Services

Our attorneys are experienced in both business and tax counseling as well as matters specific to health care law. Clients seek the assistance of our Health Law Group for a wide range of issues – from determining the proper choice of entity for the practice (professional corporation or limited liability company), how its members become partners/shareholders and how their compensation should be determined to strategic business planning for the ongoing growth of the practice. Our services include guidance in connection with:

  • Asset protection
  • Billing and collection
  • Contractual agreements governing physicians entering and leaving a practice
  • Corporate practice of medicine
  • Corporate structuring and governance
  • Hospital contracts
  • Estate and tax planning
  • Financial reorganizations and workouts
  • Joint ventures
  • Labor, employment and human resource issues
  • Medical office building/real estate transactions
  • Nonprofit tax issues, including tax-exempt bond financing
  • Pensions
  • Evaluation, negotiation and documentation of agreements (including exclusive provider agreements) between physicians and medical groups with hospitals and other facilities
  • Physician buy-ins and buy-outs
  • Compensation and benefits for physicians
  • Recruitment, retention and employment arrangements for physicians
  • Formation, dissolution and reorganization of practices
  • Practice management issues
  • Practice mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Private inurement/private benefit tax issues in hospital joint ventures and other business transactions and investments
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Structuring practice transactions
  • Succession planning

Regulatory Compliance

The health care industry – as one of the largest and most heavily regulated in the country – faces a unique set of legal and business issues, including regulatory compliance, credentialing, fraud and abuse and payment issues. Our interdisciplinary team of skilled attorneys, knowledgeable in every sector of the health care industry, assists clients in responding to these challenges by offering practical advice on how to deal with the complexities of:

  • Agreements with managed care networks and third-party payers
  • Antitrust
  • Dispute resolution
  • Facility licensing/certificates of need
  • False claims prohibitions
  • Federal and state compliance audits and investigations
  • Federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws, including the federal Stark Law
  • Health information technology
  • HIPAA privacy and security
  • Legal guardianships, patients’ rights and bioethical issues
  • Managed care contracting
  • Medical device approval
  • Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payer contracting, compliance and reimbursement
  • Medical staff bylaws, credentialing, disciplinary hearings and other peer review processes
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the formation of ACOs under PPACA
  • Professional licensure/disciplinary proceedings
  • Professional malpractice defense and risk management
  • Provider network formation
  • Reimbursement disputes and appeals
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement and challenges
  • Scientific misconduct