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 combines 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, with the ability 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 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:
- 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
- Vendors to healthcare providers and facilities
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 construction, and tax law.
We advise many healthcare clients on day-to-day matters such as:
- staff and physician employment and compensation;
- negotiating vendor contracts, provider agreements, leases, and other contracts;
- billing and payment issues;
- medical staff and credentialing; and
We also provide strategic guidance and representation in larger projects, including 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. When necessary, we 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), counseling regarding Medicare exclusion and Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) actions, antitrust laws, tax exemption, HIPAA and privacy, and other regulations affecting healthcare clients.
Whatever the issue, Michael Best has your Rx for solutions.