With more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, Helen Pfister is a partner at Manatt Health and a leader of Manatt’s life sciences practice. She provides counsel on regulatory, policy, transactional and strategic matters to a broad range of life sciences companies, including top-10 pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as to hospitals, mental health facilities, home care agencies, nursing homes, health information exchanges and a broad range of other health care industry stakeholders.
A recognized authority on the federal 340B prescription drug program, Helen is a “go-to” resource for life sciences companies seeking guidance on the impact of federal and state regulations from both legal and strategic business perspectives. In addition, with extensive experience in health care transactions, Helen frequently counsels clients on acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and related matters. Her other key areas of focus include privacy, reimbursement and licensure.
Helen also does a significant amount of work for federally qualified health centers and other organizations in medically underserved communities. She helps clients navigate the legal and political challenges of Medicare, Medicaid and other public health insurance programs. In addition, she advises clients on payment and delivery system reform initiatives, including issues specific to accountable care organizations and other value-based payment initiatives.
Helen’s practice also includes helping clients use information technology to facilitate the secure and timely exchange of health information. Focused on improving the quality and efficiency of health care delivery, Helen provides guidance on issues impacting health information exchange and supports projects to increase the participation of community health centers and other safety net providers in health IT initiatives.