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    Our health care practice leads multi-hospital health systems and hospitals through the complexities of the challenging economic, regulatory and operational environments which they must navigate to succeed. We provide the strategic counsel our clients require to operate effectively and in compliance with myriad laws and regulations.

    Our experience includes:

    • Defense of commercial disputes
    • Enforcement inquiries and proceedings
    • Corporate compliance programs and audits
    • Internal audits/investigations
    • Vendor and other contract preparation and review
    • Distressed facilities/restructuring
    • EMTALA
    • Privacy, medical information security and HIPAA compliance
    • Corporate governance
    • Federal and state tax, tax exemption
    • Financing (tax-exempt and taxable)
    • Fraud and abuse and Stark Law
    • Medical staff bylaws, peer review and credentialing
    • Physician recruitment arrangements
    • Clinical trials, research and IRB issues
    • Labor and employment/corporate campaigns
    • Joint ventures and other transactions

    Our representative projects include:

    • Representation of a large public hospital district in Texas in various matters including the potential purchase of a new hospital, the proposed sale of its captive HMO and various health law matters.
    • Representation of the issuer, underwriter and bond trustee in numerous public finance projects.
    • Preparation of tax exemption applications and certifications.
    • Representation of a health care system in formulating joint-venture policy and structuring of hospital-physician joint ventures.
    • Representation of a Texas-based company in its negotiation, structure and formation of physician joint ventured specialty clinics across the country including handling all health care regulatory matters arising from such joint ventures.
    • Assist client with implementation of Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 training and related compliance measures.
    • Representation of a health care system in connection with state and federal inquiries concerning charitable tax exemptions.
    • Representation of various provider clients in federal and state compliance, quality of care and peer review matters.
    • Advised hospital on informed consent issues and research on human subjects, including IRB design, service and waivers.
    • Assist clients with arrangements with independent radiology, anesthesia and emergency department contractors and intraoperative monitoring service providers.

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