Health Care Practice Group
The members of our Health Law Practice Group have long-term, significant experience in serving a variety of the business, regulatory and medico-legal requirements of its health care clients.
Clients have included some of the nation's large publicly-held health care providers, as well as both privately-owned and government-owned hospitals, group practices, joint ventures, professional corporations and partnerships, individual physicians, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, chiropractors and other medical professionals; clinics, laboratories, diagnostic equipment partnerships, owners and developers of medical office buildings and other health care entities.
We also provide legal assistance in conjunction with the formation and contractual activities of all such health entities, including:
- Health Maintenance Organizations
- Preferred Provider Organizations
- Independent Practice Associations
- Home Health Care Service Companies
- Other Health Care Organizations
The transactions entered into by our health care clients are similar to those in other industries. Most, however, also involve unique elements that require a law firm with specialized knowledge in the health care field.
Our firm's Health Law Attorneys offer up-to-date assistance with respect to the content and effect of new legislation with often wide-ranging impact, such as recent federal and state "self referral" legislation, and have negotiated and drafted all types of contracts related to health care facilities:
- Agreements between Hospitals and Physicians, Payors and Others
- Management Contracts for Hospitals and Health Clinics
- Sale-Leaseback Agreements
- Agreements/Leases for Medical Offices, Surgery Centers and Equipment Partnerships
We assist clients in the acquisition, sale and licensing of health care entities. These transactions have included asset and stock acquisitions, both taxable and tax-free. (In addition to their usual financing, real estate, tax and securities aspects, these matters often require the firm's specialized expertise in licensing, reimbursement, planning and accreditation requirements.) Divestitures have been particularly prevalent as required or otherwise encouraged by the new self-referral laws and safe harbor regulations, and our Firm has substantial experience in these matters.
Our Civil Litigation Practice Group has handled disputes between health care providers, obtained appellate court reversal of health planning decisions, and successfully defended against efforts to terminate or suspend hospital and physician licenses.
Other services have included extensive involvement in disputes between corporations and partnerships and their former shareholders or partners, and representation of both hospitals and physicians in medical staff disputes.