health care providers, vendors and suppliers. His clients include hospitals and health systems, long-term care providers including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities, ambulance suppliers, physicians and other health care practitioners, pharmacies and others. He has helped health systems navigate licensing and certification issues; obtain certificate of need approvals for major projects; structure business transactions including the change of ownership process; work with banks and other lenders on health care financing transactions; and respond to False Claims Act investigations including the negotiation of corporate integrity agreements.

Howard represents a number of national and local health care associations. He has participated on their behalf in multiple federal negotiated rulemaking processes.

He is also very familiar with ambulance regulation and reimbursement in general and for air ambulances in particular, having represented the Association of Air Medical Services in negotiated rulemaking to establish Medicare’s ambulance fee schedule and in advising on other regulatory matters.

Howard is well-versed in the practical application and communication of complex regulations and issues facing health care clients today. In 2009, Howard, in a collaboration with the Maryland Attorney General's office, lead the effort to create www.marylandadvancedirectives.com, a website offering resources for health care facilities, including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, as well as health care practitioners including doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, administrators and other health care professionals who need to provide care that complies with the Maryland Health Care Decision Act. The site contains tools, guidelines, forms and references to help these facilities and professionals manage complex health care decisions, including end-of-life issues, for their patients.

Dozens of legal, medical and health care management organizations and professional associations have invited Howard to address their meetings and annual conferences. He has also authored several articles published in professional journals and newsletters.

Professional Memberships

Community Service

  • CHAI Baltimore
    • Board of Directors
  • Special Drafting Committee on Health Care Decision-Making Legislation 
    • Member, appointed by the Conference of Circuit Court Judges of Maryland, 1992-1993
  • Stella Maris
    • Advisory Board
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work
    • Board of Advisors, Vice Chair 
  • Waxter Senior Center Foundation
    • Board of Directors, Past-Member

