- Health Insurance Plans
- Health Information Technology
- Life Sciences, Medical Devices and Pharma
Schwabe represents providers in new integrated models of delivery, complex transactions and joint ventures, telemedicine, fraud and abuse, and antitrust compliance.
Navigating a changing landscape
As healthcare laws and regulations continue to evolve, Schwabe is at the forefront of helping clients create new (and compliant) efficiencies and revenue sources. We guide providers through the changing corporate practice of medicine doctrines in various states, and through Affordable Care Act and other regulations covering the delivery of and payment for healthcare. Our healthcare attorneys:
- Form and advise Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and Accountable Care Organization (ACOs)
- Assist in achieving regulatory compliance (Stark, anti-markup, anti-kickback, HIPAA and HITECH, EMTALA and antitrust)
- Represent clients before licensing boards and administrative agencies, and in state and federal investigations and false claims matters
- Help manage risks to data privacy and security, as well as data breach preparation, response, and recovery.
We work with a diverse range of providers, including:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Physicians, medical groups and dentists
- Allied health professionals (nurses, therapists, psychologists, chiropractors)
- Ancillary services (laboratories, diagnostic imaging)
- Assisted living and long-term care facilities.
Focus on healthcare combinations
Schwabe's healthcare team understands the unique issues involved in healthcare business combinations. We have advised clients in dozens of mergers and acquisitions in Oregon and Washington, and assisted clients as they form or consider joining Coordinated Care Organizations.
We have extensive experience with hospital and health system combinations and joint ventures, clinical integration with clinicians and health plans, and physician contractual relationships. In addition, we have helped create and advised Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Safety Organizations, and Coordinated Care Organizations.
- Represent hospitals in sales or affiliations, creation of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), imaging centers, endoscopy centers, and joint hospital service lines.
- Created Oregon’s first Accountable Care Organization (ACO) qualified for participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
- Represent hospitals and specialty medical groups in joint ventures, both for-profit and charitable, and physician-hospital organization (PHO) formations.
- Created independent physician associations (IPAs) in Oregon, Washington and Texas, some of which are affiliated with large healthcare systems.
- Represented over 1,500 Oregon dentists in Board of Dentistry matters and in practice acquisitions and sales.
- Advise on acquisition of physician practices, physician recruitment and employment, and compliance with the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and the Internal Revenue Code.
- Advise hospitals and physicians on the revision of medical staff bylaws, medical staff peer review, the conduct of medical staff fair hearings, and reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
- Successfully obtained nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence status for key physicians and researchers for a major medical university.
- Represent a leading cancer center in grant compliance for its academic researchers.
- Provide HIPAA compliance advice and data breach coaching.
- Represent numerous clients nationally in state and federal governmental investigations.
- Provide antitrust advice to hospitals and health systems, healthcare facilities, and medical and dental networks.
- Provide on-site general counsel services to a regional non-profit health organization for nearly two years during a national search for a replacement.
- Provide data breach preparation, response and recovery solutions to the largest single specialty physician group west of the Mississippi.
- Represent hospitals and clinics in anti-trust litigation, unfair trade practices litigation and contract disputes, as well as individual clients in peer review disputes and licensure matters for the health professions.
One secret to their success is a productive and collaborative relationship with medical staff.
Resources & Ideas
- Seattle Times
- Portland Business Journal
- Rebecca BoyetteAssociate
- Jennifer Franks, Ph.D.Senior Counsel
- Kelly HaganShareholder
- Kurt HansenShareholder
- Bruce HowellIndustry Group Leader
- Sarah Roubidoux LawsonOf Counsel
- Bradley MaierShareholder
- Lawrence ReamShareholder
- Lisa SchauresShareholder
- Elizabeth SchleuningShareholder