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    Beth  Christian
    Of Counsel

    Beth devotes her practice to Health Care Law and legal issues facing Health Care facilities, licensed professionals, and non-profit organizations.  She has over thirty years of experience counseling clients on legal issues facing the modern health care and non-profit communities.

    In the area of health care law, Beth specializes in regulatory, transactional, and facility and health care professional licensure issues.  She counsels clients and drafts transactional documents in the areas of practice and facility entity formation; mergers, acquisitions, and asset sales; employment, independent contractor and management contracts; applications for tax-exempt status; governmental approvals of asset acquisitions, mergers, and license modifications; clinical co-management agreements; telemedicine agreements; contracts with vendors and other transactional matters. She regularly counsels clients on licensure issues, the Medicare conditions of participation and the accreditation requirements of The Joint Commission, and has assisted numerous hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other health care providers in preparing plans of correction in response to federal, state and Joint Commission deficiency findings. She advises clients on operational issues such as certificate of need and licensure; corporate compliance; fraud and abuse; the Stark, anti-kickback and New Jersey physician self-referral laws; EMTALA; joint venture formation; shareholder agreement and limited liability company operating agreement drafting and amendments; real estate leases; tax exempt organizations; professional licensure; medical staff privileging issues and professional board disciplinary matters.  She has been recognized as a leading New Jersey health care lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010 to present), and was named Best Lawyers' 2019 Woodbridge area "Health Care Lawyer of the Year."

    She also counsels clients and drafts policies regarding patient care issues such as informed consent, advance directives, patient transfer and HIPAA issues. Beth advises clients on business structures including choice of entity, bylaws, joint ventures and consolidation.

    Beth has assisted numerous entities in applying for and obtaining tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. She has worked with religious bodies with regard to the integration and consolidation of congregations, including the preparation and negotiation of integration and consolidation agreements and the provision of consultation and advice regarding consolidation issues. Prior to joining the firm, Beth served as an Assistant Regional Counsel with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she provided legal services to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the Office of Inspector General.

    Beth has worked with many different types of health care and non-profit clients, including, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, ambulatory care facilities, behavioral health providers, physicians and physician practices, dentists and dental practices, laboratories, dialysis joint venture entities, hospices, home health agencies, health care service firms, durable medical equipment providers, ambulance and invalid carriers, pharmacies, industry trade associations, synagogues, churches, private schools, non-profit affordable housing providers, individual practitioners such as physicians, advanced practice and other registered nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, psychologists, professional counselors, alcohol and drug counselors, social workers, respiratory care practitioners and dieticians.

    Beth is the co-author of The New Jersey Healthcare Law Blog, a blog dedicated to providing Federal and State healthcare news, laws, regulations, and upcoming events pertaining to the healthcare field. Beth also serves as an online course mentor/instructor through Thomas Edison State University's Graduate School of Public Service.

    Practice Areas
    Practice Focus
    • Health Care Law
    • Non-Profit Law
    Professional Activities
    • Chair of Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association - 2011-2012
    • Emeritus Board Member and Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Health and Hospital Law Section
    • Member of the American Health Lawyers Association
    • Past Member, American Health Lawyers Association Women’s Leadership Council
    • Member of the Burlington County Community Health Advisory Group
    • Contributor to Jersey Bites
    Other Professional and Personal Information
    Prior to joining the firm, Beth served for seven years as an Assistant Regional Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, US Department of Health and Human Services. She served as a member of the Dickinson College Parents Council and has done admissions outreach work for Dickinson College and Union College. She also served as the Burlington County Editor of Jersey Bites (, a New Jersey-based food blog that has been featured in the New York Times.
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
    • St. John's University Law School, J.D. (1982)
    • Union College - New York, B.A., magna cum laude (1978)
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    Press Mentions
    • "New Jersey Regulatory Update," NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Health & Hospital Law Symposium, October 2017
    • Co-Moderator, Women’s Leadership Council Breakfast Presentation, American Health Lawyers Association, June 2017
    • Moderator, Women’s Leadership Council Breakfast Presentation, American Health Lawyers Association, March 2017
    • "New Jersey Regulatory Update," NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Health & Hospital Law Symposium, October 2016
    • "New Jersey Regulatory Update," NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Health & Hospital Law Symposium, October 2015
    • "The Implications of the ACA on Small Businesses," GH&C Seminar, March 2015
    • EMTALA: Minimizing Hospital Liability-HCCS Expert Webinar, January 29, 2015
    • "Acute and Post-Acute Relationships in an ACO World: The Devilish Details,"American Health Lawyers Association ACO Task Force Webinar, May 22, 2014
    • New Jersey Regulatory Update, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2013 Health Law Symposium, Seton Hall Law School, November 1, 2013
    • New Jersey Regulatory Update, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2012 Health Law Symposium, Seton Hall Law School, October 19, 2012
    • Alignment Through Employment Relationships: Assessing and Monitoring Arrangements with Referral Sources, New Jersey Bar Association Health Law Section, April 19, 2012
    • "New Jersey Senior Executive Educational Program", St. Luke's Warren Hospital, March 19, 2012
    • Legal Issues in College Health, "New Jersey Immunization Requirements and Issues," New Jersey College Association, Rider University, March 14, 2012
    • New Jersey Regulatory Update, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Health & Hospital Law Symposium, Seton Hall Law School, November 11, 2011
    • Interpreting the Language in Your Payor Contracts, Medical Society of New Jersey, May 13, 2011
    • Employment Contracts Presentation-Underwood Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, March 2011
    • New Jersey Regulatory Update, NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education Health & Hospital Law Symposium, November 11, 2010
    • Ethics Panel, New Jersey Counselor's Association Annual Conference, April 2010
    • "Exit Strategies for Your Business," New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners Conference, May 7, 2008
    • "Legal Issues for Practitioners in Private Practice," New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference, April 28, 2008
    • "The Ins and Outs of Non-Profit Organizations," August 2006 and February 2007, sponsored by Burlington County College
    • "HIPAA Review," JSAHR Legal Seminar, sponsored by the Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources, November 20, 2003