Healthcare law encompasses a very broad range of laws that pertain to various healthcare providers, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), hospices, home health providers, ambulance services, pharmacists, clinical laboratories, and orthotic, prosthetic, and other durable medical equipment suppliers. Healthcare law has become a complex field that is constantly changing at the state and federal levels. It involves legislation as well as regulatory and administrative matters.
Lanier Ford’s healthcare attorneys regularly advise hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, physicians, physician group practices, ASCs, assisted living facilities, clinical laboratories, and other healthcare providers about applicable healthcare laws, including the following:
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Medicare Law.
- Medicaid Law.
- Ethics in Patient Referrals Act (Stark Law).
- Federal Health Care Program Anti-Kickback Statute.
- Civil False Claims Act.
- Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act.
- Civil Monetary Penalties Act.
- Exclusion Laws.
Our healthcare attorneys also represent clients in complex transactions, such as—
- Formation and reorganization of physician practices and ASCs.
- Hospital-physician joint ventures.
- Buying and selling physician practices and other healthcare providers.
- Hospital acquisition and integration of physician practices.
- Contractual arrangements involving radiation therapy, sleep disorder facilities, orthopedic sports therapy, and other healthcare provider agreements.
- Acquisition, development, and leasing of medical and physician office buildings.
- Acquisition and divestitures of home health agencies.
Our healthcare attorneys represent healthcare providers before the various state licensing and administrative boards in disciplinary and other matters. Our healthcare attorneys represent healthcare providers in Medicare and Medicaid audits, hearings and appeals as well as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations.
Our healthcare attorneys defend healthcare providers about issues that arise from the day-to-day operations of their facilities: defense of premises liability, employment law (including wage and hour issues and employment discrimination), workers’ compensation, taxes, licensing, staff credentials and privileging, peer review matters, physician disciplinary actions, and Medicare and Medicaid sanctions.
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