Our attorneys advise health care clients on regulatory matters involving federal and state agencies, provider agreements and contract review, medical staff organization and credentialing, Joint Commission accreditation, environmental permits and enforcement actions, antitrust issues, National Practitioner Databank issues, health care facility and professional licensure, HIPAA and confidentiality/medical records matters, and local licensure and permitting. In addition, our attorneys advise health care clients on transactional matters involving mergers and acquisitions, financing, legal opinions, business structure and governance, analysis under federal and state self-referral laws, including Stark and Anti-Kickback, corporate practice of medicine and certificate of need issues. Our attorneys also assist physicians and physician group practices in group practice, employment and regulatory matters.
We have experience with health care provider and insurer liens and reimbursement claims, Medicare Secondary Payer issues and mandatory Medicare reporting under Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007, Medicaid and Medicare enrollment and changes of ownership (CHOWs). We have represented health care clients in connection with audits and surveys by state and federal agencies, including responding to Statements of Deficiency, preparing Corrective Action Plans and negotiating settlements where sanctions have been imposed. Our attorneys also advise hospitals regarding the authority of statutory surrogate decision-makers for treatment or end of life issues. We have also assisted with the court appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated patients in connection with their hospital discharge. We also have substantial experience handling appellate matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and regulatory boards and commissions. Our appellate work has included significant matters related to health care litigation and regulatory matters. In addition, our attorneys have assisted HMOs and health insurers in Nevada in obtaining Certificates of Authority and regulatory compliance.
We were instrumental in formulating and passing legislation resulting in the deregulation of the hospital industry in Arizona and permitting Maricopa County to privatize the County Hospital. Other legislative issues in which we have been involved include medical malpractice and tort reform, managed care and hospital regulation, non-profit operations, patient rights and grievance/appeal procedures. In Nevada, we are active in the Nevada legislature representing such clients as the Nevada Hospital Association, Association of Dental Service Organizations, as well as medical practice management companies, pharmacy benefit providers and health insurers.