Thomas B. Ferrante

Senior Counsel

Overview

Thomas (T.J.) Ferrante is a senior counsel and a board certified health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner, LLP, and member of the firm’s national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team. T.J. focuses his practice on telemedicine, digital health, remote patient monitoring and virtual care, as well as a wide range of transactional and related regulatory issues for health care industry clients.  Whether leading a large private equity group through a major acquisition or helping an emerging telehealth startup build a compliant, scalable business model across the United States, T.J. centers his representation around the specific needs and objectives of the companies he assists.

T.J. knows how to create and implement telemedicine programs, including issues such as the corporate practice of medicine, interstate medical practices, remote prescribing, reimbursement, self-referral laws and the anti-kickback statute. He has considerable experience in structuring and negotiating transactions for technology-enabled healthcare providers nationwide, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, and financings. He works with leading telemedicine and digital health companies, independent physician practices, retail clinics, physician and dental management companies, medical device companies, private equity firms, and venture capital groups and investors. Together, they innovate, execute, and flourish.

Thought Leadership & Recognition

Known in the industry for his creative solutions and deal-making ability, T.J. draws upon deep substantive knowledge, entrepreneurial solutions, sophisticated negotiation skills, and effective project management to meet the critical business and legal needs of both institutional and emerging companies.  He is listed as a notable practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, which states “ ‘he is always accommodating of the rapid pace and demands, and has a rare grasp of the strategic business implications of the law.’ ” (2018)

T.J. frequently speaks at conferences across the country on telehealth, virtual care, and health care issues. He has been quoted in industry publications such as Modern Healthcare, mHealthIntelligence, Medpage Today, Health Data Management, Healthcare Informatics, and the Tampa Bay Business Journal, among others.

He is listed in Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2014-2019) and Florida Trend Legal Elite “Up and Comer” (2017).

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D. & LL.M.)
  • University of Tampa (M.B.A.)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A.)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Board Certified in Health Law, Florida Bar Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Telemedicine Law & Regulation in New York and Beyond,” Master Clinicians Winter Telemedicine Conference (November 12, 2019)
  • Presenter, “The Law and Regulation of Remote Patient Monitoring: Is the Time Right for RPM?” VSee’s Telehealth Secrets 2019 Conference (October 2-4, 2019)
  • 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)

 

 

Representative Matters

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Recapitalization of TelePsychiatry Platform

Foley represented InSight Telepsychiatry and Center for Family Guidance in the recapitalization of InSight by Harbour Pointe Capital, a New York City based venture capital firm.

Telemedicine Services Agreement for Regional Provider Network

Foley assisted a regional network to be the first in its area to introduce telemedicine services to members of its service area community. Foley’s work included advising the network regarding the service platform it planned to utilize, helping to negotiate the platform agreement and associated professional services agreement, preparing a privacy policy and terms of use, and advising on implementation and related issues.

International Blockchain-Enabled Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Company

Foley assisted an international emerging company create a blockchain-based global healthcare service platform which, among other services, provides free, AI-augmented telemedicine services to patients in multiple countries.

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