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Heather O. Berchem Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

New Haven
Email: hberchem@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7728
Fax: 203-772-7723

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts

Education

  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1991)

Heather O. Berchem


As Chair of the firm's Long-Term Care Practice Group and a member of the Health Care and Information Security and Privacy Practice Groups, Heather Berchem advises nursing homes, assisted living communities, CCRCs, hospitals, and home health care and hospice agencies on a wide range of regulatory, compliance, risk management and reimbursement issues.  Her practice includes assisting clients in both Connecticut and Massachusetts with licensure; certificates of need; changes of ownership; Medicare and Medicaid audits and appeals; informal dispute resolution and other survey and certification issues; HIPAA compliance; investigation and reporting of security breaches; contract and policy drafting and review; developing and implementing corporate compliance programs; and responding to subpoenas and investigations by federal and state agencies.

Heather serves as counsel to the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. She serves on the American Health Care Association's National Legal Committee, is a contributing author of Fifty State Survey of Certificate of Need and Licensure: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospice and a co-author of the “Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities” chapter in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, both published by the American Health Lawyers Association.  Heather has lectured on a wide variety of long-term care and health care topics both at the state and national level.  She also served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Health Lawyers Association's ("AHLA") LTC-SIR Advisor.  Heather is listed as a leading healthcare lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners-Publishing (ChambersandPartners.com) and in Connecticut Super Lawyers®.

Heather received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina in 1997, she was an associate at Schwartz, Shaw & Griffith in Boston, MA, where she handled health care criminal defense matters. Heather is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In 2016, Heather was elected to serve on the firm's Executive Committee.

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Health Care Association's National Legal Committee
  • Listed as leading healthcare lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners-Publishing (ChambersandPartners.com)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Health Care Law since 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® as a top rated health care attorney in New Haven
  • Contributing author of "Fifty State Survey of Certificate of Need and Licensure: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospice."  American Health Lawyers Association
  • Co-author of the “Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities” chapter in "The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues." American Health Lawyers Association.
Overview

As Chair of the firm's Long-Term Care Practice Group and a member of the Health Care and Information Security and Privacy Practice Groups, Heather Berchem advises nursing homes, assisted living communities, CCRCs, hospitals, and home health care and hospice agencies on a wide range of regulatory, compliance, risk management and reimbursement issues.  Her practice includes assisting clients in both Connecticut and Massachusetts with licensure; certificates of need; changes of ownership; Medicare and Medicaid audits and appeals; informal dispute resolution and other survey and certification issues; HIPAA compliance; investigation and reporting of security breaches; contract and policy drafting and review; developing and implementing corporate compliance programs; and responding to subpoenas and investigations by federal and state agencies.

Heather serves as counsel to the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. She serves on the American Health Care Association's National Legal Committee, is a contributing author of Fifty State Survey of Certificate of Need and Licensure: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospice and a co-author of the “Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities” chapter in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, both published by the American Health Lawyers Association.  Heather has lectured on a wide variety of long-term care and health care topics both at the state and national level.  She also served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Health Lawyers Association's ("AHLA") LTC-SIR Advisor.  Heather is listed as a leading healthcare lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners-Publishing (ChambersandPartners.com) and in Connecticut Super Lawyers®.

Heather received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina in 1997, she was an associate at Schwartz, Shaw & Griffith in Boston, MA, where she handled health care criminal defense matters. Heather is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In 2016, Heather was elected to serve on the firm's Executive Committee.

Memberships
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Health Care Association's National Legal Committee
Recognition
  • Listed as leading healthcare lawyer in Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners-Publishing (ChambersandPartners.com)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Health Care Law since 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® as a top rated health care attorney in New Haven
Publications
  • Contributing author of "Fifty State Survey of Certificate of Need and Licensure: Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospice."  American Health Lawyers Association
  • Co-author of the “Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities” chapter in "The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues." American Health Lawyers Association.
Speaking Engagements
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts
Education
  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1991)
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