Health Care

The health care landscape is changing on a daily basis. Health care companies face a demand for transparency, increasing regulations, security and privacy concerns, patient safety and stringent compliance requirements. How prepared are you to meet unforeseen challenges that may arise in the delivery of health care?

Having an attorney to help you navigate the often confusing and complex health care environment is not only important – it’s critical. If you are seeking regulatory and compliance guidance, finding an attorney or counselor with firsthand industry experience is vital. Whether it’s managing disputes between doctors and hospitals in employment lawsuits or defending doctors and dentists in front of the Board of Medical Examiners and Board of Dental Examiners, you need experienced advisors on your side.

A trusted partner can respond quickly to your situation and understands the business challenges that you face, so you can focus on making the world a healthier place.

Christian & Small’s team of experienced health care lawyers successfully navigates our clients through the complex regulatory, legal and business challenges facing the industry. We recognize that our health care clients demand legal support across a range of disciplines and our attorneys have significant experience in a wide variety of health care law matters. This allows us to handle the diverse issues that arise in this shifting industry landscape.

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid issues impact almost every health care provider in one form or another. The lawyers at Christian & Small are experienced in handling matters dealing with reimbursement issues, audits and appeals to help providers deal with Medicare’s Program Integrity Contractors, assist in negotiating coverage determinations, appealing overpayments and denials, and, when necessary, litigating reimbursement disputes.

Regulatory Guidance

We routinely provide regulatory guidance to health care clients on issues involving:

  • Anti-kickback Statute, Stark Statute and False Claims Act
  • Hospital Authority Law
  • HIPAA Privacy, Security and EDI Rules
  • Open Records/Meetings Act
  • EMTAL
  • Hospital Acquisition Act
  • Certificate of Need
  • Licensure
  • Medicare/Medicaid certification and reimbursement
  • Antitrust compliance
Business Operations

Our lawyers also assist health care clients with their business operations from corporate formations to restructurings and workouts. We advise physician practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care providers on contract negotiations, due diligence when hiring, real estate transactions and state compliance with federal regulations.

Our lawyers also advise health care providers on the legal issues that arise in their daily business operations, including:

  • Health Information Technology, Electronic Health Record and EMR issues
  • Patient Rights (including consent and end-of-life issues)
  • Admission and Involuntary Transfer/Discharge
  • Licensure Surveys and Certifications
  • Contracting and Recruitment
  • Defense of Qui Tam actions
  • Risk Management and Peer Review
  • Scope of Practice