Mr. Shipman represents health care facilities and practitioners in corporate and regulatory matters, with emphasis on medical staff matters, captive and alternative risk programs, and regulation of hospital-physician financial relationships.
He has structured and negotiated hospital mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business transactions, including asset purchases and stock purchases, representing both buyers and sellers. He has advised clients on joint ownership of ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic services, addressing anti-kickback, Stark, licensure, and certification, and has assisted health care providers in developing captive insurance programs, both onshore and offshore.
Mr. Shipman has extensive experience drafting medical staff bylaws and policies, including disruptive and impaired practitioner policies, streamlining medical staff appeal procedures, ensuring compliance with JCAHO and AOA medical staff standards, and counseling medical executive committees regarding difficult credentialing cases and practical steps to reduce antitrust risk and maximize peer review confidentiality. He has counseled hospitals regarding the application of tax, Stark, and anti-kickback laws to physician recruitment contracts and drafted hospital-based physician contracts, including contracts that address clinical service objectives, exclusivity, and reimbursement issues.
Mr. Shipman is the former chair of Bodman’s Health Care Practice Group. He has served on the boards of directors of the Michigan Society of Hospital Attorneys, the Montgomery Hospital, the Lourdes Home and the Detroit Artists Market. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 under Health Care, in Michigan Super Lawyers 2018 under Health Care, and in DBusiness Magazine 2021 “Top Lawyers” under Health Care Law. He is AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Honors, Awards, and Recognition
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2022, Health Care
- DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” 2010-2022, Health Care Law
- Michigan Super Lawyers 2014-2018, Health Care
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence; Endorsed for High Ethical Standing
- Author, “Careless Peer Review Baits Trap for Antitrust Violations,” 7 Health Care Weekly Review 16, 1991
- 12/13/202169 Bodman Attorneys Included in DBusiness Top Lawyers 2022
- 08/19/202168 Bodman PLC Attorneys Listed In The Best Lawyers in America 2022
- 10/30/202076 Bodman Attorneys Included in DBusiness Top Lawyers 2021
- 08/20/202061 Bodman PLC Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List
- 11/01/201970 Bodman Attorneys Included in DBusiness Top Lawyers 2020
- IIT – Chicago-Kent, J.D.
- University of Chicago, M. Th.
- University of Illinois, B.A.
- American Academy of Hospital Attorneys
- American Bar Association
- American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
- State Bar of Michigan