Epstein Becker Green has significant experience representing health systems and individual hospitals in a wide variety of regulatory, operational, and strategic business issues. Our clients include both tax-exempt and for-profit health systems, as well as community hospitals. For all of these organizations, we know their need to continue to diversify their lines of business to take advantage of new technology and meet community needs, while also establishing effective physician recruitment and integration strategies. We understand that these organizations operate within an extremely challenging financial environment. We know the increasingly vigilant government enforcement climate, which defines the industry's modern environment. Epstein Becker Green's approach to representation of health care clients involves a coordinated synergy among lawyers with experience in all relevant subject matters, including corporate law, tax-exempt law, fraud and abuse, hospital law, litigation, biomedical and human subject research, managed care, and employment law.

Since the early 1980s, we have represented hundreds of hospitals and health systems as general counsel and in specific projects. We have been in the forefront of physician-hospital integration and alignment efforts, as well as in the consolidation of health care systems, both in corporate structuring and in obtaining antitrust clearance. We have represented hospital systems in hundreds of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, and have successfully defended several highly visible government challenges to hospital mergers. We have advised clients in connection with the establishment of ancillary service joint ventures, such as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Drawing on our vast knowledge in a range of legal subjects, Epstein Becker Green provides complete legal support for hospitals and health systems in connection with their transactional, regulatory, and strategic initiatives, including:

  • Corporate representation (including antitrust counseling) in connection with transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures
  • Regulatory counseling on fraud and abuse, the Stark Law, and state regulatory compliance issues in transactions and other physician-integration arrangements
  • Providing guidance in connection with strategic initiatives on creating more integrated delivery systems, as well as structuring and negotiating joint ventures and agreements with a variety of third parties, including other health care providers, administrative service providers, and other vendors, to create integrated delivery systems
  • Synthesizing tax-exempt law requirements with fraud and abuse rules in hospital-physician arrangements and joint ventures
  • Seeking Advisory Opinions from federal regulatory agencies in appropriate cases
  • Labor and employment issues
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Medicare and Medicaid (and other government health program) compliance activities, including internal investigations of potential noncompliance, responding to government inquiries and investigations, advise in connection with voluntary disclosures, negotiating corporate integrity agreements (CIAs)
  • EMTALA compliance
  • Structuring and negotiating appropriate compensation arrangements with physicians in connection with employment, medical directorships, recruitment initiatives, department management, and office and equipment leases
  • Structuring and negotiating physician practice acquisitions and divestitures
  • Establishing and implementing corporate compliance programs for hospital and ancillary providers within the health system
  • Addressing medical staff matters, including fair hearing requirements and designing state-of-the-art medical staff bylaws
  • Negotiating managed care agreements and risk-sharing arrangements with payors
  • Providing guidance in connection with strategic initiatives on system affiliations