Locke Lord's health care practice assists clients in achieving their business objectives and enabling them to navigate the legal and regulatory complexities unique to the health care industry. We possess extensive experience in health care law and a significant record of success in representing health industry clients on transactional, regulatory, enforcement, litigation and insurance matters. Locke Lord works closely with health industry clients on a variety of regulatory and legislative matters impacting their businesses, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and the adoption of its implementing regulations. In 2015, our health care practice was recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers and in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" report for Texas. In addition, Locke Lord has three individual health care lawyers ranked by Chambers USA. Locke Lord's health care practice also is ranked among the largest 30 health care firms in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Our Health Care Practice Group represents traditional health care providers and health insurers and managed care plans as well as health care businesses, joint ventures and intermediaries that are emerging to address the ever-changing health care landscape and to respond to the continuing drumbeat to reform the health care system. Our group’s transactional lawyers represent our diverse health care clients in entity formation and governance, structuring and closing mergers and acquisitions, sales and dispositions, joint ventures, change of ownership proceedings, development of management services, support and strategic relationships, and other corporate transactions, equity financings and other capital markets transactions as well as a host of commercial transactions. We assist clients with complex health care and health insurance regulatory challenges and compliance issues, including those that arise from corporate and commercial transactions. In addition, our trial lawyers have defended health industry clients in cutting edge and high-stakes legal challenges. To further serve our clients' comprehensive needs, our Health Care Practice Group works collaboratively and seamlessly with our colleagues who specialize in complex corporate capital markets transactions, insurance and reinsurance transactions, antitrust, non-profit law, e-commerce, data privacy and security, labor and employment, employee benefits and ERISA, environmental, intellectual property, technology, real estate, tax, litigation and class action issues.
Our clients include health care providers and suppliers of all kinds, including non-profit and for profit hospitals and systems, physician groups, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), skilled nursing companies, home health agencies and durable medical equipment providers. We also work extensively with health insurers, HMOs and other managed care organizations, self-insured plans and other payors of health benefits as well as third party administrators and other health care intermediaries. Our health plan clients offer commercial health insurance in the individual and group markets, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid managed care plans and administrative services.