Healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the nation, and violations of healthcare laws can lead to operational disruptions, heavy penalties, and damage to the reputation of a provider. To avoid these negative outcomes, Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group works closely with our clients in the complex and dynamic environment of regulatory matters to preempt major issues and take the necessary steps to remain in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
Bradley’s extensive experience throughout the entire healthcare industry helps us guide our clients in regulatory matters related to all aspects of their operations. Our work includes structuring and documenting transactions and arrangements with physicians and other healthcare providers to comply with the federal Stark and anti-kickback statutes, state self-referral and anti-kickback laws, and other legal requirements. Our attorneys also routinely advise clients on billing and payment issues arising under Medicare and other government payment programs. Among the clients that rely on us for compliance work are acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, imaging centers, nursing homes, physician practices, and other healthcare organizations.
In the event that compliance issues are identified, whether internally by a provider or externally by a civil or criminal investigation, we help scrutinize the matter and resolve any problems with efficiency and integrity. Our multidisciplinary legal team of regulatory professionals and seasoned litigators works with clients to conduct internal investigations to discover whether a violation has occurred. In the event of noncompliance, we help determine whether self-disclosure and repayment are required, and negotiate settlements with government agencies. In addition, Bradley has a strong track record of defending clients against civil and criminal government investigations.
Whether in response to external inquiries or driven proactively by our clients, Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group works closely with our clients to design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of compliance programs. In structuring, modifying, and assessing compliance programs, our team takes a practical approach that draws on our extensive experience with real-world transactional and operational issues.