R. Christopher Raphaely

Co-Chair, Health Care & Life Sciences

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor Represents Albaron Partners in First Private Equity Exit in U.S. Podiatry

PHILADELPHIA, January 9, 2024 — Cozen O’Connor advised Albaron Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on founder-led health care companies, in its sale of Albaron Podiatry Holdings LLC d/b/a Beyond Podiatry, a leader in the management of podiatric medicine in the Midwest, to CUC Inc. The deal represents the first private equity exit in U.S. podiatry history.

Chris provides sophisticated transactional and regulatory counsel to an array of health care providers and investors in the health care industry. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Chris served as deputy general counsel to Jefferson Health System and general counsel to the system’s accountable care organization and captive professional liability insurance companies.

Chris has worked in the health care industry for nearly three decades. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisition, and divestitures transactions for health care clients and the comprehensive regulatory schemes requisite to doing business in the health care space. Chris routinely handles matters involving payer negotiations, payment disputes and contract enforcement, accountable care organizations, management services organization, clinically integrated networks, value based payment arrangements, pharmacy benefit management and third party administrator contracts for self-insured employers, digital health, organizational and governance structures, HIPAA, information privacy and security, tax exemption, Stark Law, fraud and abuse matters, clinical integration, medical staff relations, facility and professional licensing, Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act, and general compliance.

At Jefferson Health System, Chris served as a legal advisor to the system’s board of trustees and executive team and played key roles in Jefferson Health System’s largest and most complex transactions. During his tenure, Chris helped lead the system’s restructuring efforts in 2010 and the separation of its members in 2014, which resulted in the creation of three autonomous and agile health systems. As a result of his extensive in-house experience, Chris has a deeply ingrained understanding of health care clients’ governance structures, day-to-day operations, goals, and expectations.

Prior to joining Jefferson Health System, Chris spent 16 years in private practice representing health care clients in a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters, the last seven as a partner of an Am Law 100 law firm's health law practice group.

Previously, he served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and Widener University School of Law, where he taught health care finance. He serves as chairman of the board of The Rock School for Dance Education and is a member of the Florida Venture Forum board of directors. He earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Represents Albaron Partners in First Private Equity Exit in U.S. Podiatry

January 09, 2024

PHILADELPHIA, January 9, 2024 — Cozen O’Connor advised Albaron Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on founder-led health care companies, in its sale of Albaron Podiatry Holdings LLC d/b/a Beyond Podiatry, a leader in the management of podiatric medicine in the Midwest, to CUC Inc. The deal represents the first private equity exit in U.S. podiatry history.

Eighty-eight Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 23 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2023 Guide

June 05, 2023

Of the 88 lawyers ranked, 17 lawyers have been recognized nationally, and eighteen were recognized in Band 1. Eight of the firm's practice areas have been recognized nationally, and nine were ranked Band 1.

Where telemedicine is headed now that the PHE has ended

May 30, 2023

Christopher Raphaely engaged in a Q&A with Healthcare IT News on the anticipated developments involving health care and health care IT following the conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Hospitals Tackling Virus May Need More Than Brief Privacy Waiver

March 19, 2020

Chris Raphaely discussed with Bloomberg Law about HHS using a relax enforcement of the privacy requirements during the public health emergency.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Publications

New Final Rules under the No Surprises Act: Four Takeaways [Health Law Informer Blog]

September 14, 2022

On August 19, 2022, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released final rules (“Final Rules”) revising certain provisions of their previously issued interim final rules regarding the No Surprises Act (“NSA”). The revisions reflect some comments received...

VI-118 - Overturning Roe v. Wade and the Impact on Employers and Employees [Employment Law Now Blog]

July 05, 2022

In today's episode, I offer the takeaways from the Supreme Court's June 2022 Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and am joined by colleagues for a roundtable discussion on the impact of the decision on benefits, health care, and labor and employment law. Download this episode....

