We skillfully counsel health care providers confronting intense regulatory scrutiny and contemplating new business opportunities driven by health care transformation and consolidation. Our health care attorneys advise hospitals, clinics, physicians, physician groups, long-term care providers, health care systems and other providers in complex transactions, health care-specific contracts, regulatory compliance, patient care legal issues, credentialing and other medical staff issues, tax exemption and governance.
Health Care Transactions
In the transactional arena, we provide strategic support for critical health care business needs, combining business acumen with regulatory awareness. We structure innovative joint ventures, execute affiliations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, navigate distressed financings and workouts, and advise on the formation, purchase, sale and licensing of health care businesses. Acutely aware of the unique business issues facing health care providers, we have extensive experience with physician recruitment and employment contracts, ancillary service arrangements, and physician and medical practice business matters for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, home health care and hospice providers, urgent care clinics, physicians, dentists, pharmacists and other health care entities.
Health Care Professionals
We provide a full array of legal services to health care professionals, from handling practice buy-ins and buy-outs, to reviewing and negotiating employment agreements for physicians and health care executives, to serving as outside general counsel to specialty provider practices in more than twenty specialty areas. Our comprehensive experience with licensing, medical staff and professional liability issues springs from our in-depth familiarity with the exacting standards that govern health care professionals. We advise hospitals on medical staff bylaws, credentialing, peer review corrective action, and fair hearing matters, as well as frequently representing health care professionals before licensing boards.
Our health care provider clients rely on our regulatory advice and representation on Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and its safe harbors, the Stark Law, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and a variety of other state and federal laws. Attuned to critical issues of governance and tax exemption, we counsel non-profit health care entities on governance issues and advise on tax exemption issues including 501(r) compliance.
When disputes arise, we draw on the strengths of our health care litigation attorneys, known for delivering winning strategies for health care providers nationwide. We manage antitrust investigations of acquisitions, achieve favorable resolutions to IRS tax-exempt audits, represent hospitals on medical staff and hospital governance matters, and defend claims of alleged fraud, waste and abuse, including qui tam, suspension and exclusion proceedings. Whatever the case, we help clients manage potential liability and avoid negative and potentially damaging media exposure.
HEALTH CARE Transactions and Corporate
Strategic transactions (party counsel or deal counsel):
- Acquisitions (including medical practice acquisitions)
- Joint ventures
Professional Service Agreements (PSAs)
Development of physician compensation plans
Development of ambulatory surgery centers
Ancillary service arrangements (such as imaging)
Physician recruitment, employment agreements and other provider contracts
Entity formation, structuring and re-structuring, equity buy-ins and buy-outs
Corporate bylaws, organizational documents and amendments
Health-care specific contracting (e.g., Health IT)
Medical Staff, Licensing and General Health Matters
Medical staff bylaws
Peer review/credentialing disputes
Medical staff investigations
Provider licensing board issues
Health facility licensure
Hearing officer services
Behavioral health and substance abuse issues
Treatment of minors
Compliance plan development and implementation
Audits and/or investigations
Defense of False Claims Act whistleblower claims
Remediation of regulatory violations
Reimbursement and billing
Defense of immediate jeopardy findings under the Medicare Conditions of Participation (including critical access hospital)
Joint Commission accreditation
HIPAA and state records release issues
Hospital nonprofit tax exemption issues, including 501(r) compliance
Corporate practice of medicine
Public hospital issues
Designed a creative joint venture that permitted unrelated hospitals to collaborate on a clinical center of excellence
Represented critical access hospitals in affiliations with larger health systems
Assisted hospitals in integration transactions with physician groups, involving both professional services agreements (PSAs) and clinic acquisitions
Represented developer and operator of critical access hospitals operating facilities in five states including corporate structure, financing, CON, acquisition of existing facilities, construction of new hospitals, licensing and recruitment of physicians
Served as outside general counsel on a transitional basis for hospital groups and clinics
Organized joint ventures between not for profit hospitals and physician practice groups to provide medical oncology and radiation oncology services
Provided governance education and support to newly-formed non-profit health care entities
Worked with multiple parties in a community to redesign the delivery of health care services and align their interests
Represented a post-acute care provider in an innovative joint venture to bring post-acute skilled nursing services to a hospital campus
Multiple engagements with hospital medical staffs in medical staff governance, bylaw peer review, credentialing, corrective action, and fair hearing matters.
Represented several providers in medical staff matters.
Represented a critical access hospital in response to EMTALA, length of stay, pharmacy, physical plant and other violations
Prepared and filed a Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol submission following internal investigation of Stark law violation
Represented Minnesota hospital district in conversion to nonprofit hospital organization
Represented physicians in the formation of professional firms and negotiation of professional services agreements
Advised hospitals and health plans on obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status and structuring supporting organizations to achieve business goals