Today’s health care industry is driven by evolving policy, regulations, and enforcement actions. This landscape offers both obstacles and opportunities, and to thrive in it, businesses operating within the health care industry need experienced counsel to navigate the complex framework that governs their operations. At Epstein Becker Green, we’ve been representing clients nationally across the health care spectrum for nearly 50 years. As one of the nation’s premier law firms in the health law field, with approximately 150 attorneys devoted to health care law across the nation, we are well equipped to address the unique challenges and opportunities that the health care industry faces.
In an industry with so many interrelated disciplines, we have the multidisciplinary team to address virtually any issue that may arise on the compliance, defense, operational, and technological fronts. Our attorneys are supported by a close-knit network of consultants and technical advisors from our affiliate EBG Advisors, Inc., many of whom have worked for health care organizations or government agencies—and in some cases both—as well as legislative and regulatory advocates from our affiliate National Health Advisors.
Health Law Transactional and Regulatory Services
We regularly lead our clients through all manner of health-related issues, providing transactional, regulatory, and compliance counsel. We are frequently engaged for core “bet the ranch” matters, and matters requiring a high level of sensitivity and discretion. Our health care thought leaders supply innovative legal and business advice, effectively anticipating and guiding health care clients through the release of new regulations, closing vital transactions, launching new products, assessing potential acquisitions, and leading government investigations and actions, always with an eye on the long game to secure the best outcome for our clients’ business. Clients also rely on us to help them navigate government payment programs, antitrust, clinical research, corporate, fraud and abuse, managed care, privacy and cybersecurity issues, and much more. We represent research institutions and academic medical centers, manufacturers and distributors, providers and payors, as well as investors and private equity firms looking to invest in health-related targets. We design and implement our clients’ compliance programs, conduct due diligence for their acquisitions and investments, and assist with their responses to investigations.
We work with our health care clients to help them avoid litigation, and we vigorously defend them when lawsuits are unavoidable. Our litigation team, which includes members with high-level governmental prosecutorial backgrounds, has extensive experience representing health care clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before administrative and private tribunals in civil and criminal cases. Clients count on us to handle matters involving fraud and abuse, data breaches, and antitrust issues, among others.
Health Employment And Labor (HEAL®)
As the health care landscape continues to shift, so do the issues confronting employers in the health care industry. We created the HEAL® strategic industry group, which unites two of the firm’s practices—Health Care and Employment, Labor & Workforce Management—to help health care and life sciences companies address the many challenges they face in the labor, employment, and workforce management area. Clients value our cross-disciplinary legal and regulatory experience and our ability to provide comprehensive and practical solutions to complex employment problems, including those created by the Affordable Care Act, new government policies, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health care employers look to our HEAL® strategic industry group for advice on discrimination matters, employee benefits programs, immigration matters, labor-management relations, non-competition agreements, wage and hour compliance, and whistleblower actions. Members of the group also counsel health care clients on how to effectively handle U.S. Department of Labor policy changes, which are creating new liabilities for organizations operating in the health care industry and new requirements for labor and employment compliance.
All of our strengths are embodied in our representation of clients in the following fields, and more:
- Academic Medical Centers
- Ambulatory Care Facilities
- Clinical Laboratories
- Group Purchasing Organizations
- Health Plans and Other Insurers
- Health Care Technology Companies
- Home Health, Hospice & Community-Based Providers
- Hospitals and Health Systems
- Medical Device Manufacturers
- Physician Group Practices/Management
- Post-Acute and Long Term Care Providers
- Suppliers and Distributors