Hartford Business Journal

April 30, 2018

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www.HartfordBusiness.com • April 30, 2018 • Hartford Business Journal 3 Newsmakers EDITORIAL Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness.com Gregory Seay | News Editor, ext. 144, gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Matt Pilon | News Editor, ext. 143, mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com John Stearns | Staff Writer, ext. 145, jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com Joe Cooper | Web Editor, ext. 127, jcooper@HartfordBusiness.com Stephanie Meagher | Research Director Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer BUSINESS Joe Zwiebel | President and Publisher, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Donna Collins | Associate Publisher, ext. 121, dcollins@HartfordBusiness.com Amy Orsini | Events Manager, ext. 134, aorsini@HartfordBusiness.com Shannon Vincelette | HBJ Office and Events Coordinator, ext. 122, svincelette@hartfordbusiness.com David Hartley | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Christopher Mazzaia | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 128, cmazzaia@HartfordBusiness.com Kristen P. 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NEWS DEPARTMENT: If you have a news item: Call us at (860) 236-9998, fax us at (860) 570-2493, or e-mail us at news@HartfordBusiness.com. Hartford Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Hartford Business Journal (ISSN 1083-5245) is published weekly, 49x per year - including two special issues in November and December — by new England Business Media, LLC, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hartford, CT 06103. Periodicals postage paid at Hartford, CT and at additional entry points. Tel: (860) 236-9998 • Fax (860) 570-2493 Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O. Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894 www.copyright.com HartfordBusiness.com (860) 236-9998 Merger denied "It forces us to consider options that we have strongly fought against." Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian reacting to a regional accrediting body's rejection of the state community college's consolidation plan, which could lead to school closures or tuition hikes. A pitch for sports betting "There's a cost to maintaining and making sure there is enough regulation and security of all of this data and where these bets are going." Former Major League Baseball pitcher Al Leiter lobbying state lawmakers in Hartford for the legalization and tight regulation of sports betting. Robert J. Stillman | Lawyer, Pierce LLC By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com Robert J. Stillman spent 25 years as an in-house lawyer at health insurer Aetna, most recently as vice president and counsel, so it was an adjust- ment transitioning from cli- ent to outside counsel when he left Aetna in October to join a West Hartford law firm earlier this year. Stillman is a lawyer for Pierce LLC, where he's working on cases involv- ing fraudulent overbilling by care providers on behalf of private payer clients, or health insurers. He also might assist Pierce on healthcare whistleblower cases. "I think my experience as a client will give me great perspective on what private payers are con- cerned about in these types of cases," Stillman said. What attracted you to Pierce? I worked with Pierce at Aetna and was im- pressed with their focus and expertise. The firm has tremendous capability using data analytics to support its legal analysis of provider overbill- ing. I was impressed with Pierce's approach in trying to resolve a dispute prior to litigation, and as a former client, I appreciated Pierce's creative and flexible approach to fee arrangements. You were involved in some big cases at Aetna. Which one stands out? Settlement of a nationwide class action suit brought on behalf of physicians against Aetna. The settlement was a creative way to address concerns of the physician community and helped advance Aetna's goal of improving its standing with that community. What do you think about CVS's planned acquisi- tion of Aetna? Aetna has a wonderful team of professionals who can bring a wealth of talent and experience to pursue the goals Aetna and CVS stated as their reasons for merging. What would most help control healthcare costs? Stopping the overbilling and medically unnec- essary testing would go a long way. Sadly, there is a lot of fraud in the system, and both private payers and government are looking for ways to recoup monies paid unnecessarily and to deter providers from fraudulent billing. This is the primary focus of Pierce and why private pay- ers want to engage Pierce to assist their special investigative units in dealing with fraud. 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