Thomas (T.J.) Ferrante is senior counsel and a board certified health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focuses his practice on a wide range of transactional and related regulatory issues for health industry clients, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health systems, multi-specialty physician practice groups, and long-term care providers. Thomas has experience with a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, obtaining and maintaining tax-exemption, employment contracts and leases, and other transactional matters.
Thomas also advises health care clients in all aspects of federal and state regulatory matters, including anti-kickback, self-referral laws, state licensure, fee splitting, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and compliance, and federal laws related to clinical trials. He has represented clients investigated by various federal and state agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, and the Florida Board of Medicine.
In addition, Thomas handles federal and state tax matters with respect to individual, corporate, tax exempt organization, and pass-through entities.
- Acted as counsel for preparation of AHCA change of ownership applications and all related health care license change applications for a 5-location assisted living facility provider
- Represented a public hospital district in a long-term lease and asset sale of a 421-bed hospital to a for-profit hospital operator
- Representation of a 198-bed nonprofit community hospital in a long-term lease and asset sale to a for-profit system and the creation of a community foundation
- Prepared CMS Stark self-disclosure on behalf of a hospital and negotiated significant reduction in settlement amount with CMS
- Represented a nonprofit healthcare system in the formation of a joint venture with a for-profit company entity to own, operate and develop a multi-specialty physician group
- Assisted with representation of a not-for-profit hospital in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a twelve-center radiology company
Thomas was selected for inclusion in the list of Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2014-2017) and Florida Trend Legal Elite “Up and Comer” (2017). Thomas was also ranked in Florida by Chambers USA as an “Associate to Watch” (2018) and “Star Associate” (2019). He was chosen to participate in The Tampa Connection Class of 2014, a year-long program exposing professionals to community service and leadership development opportunities while immersing them in the local community. He was also selected to the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute Class of 2013-2014.
Thomas earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2011. He received an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University and an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and in Spanish in 2007.
Thomas is admitted to practice in Florida and Massachusetts and is board certified in health law by the Florida Bar Association.
He is a co-chair of the Health Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and a member of American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the AHLA Young Professionals Council. He also serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement Connections.
- Presenter, "Navigating the Complexities of Telehealth Reimbursement," Webinar, NextGen (September 19, 2019)
- Speaker, “Virtual Health: The Emerging Power of Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring in Sustaining Good Health,” Modern Healthcare’s Healthcare Transformation Summit (May 16-17, 2019)
- Speaker, “Teleheatlh in New York: Legal, Regulatory, and Business Considerations,” New York Society for Health Planning (NYSHP) 2019 Spring Meeting (May 9, 2019)
- Presenter, “Remote Patient Monitoring Reimbursement and Policy Issues” Webinar, South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations (February 20, 2019)
- Speaker, “Telemedicine: Legal & Practical Considerations,” ProAssurance Risk Resource Conference (February 12, 2019)
- Speaker, “Health Care Bankruptcy Update: They Just Keep Filing!”, ABI 43rd Annual Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar (February 6-8, 2019)
- Panelist, “Health Care from a Distance: Legal and Regulatory Issues in Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring,” AHLA Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute (February 4-6, 2019)
- Presenter, “Telehealth Reimbursement and Policy Issues,” Missouri Telehealth Summit (January 30-31, 2019)
- Presenter, “Hot HIT Developments in 2018,” AHLA Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute (January 24-25, 2019)
- Presenter, “Telemedicine Law & Regulation in Florida and Beyond,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Health Care Law Luncheon (November 29, 2018)
- Presenter, “The Nuts and Bolts of Negotiating Nurse Practitioner Contract,” University of Tampa’s College of Nursing (November 5, 2018)
- Speaker, “Telehealth: 2018 Legal and Compliance Issues,” HCCA 2018 Pittsburgh Regional Conference (October 5, 2018)
- Panelist, “Using Advanced Technologies for Personalized Care,” Western Florida Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives’ Innovation in Healthcare Summit (September 27, 2018)
- Panelist, “Telehealth: Moving Past Implementation,” South Florida Hospital & Health Care Association’s (SFHHA) HIT Committee (September 25, 2018)
- Speaker, “The Legal Considerations of Telehealth Implementation,” 7th Annual Alabama Telehealth Summit (August 14, 2018)
- Speaker, “Telemedicine and Compliance with T.J. Ferrante,” The Compliance Mastermind Podcast (June 27, 2018)
- Speaker, “Overview of the Telehealth Reimbursement, Legal & Regulatory Landscape in the Northeast,” Northeast Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) 2018 Conference (June 5-6, 2018)
- Presenter, “Fair Market Value and Telemedicine Service Arrangements” webinar, (May 22, 2018)
- Speaker, “New and Emerging Trends in Telehealth,” Mississippi Telehealth Association 2018 Annual Conference (March 28, 2018)
- Speaker, “Georgia Telehealth: 2018 Legal & Regulatory Update,” 9th Annual Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Conference (March 19-21, 2018)
- Speaker, “Telehealth Legal and Regulatory Hurdles,” 2018 Home Health Technology Summit (March 4-6, 2018)
- Speaker, “Telemedicine in Georgia: Practice and Payment,” GSCPA 2018 Healthcare Conference (February 23, 2018)
- Quoted, “Telehealth Advocates Push for Expanded Use,” Medpage Today (October 30, 2017)
- Quoted, “Most States Have Laws Supporting Telehealth Reimbursement,” Health Data Management (August 23, 2017)
- Speaker, “Navigating the Legal Landscape of Telemedicine,” SETRC 6th Annual Telehealth Summit (August 17, 2017)
- Quoted, “With New Healthcare Federal Officials Confirmed, Health IT Leaders Ponder Their Agendas,” Healthcare Informatics (March 28, 2017)
- Quoted, “Four Areas Where Telehealth, Though Under-Covered, Can Bring in Revenue,” Part B News (March 20, 2017)
- Panelist, “Tampa Bay Area Health Care Executives Tackle ACA, Data Challenges,” Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Roundtable (February 13, 2017)
- Quoted, “Why Medicare Needs to Increase Payments for Telehealth,” Health Data Management (December 16, 2016)
- Coauthor, “A New Year, New Obligations for Employers,” Miami Daily Business Review (January 28, 2015)
- “Health Care Marketing: Maintaining Legal Compliance,” HCBA Lawyer (June 2014)
- “10 Questions on Pro Bono Engagement,” AHLA Connections, Vol. 18, Issue 5 (May 2014)
- "Encouraging Pro Bono Engagement," AHLA Connections, Vol. 17, Issue 11 (November 2013)