Christine Burke Worthen, Chair of Pierce Atwood's Healthcare Services Practice Group, focuses her practice on health care law and ERISA and employee benefits law.

Christine guides health care organizations on managed care contracting, accountable care organizations, risk based contracting, network design, telemedicine, health privacy and security laws, (including HIPAA), and the 340b federal drug pricing program.

Christine has experience in the transition from volume to value based reimbursement and provides counsel to health care organizations that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Pioneer ACO Program, the Next Generation ACO Model, and risk arrangements with commercial payors.  She also provides counsel to independent physician practices facing changing reimbursement models.

Christine provides legal and strategic guidance on high performing clinically integrated network design and development as well as the integration and use of data necessary to succeed in value based reimbursement models.  She also provides counsel to healthcare organizations in the design and implementation of telemedicine programs and guides on compliance with the various state and federal laws that impact telemedicine such as state licensure, scope of practice, reimbursement, privacy and security, fraud and abuse, and contracting.

Christine also assists self-funded employers with health plan design and network development to promote value-based benefit designs. She drafts and guides on executive compensation plans, retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and health care reform issues.

Before joining Pierce Atwood, Christine was associate general counsel for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, where she provided guidance in all areas of health care law and ERISA/employee benefits issues.

Professional Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, ACO Task Force
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chair, Health Law Section
  • Maine State Bar Association – Health Law Section
  • Maine Women’s Policy Center – Strategic Planning Committee

  • Boston Bar Association – Education Committee

  • Florida Bar - Health Law Section 

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation