Christopher J. KutnerPartner
Christopher J. Kutner represents managed care organizations, physician groups, hospitals, and ancillary service providers, including laboratories, healthcare benefit administrators, and suppliers of medical equipment.
As partner in the Health Services Practice Group, Chris represents national and regional health plans in the acquisition of similar plans. He recently coordinated the acquisition and integration of a Connecticut managed care plan by a larger, New York City-based health maintenance organization (HMO). He is representing a multi-facility alcohol and substance abuse service provider in a stock sale transaction. He also represented a regional, boutique laboratory in an asset sale. Moreover, a regional laboratory-management company hired Chris to advise on acquisitions, state and federal regulatory compliance, and managed care contracting. He advises healthcare providers with managed care contracting and dispute resolution and with respect to compliant practice structures and permissible arrangements concerning, among other issues, referrals.
He has represented a national managed care company in connection with its acquisition of managed long term care plans (MLTCPs) and a county government in the sale of its Medicaid managed care plan including eight outpatient treatment facilities. His managed care experience makes him well-suited for advising healthcare consumers with benefit and medical necessity opinions as well as assisting with external appeals with state regulators.
A partner in Rivkin Radler’s Compliance, Investigations & White Collar Practice Group, Chris represents healthcare providers who are being audited or investigated by, among others, the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC), the New York State Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), the New York Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for all districts in New York and New Jersey.
Chris’ practice includes advising providers in Western and Northern New York and he is admitted, and practices law, in Connecticut.
Beginning his career as a commercial litigator, Chris represented local, national and global companies in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. In 1998, he accepted an in-house counsel position with Vytra Health Plans, a managed care organization and client he represented in private practice. For eight years, Chris worked inside managed care. Among his accomplishments: He implemented Vytra’s first corporate compliance program and served as compliance and privacy officer. He ultimately served as special assistant and counsel to the president and chief executive officer, focusing on healthcare strategic planning, product development and regulatory compliance. He served as corporate counsel and regulatory compliance counsel for Vytra’s parent organization, HIP, while assuming the role of general counsel at Vytra, where he was instrumental in working with state and federal law enforcement on investigations of individuals and entities based on healthcare fraud, among other claims.
Chris enlisted in the U.S. military at age 19 and served active duty in the U.S. Air Force while attending college. He earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and was honorably discharged after four years of active military service to pursue a bachelor’s of mechanical engineering degree from SUNY Stony Brook, which he earned in 1987.
Chris has been named to Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law and Litigation – Health Care from 2017 to 2024.
The Health Services Practice Group has been recognized in the Chambers USA directory in the Healthcare category. Chris was named a Super Lawyer in the Metro New York Area in Health Care for 2014, 2015 and 2018–2023.
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U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New YorkBar Affiliations
American Bar Association Health Law Section
Nassau County Bar Association’s Health and Hospital Law Committee
New York State Bar Association Health Law SectionEducation
St. John’s University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, M.B.A.
State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.E.M.E.