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Joseph W. N. Rugg
Joseph W. N. Rugg
Partner 
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602
 
Tel:
813.209.5008
Fax:
813.223.2837
 
 

Joe Rugg has over 30 years of experience in representing healthcare providers, licensed professionals, and business clients in their transactional, tax, corporate and organizational, and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience in representing physicians and physician groups, including hospital medical staffs and independent practice associations, diagnostic imaging centers, and ambulatory surgery centers. He has assisted healthcare providers and other clients in acquiring, selling, merging, and separating their businesses. Joe understands and integrates the various legal, regulatory, tax, securities, and business issues that impact transactions in the area of healthcare. Having previously served as in-house counsel for small healthcare providers, Joe is sensitive to the practical issues that arise in healthcare businesses. Joe has been continually recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading healthcare lawyers in Florida.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of physician organizations in evaluating and organizing/negotiating clinically integrated networks
 
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Representation of a number of physicians forming a new multi-specialty group.
 
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Representation of six independent pediatric practices in combining into a single group medical practice.
 
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Representation of two large independent cardiology practices in combining into a single group medical practice.
 
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Representation of ambulatory surgery center clients in acquiring stand-alone surgery centers, establishing new start-up surgery centers, and bringing in new physician-investors.
 
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Representation of two large Independent Practice Associations in their organizational, managed care matters, including compliance with antitrust laws and maintaining the "messenger model."
 
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Representation of hospital-based physician groups in negotiating and drafting professional service and medical director agreements with hospitals.
 
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Representation of large ophthalmology practice in tax issues relating to employment/independent contractor arrangements, acquisition and management of optometrists and opticians, and related Stark, kickback, and other compliance issues.
 
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Representation of optometry practice in Medicaid billing and overpayment issues.
 
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Representation of medical staffs at Tampa Bay area hospitals on bylaw revisions and physician discipline issues.
 
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Representation of medical school faculty members regarding regulatory issues and restrictive covenants.
 
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Representation of physican groups in practice separations and other disputes.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015, Listed in Florida for Health Care Law
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Care Law in Tampa
 
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Chambers USA 2006-2014, Ranked in Florida for Healthcare
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2014, Listed in Florida for Health Care, Business/Corporate, and Mergers & Acquisitions
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2009-2012, Ranked for Healthcare
 
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Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2004, Listed as "Who’s Who" in Tampa Bay Business
 
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Graduate of State and Local Chamber Leadership Programs: Leadership Tampa, Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership Miami, and Leadership Florida
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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Collier County Medical Society General Membership Meeting, Speaker, "2014 Business & Economic Updates for Physicians," March 19, 2014
 
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American Association of Orthopaedic Executives, Co-Speaker, Webinar, "Don't Let Compliance Keep You Up at Night! Maximize Your Time & Effort with These Tips & Tools," March 6, 2014
 
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Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Business Regulations," September 2013
 
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Collier County Medical Society Legislative Seminar, Panelist, "Healthcare Legislation Trends and the Potential Impact on Florida's Physicians," October 24, 2013
 
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Lee County Medical Society General Meeting, Presenter, "Mergers, Hospital Deals, and Networks," November 21, 2013
 
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Akerman Lunch & Learn Healthcare Series, Panelist, "The Changing Healthcare Environment," August 1, 2013
 
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The Special Needs Alliance, Speaker, "Select Topics in Healthcare Law and the Affordable Care Act," March 11, 2013
 
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American Health Lawyers Association, "Representing Physicians Handbook", 3rd ed., Co-Author, 2012
 
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Avilia Professional's Alliance, Speaker, "Obamacare: The Past, the Present, and the Future," November 16, 2012
 
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The Academy of Medical Management Seminar, Co-Presenter, "The ACO Rule: Accountable Care Organizations and Integrated Medicine," March 22, 2012
 
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The Academy of Medical Management Seminar, Co-Presenter, "Physician Recruitment Contracts-Thorough, Legal & Fair," March 22, 2012
 
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Stetson University College of Law, Panelist, "Consolidations, Acquisitions, Accountable Care Organizations, and Other Evolving Physician Practice Structures," March 3, 2012
 
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Stetson University College of Law, Panelist, "Fall 2011 J.D. Orientation Professionalism Panel," August 13, 15, and 16, 2011
 
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Community Hospital of New Port Richey Annual Meeting of Medical Staff, Presenter, "Update on Accountable Care Organizations and Hot Topics in Healthcare Law," December 15, 2011
 
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Medical Associates of West Florida Network, Presenter, "Accountable Care Organizations-What Should Healthcare Leaders Be Doing?," October 4, 2011
 
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Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, General Regulation of Business in Florida, August 2011
 
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American College of Cardiology, Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter, Advances & Challenges-The Future of Cardiology, Presenter, "Hot Topics in Health Care Law, August 26, 2011
 
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Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association, Presenter, "Accountable Care Organizations are Not for Sissies," July 12, 2011
 
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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Florida Chapter, Charting Your Course for International Growth: Perspectives on Healthcare Reform, Presenter, "Health Care Reform-One Year Later," April 6, 2011
 
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University Community Hospital Foundation, Presenter, "Health Care Reform 2010," September 30, 2010
 
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Akerman Healthcare Practice Teleconference, Presenter, "Responding to Reduced Reimbursement," March 2010
 
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American Health Lawyers Association, "Representing Physicians Handbook", 2nd ed., Co-Author, 2010
 
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Stetson University College of Law, Presenter, Various Healthcare Topics, 1998-2005
 
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Hillsborough Bar Association Journal, Author, "Four Basics in Representing Physicians," 2005
 
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Lorman Seminar, Presenter, "Electronic Medical Records" and "Confidentiality of Medical Records," 2000-2005
 
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Stetson University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, "Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations" and "The Business of Health Law," various semesters from 2000-present
 
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The Florida Bar, Co-Author and Co-Editor, "Not for Profit Corporations Manual," 1991, 2d ed. 1995 & 1996
 
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Quarterly Report of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, Author, "Covenants Not to Compete in Employment Agreements," Vol. IV, No 2, Spring 1991
 
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University of South Florida and All Children's Hospital Residency Programs, Presenter, "Important Aspects in Negotiation of Employment Contracts" and "Avoiding Malpractice," 1990-present
 
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Frequent lecturer on transactional, tax, and healthcare law topics.
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2000-2012
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2002-2004
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Committee on Professionalism, Past Chair, 2000-2001
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Health Law Committee and Medical/Legal Committee, Past Chair, 1996-1997
 
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The Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Past Chair, 1990-1991
 
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Stetson College of Law, Center for Quality in Healthcare Law, Past Director
 
Related Professional Experience
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Stetson College of Law, Adjunct Professor
 

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Practice
Healthcare
Education
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1981
M.A., University of Florida, 1976
B.A., University of Florida, 1975; with high honors, Florida Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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