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Changes in federal policy, an increasingly complicated regulatory scheme and a trend toward consolidation have contributed to a turbulent and complex health care environment. Connell Foley's Health Care Practice Group offers critical experience and industry knowledge to help clients navigate a broad array of challenges and opportunities.

Our team represents a broad cross-section of health care clients, from individual physician practitioners and large practice groups to health and hospital systems, including long-term care facilities and nursing homes, as well as ambulatory, surgical and imaging centers. Our lawyers are well-versed not only in health care law, but also in corporate, real estate, land use and employment matters. With this breadth of experience, we often serve as outside general counsel to our clients, advising on legal issues ranging from entity formation and corporate governance to the negotiation of buy-sell agreements, operating agreements and shareholder agreements. We also handle drafting, review and negotiation of related commercial agreements such as real estate leases, employment contracts, non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants.

Our Health Care group has extensive experience with corporate transactions involving health care practitioners, especially financing and credit facilities, mergers and acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures. When disagreements emerge, we provide key counsel on contract and business disputes and oversee administrative and civil litigation, including professional liability claims and employment-related disputes.

Health care clients face myriad federal and state regulations, and our team regularly advises on adherence to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. We also have a thorough knowledge of the intricacies of fraud and abuse statutes and regulations — including anti-kickback and anti-referral statutes — and work closely with clients on the implementation and development of essential compliance programs.

In addition, members of our group assist with credentialing, privileges and peer review, and represent medical providers before professional review boards. We also counsel practitioners on related issues involving patient treatment concerns as well as consent requirements and policy guidelines.

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