Healthcare

We understand the complex needs of hospitals, health systems, physician groups and other health care organizations.

Hospitals and Health Systems

We provide general legal counsel for numerous small, medium, and large hospitals and health systems. This representation has involved all substantive areas of law that hospitals and health systems encounter, including those listed below. Our legal services have addressed fraud and abuse compliance, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Physician Self-Referral Law, False Claims Act, medical staff issues (including the development of medical staff bylaws), corporate and governance issues, tax-exempt status issues, and all types of hospital and physician contracting.

Specific areas of practice include:

Health Care Mergers & Acquisitions

Our attorneys have represented a variety of health care providers and organizations in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, and joint ventures. This representation has ranged from the development of small ancillary health care service joint ventures between hospitals and physicians to a combination of large health systems.

Physician Groups

We represent a variety of physicians, ranging from one-physician practices to multi-group practices. We believe that the experience and perspective our lawyers have acquired in representing hospitals and health systems assists us in counseling physicians in their relationships with those hospitals and health systems. In addition, our services cover the wide spectrum of health care issues that physicians face, including HIPAA compliance, False Claims Act, fraud and abuse, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Physician Self-Referral Law compliance, as well as reimbursement issues.

Anti-Kickback Statute & Stark Physician Self-Referral Laws

Every health care transaction and contract must be analyzed in light of the complex federal and state fraud and abuse compliance, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Physician Self-Referral Law. We have significant experience in counseling and defending clients in this constantly evolving area of the law.

HIPAA Compliance

We have counseled a variety of health care providers and organizations with respect to HIPAA and health information privacy and security issues and assisted in the development of a variety of compliance programs.

Health Care Finance

We have assisted in a variety of financings in connection with health care entities and transactions. We have frequently served as counsel to hospitals and health systems in both taxable and tax-exempt public hospital revenue bond financings.

Anti-Trust Counseling & Defense

We advise and counsel our hospital, health system, physician group and health care organization clients regarding the federal and state antitrust issues inherent in many contractual, joint venture, and other affiliation transactions commonly encountered in the health care industry today.

E-health

The health care industry is quickly evolving with respect to electronic matters. Communications among all of the industry players (from payors to health care providers to patients) are being accomplished more and more through electronic means. For example, there is a significant movement underway toward computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. These types of communication have unique issues that require significant legal experience. Our lawyers have that experience.

“I encourage clients to call me early in the process. If they have a question or concern, it's always best to get out in front of the situation. That's how you arrive at practical, efficient solutions, which is also how you build lasting working relationships.”
Robert R. Dunn, Member