Michael DeAgro provides healthcare regulatory counsel to providers on compliance, operational, and transactional matters. He works with clients from various industry sectors, including behavioral health providers, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical device suppliers. Leveraging his business acumen and experience working in-house, Michael effectively considers both compliance and business objectives to provide pragmatic guidance on complex issues.
Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Michael was the Health Law Fellow in the Office of the General Counsel at MedStar Health, Inc., the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. He worked primarily with hospitals and behavioral health providers, providing counsel on operational issues including patient care, practitioner licensing and employment, fraud and abuse, strategic partnerships, and vendor relations.
During law school, Michael served as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Vaccine Litigation. Prior to law school, Michael co-founded a successful national nonprofit organization that advocates for substance use disorder issues and provides related services. Michael leverages five years of nonprofit management experience to further understand clients’ business goals and challenges, with a particular familiarity of the behavioral health industry.
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) – Behavioral Health Task Force Leadership Development Program (2018-2019)
Nashville Health Care Council – Leadership Health Care
Represented Community Pharmacy Partners in its investment by Altaris Capital Partners, LLC.
Provided healthcare regulatory and antitrust counsel to Avella Specialty Pharmacy in its sale to OptumRx
Represented Fred’s, Inc. in its sale of EntrustRx to CVS Health Corporation.
Represented WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) in its definitive agreement to acquire Meridian.
Represented Medical Specialties Distributors (MSD) to McKesson Corporation.
Served as lead healthcare regulatory counsel to Ardent Health Services in its acquisition of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC)
Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy – Senior Staff Editor (2014-2016)
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Contracts (2013) and Torts (2013)