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In times of rapid change, health care providers across New York State turn to Hodgson Russ to help them navigate the increasingly complex federal and state rules governing the delivery, financing, and regulation of health care services. Our attorneys have extensive experience with a wide range of providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living providers, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health providers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, and individual practitioners. We represent nonprofit, proprietary, and public entities. With a broad understanding of the New York regulatory landscape, we assist providers with corporate, transactional, regulatory, reimbursement, enforcement, compliance, and litigation matters.

Some of the many services we offer to our health care clients include:

  • Representation in Medicare and Medicaid audits, investigations, and appeals, including Medicare appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board
  • Representation in government investigations and enforcement proceedings before the New York State Department of Health, Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; the HHS Office of Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Representation in federal and state court litigation, administrative challenges to governmental action, and arbitration proceedings with managed care organizations
  • Assistance in structuring mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Advice on the application of New York’s certificate of need requirements
  • Advice on contracting and corporate structuring issues, including the physician self-referral law (Stark) and the anti-kickback statute
  • Assistance with analyzing and negotiating managed care contracts
  • Advice on responding to health care reform initiatives, such as the delivery system reform incentive payment (DSRIP) program and accountable care organizations (ACOs), and in accessing reimbursement incentives, such as Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives
  • Advice and representation of covered entities and business associates on privacy matters under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the federal rules governing the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment services, and New York State confidentiality laws, including the negotiation of contractual relationships and management of privacy breaches and breach notifications
  • Representation of skilled nursing facilities seeking to challenge survey deficiencies through the informal dispute resolution (IDR and independent IDR) processes and to pursue administrative appeals to the Departmental Appeals Board of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Advice on Medicare and Medicaid billing and reimbursement issues
  • Advice to nonprofit health care boards on corporate governance and compliance best practices
  • Assistance in developing corporate charters and bylaws, formulating compliance policies, and performing self-assessments
  • Advice on the fiduciary obligations of directors and issues related to executive compensation
  • Assistance in conducting internal investigations relating to potential compliance violations, including whistleblower allegations, and responding to inquiries from governmental agencies
  • Representation of physicians and other licensed health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings before state licensing boards
  • Advice to facility administration, physicians, and other licensed professionals on contract negotiations, third-party payor reimbursement, purchases and sales of assets, and medical staff credentialing and disciplinary issues
  • Guidance in the development, implementation, review, and revision of provider compliance programs, required under Social Services Law § 363-d and 18 NYCRR Part 521
  • Guidance on internal audit and monitoring, risk assessment, and corrective measures, such as self-disclosure, employee discipline, and enhanced training

Through a multidisciplinary approach, our Health Practice attorneys work together with attorneys in other key practice areas, including corporate, real estate, finance, tax, labor and employment, bankruptcy, immigration, intellectual property, and litigation, to offer health care providers the coordinated and informed counsel they need to meet their legal challenges.

Hodgson Russ has been awarded a prestigious “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking by Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report in the Health Care Law category. In addition, our Health Practice is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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