James Hetzel, Hackensack University Medical Center, Best Law Firms 2018
Spurred by the shift to value-based care, the health care market is transforming at a rapid pace as systems join forces to tackle some of the industry’s biggest challenges. We counsel provider organizations across the United States and around the world on all aspects of health care investments, operations and regulatory matters. The results are operational efficiencies and reduced costs, optimized investments in technology and innovation, and improved patient care and safety.
Clients—including nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based and governmental hospitals; health care systems; and physician groups of all sizes—frequently turn to us to serve as outside general counsel. We work to seamlessly supplement in-house general counsel by providing responsive, accurate and forward-thinking legal advice on a variety of issues:
Labor and employment needs for medical staff
Provider and physician satisfaction
Compliance with Medicare reimbursement regulations, fraud and abuse laws, Stark Law, HIPAA and data privacy laws
Licensing and accreditation for the institution and its professionals
As the top-ranked health care law firm, we advise clients on all elements of the health industry, whether by offering counsel through detailed and efficient due diligence; evaluating sophisticated and nuanced tax benefits, antitrust and health regulatory issues; or negotiating strong, practical transaction documents. Applying our wealth of experience and understanding of the rapidly changing business, legal and regulatory terrain, we help clients develop winning strategies and seize opportunities.
We create connection through mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures, all while identifying solutions that minimize risk and maximize success for patients, providers and investors. Our extensive experience and practical approach to facilitating collaboration across industries and borders gives us unique insight into the relationship-building nuances that help health care leaders make these vital alliances a reality.
And with highly experienced lawyers throughout the Firm, we provide clients coordinated, cross-functional, cross-border counsel in key areas beyond health care as well, including tax, labor, employment and employee benefits, litigation and intellectual property.
Adirondack Medical Center in a successful challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services over medical reimbursement
Atrius Health in a variety of matters, including the merger with Dedham Medical Associates and Granite Medical Group into the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (now known as Atrius Health) to create a integrated multi-specialty physician group
Banner Health in the acquisition of the clinical assets of the University of Arizona Health network and the structuring of a long-term academic affiliation agreement between the University and Banner
Cadence Health and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in connection with the parties’ affiliation to create the second-largest integrated health care system in Illinois, branded as Northwestern Medicine
Carle Health System in establishing a new, cutting-edge medical school focused on technical advancement at the University of Illinois, uniting Carle’s clinical knowledge with the University’s renowned College of Engineering
Maimonides Medical Center in forming a strategic affiliation with North Shore-Long Island Jewish in a clinical affiliation and collaboration agreement
Rush University Medical Center as ongoing counsel in connection with a variety of matters, most recently including regulatory advice on the risks of a controversial bio-storage technique
Numerous large academic medical centers on compliance with and corrective actions regarding Medicare provider-based rules and evolving guidance from CMS regarding hospital co-location agreements
Nonprofit health care systems in connection with membership substitution transactions
An ophthalmology group in multiple targeted acquisitions of practices to create a premier regional practice
A national nonprofit health system with restructuring of multiple physician arrangements and joint ventures to better align parties’ long-term goals