Vincent N. Buttaci
Member of the Firm
Vincent Buttaci founded Buttaci & Associates, LLC in October 2004 as a health law boutique catering specifically to licensed healthcare providers and healthcare businesses.
Vincent represents licensed healthcare providers, group practices, and facilities in a diverse range of matters related to healthcare delivery, access, and reimbursement.
His transactional practice centers on the representation of clients in corporate and regulatory matters, including:
- the formation and purchase/sale of healthcare practices and other provider-related entities
- the organization, licensure, acquisition, and/or sale of licensed and/or accredited healthcare facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and infusion therapy centers
- the preparation and negotiation of employment and professional services agreements
- the defense of state healthcare licensing board actions
Vincent is highly regarded for his focus on representing behavioral health facilities, including:
- outpatient substance use disorder treatment facilities
- outpatient mental health facilities
- integrated healthcare facilities
- residential substance use disorder treatment facilities
He provides counsel to these facilities in all matters of licensure, contracting, and accreditation. Over the last several years, he has advised both startup facility operators and established behavioral health systems on issues related to program development, facility operations, staffing, client rights/grievances, regulatory compliance, reportable events, the prevention of fraud and abuse, and mergers and acquisitions.
His litigation practice is devoted primarily to the representation of licensed healthcare providers, group practices, and facilities in post-payment actions and fraud investigations instituted by both governmental agencies and private insurance carriers. He has defended clients in overpayment/recoupment actions and fraud prosecutions involving allegations of improper coding and claim submissions, kickbacks, physician self-referrals, improper practice structures, and medically unnecessary services.
Vincent draws on his experience in these matters in supporting the firm’s role as co-lead counsel in a series of class action litigations challenging the post-payment audit and recoupment practices of certain state and national private health insurance carriers.
Additionally, Vincent represents professional associations and nonprofit healthcare advocacy groups. He currently serves as General Counsel to the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey APTANJ) and as Special Counsel to the Garden State Pharmacy Owners (GSPO).
Vincent is a frequent speaker and author, with presentations to the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, New Jersey State Bar Association, Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, and articles published in outlets including New Jersey Chiropractor and Cosmetic Dermatology.
When he isn’t practicing law, Vincent enjoys nothing more than family vacations with his wife and daughter most frequently to Disney World, playing with his beagle, Bond, and his French bulldogs, Vader and Belle. Vincent lives and dies with The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Philadelphia Eagles. He is an avid guitarist, scotch enthusiast, and Star Wars original art collector.
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
- Included in New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2018-2022
- Included in New Jersey Rising Stars, 2012-2015
PT Partner Award, American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, 2017
Dr. Chester A. Wilk Award for Courageous Legal Action on Behalf of the Chiropractic Profession, International Chiropractic Association, 2014
Professional Memberships & Affilations
Board of Directors of Recovery Reform NOW
New Jersey State Bar Association
- Health Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association
Southern New Jersey Development Council
Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Am I Committing Healthcare Fraud?,” American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, Combined District Meeting, March 2021
“Fraud & Abuse Issues Impacting SUD Facilities,” Health Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, December 2018
“Accountability in Documentation” School of Physical Therapy, Nathan Weiss Graduate College Kean University, July 2018
“The Anatomy of a Third-Party Payor Audit,” American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, Health Law Symposium, June 2018
“Employment Contracts 101,” American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, Health Law Symposium, June 2018
“Mergers, Acquisitions and Group Practice Models,” American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, Health Law Symposium, June 2018
“Understanding PT Employment Agreements,” American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, Student Conclave, January 2018
“Avoiding the Pro Bono Podiatry Practice: Common Billing Errors and Audit Related Risks,” Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association, 2017 Coding and Financial Institute, April 2017
“Anatomy of an Effective Compliance Program: Viewing Fraud and Abuse Risk Management as a Process Not Just a Manual”, Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association, 2017 Coding and Financial Institute, April 2017
“The Five State Board Violations Every NJ PT Should Be Aware of and How to Prevent Them,” American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey, Fall District Meetings September 2016
Established the Vincent N. Buttaci Fund for Professional Development at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, which provides wellness programming to law students.
Established the Vincent and Elizabeth Buttaci Oxford Scholarship at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, which provides one or more scholarships to students who are participating in the Oxford Summer Law Program through the College of Law.