Cal INDEX Appoints Gerald Peters General Counsel

Leading US healthcare lawyer to manage legal transactions for statewide HIE

Feb 18, 2016, 10:00 ET from Cal INDEX

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) today announced the appointment of Gerald "Jerry" Peters as General Counsel.

Peters is a former Chair of Latham & Watkins' Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Group.  He retired on December 31, 2015 after thirty-three years of private practice. His practice focused on business, transactional and regulatory matters for healthcare clients, including healthcare systems, hospitals, physician groups, payers and ancillary service providers. While at Latham, Peters served as outside counsel to several major hospitals and health systems and as lead attorney for providers and payers around the country in transactions requiring strategic business planning. His areas of expertise included mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, development of integrated healthcare systems/ACOs, medical practice consolidation, physician group formation, contract negotiation and corporate law.

"Jerry's expertise in business, transactional and healthcare matters will be invaluable to Cal INDEX as we add participants and bring on new services," said David Watson, chief executive officer of Cal INDEX. "We will leverage his more than three decades of healthcare legal experience marked by a deep understanding of the economic, market, regulatory and political climates in which healthcare organizations operate."

Peters has been recognized for his healthcare expertise by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America. He was named on Nightingale's Healthcare News as one of the 12 "Outstanding Health Care Transaction Lawyers", and was ranked as one of America's top 10 Healthcare lawyers in Legal Media Group's Guide to the Leading US Healthcare Lawyers.  He was also listed as one of the Top Attorneys in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine and American Registry.

Peters has published three books on healthcare business transactions and co-authored several others on various healthcare topics. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

He is currently Chairman of the Board at Huckleberry Youth Programs and a Director at Hospice by the Bay. He is a former Board Member of the American Health Lawyers Association where he is also a Founding Member of the inaugural class of Fellows. He obtained his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1982, and has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1982.

For a photo of Jerry Peters, click here.

About Cal INDEX
California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) is an independent, nonprofit organization that is developing a statewide, next-generation health information exchange (HIE). This unique comprehensive collection of electronic patient records includes clinical data from healthcare providers and health insurers combined into a single longitudinal patient record (LPR). Cal INDEX provides the underlying data and technology platform to provide real-time access. The goal of Cal INDEX is to improve quality of care by providing clinicians with a unified statewide source of integrated patient information, improve efficiencies and coordination of care and reduce the cost of healthcare. Cal INDEX was founded through seed funding from Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
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