Diane McCarthy


General Counsel at Center for Health Information & Analysis

BA, Springfield College
MSW, University of Connecticut
JD, Boston University School of Law


Dianne McCarthy serves as the General Counsel for the Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent state agency whose mission is to be the state agency of record for Massachusetts health care information, to responsibly steward sensitive and confidential data, and to objectively report reliable and meaningful information about the quality, affordability, utilization, access, and outcomes of the Massachusetts health care system. Prior to joining the Center for Health Information and Analysis, Ms. McCarthy served as Chief Counsel for Research Affairs at Boston Children’s Hospital. At Children’s her legal work focused on non-profit healthcare law, specializing in transactions related to intellectual property; faculty matters, including conflict of interest and scientific misconduct; and research related issues including those related to human subject research. She previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Harvard affiliated institution focusing on clinical care and research, and General Counsel for Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc and Joslin Clinic, Inc., Harvard affiliated research and clinical institutes focusing on the treatment and cure of diabetes. Prior to Joslin, she was Associate General Counsel at CareGroup, Inc., a hospital-physician network in Eastern Massachusetts, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, New England Baptist Hospital and other community hospitals. She began her legal career in the Health Care Practice Group of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care field as both a clinical social worker and a health care administrator.

Ms. McCarthy received a BA from Springfield College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Boston University. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association Health Law Section. Ms. McCarthy serves on the Board of Dimock Health Center. She is adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law.


3 credits

Partners, associates and general counsel from leading firms will discuss the deals they were personally involved in. After an introduction to joint venture theory and the regulatory context of health care, everyone in the class examines 2 transactions: a physician recruiting agreement and an ambulatory surgery center JV. The remainder of the course will involve 5 -- 6 complex health care transactions, using actual documents from recent deals. The transactions run the gamut from hospital M&A to biotech licenses. For the transaction you select, you will work in teams to analyze the deal, and will present your conclusions to the lawyers who closed it. Your final project will be a negotiation or drafting assignment drawn from class materials. PREREQUISITES: The course does not have pre-requisites, but Corporations and Health Care are suggested; if you select the biotech transactions, IP and FDA are suggested. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 998 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Dianne McCarthyMichael Lampert LAW
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 998 A1 , Jan 14th to Apr 22nd 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Dianne McCarthyMichael Lampert
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