Health Care

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, pharmacy networks, 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.

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2003 Maryland Legislative Update: Part 1

Each year the Maryland Legislature enacts a number of laws which impact, in varying degrees, on the personal and business lives of people living in or doing business in the State of Maryland. The General Assembly adjourned on April 7, 2003, and the Session actively concluded when the Governor enacted legislation into State law during four separate signing ceremonies on April 8, April 22, May 13 and May 22, 2003.

2003 Health Care Legislative Update - Part 1: Highlights of the 2003 Legislative Session

The General Assembly adjourned on April 7, 2003 and the Session actively concluded when the Governor enacted legislation into State law during four separate signing ceremonies on April 8, April 22, May 13 and May 22. This year, as has been the case for the past several years, the Maryland Legislature was particularly active in the health care arena. The Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a substantial number of important health care laws.

2003 Health Care Legislative Update - Part 2: Highlights of the 2003 Legislative Session

Health Occupations – Maryland Optometry Act – Replacement Contact Lenses – Clarifications and Modifications (SB 387) (10/01/03) - Prohibits a person from knowingly selling or dispensing contact lenses or replacement contact lenses without a valid and unexpired prescription or replacement contact lens prescription. A person who violates any provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000.

2002 Maryland Legislative Update, Part 1

Each year the Maryland Legislature enacts a number of laws which impact in various degrees on the personal and business lives of people living in or doing business in the State of Maryland. The General Assembly adjourned on April 8, 2002, and the Session actively concluded when the Governor enacted legislation into State law during four separate signing ceremonies on April 9, April 25, May 6 and May 16.

Chambers Honors Whiteford in 11 Practice Areas

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2019 list of leading firms and business lawyers.

U.S. News Awards Top-Tier Rankings to 46 Whiteford Practices, Including 18 Nationally

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded the firm exemplary rankings for 2019.  Eighteen of the firm’s practices are ranked at the national level, including two practices with national Tier 1 rankings:  Litigation and Bankruptcy.  At the state level, an additional forty-six practices have been ranked in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and VA.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and 29 Lawyers Honored by Chambers and Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2017 list of leading firms and business lawyers. This year’s recognition includes a record 29 attorneys in 4 states, the District of Columbia and Afghanistan. 

Health Care and Elder Law Attorney Sigrid C. Haines Joins Whiteford

Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced today that prominent Maryland health care attorney Sigrid C. Haines has joined the firm as a partner in its Columbia and Baltimore offices. With decades of experience in health care and elder law, Ms. Haines is experienced representing hospitals, medical and health-related foundations, health care systems, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians and pharmacies.