John Horty

John Horty

Managing Partner
A.B., Amherst College

LL.B., Harvard Law School


JOHN HORTY
is one of the founders of the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C.  He now serves as managing partner of the firm, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Through HortySpringer Seminars, Mr. Horty has educated board and medical staff leaders for decades on topics such as governance, medical staff leadership, compliance, quality, and strategic planning for hospitals.  Mr. Horty has promoted healthcare leadership through his service as the Chair and a faculty member of the Estes Park Institute of Englewood, Colorado, a nonprofit corporation that presents educational programs for health care executives, physician leaders, and trustees.

He is the past Chair of the Boards of Directors of St. Francis Central Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, both in Pittsburgh.  In addition, he has served on the Boards of Mercy Hospital and Mercy Health Care System, also in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Horty’s reputation in the health care industry — especially his support of community hospitals — is well established.  He is a past member of the Board of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a recipient of the Award of Honor of the American Hospital Association, and holds an Honorary Life Membership in the American Hospital Association.

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Linda Haddad

Linda Haddad

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

LINDA HADDAD is a Senior Partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a Senior Fellow of the Estes Park Institute and a Fellow in the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.  She has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University Masters of Medical Management Program and has presented in hundreds of educational conferences, including programs conducted by the American Health Lawyers Association, medical societies, hospital associations, and hospital and health care systems.

She has been included regularly and over several years in The Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.  She works extensively on Board and physician leadership issues, clinical integration strategies, medical staff bylaws, physician contracts and employment relationships, medical staff “mergers,” system credentialing and physician organization matters.  In addition, her work involves credentialing questions, including health, behavior and competence issues.  She has served as counsel in scores of medical staff due process matters.

Ms. Haddad regularly advises hospital boards and physician leaders on matters such as mission credentialing and physician/system integration strategies and processes.

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Barbara Blackmond

Barbara Blackmond

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law


BARBARA BLACKMOND
is a senior partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She is also an Editor of the Health Law Express, a free weekly e-mail on the latest health law developments.  She has worked extensively with hospitals and physician leaders on bylaws, policies and credentialing matters and hearings.  She has served as a hearing officer in medical staff hearings.  She is one of the creators and original faculty members of The Complete Course for Medical Staff Leaders.

She is Vice Chair for Education of the American Health Lawyers Association Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group (2013-2018).  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.  She has also served on the keynote panel of the annual Health Law Institute (Pennsylvania Bar Institute) for over 20 years.  She has regularly served as faculty on programs sponsored by many state hospital associations, and individual hospital board/medical staff retreats and leadership orientation programs.

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Dan Mulholland

Dan Mulholland

B.A.,  Duquesne University
M.A., Duquesne University
J.D.,  University of Pittsburgh School of Law


DAN MULHOLLAND
is a senior partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is also an editor of the Health Law Express, a free weekly e-mail on health law developments, and a speaker at HortySpringer seminars, podcasts and audio conferences.

Mr. Mulholland was named by National Law Journal as one of 40 health care attorneys who have made their mark and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Mulholland has spoken and written extensively concerning a wide variety of health law topics. He regularly advises clients on hospital medical staff, corporate, tax, fraud and abuse, and compliance matters, prepares and negotiates all manner of contracts between hospitals, physicians and managed care organizations.  He also serves as trial and appellate counsel in False Claims Act, antitrust, tax exemption, contract and peer review litigation.

Mr. Mulholland serves as a faculty member of the Estes Park Institute.  He is the former Chair of the Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.  He frequently provides strategic counseling to hospital and health system boards, as well as transactional services regarding mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and affiliations.

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Henry M. Casale

Henry M. Casale

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

HENRY M. CASALE is a partner with the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a licensed pharmacist. He is a frequent editor of the Health Law Express, a free weekly e-mail on health law developments. He has also served on the faculty of seminars sponsored by the firm, as well as meetings and seminars sponsored by numerous hospital, managed care, legal and physician organizations, including the American Association for Physician Leadership, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Mr. Casale has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. He also co-authored, with Eric W. Springer, Hospitals and the Disruptive Health Care Practitioner: Is the Inability to Work With Others Enough to Warrant Exclusion?, 24 Duq. L.R.377 (1985). He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the President and Vice-President of the Society of Healthcare Attorneys of Western Pennsylvania. He has also served as a member of the Health Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

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Paul A. Verardi

Paul A. Verardi

B.A., Duquesne University
J.D.,  Duquesne University


PAUL VERARDI
is a partner with the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which specializes in the practice of hospital and health care law.

