Whiteford, Taylor & Preston's Health Care Law group advises health care entities (including managed care companies, hospitals, medical groups, e-health companies, insurance companies, pharmacy benefit managers, vision centers, practice management companies, ambulatory centers and other facilities) with respect to legal issues specific to the health care industry. Our Health Care Law Group draws upon the diverse talents of attorneys firm-wide with experience in virtually every aspect of legal practice.
The Health Care Law Group provides counsel on all aspects of health law ranging from fraud and abuse and corporate practice of medicine to government regulation and privacy. We counsel clients on HIPAA compliance as well as federal and state laws regulating managed care, Medicare and Medicaid. The Group also counsels and represents clients on matters related to compliance with anti-kickback statutes, self-referral legislation (the "Stark Law") and defending against False Claims Act actions. Our attorneys advise health care clients with respect to antitrust issues inherent in such matters as preferred provider organizations, joint venture arrangements and mergers and acquisitions.
In addition, the Health Care Law Group provides guidance to insurance carriers and employers on health benefit plans. Our health care attorneys work closely with our Employee Benefits practice group to assist in the design of managed care mechanisms for employers and negotiations with direct contracting providers. Attorneys in the Health Care Law Group routinely advise with respect to the laws relating to tax-exempt organizations and represent both tax-exempt organizations and for profit health care business in all types of business transactions, including, without limitation, joint ventures, mergers, corporate reorganizations, sales of business assets, stock or membership interests and numerous other types of transactions relating to or arising from the integrated delivery systems used to deliver health care services to the public.
Health Care Litigation
Our Healthcare Litigation attorneys provide a wide array of litigation and consultative services to hospitals, physicians, dentists, HMOs, physician practice groups, nurses, mental health counselors, and nursing homes. These attorneys have defended practitioners, hospitals and health care groups in lawsuits before the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Office and the federal and state trial courts throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. The cases we are able to handle involve all health care specialties, including obstetrics and gynecology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant surgery, psychiatry, ophthalmology, oncology, radiology, urology, pathology, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, nursing, geriatric care, and physical therapy.
In addition, we provide risk management counseling services to clients. These services include lectures, mock trials, and other presentations to insurance carriers and individual insureds as well as to hospital risk managers and departments and hospital medical staffs.
Our attorneys also represent physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in credentialing disputes and investigations and disciplinary actions before specialty boards. Our attorneys often are asked to assist physician groups and hospitals in formulating policies regarding retention and disclosure of medical records and other office practices that affect the potential risk/liability of the provider.