Gregory J. Pepe heads the Healthcare Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation and Corporate & Business Transactions practice areas. His experience in the healthcare market, its accompanying regulatory constructs and related business matters, spans decades. Attorney Pepe provides his clients the understanding necessary to navigate the changing healthcare landscape.
Healthcare issues that Attorney Pepe often addresses include how providers can successfully negotiate new market ventures and grow their business strategically while operating within policies and legal regulations. Attorney Pepe has extensive experience in addressing the myriad of business issues facing healthcare providers. He skillfully provides counsel and solutions for his entrepreneurial clients.
The business issues that hospitals, doctors, lab companies, and other healthcare providers face are extremely complex. Attorney Pepe works with clients to establish business relationships such as partnership agreements, corporation agreements, noncompetition agreements, compensation arrangements, and provider contracts. The agreements and contracts are crafted to provide the legal structure for the entity to operate effectively. To that end they are constructed with the objective of avoiding future disputes.
There are numerous types of disputes that might arise within the healthcare industry; between providers and payors, doctors and hospitals, senior and junior doctors, and partnerships. Within the arena of dispute resolution and mediation Attorney Pepe assumes the patient/provider perspective and works as an advocate for the patient or provider.
For example, in a recent arbitration, a national ancillary healthcare service provider claimed that a national payor entity had wrongfully denied over 30,000 claims for reimbursement. The provider contract between the parties called for the parties to attempt a resolution of the dispute by unstructured negotiations. When those negotiations failed, both parties submitted the dispute to a panel of three arbitrators. Attorney Pepe was appointed by the national healthcare provider as one of the arbitrators. He, together with the other arbitrators, worked with both parties to achieve resolution. The emergence of large healthcare provider groups and networks presages large and complex arbitrations when the parties have disputes.
Attorney Pepe has been an advisor to a number of state medical societies, including the Connecticut State Medical Society. He counsels regarding physician practice management issues within the context of organized medicine and initiation of litigation by medical societies against managed care companies. He represents numerous physician groups, including large integrated practices, IPAs, PHOs, and others involved in healthcare law issues.
Attorney Pepe received his B.A. from Hamilton College and J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law in 1982. He is a founding principal of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.
Attorney Pepe is a founder and former President of the Board of Directors of Leeway, Inc. Leeway, Inc. is a not-for-profit inpatient primary care facility for people living with AIDS. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Quinnipiac University School of Law and is also an adjunct faculty member of Health Care Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Attorney Pepe served as Board Chairman of The Town Green Special Services District, a business improvement tax district in New Haven. He partners with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as a Professional Advisor. He serves as Board President of The Institute Library in New Haven, a member supported library founded in 1826.
- American Society of Medical Association Counsel, Member
- American Health Lawyers Association, Member
- Connecticut Bar Association, Health Law Section, Member
- The Institute Library, Board President
- Town Green Special Services District, Board Member
- Leeway, Inc., New Haven, CT, Co-founder and Former President
- Dean’s Advisory Committee, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Former Member
- The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Professional Advisor
Classes & Seminars
- Healthcare Mediator-Arbitrator
- Healthcare Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty
- Alternative Dispute Resolution – Multi-State Managed Care, Connecticut Law Tribune, Alternative Dispute Resolution Special Section, December 14, 2015.
- U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protects Healthcare Providers, January 2016.
- Prescription Opioid Deaths Need Solutions Not Crime Scene Forensics, June 2016.
- More Fallout from the Opioid Crisis, January 2018.
- CT Supreme Court Decision Creates a New Cause of Action for Breach of Medical Confidentiality, April 2018
- Cross-Plan Offsetting: The Latest Abuse of Providers by Commercial Managed Care Payors, September 2019
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished
- Gateway Community College Foundation, Corporate Honoree
- “The Anatomy of a Prosecution,” ASMAC, October, 2014.
- “Right-to-Die and End-of-Life Planning,” Quinnipiac University Symposium Concerning Aid in Dying, November, 2015.
- Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Complex Healthcare Disputes, May, 2016.
- “What’s ERISA All About Anyway?”, December, 2017.
- “Mountainside Treatment Center v. United Health Group, Inc. et al,” June, 2019.