CMS Releases Second Set of FAQs Regarding Good Faith Estimates to Uninsured and Self-pay Patients Under “No Surprises Act” [Health Law Informer Blog]

April 06, 2022

CMS continued to roll out guidance regarding the No Surprises Act. The latest guidance is the second set of FAQs regarding the Good Faith Estimate Requirement for uninsured and self-pay patients was issued on April 5, 2022. The FAQs address six questions regarding the requirement and can be found...

Compliance with the hospital price transparency law almost a year in: Where are we now? [Cosmos]

December 01, 2021

Christopher Raphaely and Danielle Sapega co-authored an article about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital price transparency rule, which has been in effect since January 1, 2021.

Five Things Providers Need To Know About The New Interim Final Rule Under The “No Surprises” Act [Health Law Informer Blog]

October 05, 2021

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, The United States departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor and Treasury released an interim final rule (“Rule”) that completes most of the regulatory framework under the federal No Surprises Act (“Act”). The Act largely bars balance billing of...

US and Tyler Texas Chambers of Commerce Sue Feds to Block Portions of the Health Plan Transparency Rule [Health Law Informer Blog]

August 12, 2021

Two chambers of commerce, the Chamber of Commerce the United States of America and the Tyler (TX) Area Chamber of Commerce, filed a lawsuit on August 10, 2021, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against the United States departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and...

HHS, Treasury and Labor Release First Set of Surprise Billing Rules [Health Law Informer Blog]

July 02, 2021

The United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor released interim final rules (“Rules”) regarding the “No Surprises Act” (“Act”) yesterday. The Rules are effective beginning on January 1, 2022. They cover the requirements for the billing and payment of emergency and...

CMS Releases Final Stark Rules To Promote Value-Based Care [Health Law Informer Blog]

November 23, 2020

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released final regulations to remove certain barriers to the implementation of physician compensation arrangements under value-based payment arrangements posed by the “Stark” Physician Self-Referral law. The...

A Week After Pharma Price Disclosure Is Rule Struck Down, D.C. Judge Upholds Hospital Price Transparency Rule [Health Law Informer Blog]

June 24, 2020

As we indicated in last week’s blog post , the D.C. Circuit Court’s refusal to uphold HHS’ pharmaceutical price disclosure rule (“RX Rule”) was not a predictor of how the trial court might rule in the closely watched challenge to HHS’ hospital price transparency rule (“Hospital Rule”). In a June...

Pharma Price Disclosure Rule Struck Down: Will Hospital Price Transparency Rule Meet the Same Fate? [Health Law Informer Blog]

June 19, 2020

On June 16, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) rule issued in May 2019 requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the wholesale acquisition cost of drugs over $35 in their direct-to-consumer television advertisements (“RX Rule”). Similar...

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

The Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency [Alert]

March 23, 2020

Greg Fliszar and Chris Raphaely explain the recent changes OCR and HHS made to make telehealth services more available.

5th Circuit Holds Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional, but Remands to District Court to Decide Severability [Health Law Informer Blog]

December 19, 2019

In a 2-1 decision published on December 18, 2019, a 5th Circuit panel upheld the Texas District Court’s decision ruling that the ACA individual mandate tax which, since January 2019, has had no monetary consequence, is unconstitutional. Citing the Supreme Court’s 2012 NFIB v. Sebelius opinion, the...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2024

December 05, 2023 - Philadelphia, PA

Spring Institute

March 18, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI Health Law Institute 2022

March 15, 2022 - Webinar

Health Law 2022

December 08, 2021 - Webinar

New Vaccine Mandates from Biden Administration

September 23, 2021 - Webinar

Telehealth in the New Administration

June 11, 2021 - Webinar

Price Transparency

March 16, 2021 - Webinar

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

PBI Health Law Institute 2020

March 11, 2020 - Philadelphia, PA

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Best Practices for Working with Your Outside Counsel

November 19, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI Health Law Institute 2019

March 12, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

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Education

  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Awards & Honors

Selected to Chambers & Partners USA, 2016-2023. This award is conferred by Chambers & Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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  • Pennsylvania

Board of Directors, Florida Venture Forum