Our Health Law practice team is composed of attorneys with the experience and expertise to understand the meaning and applications of complex health industry and healthcare law and regulations.
Woods Rogers’ health law attorneys work closely with our other practice groups, including Business & Corporate, Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Tax to bring a coordinated solution to complicated problems and issues, including:
- Accountable Care Organizations
- Anti-Referral regulations, including Stark II
- Antitrust issues arising out of mergers, joint ventures, alliances and networks, and provider-to-provider dealings
- Hospital and medical staff operational issues
- Informed consent in patients’ health determination
- Managed care issues
- Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurer contracting and reimbursement
- Organizational and financing methods
- Risk management
Wading through new healthcare laws and regulations requires a strategic legal partner. Healthcare providers and related suppliers are subject to federal and state anti-referral and anti-kickback laws unique to the healthcare industry, which affect numerous transactions and carry stiff civil and criminal penalties if violated.
- Assist physician and medical practices, businesses, and organizations in deciphering, responding to, and planning for an increasingly complex healthcare industry.
- Draft leases, purchase and sale agreements, management services agreements, joint venture documents, joint purchasing agreements, and supply agreements to maintain compliance with the laws.
- Advise clients on activity affected by these rules, including physician recruitment and compensation, group practice profit-sharing arrangements, and relationships between hospitals and physicians.
Woods Rogers can also help institutions and individuals with other compliance issues such as:
- General corporate governance and compliance
- Health Reform Act compliance
- HIPAA Privacy and Security compliance,
- Licensing and Certificates of Public Need
- Medicare and Medicaid certification
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Our attorneys counsel clients on all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), including the development and implementation of protocols, policies, procedures, safeguards, and agreements required to protect health information, regardless of whether it is in electronic or other formats.
We also help clients inform individuals about their rights regarding their health information by developing documentation of privacy practices that meets regulatory standards. If needed, the healthcare law team at Woods Rogers can assist clients in their efforts to respect and address individual rights in the event of a privacy or security breach, a complaint by an individual, or an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Inspector General, or other enforcement agency.