Manatt Expands Health Care Capabilities, Adding Former New York State Department of Health Director Tracy Raleigh

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today that Senior Advisor Tracy F. Raleigh has joined Manatt Health in the firm’s Albany office.

Raleigh comes to the firm from the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) Office of Primary Care and Health System Management, where she directed all activities of the Center for Planning, Licensure and Finance—including policy and program development, operations, staff planning, and recruitment. She has also served as Assistant Director of Public Finance and Portfolio Monitoring for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and served on the Board of DASNY during her tenure at the NYSDOH.

“A significant component of our integrated legal and consulting model is our policy savvy and deep understanding of the complex legislative and regulatory developments happening across the country,” said Donna L. Wilson, Manatt’s CEO and Managing Partner. “With offices in some of the most dynamic political centers in the country, including Albany, Sacramento, Boston and Washington, D.C., we are on the pulse of state and federal policy developments. Tracy’s extensive government experience complements our Albany team’s robust offerings in the health care space, and will be invaluable for both our New York State and national clients.”

Raleigh advises providers and other health care organizations on strategic planning, performance improvement, delivery system transformation, capital financing and financial restructuring. Her practice focuses on distressed health care provider restructuring and turnaround; strategic planning for inpatient, ambulatory, post-acute, and physician and community organizations; capital financing and access for health care providers; business planning and financial feasibility; health care governance models; alternative payment models, including value-based payment; and population health initiatives.

“Tracy brings impressive leadership experience across multiple government agencies within New York State, especially as it relates to payment and delivery system reform and health care provider debt and financing,” said Bill Bernstein, leader of Manatt Health. “With a deep understanding of the entire health care system within the State, she will leverage her background to advise providers and payor organizations on strategy and business planning engagements.”

At NYSDOH, Raleigh oversaw functions related to health system planning and licensure—such as the administration of the Certificate of Need Program and efforts to modernize and streamline health care laws and regulations. She also led teams to implement operating and capital grant programs, including more than $3 billion in grants authorized under the Capital Restructuring Financing Program, the Essential Provider Support Program, the multiple phases of the Health Care Facility Transformation Programs, the Vital Access Provider (VAP) Program and the Value Based Payment Quality Improvement Program (VBP QIP). Additionally, Raleigh led COVID-19 pandemic response teams related to the innovative Surge and Flex and vaccine distribution state programs, where she provided oversight and implementation of load balancing policies, alternate inpatient care and testing sites, and coordination of Vaccine HUB hospitals, including distribution and redistribution of vaccines.

“Manatt Health’s commitment to helping clients navigate the regularly evolving health care laws, regulations and policies in New York and across the country really resonated with me, especially as the industry continues to modernize care delivery,” said Raleigh. “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with numerous Manatt professionals throughout my previous roles, and am excited to work more closely with them as part of the Albany and New York team.”

Manatt Health has been strategically expanding its roster of health care legal and business consulting professionals, with Raleigh joining recent arrivals such as antitrust and litigation Partner Steve Libowsky; former CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Eboné M. Carrington; regulatory and health care attorney Michael A. Paulsen in Albany; D.C.-based health care professionals Linda Elam and Blair M. Cantfil; President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges Dr. Darrell G. Kirch; and health care attorney Brian D. Bewley. The Group also recently announced the expansion and rebrand of its premium health care information service, Manatt on Health: Insights You Trust, which distills the latest legal, policy and market-based developments on the issues that matter most to health industry stakeholders.

Raleigh earned her M.B.A. from Union Graduate College and holds a B.A. from Union College.

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