Epstein Becker Green Named a “Health Care Practice Group of the Year” by Law360

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JANUARY 30, 2015)Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care and Life Sciences practice was recognized by Law360 as a “Health Care Practice Group of the Year” in a feature in the January 30, 2015, edition of the publication. According to Law360, “the nearly 100 EBG attorneys who work on health care issues … give the firm a national footprint and the ability to cover a broad range of health care-related areas.”

Mark Lutes, Chair of Epstein Becker Green, and George Breen, Chair of the firm's Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee, spoke to Law360 about the group’s areas of focus and recent accomplishments. “Our registered trademark is ‘Thought Leaders in Health Law,’” Breen said in the article. “It’s something we take very seriously every day—asking, What can we offer to clients that reflects that?”

The article provides an overview of the firm’s work advising health care industry clients with major deals, regulatory assistance, and litigation. Law360 specifically highlighted the firm’s health regulatory work for medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company in its $12.2 billion acquisition of medical products maker CareFusion Corp.; the firm’s False Claims Act work for several clients, including representing Alliance Rehabilitation LLC and Active Physical Therapy Services LLC in a suit alleging improper billing of Medicare and Tricare; and a significant ruling for client Pediatric Cardiology Associates PC. The profile also highlighted the firm’s ongoing work for major health systems throughout the country. According to Law360, “EBG has continued to hold a prominent position as a go-to firm for hospital systems and large physician group practices…with a number of recent deals and related issues.”

The firm’s proximity to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its capabilities in this vital area was also mentioned. Lutes told Law360 that CMS’s growing use of value-based purchasing will continue to be a prominent issue over the next decade. “This week CMS has gathered plans, hospitals [and] employers and said they [want value-based purchasing] at 50 percent by 2018,” he told Law360. “It uses more-complex payment methods, and what that means to us is that all these programs have regulations and rules that go with them, and we are well-positioned to advise in this area.”

The firm’s boutique focus on two primary practices—health care and life sciences and labor and employment—creates opportunities for cross collaboration and innovative solutions, Breen told Law360, adding that “there’s a team approach to addressing client problems.”

About Epstein Becker Green
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in offices throughout the U.S. and supporting clients in the U.S. and abroad, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.