The healthcare industry has evolved to become one of the largest and most critical sectors of the economy. Organizations operating in this market face complex legal issues and risks, and benefit from having a legal team that is experienced, capable, and available.
Our team brings a deep understanding of the healthcare industry, including applicable laws and regulations, organizational and operational challenges, competitive and strategic threats and opportunities, and risk management tools to provide a full suite of legal services. This allows us to partner with clients to maximize their opportunities, mitigate their risk, and efficiently achieve their objectives, mission, and goals.
A diverse array of entities makes up the healthcare sector—and Michael Best serves as legal counsel to many of them. Our Healthcare group represents clients in the industry and those doing business with the industry, including:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Provider groups (physicians and other medical professionals)
- Health insurance plans, agents, and brokers
- Integrated delivery systems
- Ambulatory surgery centers
- Ancillary providers (laboratory and independent diagnostic testing facilities)
- Medical device developers and manufacturers
- Software and other vendors to healthcare providers and facilities
Our team combines healthcare industry knowledge, including its unique regulations, organizational structures, and risk management practices, with the ability to provide a full suite of legal services. Clients rely on our Healthcare group for responsive, solution-oriented counsel in areas such as business transactions, corporate governance, employment and labor, financing, government relations, intellectual property, litigation, privacy and cybersecurity, real estate, and tax law.
We often advise healthcare clients on day-to-day matters, employment, physician relations and compensation; negotiating vendor contracts, provider agreements, leases, and other contracts; billing and payment issues; governance and compliance, credentialing; privacy and cybersecurity; and training. We provide strategic guidance and representation in larger projects, such as corporate restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; development of new service offerings or partnerships (e.g., laboratories, ambulatory surgery centers, specialty clinics); and construction of new or replacement facilities. We also assist with internal investigations, government enforcement actions, and crisis management.
Advising clients on regulatory compliance is always an element of our work in this heavily regulated sector. Our experience includes the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), Medicare exclusion and Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) actions, antitrust laws, tax exemption, HIPAA and privacy, and other regulations affecting healthcare clients.
Whatever the issue, we are your Rx for solutions.