Our firm understands how to address the day-to-day legal needs that arise in the course of operating a hospital, because our attorneys have in-house healthcare experience.
We serve a number of our larger hospital clients as regular members of their legal departments, in what some refer to as a “virtual legal department” model which permits our clients to expand (and contract) their legal departments as necessary to meet their business needs. We regularly provide general legal support to hospitals, including:
• Contract review and negotiations, including professional services agreements, physician employment agreements, physician recruitment agreements, independent contractor agreements, business associate agreements and lease agreements
• Stark, Anti-Kickback, HIPAA and EMTALA compliance, including compliance investigations and opinions
Licensure and enrollment functions, including state facility licensure, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and revalidation, CLIA enrollment, etc.
Credentialing and peer-review assistance
Provider-based attestation filings
Human research and clinical trial participation
Change of ownership (CHOW) process
Interim in-house counsel, management of legal operations
Staff education in the areas of healthcare fraud and abuse (including Stark and Anti-Kickback training), HIPAA, EMTALA, Texas licensure regulations, human research studies (including IRB oversight and Medicare reimbursement related to clinical research)