Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHCs) are community-based health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventative health care to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay or their health insurance status. Our client, Optimus Health Care, Inc., is the largest FQHC in Southwestern Connecticut and one of the largest in the state. It provides care in 23 health care sites in Bridgeport, Stratford and Stamford, including school-based health centers. The school-based health centers provide a full range of age-appropriate health care services to students, including primary medical, dental and behavioral health care, health and nutrition education, substance abuse counseling and case management. In all, Optimus has 75 providers and nearly 400 staff members who serve more than 50,000 patients who make 230,000 annual visits.
We have represented Optimus Health Care for nearly ten years and serve as its corporate general counsel providing advice on health care issues including: regulatory matters such as fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid billing, privacy and security of patient health information; corporate governance; professional service and employment agreements with physicians and other providers; vendor contracts; 340B pharmacy contracts; risk management and compliance; and day-to-day patient and general corporate issues. We also advise Optimus Health Care on real estate and zoning, labor and employment and employee benefit matters.