Physician Health Law

Healthcare professionals and practice groups rely on Dickinson Wright’s team of healthcare attorneys for strategic advice on the many complex and constantly evolving legal, regulatory, reimbursement and business challenges they face. From compliance, enforcement and risk avoidance to contractual arrangements, day-to-day operations and dispute resolution, our healthcare attorneys possess the legal, regulatory, industry and practical knowledge and experience to devise efficient, creative and cost-effective solutions and answers.

Our expertise includes:

    • Ongoing healthcare business operations, including governance, ownership, professional and non-professional staffing matters, credentialing and licensing matters, employee benefits and HR matters, intellectual property protection, information technology, and immigration issues.

    • Developing, implementing and enforcing risk avoidance strategies, including compliance policies, protocols, and rules and regulations, as well as conducting internal audits and investigations.

    • Government investigations, in state and federal court, civil and criminal proceedings, and at hearings before administrative bodies.

    • Compliance with state and federal laws regulating healthcare operations, such as HIPAA, HITECH Act, anti-kickback laws and the Stark law and comparable state laws.

    • Conducting data security risk assessments, implementing security and privacy protocols, and advising on data breach remediation, reporting, notifications and incident responses.

    • Formation, merger, acquisition, sale, split-up, restructuring and financing of professional practices of all sizes and specialties.

    • Advising on collaborative, joint venture and other strategic arrangements, as well as antitrust concerns, and conducting due diligence investigations to assess potential risks.

    • Negotiating and drafting all types of documents for all types of business arrangements, including those with hospitals, insurance companies, vendors, suppliers, billing companies and other institutional healthcare providers.

    • Assisting professional practices operating in multiple states.

    • Advising healthcare providers regarding participation in accountable care organizations and other healthcare delivery systems.

    • Obtaining required credentials, licenses, provider numbers, certificates of need and other regulatory approvals for providers, facilities and services.

    • The development, acquisition, financing, construction, and ownership and leasing of medical facilities and ancillary service facilities, such as surgery centers, freestanding dialysis centers, laboratories and urgent care centers.

    • Payor participation, reimbursement, refund and billing compliance matters.

    • Representing healthcare professionals on individual matters, including employment agreements, accreditation, professional licensing and certifications, hospital privileges, peer review matters, disciplinary proceedings and asset protection planning.