Honoraries

Professional Background

  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Maryland
Publications & Presentations [View All]
  • Presenter, "Regulatory Update for All Settings in Senior Care," Art of Caring Conference: Together We Can, Lifespan Network and Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2013
  • Author, "Maryland Health Care Fraud and Abuse Tools: The State False Health Claims Act and Office of Inspector General" Maryland Bar Journal, Maryland State Bar Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "Transaction Tips from a Compliance Perspective and other Hot Topics in the Compliance Arena," Affiliated Healthcare Advisors, 2013
  • Presenter, "Anticipating the Unknown and Dealing with the Unanticipated: Compliance Issues in Healthcare Transactions," Healthcare Transactions Program, American Health Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Presenter, "Regulatory Overview of Major Developments," Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2013
  • Presenter, "Compliance 101: Are You Ready for Mandatory Compliance?" DC Health Care Association, 2013
  • Presenter, “Practice Partnerships with Mid-level Providers,” Advanced Curriculum on Medical Direction in Long Term Care, American Medical Directors Association, 2012
  • Presenter, "MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) and Health Care Decision-Making: The Practitioner’s Guide to a New Mandate," Webinar, 2012
  • Co-presenter, "Legal and Operational Implications of Quality Assurance Programs and Documents," Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Moderator, “Policy, Legal and Reimbursement Issues,” LifeSpan Network and the Beacon Institute, 2011
  • Presenter, “Issues for The Retiring Podiatric Practitioner,” American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, “Brains and Games: Assessing Capacity and Limitations on Residents’ Activities,” Advanced Curriculum on Medical Direction in Long Term Care, American Medical Directors Association, 2010
  • Presenter, “Health Care Reform,” HFAM Education Program, 2010
  • Presenter, “Preparing for Mandatory Compliance,” AHCA/NCAL 61st Annual Convention and Exposition, 2010
  • Presenter, “Annual Legal and Regulatory Review - Aligning for a Strong Future: A Double Header Event,” HFAM/Lifespan 2010 Convention, 2010
  • Presenter, “Compliance 101 - What Every LTC Pharmacist Needs to Know About Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” 32nd Midyear Conference and Exhibition, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2010
  • Presenter, “Director of Nursing in Long Term Care Certification:  Legal Issues,” NADONA Program, LifeSpan/Beacon Institute, 2010
  • Presenter, “Legal Update: Compliance, Quality Assurance and Risk Management,” American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 2010
  • Presenter, “Quality of Care - Failure of Care: False Claims Act Review and Update,” Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Presenter, "Compliance 101-What Every LTC Pharmacist Needs to Know About Waste, Fraud and Abuse," 32nd Midyear Conference and Exhibition,  American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2010
  • Presenter, "Director of Nursing in Long Term Care Certification: Legal Issues," NADONA Program, LifeSpan/Beacon Institute, 2010
  • Program, "Legal Update: Compliance, Quality Assurance and Risk Management," American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 2010
  • Presenter, "Quality of Care: Failure of Care: False Claims Act Review and Update," Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association 2010
  • Presenter, "Corporate Compliance Update," 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference, Association of Air Medical Services, 2009
  • Presenter, "Regulatory Issues," American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Presenter, "Annual Legal and Regulatory Update," HFAM/Lifespan Double Feature Conference, 2009
  • Presenter, "Regulatory & Corporate Compliance: Obligations of Officers, Board of Directors and Facilities," Association of Jewish Aging Services, 2009
  • Presenter, "Corporate Compliance," Association of Air Medical Services Spring Conference, 2009
  • Presenter, "Updating a Nursing Home Compliance Program: Operationalizing Newly Highlighted Risk Areas," Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Presenter, “Nurse Practitioners in LTC Facilities,” American Health Care Association, 2008
  • Presenter, “Fraud and Abuse Primer,” Erickson School Program, 2008
  • Presenter, “Health Care Decisionmaking and Advance Directives in Maryland,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2008
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Update,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2008
  • Presenter, “Failure of Care Cases,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Presenter, “Fair Housing Act,” LifeSpan/Beacon Institute, 2007
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Update,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland Annual Meeting, 2007
  • Presenter, “Nurse Practitioners in LTC Facilities,” University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2007
  • Presenter, “Nurse Practitioners in LTC Facilities,” American Health Care Association, 2007
  • Presenter, “Program on False Claims Act/Quality Cases,” District of Columbia Bar Association, 2007
  • Presenter, “Ancillary Services for LTC Facilities,” Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Presenter, “Survey, Certification, and Licensing Update,” LifeSpan 25th Annual Conference & Exposition “Innovation 2006,” 2006
  • Presenter, "Non-Physician Practitioners in LTC Facilities,” Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, “Maryland Scientific Meeting,” American College of Physicians, 2006
  • Presenter, “Issues in Care of Non-Geriatric Long Term Care Residents,” American Medical Directors Association, 2005
  • Presenter, “Legal and Regulatory Update,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland Annual Meeting, 2005
  • Presenter, “Regulatory and Reimbursement Update,” Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan, 24th Annual Conference and Exposition, 2005
  • Presenter, “Medicare Reimbursement Updates,” American Medical Directors Association, 2005
  • Presenter, “Special Considerations in the Care of Non-Geriatric/Non-Traditional Residents of LTC Facilities,” Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Presenter, Panel Discussion on Billing for Non-Covered Services and Concierge Medicine Issues, American College of Physicians, Maryland Chapter, 2005
  • Presenter, “Behavior Management: More Than Just a Care Plan,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2005
  • Presenter, “Survey and Certification: Update,” Mid-Atlantic LifeSpan, 23rd Annual Conference and Exposition, 2004
  • Presenter, “Issues in Care of Non-Geriatric Long Term Care Residents,” American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care and the Law, 2004
  • Presenter, “Medicare & Medicaid Fraud and Abuse and Corporate Compliance Update,” Association of Air Medical Services, 2003
  • Presenter, “Developing and Implementing an Effective Corporate Compliance Program,” American Association of Homes for the Aging, 2003
  • Presenter, “Legal Update: Survey and Certification Process,” Health Facilities Maryland Annual Convention and Exposition, 2003
  • Presenter, “Issues In the Care of Non-Geriatric Residents of Nursing Facilities,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland Annual Convention and Exposition, 2003
  • Presenter, “Non-Geriatric Nursing Home and Issues,” American Health Lawyers Association, Teleconference, 2003
  • Presenter, “Legal Briefing: Legal Update Survey and Certification Issues,” American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Future of Aging Services Conference, 2003
  • Presenter, “Tort Reform,” American Medical Directors Association, 2003
  • Presenter, “Skilled Nursing Facility Care,” University of Maryland Law School, 2003
  • Presenter, “Contracting Around Risk,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Presenter, “HIPAA Privacy Compliance for Podiatric Medicine,” Maryland Podiatric Residency Program, 2003
  • Lecturer, “What to Expect on Payment Reform,” American Medical Directors Association, 2002
  • Lecturer, “Nursing Statute and Regulations Governing Long Term Care,” NADONA/LTC Program, 2002
  • Lecturer, “HIPAA Privacy Standards,” Beacon Institute, 2002
  • Lecturer, Association of Air Medical Services, 2002: HIPAA Privacy, Security and Transaction Standards; Risk Management; Health Care Decision-making; Health Care, Privacy and the Internet Uses of Information; A Comparison of the Anti-kickback Statute and Stark II; Managed Care Contract Review; Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Update; Corporate Compliance; Employment Litigation Avoidance in the Health Care Arena
  • Lecturer, “Physicians Services In Long Term Care Facilities,” American Medical Directors Association, 2002
  • Lecturer, “Physician Services In Long Term Care Facilities,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Lecturer, “Medicaid Third Party Liability Audits and Related Issues,” Mid Atlantic Life Span, 2002
  • Co-author, “HIPAA Alert: It’s April 14th, 2003! Do you know Where Your ’PHI’ is?” Mid-Atlantic Life Span, 2002
  • Author, “Inappropriate Disclosures of Private Healthcare Information,” American Health Lawyers Association, HIT News, 2001
  • Lecturer, “A Prescription for Payment: Reimbursing Your Medical Services," American Health Care Association Convention and Exposition, Boston, MA, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Corporate Compliance,” Codingline and Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Physician Services and Long Term Care Facilities” Teleconference, American Health Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Privacy and the Internet,” 2001
  • Presenter, Winter Bench and Bar Conference, Second Circuit Federal Bar Council, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Integrating and Implementing Quality Assurance and Peer Review System Into Long Term Care Facilities,” American Health Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Numerous presentations at conferences sponsored by the Health Facilities Association of Maryland on subjects including licensure and regulation of nursing homes, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and related issues
  • Co-author, "Fraud and Abuse for Long Term Care Facilities," The Long Term Care Handbook, American Health Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Lecturer, "Maryland's Quality Assurance Law and Regulations for Long Term Care," The Beacon Institute, 2000
  • Lecturer, “E-Health Issues,” University of Maryland Law School, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Updating and Improving Your Facility,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2000
  • Lecturer, Air Medical Transport Conference 2000, Association of Air Medical Services, 2000
  • Lecturer, “The New Maryland Quality Assurance Law for Long-Term Care,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Nurse Practitioners,” University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Sanctions Enforcement Workshop,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Nursing Home Administrator and Director of Nursing: Rights Under the Law,” Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Aging In Place: What is the Right Place at the Right Time,” New Jersey American Health Care, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Corporate Compliance,” Association of Air Medical Services, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Mandatory Assignment Issues,” Association of Air Medical Services, 2000