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Anne M. Murphy

Anne is a Partner in the firm’s nationally ranked Health Care group. She serves as trusted counsel to health care delivery organizations on complex business, regulatory and risk mitigation projects.
Anne Murphy, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

With a unique portfolio of industry leadership experience, Anne provides strategic and nuanced legal advice to senior management, governing boards, and investors on health sector mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, facility closings and reconfigurations, service innovations, joint ventures, major contractual initiatives, and other significant enterprise events. Anne also counsels on enterprise risk and fiduciary duties.

Drawing on her decades of combined senior leadership in health care organizations, government and law enforcement bodies, and law firms, Anne represents health care systems, academic medical centers, clinician organizations, health service companies and their investors, health care innovation initiatives, and ACOs and other health value based service delivery vehicles. She is called upon by clients to address novel and high profile matters, and regularly counsels clients on emerging health care delivery models in areas such as value-based purchasing, behavioral health, aging in place, health information and technology, and telemedicine.

Previous Work

Anne has spent her entire career practicing health care law. She has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rush University Medical Center, Deputy General Counsel to the American Medical Association, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer to both the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, and Senior Counsel to the Illinois Attorney General. She has also served as a partner in large law firm health departments, where she has held numerous leadership positions.

Professional Activities

Anne is an engaged member of the health care community. She serves on the Harvard School of Public Health Policy and Management Executive Council, and recently completed her maximum permitted term on the board of directors for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. She is on the Board of Directors for Health Care Without Walls, a charitable corporation providing free health care to homeless women, where she chairs their Compliance and Oversight Committee.

Anne is  an active member of the health law bar. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Boston Bar Association Health Law Section. She is also a long-time active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and currently serves on the committee overseeing the Year in Review on Transactions, Business Law and Governance. Anne is former President of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and of the Public Health Law Association. She is a member of Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Law Editorial Advisory Board.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Anne frequently speaks and writes about relevant and timely health law topics. Anne’s recent publications include:

  • “Best Practices in Academic Medical Center Compliance,” The Governance Institute, November 2020

  • Home Health Sector Due Diligence,” Bloomberg Law, October 2020

  • Medicare Entitlement Rulings Help Bankrupt Health Providers,” Law360, October 2020

  • Governance Oversight in Challenging Times: Sustaining Healthcare Board Education Remains Imperative” with Liz Sweeney, The Governance Institute’s E-Briefings, September 2020
  • “Welcome to the Future: A Healthcare Board’s Practical Guide to New Compliance Program Priorities,” The Governance Institute’s Boardroom Press, August 2020

  • “Navigating the New Normal: The Board’s Role in Resuming Elective Surgeries and Procedures,” The Governance Institute, June 2020

  • “Compliance Considerations When Closing a Hospital,” AHLA Weekly, March 2020

  • “Healthcare Board Oversight During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” The Governance Institute, March 2020

  • “The Governing Board’s Role in Assessing Possible Closure or Downsizing,” The Governance Institute, May 2020 (Republished by Nasdaq)

Anne’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • “Challenges and Opportunities in Behavioral Healthcare,” Boston Bar Association webinar, September 23, 2020

  • “The Health System in a Digital World: Imperatives and Opportunities,” The Governance Institute webinar, August 2020

  • “Enterprise Digital Health Strategies,” Digital Health Task Force Meeting, Keck Medicine of USC, August 2020

  • “Getting to Yes: Executing a Successful Campaign to Launch a High Profile Health Sector Initiative,” 2020 AHLA Annual In-House Counsel Conference, July 2020
  • “Hospitals Walk Tightrope as Workers Speak Out on Virus” – Quoted in this Bloomberg Law article, June 2020
  • “Practical Advice for Implementing a Telehealth Initiative in an Integrated Health Care Delivery Setting,” 2019 AHLA Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • “Advanced Due Diligence Considerations in Emerging Health Sector Markets,” 2019 AHLA Health Care Transactions Conference, May 2019
  • “Telemedicine Today – Legislative Trends, Industry Insight, and Provider Considerations,” Boston Bar Association, September 2018
  • “Senior Living and Care Opportunities and Integration,” Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Webinar, September 2018
  • “Caring for Elderly Patients: Best Practices and Innovations,” Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Conference, June 2018
  • “Aging in America,” The Atlantic Summit on Health Care, April 2018

Life Beyond the Law

Anne grew up on the North Shore of Boston, and met her husband Jim while in law school at Boston University. With their two children now in college, Jim and Anne are relishing their empty-nester and city-dweller status in Boston.