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Employers in the highly-regulated and diverse health care industry must address contractual, compliance, litigation, and other challenges and risks that flow from their products and services, geographical footprint, organizational structure, labor and employment relations, business practices and other conditions.

Overview

Our cross-disciplinary team of lawyers collaborates across state lines utilizing the firm’s broad areas of expertise to counsel our health care industry clients through these challenges, as well as to seize opportunities and develop preventive strategies. Our clients include for-profit, non-profit and faith-based acute care hospitals, behavioral health hospitals, nursing homes and other health care employers.

We have extensive experience advising health care industry employers on the full range of labor and employment issues, including litigating employment disputes; managing diverse workforces; collective bargaining negotiations, corporate campaigns and NLRB elections; leave of absence management and accommodations; and management training. We also defend wage and hour class action lawsuits, involving, among other issues, misclassification of exempt employees, per diem employees and independent contractors.

In addition, we provide the following services to health care employers:
  • Advising on organizational compliance and defending litigation before state and federal regulators in areas such as PPACA compliance programs, Stark Law, Federal Anti-Kickback, False Claims Act, EMTALA, NPDB, OIG Medicare audits, off-label marketing, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse;
  • Advising on HIPAA/HITECH/state law compliance concerning data privacy and security, including risk assessments, policy drafting, training, data breach response and Office for Civil Rights investigations;
  • Providing trade secret protection and restrictive covenant counseling, including advising on employment agreements, non-competition agreements and related protective instruments effective during and after employment;
  • Prosecuting and defending lawsuits involving post-employment non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding claims, unfair competition claims and other employment-related business torts;
  • Advising on OSHA compliance in the health care workplace, addressing enforcement initiatives such as the National Emphasis Program targeting nursing homes and long term care facilities, with a key focus on ergonomics, tuberculosis and blood borne pathogens; and
  • Providing advice and counseling with respect to hospital/physician relationships in matters such as credentialing, hospital/medical staff governance, physician peer review, hospital/physician joint employment issues and physician partnership agreements.
Our expertise extends to traditional health care industry participants, as well as the many businesses that service those participants. These include:
 
  • National, regional and local hospitals and related entities, including public hospital districts, university-affiliated and teaching entities, offering acute, sub-acute, hospice, diagnostic, rehabilitation and/or other health related services, whether for-profit, non-profit or faith-based including:
    • Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, senior and assisted living providers, and continuing care retirement communities;
    • Physician practice groups, occupational health centers and other professional practice groups;
    • Behavioral health hospitals, substance abuse treatment facilities and community-based mental health services; and
    • Home care, palliative and other community-based health services.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and related companies;
  • Medical device and equipment manufacturers;
  • Health-related technology companies, including cloud and EMR providers;
  • Retail, specialty, third-party pharmacies;
  • Health insurance issuers and related entities; and
  • Health care industry staffing and related entities.

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August 16, 2017

Need OSHA Action on Ammonium Nitrate and Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

August 16, 2017

Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L. Dodaro has urged Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in a letter. In the letter, dated June 27, 2017, Dodaro, the... Read More

August 15, 2017

Why the Chicago and Cook County Paid-Sick-Leave Ordinances May Apply to Your Organization

August 15, 2017

Paid-sick-leave ordinances (PSLOs) became effective in the City of Chicago and Cook County on July 1, 2017. The PSLOs require employers to grant paid sick leave to employees on terms more generous than what most employers have historically offered. (For example, see our article, Cook County, Illinois, Issues Final Paid Sick Leave... Read More

August 11, 2017

Federal Law Does Not Preempt Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Employment Discrimination Prohibition

August 11, 2017

Federal law does not preempt the Connecticut medical marijuana statute’s prohibition on employers’ firing or refusing to hire qualified medical marijuana patients, even if they test positive on an employment-related drug test, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has held. Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., LLC,... Read More

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