For over 30 years, Paul has devoted his entire practice to Medical Staff matters.  He has worked extensively with Medical Staff leaders from across the country on a wide variety of credentialing, privileging, peer review, and investigation matters, as well as on the review and revision of Medical Staff Bylaws and the redesign of peer review systems in order to make them more constructive, educational, and effective.

Paul had the privilege of serving as a founding faculty member of HortySpringer’s The Complete Course for Medical Staff Leaders for 17 years.  He currently serves on the faculty of the firm’s The Peer Review Clinic, a course devoted to teaching and promoting best practices for addressing issues of clinical competence, professionalism, health, and utilization management that arise on all Medical Staffs.  He has conducted numerous other national and individual hospital Medical Staff retreats.

Paul has also had the privilege of previously serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association Medical Staff Services.

Prior to joining Horty, Springer & Mattern, Paul obtained his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in 1983, graduating summa cum laude.  He then obtained his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1986.  While in law school, he served as Associate Articles Editor for the Duquesne Law Review.

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Susan Lapenta

Susan Lapenta

B.A., West Virginia University
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

SUSAN LAPENTA is a partner in the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which specializes in the practice of health care law.  The firm represents institutional providers, such as hospitals, multi-hospital systems and health maintenance organizations nationwide.  Ms. Lapenta is an Editor of the Health Law Express, a free weekly e-mail on the latest health law developments and she is currently a faculty member of the HortySpringer seminar Credentialing for Excellence.

She has worked extensively with hospitals and their medical staffs on peer review investigations and hearings and she has assisted medical staffs in the revision of bylaws and related projects. Additionally, Ms. Lapenta has served as counsel in litigation stemming from credentialing decisions, including the defense of antitrust claims. Ms. Lapenta has also served on the faculty of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and currently serves on the faculty of the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Ms. Lapenta received her Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1981, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1985. She was a member of the staff and served as the Managing Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Lapenta worked as a law clerk for U. S. District Court Judge Glenn E. Mencer. She is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.

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Lauren M. Massucci

Lauren M. Massucci

B.A., Allegheny College,
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

LAUREN M. MASSUCCI is a partner with the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She works extensively with hospitals and their medical staffs on peer review investigations, hearings, the development of medical staff bylaws and other related policies and projects. She has also worked on the license applications and development of managed care entities in various states. She is also a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.

Phil Zarone

Phil Zarone

B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1989) (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., Ohio State University (1994)
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1998) (cum laude)

PHIL ZARONE is a partner with the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard and as a regulatory counsel and prosecuting attorney for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. He works extensively with hospitals and physician leaders on compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements and medical staff matters. He serves as a faculty member for HortySpringer’s The Peer Review Clinicand has spoken frequently about credentialing, peer review, and other topics of interest to physician leaders.  He teaches a health law class for the Master of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University and has taught a health law class at the Duquesne University School of Law.

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Nicholas J. Calabrese

Nicholas J. Calabrese

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law

NICK CALABRESE is a partner with the law firm of Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he focuses extensively on contract matters, including hospital corporate and physician contracts, offering advice on issues regarding Stark and the anti-kickback statute, as well as other fraud and abuse issues.  In addition, he works with hospitals and medical staff leaders regarding compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements, as well as accreditation requirements, including the revision of medical staff bylaws, policies, and rules and regulations.

Mr. Calabrese is an editor of the Health Law Express (a free weekly e-mail on legal issues related to health law).  He has presented HortySpringer audio conferences on topics including issues related to documentation of minutes, managing difficult patients, considerations for tax-exempt hospitals during election years, and physician employment contracts. In addition, he has served as a Community Member of the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board.

Mr. Calabrese served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’ Corps for four years. While serving at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the U. S Army Tank-Automotive Command (“USATACOM”) in Warren, Michigan, Mr. Calabrese worked extensively on government contracts and regulatory matters.  In addition, while serving at USATACOM, he was nominated for American Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Military Service Lawyer Award.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985, graduating magna cum laude and his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1988.

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