• Helen R. Pfister

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    Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
    Articles Editor, Boston University Law Review.
    Edward J. Hennessey Scholar and G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar.


    Cornell University, B.A., 1989

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    New York
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    Helen Pfister is a partner in the healthcare practice group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Her practice focuses on advising healthcare organizations and nonprofit corporations on regulatory, policy and transactional matters. Ms. Pfister’s clients include hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, mental health facilities, substance abuse providers, nursing homes, home care agencies, health information exchange organizations and social service agencies. Her areas of expertise include licensure, reimbursement, privacy, and other regulatory issues. She also has particular expertise representing federally qualified health centers and other organizations that serve medically underserved communities.

    Ms. Pfister has extensive experience in helping clients navigate the legal and political challenges of Medicare, Medicaid and other public health insurance programs, and is well-versed in a wide range of Medicaid reimbursement issues. She has been increasingly involved in advising clients on payment and delivery system reform initiatives, including issues specific to accountable care organizations and other value-based payment initiatives. She also has a strong transactional background, and frequently advises clients on acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and related matters. Ms. Pfister has been heavily involved in advising clients on the federal 340B prescription drug discount program.

    Ms. Pfister is also involved in a range of projects involving the use of health information technology to facilitate the secure and timely exchange of health information to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. She represents several health information exchanges, and has worked on a number of projects to increase the participation of community health centers and other safety net providers in health information technology initiatives.

    Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. Pfister was an attorney in the mergers and acquisitions practice of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Named as "Up and Coming" leading lawyer, Chambers USA, 2013.

    Named as one of the Top-Ranked Attorneys in Healthcare Law, Chambers USA, 2013-2015.


    Co-author, “Recap of Q4 2014 Federal Health IT Activity,” iHealthBeat, January 20, 2015.

    Co-author, “Recap of Q3 2014 Federal Health IT Activity,” iHealthBeat, October 27, 2014.

    Co-author, “Recap of Q2 2014 Federal Health IT Activity,” iHealthBeat, July 16, 2014.

    Co-author, “‘Health Care’-Related Calls: Ambiguity at the Intersection of HIPAA and TCPA,” Bloomberg BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report, October 13, 2014.
    Co-author, “Engaging Patients While Addressing Their Privacy Concerns: The Experience of Project HealthDesign,” Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, August 2014.

    Co-author, “Five Megatrends Driving the Seismic Shift in Healthcare: How Should Pharma Respond to Succeed in a Transformed Market?” Manatt Health Solutions, July 2014.

    Co-author, “Data Security in Health Care: HIPAA Enforcement Trends,” New York Law Journal, July 14, 2014.

    Co-author, “Addressing Patients’ Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment,” The Commonwealth Fund, Skoll Foundation and Pershing Square Foundation, May 2014.

    Co-author, “Health Information Technology: Emerging Landscape, Legal Issues and Opportunities,” BNA’s Health Law & Business Series, 2014.

    Co-author, "Review of Q1 2014 Federal Health IT Activity," iHealthBeat, April 21, 2014.

    Co-author, “HIE Helps Integrate Behavioral and Physical Health Care, but Hurdles Remain,” iHealthBeat, April 2, 2014.

    Co-author, “Ten Years In: Charting the Progress of Health Information Exchange in the US,” California Healthcare Foundation, February 2014.

    Co-author, “Inside HHS Rule on Test Results from HIPAA-Covered Labs,” Law360, February 24, 2014.

    Co-author, “Person@Center: ONC Driving Toward More Patient-Centered Care,” iHealthBeat, January 27, 2014.

    Co-author, "Going Digital with Patients: Managing Potential Liability Risks of Patient-Generated Electronic Health Information." Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 18, 2013.

    Co-author, “Q3 2013 Federal Health IT Activity,” iHealthBeat, October 21, 2013.

    Co-author, "Update on Q2 Federal Health IT Activity," iHealthBeat, July 15, 2013.

    Co-author, "Q4 2012 Included Key Federal Health IT Developments," iHealthBeat, January 22, 2013.

    Co-author, "Privacy, Please: Health Consent Laws for Minors in the Information Age," California HealthCare Foundation, January 2013.

    Co-author, "Q3 2012 Saw Surge of Federal Health IT Activity," iHealthBeat, October 23, 2012.

    Co-author, "Lessons from Project HealthDesign," Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Summer 2012.

    Co-author, "Federal Government Continues With Health IT Activity in Q2 2012," iHealthBeat, July 16, 2012.

    Co-author, "Driving Interoperable Health Data Exchange Under HITECH," iHealthBeat, April 30, 2012.

    Co-author, "Federal Health IT Activity Continues in First Quarter of 2012," iHealthBeat, April 19, 2012.

    Co-author, "Q4 2011 Saw Surge of Federal Health IT Activity," iHealthBeat, January 20, 2012.

    Co-author, "New ONC Initiative Tackles Data Segmenting in HIE," iHealthBeat, November 28, 2011.

