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How are changes in health care affecting your organization? We’re closely monitoring changes in the industry and can help you unpack each, strategically guiding your organization toward success.

Overview

Who We Are

As health care is evolving rapidly, the Greensfelder Health Care team is monitoring changes in the industry at every step – helping clients adjust to new requirements, anticipate changes and proactively manage client systems and networks so their organization can continue to deliver the best health care service.

We represent for-profit and nonprofit health care providers and affiliated businesses throughout the full spectrum of health care delivery, often acting as general or specialty counsel for providers. Clients typically include:

  • Health care systems
  • Hospitals and critical access hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Physician groups
  • Provider networks – IPAs, PHOs, etc.
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Diagnostic testing facilities
  • Ancillary service providers – imaging centers, home health agencies, diagnostic testing facilities, physical therapy providers
  • Self-funded benefit plans
  • Pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers
  • Suppliers

Why Health Care Clients Choose Greensfelder

We know how the health care delivery system works and can cut through regulatory complexities to develop realistic solutions to client challenges.  From day-to-day questions about Medicare and Medicaid to strategic counsel devoted to the acquisition of a critical business unit, Greensfelder lawyers are focused on client goals and the viability of client health care businesses. We provide guidance regarding:

  • Corporate compliance
  • Employee benefits
  • Employment and labor issues
  • Fraud and abuse
  • HIPAA and e-health
  • Joint ventures and affiliations
  • Licensing and regulatory compliance
  • Long-term care
  • Managed care
  • Medical staff and professional rights
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Physician practices
  • Operational and policy issues
  • Reimbursement/payor disputes
  • Risk and liability management
  • Stark and regulatory compliance 
  • Tax-exempt issues

In running a health care organization, other issues may arise relating to business transactions, employment issues, employee benefit issues, real estate transactions, construction matters, franchising, intellectual property management and litigation. We can assist in each of these instances, knowing how certain activities and decisions may have legal implications for a health care organization.

We’re closely watching marketplace trends. With timely information and deep industry experience, clients also turn to Greensfelder for strategic counsel as clients set strategic and operational goals.

While many team members are lifelong lawyers, clients also benefit from the broad professional expertise of others on the Greensfelder team who were once nurses, social workers, managed care professionals or health care executives.

What We Do

General Business Counsel: We serve as general counsel to a variety of health care clients ranging from small physician groups to larger, multi-state nonprofit health care providers. Greensfelder experience in the industry – as lawyers and health care executives – can provide clients with the depth of insight necessary to effectively address any of the operational issues a health care organization may encounter on a day-to-day basis.

Employment & Labor Issues: Our employment and labor attorneys have deep experience in the health care industry, including the issues unique to nonprofit entities. Their understanding of highly regulated industries provides a valuable resource to health organizations of all types dealing with complex employment situations. Whether the matter at hand is a litigation or compliance issue or day-to-day counsel, we are the team to call. Read more about the services of our team on our Employment & Labor practice page. 

Employee Benefits/ERISA: Our attorneys have defended hundreds of ERISA lawsuits on behalf of health care organizations, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. We have deep experience in disputes related to the “church plan” status of the pension plans of religious health care organizations, including class action cases. We also shape benefits plans and executive compensation programs for a range of health care employers. Read more about our Employee Benefits practice here.

Data Privacy, HIPAA and e-Health: From providing preventative counseling relating to data privacy and security, to addressing investigations and possible litigation should a data breach occur, health care clients can rely on us to help them manage the crisis and get client systems and services back in operational order. We are also experienced in privacy matters related to HIPAA, addressing compliance, developing policies and procedures, drafting agreements, and providing staff and executive level education. And as telemedicine and other e-health strategies become more commonplace, we regularly counsel health care providers on the protocols and systems needed to maintain privacy and security. We also provide advice relating to operational issues involving electronic health records and health information, websites, software licensing agreements, and the delivery of services through telemedicine.

Licensing & Compliance: Maintaining compliance with federal and state health care regulations can be a challenging task. We can help client teams stay in compliance through the development, implementation, and refinement of the corporate compliance programs necessary to keep their systems running smoothly and in full compliance.

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