Woods Rogers’ long-term care legal team recognizes the unique and complicated legal needs of long-term care communities as part of the larger healthcare industry.
Whether for-profit, not-for-profit, an owner, operator, or management company, our clients rely on us as advisors and advocates on compliance, risk management, resident admission, arbitration, and litigation. We partner with our client communities to address and solve their legal and business needs, implement action plans, and accomplish their goals through a full spectrum of legal services.
Regulatory Compliance and Review
We recognize that you want to focus on patient care, not regulatory requirements. Wading through the morass of healthcare laws and regulations requires a strategic, well-informed legal partner. We are acutely aware of the high stakes associated with regulatory review. Our goal is to lighten the regulatory load of our community clients.
- We advise our clients and advocate for them through agency reviews and appeals.
- Our attorneys counsel clients on all aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and on cybersecurity concerns arising with electronic records.
- We help clients develop documentation and notification of privacy practices that meet regulatory standards.
- We counsel clients through and establish action plans for data security breaches.
Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense, and Board Complaints
Long-term care communities have increasingly been targets of litigation. Our long term care team has litigated, mediated, and arbitrated hundreds of claims against our community clients including matters such as:
- Pressure ulcers
- Medication errors
- Premises liability
- Consumer protection act cases
We work with you to devise a litigation plan that includes resolutions that are in your business interests. We also understand that preventing litigation through training sessions and risk management is often in your best interests, and we are available to train management and staff.
We also represent our long-term care clients through investigations and formal and informal conferences with the Department of Health Professions.
We are available for on-site reviews and interaction with regulatory agents to protect our communities’ interests and rights.
Labor & Employment
We understand the unique needs of long-term care communities in the employment law space. Your employees are the front line for senior care services and must work well together and within the required legal framework. Our Labor & Employment team works closely with our long-term care clients and attorneys to understand and solve employment issues that will invariably arise based on the labor-intensive nature of the work.
Our attorneys have litigated, mediated, and arbitrated employment cases for long term care clients on matters including:
- Employment discrimination
- Worker’s compensation
- Wrongful termination
- Negligent hiring
Our team also advises and drafts policies protecting communities and employees on hiring practices, privacy, drug testing, discipline and termination, and many other employment matters.
We also evaluate and advise on existing policies and offer staff and management training.
Business & Corporate Services
The long-term care industry has been in a state of flux over mergers, acquisitions, management of assets, and business structure. Our Health Law team advises our long-term care communities and works with them through mergers, acquisitions, sales, restructuring, and other major transactions with the goal of protecting their assets.
We prepare and file corporate documents and provide full legal services for real estate transactions, zoning, and lease agreements.
We also assist our communities with negotiating and drafting contracts, including CCRC resident agreements.