Acute Care Hospitals and Health Systems

Acute care providers operate in one of the most highly regulated economic sectors, and are subject to continual legislative and regulatory changes.

Pepper Hamilton helps hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, doctors, physician groups and other acute care providers on commercial transactions and M&A, and navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by this shifting legal and regulatory landscape. We advise acute care providers on the regulatory risk and compliance issues they face, help facilitate strategic transactions to better serve patients, and defend clients facing government investigations or civil litigation. Our team also has significant experience advising nonprofit hospitals and health systems on the unique issues they face, including participation in joint ventures with for-profit entities and other business arrangements.

Our work for acute care providers covers both traditional areas of hospital/health care law and regulation, and emerging issues such as the continuing revolution of digital health and other technology changes. Areas we handle include:

  • mergers and acquisitions (physicians, hospitals and other health-care related organizations and companies), including antitrust compliance, tax and related issues
  • regulatory risk and compliance monitoring, including Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse
  • organizational structuring, including Accountable Care Organizations and other clinical integration models
  • physician/hospital relations
  • medical reimbursement
  • clinical research
  • health care IT (privacy, security, meaningful use, breach, mobile, telehealth)
  • labor and employment services
  • tax and nonprofit issues.

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