Richard Spohn specializes in healthcare and administrative law. He represents HMOs, healthcare delivery systems, hospitals, medical groups, and other healthcare clients, including full-service, dental, mental, eye care, and discount plans, in both the public and private sector.
Mr. Spohn is a veteran managed care lawyer whose professional representations have spanned client service in the evolution and metastasization of the model, from the "conversions" of the early non-profits through the explosion of market penetration and attendant regulation, to the later constriction and consolidation of the industry, to the "limited license" phenomenon, WCHCPOs, local initiatives, discount plans, cross-border plans, non-licensed managed care structures, the first private sector exchange and other innovations, as well as less exotic managed care challenges.
Mr. Spohn was and remains outside counsel and collaborator in the conceptualization, regulatory approval and implementation of the first private sector healthcare services exchange, the CaliforniaChoice Program, which today is the oldest and largest of such structures. It offers HMO and PPO products from six statewide HMOs and carriers, two regional HMOs, and several specialized plans and carriers. Converting its products and processes to conform to the ACA regimen is currently a major undertaking.
His professional services and client satisfaction have for years won Mr. Spohn recognition by Chambers and Partners, an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Superlawyer designation, and inclusion on American Lawyer Media's list of 2013 Top Rated Lawyers™ in Health Care. From 2004 to mid-2013 he was Chair of Nossaman's Healthcare Practice Group, which itself has regularly been recognized by Chambers.
Mr. Spohn also serves on the Board of Directors and is an officer of the Hospital de la Familia Foundation, which facilitated and funded the construction of this hospital in Nuevo Progreso, in the mountains of Guatemala, to serve the regional indigenous poor. The Foundation financially supports the Hospital and provides a range of services to its management, in addition to assembling and sponsoring five two-week medical missions to the Hospital each year, involving thirty - forty volunteer doctors and nurses. Mr. Spohn is a regular participant in these "jornadas." The Hospital and the Foundation can be viewed at: http://hospitaldelafamilia.com/.
Mr. Spohn is a writer and blogger on pertinent healthcare topics. Representative samples from recent times include the blog "Strike up the Bands: The Metals are Coming"; an article on healthcare sector consolidations, "Getting Healthy Together"; and a conference presentation "What's New in Managed Health Care? Discount Plans? Not Really: A Quarter Century of Statutory Divination, or, the Birth of a Reg."
Mr. Spohn formerly was University Professor and Founding Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service at the University of San Francisco (2002-2004). He also served as Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (1976-1983).
In 2000-2002, Mr. Spohn established and directed the Proyecto Laboral at the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, a conflict resolution dialogue, training and research program involving the top management and labor leadership in that country, soon after the end of its 36-year civil war.
- CaliforniaChoice Program
- Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
- Blue Shield of California
- The Boeing Company
- Asian American Medical Group/Chinese Community Health Care Association
- Santa Clara Family Health Plan
- Health Plan of San Mateo
- Omni IPA / Medcore Medical Group
- Mario Molina, MD Professional Corporation
- Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
- Centro Medico Excel
- Dental Health Services
Awards & Honors
Chosen for individual recognition for Healthcare in California by Chambers and Partners, 2008 - 2016.
Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Health Care Law by San Francisco Magazine, 2009 - 2016.
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Inclusion in American Lawyer Media's list of 2013 Top Rated LawyersTM in Health Care.