Hospital and Medical Providers

Overview

The firm’s health care practice covers the representation of medical providers, hospitals, and physicians and their practices in a broad variety of legal, regulatory and litigation issues.

For over twenty years the firm has served as counsel for one of the oldest medical schools in the country and the region’s only academic medical center. The representation has included corporate organization and governance, finance, transactional matters and litigation.

The firm is also Georgia counsel for numerous other medical providers. Our lawyers handle all aspects of health care practices, including formation, licensing, accreditation and reporting requirements, regulatory compliance, privacy-related matters (HIPAA), fraud and abuse investigations (both civil and criminal), contract disputes with commercial payors, governance reviews and crisis management.

In addition, the firm also handles organization, corporate governance, and tax matters for non-profit health care organizations and foundations.  The firm handles real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, and leasing for hospitals, physician practice groups, and other health care organizations and foundations.

Importance of Hospital and Medical Provider Industry Law

Today’s medical providers sit squarely at the intersection of governmental regulation and patient care. The U.S. health care system is rapidly changing and becoming more complex, and so are the needs of every entity working within the system.

Representation and Achievements

Notable achievements by the firm in the area of health care representation include:

  • Represented MCG Health, Inc. in the privatization and reorganization of hospital and clinical services at the Medical College of Georgia in 2000 and 2010.
  • Filed the amicus brief that was adopted in the Court’s decision of Shekhawat v. Jones, 293 Ga. 468 (2013), establishing official immunity for physicians employed by the Board of Regents and providing services at the Medical College of Georgia.
  • Successfully defended through a Court of Appeals reversal an attempt to make class action claims regarding the filing of hospital liens under Georgia law.  MCG Health, Inc. v. Perry, 325 Ga. App. 833 (2014).
  • Successfully defended a hospital against harassment claims based on alleged conduct of a senior executive.  Jenkins v. MCG Health, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1370 (S. D. Ga. 2008).
  • One of the firm’s lawyers served for six years as the Chairman of the Board of one of Augusta’s major hospitals and several additional years on its Board of Directors and Foundation Board.
  • Two of the firm’s lawyers have a total of twenty years as General Counsel for the same hospital.  In that position, the firm directly handled all professional malpractice claims, workers compensation claims, employment law issues, contracts, new construction, Certificates of Need (CON) Applications, and litigation.  The firm also has been involved in contested credentialing issues and a very wide spectrum of bond issues, other financings and general corporate work.
  • The firm has handled negotiations and contracting work for potential mergers, insurance contracts, negotiations with IPOs and third party payers in a wide variety of other circumstances.
  • The firm also has represented as General Counsel one of the largest physician organizations in the state and has been lead or sole counsel in a significant number of legal issues, litigation, insurance, and regulatory matters over the years.
  • Members of the firm have represented physicians in negotiating employment contracts with hospitals and practices, represented medical practices in negotiating employment contracts with physicians, negotiated physician recruitment contracts, and negotiated sales of medical practices and businesses.