Health Care

Providing quality legal services to health care companies regarding business and regulatory matters.

About Our Practice

Federal and state regulation of health care providers, suppliers, and other industry participants has become increasingly complex in recent years. On top of this, enforcement tactics of government agencies can be both confusing and intimidating for these organizations. Our Health Care Practice Group focuses on guiding clients through the compliance maze, helping all varieties of care companies understand and manage their approach to patient care within government standards.

Lawyers in the Health Care Group of Hall Booth Smith also have extensive experience in business litigation, administrative hearings, and alternative dispute resolution involving health care companies.

Because the implementation of regulations and policy are the direct result of federal and state political processes, the Health Care Group also provides legislative strategy, drafting, and interpretation services to its clients.

We represent clients in many areas of law that affect health care providers and other kinds of companies in the industry, including:

  • Antitrust issues
  • Business/ Strategic Planning
  • Compliance programs (including development, revision and training)
  • Entity Formation
  • Managed care strategies and contracts
  • Medical staff credentialing and corrective action
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse
  • Mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, and joint ventures
  • Patient care, informed consent, and medical records issues
  • Rules and regulations under HIPAA (including privacy, transactions, and security)
  • Hospital integration strategies
  • Provider licensure, certification, and accreditation (including disciplinary actions)
  • Reimbursement issues
  • Tax-exempt status (application and compliance)
Walking the Health Care High Wire: Vulnerability & Breach Disclosure Requirements

Author - Elizabeth Wharton

Georgia Association of Radiologic Technologists Presentation

Author - Charles A. Dorminy

Related Industries

Health Care

Already among the most regulated industries, and now grappling with the uncertainty regarding the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and other reforms, the health care industry and those doing business with the sector rely on HBS to advise on and effectively resolve their business, legal, and regulatory challenges. We advise on all aspects of our clients’ healthcare related businesses from structuring, employment issues, office management, corporate governance and transactional matters to malpractice issues, patient privacy, records retention and data protection.


Insurance

From appraisals, coverage, claims and adjusting issues to drafting and review of insurance policy, regulatory compliance advice and dispute resolution, HBS assists insurance industry clients with resolving the many challenges they face.

In addition to managing risk and defending liability claims, we regularly advise clients on the full range of insurance products, services, and coverages, including general liability, automotive, life, property and casualty, director and officers’ liability, professional malpractice, errors & omissions coverage, business interruption and environmental, cyber-risk and other specialty coverages and exclusions.

Our lawyers represent clients in courts of all levels throughout the United States, litigating class actions, multiparty and multi-district cases as well as individual lawsuits involving virtually every type of claim, coverage, fraud and bad faith action. We handle regulatory investigations and enforcement actions and are experienced with all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Active insurance coverage attorneys in the international insurance markets, we also help domestic clients gain access to the overseas market and assist foreign insurers in managing their domestic litigation.

As industry leaders, HBS Insurance Coverage lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the field of insurance. Team members regularly write and lecture on insurance and property ISU issues, and are active members in insurance industry groups. As a value-added, we offer clients employee training to help their staff understand the laws and regulatory requirements impacting their industry and strategies to minimize risk exposure.


Government & Municipalities

With a team of former and current government leaders , and those actively involved in various areas of government, HBS offers comprehensive representation and advice to those in government, including states, counties, cities, non-profits and other related industries.

Our team members are regarded as among the most influential leaders in the state of Georgia and are repeatedly recognized for their work on behalf of clients in the government arena. Regularly interacting with legislative leaders concerning client needs, we maintain close working relationships with elected officials, appointed officials, and agency staff, enhancing our ability to provide expertise and counsel. Leveraging our connections, regulatory know-how and legal experience, we work with local, county and state government officials to craft good policy and address our clients’ legislative, regulatory and legal concerns.

HBS attorneys assist clients with the full range of local, county and state government affairs, regulatory matters, lobbying efforts, and political and campaign finance issues. Understanding the regulatory framework which affects our clients’ business operations, we are particularly adept at helping related regulated industries such as utilities, energy and trade associations, telecommunication companies, health care, insurance, local governments, and nonprofit organizations with compliance matters.