Mr. Pizza is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and American Health Lawyers Association (1989) and has been a guest speaker at forums sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana Society of Hospital Attorneys and other groups. Through June of 2016 he was a member of the AHLA Life Members Council.
Mr. Pizza is admitted to practice before all of the United States District Courts in Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American, Louisiana, New Orleans, and St. Tammany Bar Associations. He also participates in the Torts and Insurance Practice Forum on Health Law of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Pizza has represented numerous hospitals and physicians in the creation of Independent Practice Associations, Clinically Integrated Networks, Accountable Care Organizations, partnerships and joint ventures between physicians, clinics and hospitals. He has worked on the restructuring of hospitals. Hospitals that have been represented include among others Touro Infirmary, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Iberia Hospital, Richland Parish Hospital at Delhi, the American Legion Hospital, Lincoln General Hospital, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, West Jefferson Hospital, West Carroll Hospital and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. Physician practice groups include the Cardiovascular Institute of the South. Another notable client is the Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO).
He has represented numerous hospitals located throughout Louisiana providing advice and consultation on issues ranging from physician/hospital contracts, Clinically Integrated Networks, Accountable Care Organizations, HMOs, PPOs, medical office building construction and leasing, bond issues, practice integration, Medicare and Medicaid law, peer review, bylaw preparation and many other health law matters. He has extensive experience in the field and has been principal counsel in major litigation involving Medicaid reimbursement and Qui Tam actions (See: St. Tammany Hospital Service District I v. Louisiana and Abbeville General Hospital v. Ramsey and Qui Tam Litigation, LaCorte v. Lab Corps and Merena, et al v. SmithKline Beecham Labs; Louisiana Nursing Home Association, Evergreen Presbyterian Hospital v Hood.)
He has lectured and written articles on health law issues. The topics of his speeches include among others, EMTALA, Outcome Measurement and Practice Parameters, Medicaid Records, Employment of Physicians, Hospital Acquisitions, Stark II and Fraud and Abuse, Confidentiality of Mental Health Records, Informed Consent, Guardianship, Advance Directives, Confidentiality of Medical Records, Hospital Service District to Community Hospital, Insurance Law, Elder Law and Estate Planning, Recent Developments in Insurance Law, Patient Care Law Rights, Liabilities and Strategies, and the special legal problems related to HIV infection. He has written articles on Patient Transfers -COBRA as Amended, as well as ER Liability Under COBRA Anti-Dumping. He lectured for the ABA on at its teleconference program entitled “Practical Steps in Structuring Joint Ventures among Providers in an Ever-Changing Health Care Market.” He has given lectures and prepared monographs for the Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO) on topics concerning EMTALA, HIPAA, representing physicians before the Board of Medical Examiners and other issues.
Outside of healthcare law, he has represented insurers and businesses in employment law, personal injury and insurance coverage issues in the courts of Louisiana, both state and federal. He has served as bond counsel and issuer’s counsel to political subdivisions of Louisiana. He has represented judges before the Louisiana Judicial Commission, nurses before the Louisiana Nursing Board, and physicians before the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.