    Co-author, "Spotlight on New PHR Model Privacy Notice," iHealthBeat, November 10, 2011.

    Co-author, "Federal Health IT Activity Heats Up in Q3 2011," iHealthBeat, October 24, 2011.

    Co-author, "The Next Five Years in Health IT: ONC's Plan for the Future," iHealthBeat, October 2011.

    Co-author, "Building Public Trust in Electronic Health Information Exchange," California HealthLine, August 2011.

    Co-author, "New Trend in Sustainable HIEs: Fair Share Financial Support," California HealthLine, August 2011.

    Co-author, "Stimulus Money Still Flowing to Health IT Projects," California HealthLine, July 2011.

    Co-author, "HIPAA Changes Seek Balance of Compliance, Right to Know," California HealthLine, June 13, 2011.

    Co-author, "Milestones Mark ARRA, HITECH First Quarter," California HealthLine, May 23, 2011.

    Co-author, "Balance of Better Care, Privacy in Federal ACO Proposal," iHealthBeat, May 9, 2011.

    Co-author, "Cal eConnect, Beacon Communities Set IT Pace in California," California HealthLine, November 15, 2010.

    Co-author, "HITECH's Health IT Investments in California," California HealthLine, November 12, 2010.

    Co-author, "Nationwide Health Information Network and NHIN Direct," iHealthBeat, November 4, 2010.

    Co-author, "Health IT Moves Forward With Privacy, Consent," HealthLine, September 13, 2010.

    Co-author, "HHS Moves Forward With HITECH Privacy, Security Provisions," iHealthBeat, August 2, 2010.

    Co-author, "Progress Made on Stimulus Package Provisions, Funding," HealthLine, July 22, 2010.

    Co-author, "Stage 1 Meaningful Use Requirements Finalized Under HITECH EHR Incentive Program," BNA, Inc., July 2010.

    Co-author, "HITECH Revisited," California Healthcare Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, and United Hospital Fund, June 2010.

    Co-author, "Stimulus Programs Aim at Health IT Problems," iHealthBeat, March 09, 2010.

    Co-author, "ARRA Money Continues To Flow for Health, Other Projects," California HealthLine, February 01, 2010. 

    Co-author, "'Meaningful Use' Rules Cap Year-End Health IT Activity," California HealthLine, January 25, 2010.

    Co-author, "Clearer Picture Emerges on Stimulus' IT Funding," California HealthLine, December 15, 2009.

    Co-author, "HHS Issues Rule Aligning HITECH Privacy Language With HIPAA," California HealthLine, November 16, 2009.

    Co-author, "HITECH's State Health Information Exchange and Health IT Extension Programs: Providing Infrastructure and Support for Meaningful Use of EHRs," BNA, Inc., November 2009.

    Co-author, "The Impact of Federal Stimulus Funds on Oral Health Services in California," California Healthcare Foundation, August 2009.

    Co-author, "Health Care Provisions in Federal Stimulus Come Into Focus," California HealthLine, August 2009.

    Co-author, "Health Care Stimulus Funding Process Picking Up Speed," California HealthLine, July 2009.

    Author, "U.S. Seeks Input for Establishing Regional IT Extension Centers," iHealthBeat, June 2009.

    Contributor, "Recommendations for Standardized Consumer Consent Policies and Procedures for RHIOs in New York to Advance Interoperable Health Information Exchange to Improve Care," New York State Department of Health, November 2008.

    Co-author, "HEALTH IT: Supporting Health-Center IT Investments Through Medicare And Medicaid," Health Affairs Blog, December 2007.

    Co-author, "The Federal 340B Drug Discount Program: Eligible Sites and Eligible Patients," Healthcare Law Newsletter, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, June 2005.

    Co-author, "The Federal 340B Drug Discount Program: Patient Eligibility," Healthcare Law Newsletter, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, January 2005.

    Co-author, "The Federal 340B Drug Discount Program: Untapped Opportunities for Savings," Healthcare Law Newsletter, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, October 2004.

    Co-author, "Access to Mental Health: The State’s Role in Licensure and Reimbursement of Outpatient Mental Health Services in New York," New York State Bar Association Health Law Section Annual Meeting, 2003.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in New York

    Member, American Health Lawyers Association

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker, "Balancing of Better Care and Privacy in ACOs," 5th HIPAA Summit West, September 21, 2011.

    Speaker, "Managing Health Information Privacy & Security in the Digital Age," New York eHealth Collaborative Summit, Fall 2010.

    Speaker, "Privacy, Security and Breach: Three Critical Words in HIE, " RelayHealth Health Information Exchange Education Forum, March and April 2010.

    Presenter, "Medicaid Managed Care Supplemental Payment Program - 2008 Update," Community Health Care Association of New York State Webinar, May 28, 2008.

    Speaker, "What To Do When the OMIG Investigates Your Health Center," Community Health Care Association of New York State Annual Conference, October 26, 2008.