TESTIMONY OF KATHLEEN (Kitty) JUNIPER
TO SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SENATOR JERRY HILL, CHAIR

INFORMATIONAL HEARING ON THE CORPORATE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE May 2, 2016

Senator Hill and Members of the Committee,

My name is Kitty Juniper and I am a health care attorney with the health care practice at Buchalter Nemer, P.C., a full service California-based law firm.  I have lectured and published nationally regarding California’s corporate practice of medicine (CPOM) ban for several years.  More importantly, I and members of our firm routinely advise clients on CPOM issues.  Some of these clients include medical groups, clinics, national retail companies, optical companies, specialty health care plans, telehealth and device companies, imaging facilities, non-physician practitioners and many other types of providers and businesses.

At the Committee’s request, I am here to provide a very brief background on our practical experience with CPOM issues and to comment on the California Research Bureau’s Report on the Corporate Practice of Medicine in a Changing Healthcare Environment (Report).  I congratulate the authors for succinctly summarizing what is a complicated area of health care law and one that can be challenging to the delivery of new health care products and services.

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