Owners and operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities are faced with a wide range of legal and operational challenges in an ever-changing environment. Getting legal guidance that will help you to be efficient, compliant and proactive is essential for your organization's health.
At Holland & Knight, our goal is to provide you with the counsel, strategies and insights you need to ensure that decisions made in your hospital's legal environment are well-informed. We apply our industry savvy, understanding of corporate law and public company legal know-how to your organization's needs in our commitment to help you be successful – so you can focus on the delivery of healthcare services. The strengths of our healthcare team, one of the largest and most sophisticated in the U.S., include:
Attorneys from our Healthcare Group’s Hospital Practice will advise you in your health benefits arrangements – including your physician-hospital organization development, direct contracting with employers and ERISA plans, network tiering and consumer-directed hospital benefits design. They will help your organization navigate complex EMTALA, patient transfer and patient discharge matters. Careful review of your hospital-physician contracts and vendor agreements is also available as part of our commitment to help you avoid potential legal pitfalls and compliance violations. Our attorneys also provide counsel in the following legal areas:
By drawing in talent from Holland & Knight’s Litigation Practice Group, lawyers from the Healthcare Team’s Hospital Practice can help protect your interests in complex litigation matters such as privacy and other class action defense – including disputes with third-party payors and physician groups. When you are facing complex investigation and peer-review proceedings, including fair hearing and litigation involving professional review actions taken, working with lawyers who have extensive experience in general commercial litigation – such as contract disputes with vendors and insurers – is an important step towards helping to ensure a positive outcome. Your Holland & Knight legal counsel is committed to your success and can advise you in connection with a wide range of matters including:
Careful adherence to all compliance requirements not only helps you to avoid violations, but also demonstrates your commitment to ethical practices. Again, our team of dedicated healthcare professionals will collaborate with lawyers from other areas of the firm to bring the right experience to bear on your corporate compliance issues, including the following matters:
The cost of enforcement actions often goes well beyond the expense of responding to the allegations, paying the penalty or pursuing corrective action. We recognize that an enforcement action can impact your business in many ways – from investor and customer perception to community relations. We are experienced in defending cases in all major areas of enforcement defense – from Qui Tam litigation to antitrust counseling and litigation. Additional areas in which we can represent your interests include the following:
The healthcare industry operates in a unique legislative and regulatory environment. Holland & Knight’s dedicated Legislative and Regulatory Healthcare Practice consists of seasoned legislative and regulatory attorneys, non-lawyer lobbyists and public relations professionals who bring hands-on experience, depth of practice and industry insight to bear on regulatory matters. We are dedicated to offering the most sophisticated understanding not only of your legal issues, but also the business and political arenas in which your organization operates.
Your Holland & Knight team will partner with lawyers from our Health Plans and Health Insurance Group to advise you and help safeguard your hospital system’s interests. You have access to the resources of the firm as well the Healthcare Group’s comprehensive knowledge of health insurance-related matters, including the following:
Lawyers in our Healthcare Practice are skilled in current areas of special interest to hospital owners and operators – acquisitions, dispositions, affiliations, joint ventures and reorganizations. Leveraging Holland & Knight’s broad-based practice resources, they will provide you with informed representation to support your business strategy in a wide range of matters, including:
The growing number of reported research violations that have resulted from clinical research trials has raised critical questions about how to protect the safety of human subjects. Additional scrutiny and controls may be on the horizon. The Healthcare Team’s Hospital Practice attorneys provide timely and comprehensive counsel to help your organization chart a safe course through the legal, operational and ethical issues associated with clinical research trials. We can help you realize your objectives in the following areas:
As your organization grows and changes to accommodate emerging economic and policy developments, Holland & Knight’s Hospital Practice attorneys have the experience and industry savvy to continue to provide counsel. Our collaborative, team-based approach taps talent from across the firm to give you the personalized service and senior partner involvement you need from a wide range of additional disciplines that include employment and labor relations; intellectual property; and real estate finance and construction contracting property. We will continue to tailor our services to your evolving requirements in the ever-changing business of healthcare.
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