Health & Health Care Law

Our attorneys have over twenty years of experience representing health care providers and related entities including hospitals (governmental and private).

In each client-attorney relationship, our health care attorneys consider themselves a key strategic partner, ensuring our clients continued success and their compliance with the law, particularly as the health care industry changes in response to competitive marketplace forces, new payor arrangements, and governmental regulations.  We offer sound and creative solutions for each client, and our breadth of practice and experience distinguishes us from other law firms.

Healthcare clients include (or have included):

  • ambulatory surgical centers
  • durable medical equipment providers
  • hospice organizations, nursing homes
  • home health agencies
  • hospitals, hospital districts
  • management services organizations
  • medical clinics
  • non-profit hospitals
  • physician groups & individual physicians including specialties such as anesthesiology, cardiology, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, psychology, radiology as well as others.
  • physician practice management companies
  • physician owned hospitals, physician hospital organizations, physician networks
  • rehabilitation hospitals
  • specialty hospitals

Representative Transactions Include:

  • representing of hospital in a merger with another large hospital system
  • formation of hospital/physician imaging joint venture(s)
  • acquisition of ambulatory surgical hospital
  • acquisition of non-profit hospitals
  • acquisition of physician practices
  • development/creation of physician owned specialty hospital
  • issuance of $5.0 million tax exempt debt
  • negotiation of exclusive provider agreements
  • physician employment and recruitment agreements
  • refinancing of $12.0 million debt
  • representation of clients in acquisition of a for-profit hospital
  • representation of clients in $74.0 million and $186.0 million bond financing
  • representation of sale of hospital real estate
  • representing of client in purchase of home health agency
  • representing of client in sale of Hospice entity

Our attorneys represent health care clients on both litigation and transactional matters, such as:

  • acquisitions, mergers, affiliations and consolidations
  • accreditation matters
  • anti-trust advice and litigation
  • business organizations
  • contractual advice, drafting and documentation (including contracts with executives, physicians and employees)
  • creation and maintenance of compliance programs
  • development and operation of integrated delivery systems and other healthcare joint ventures
  • healthcare fraud & abuse matters including Advice on anti-kickback laws, fraud, false claims act (including qui tam claims), "Stark" advice and defense
  • health information and privacy "HIPAA" issues
  • joint ventures
  • labor and employment matters
  • licensure matters
  • long-term care
  • managed care contracting
  • medical staff matters
  • payor/patient/provider relationships
  • physician referral issues
  • professional disciplinary proceedings
  • professional liability and malpractice claims
  • provider/payor disputes
  • real estate and construction issues
  • regulatory matters with Medicare/Medicaid, Department of Health and Human Services and Texas Department of Health
  • risk management issues
  • tax-exempt issues