George H. Kendall has represented clients in the health care industry including hospitals and hospital systems, home health agencies, physician groups, pharmaceutical, medical device and medical equipment companies for over 30 years. His experience includes hospital-physician alignment, governance and compliance, tax exemption, accountable care, reimbursement and medical staff matters.
George advises health care organizations with respect to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, as well as structuring joint ventures in accordance with state and federal self-referral laws, tax laws and other applicable statutes and regulations. He also represents providers in connection with governmental and internal investigations, including fraud and abuse, EMTALA, licensure and other matters.
George is a frequent speaker on health business and legal issues, including governance and compliance, accountable care, physician-hospital joint ventures, fraud and abuse and many other topics. He has made presentations to the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, hospital boards and medical staffs and many other groups. He has also written on health care topics, including defending governmental investigations, fraud and abuse, telemedicine, and the New Jersey Community Health Care Assets Protection Act.
George has been ranked by Chambers and Partners for the past 10 years. Chambers has recognized him for his commitment to client service, which is demonstrated through many long-standing client relationships. Clients also praise George for his in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations affecting hospitals and health systems and the health care industry as a whole.
George served as special counsel to the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission. The Commission was established by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and issued several reports containing detailed recommendations to reform the State of New Jersey's public employee pension and health benefits system to make it affordable and sustainable.
- Represented a nonprofit health system in connection with a change-of-membership transaction with a regional nonprofit health network. The combination of the two organizations provided the system with greater access to capital, technology and specialized physicians.
- Advised a nonprofit home health and hospice provider in an affiliation with a regional nonprofit health system.
- Advised a nonprofit health system with respect to its participation in New Jersey’s first proton therapy treatment center.
- Represented numerous health systems and physicians in the development of ambulatory surgery centers.
- Represented hospitals in the acquisition of freestanding imaging centers and other outpatient facilities.
- Represented hospitals in connection with practice acquisitions, professional services agreements and similar transactions between the hospitals and affiliated medical groups.
- Advised numerous hospitals and health systems in connection with contractual relationships with physicians.
- Represented one of New Jersey’s largest health systems in a comprehensive review of the system’s governance structure and practices.
- Advised nonprofit health systems in corporate restructurings and general governance matters.
- Serve as outside general counsel to health care providers, including a leading behavioral health hospital.
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"Sources are keen to pay tribute to George Kendall ‘fantastic knowledge of the healthcare industry, and of the laws and regulations which affect his clients,’ concluding that ‘you know that Kendall will handle the work as well as it can possibly be handled.’"
- New Jersey
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1984, cum laude
- Franklin & Marshall College, A.B., 1981
- American Bar Association, Section on Health Law
- American Health Lawyers Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Health & Hospital Law
- Section Chair (1992–1993)
- Board of Directors (1987–1995)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association, New Jersey Chapter
- Board of Directors (1998–2002)
- Legislation Committee, Chair (1995–1997)
- Physician Hospital Issues Committee, Chair (1993–1995)