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Healthcare

Our attorneys have long been devoted to serving the legal needs of healthcare clients. Our healthcare clients include public hospital districts, physicians and physician groups, dentists and dental groups, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. We provide advice, representation, and legal counsel to healthcare clients on regulatory matters, corporate governance and operational matters, transactions and real estate, and litigation.

Regulatory, transactional and litigation lawyers for the healthcare industry.

Regulatory, transactional and litigation lawyers for the healthcare industry.

Regulatory Compliance

We provide counsel to healthcare clients on a wide variety of regulatory matters such as:

  • Compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations, including physician self-referral (Stark) and anti-kickback regulations
  • Open Public Records and FOIA requests
  • EMTALA and HIPAA regulations
  • Physician and healthcare credentialing

In addition to providing counsel, we represent healthcare clients in administrative and regulatory proceedings and, if necessary, in court.

Corporate Governance, Employment, and Operational Matters

We provide healthcare clients with advice on corporate governance and, at their request, on legal issues arising in director and shareholder meetings.

In addition to regulatory matters advice, we also advise boards and senior management on a wide range of operational matters including:

  • Employment issues, including hiring, suspension, retention, and termination
  • Human resource issues, including employment policy and procedure development

Physician Privilege Issues

Operational legal matters, such as medical equipment leasing and license arrangements

Transactional and Real Estate Representation

Our various practice groups provide healthcare clients with transactional representation for matters such as real estate acquisition, financing, capital equipment purchases, business acquisitions and divestitures, construction, and land matters. With a broad understanding of the operations of our healthcare clients, we are able to provide strong transactional representation to advance their business objectives.

Hospital Representation – Providing a Full Range of Legal Services to Hospitals and Healthcare Systems

The legal needs of hospitals are often complex, as administrators must simultaneously focus on patient care, regulatory compliance, employment, a wide-range of general corporate matters, and litigation. We represent hospitals and health systems in these and other matters.

Hospital Corporate and Board Matters

We serve as general outside counsel to hospital and health systems clients. In this capacity, in addition to providing counsel at board and shareholder meetings, we provide counsel and legal strategy for a number of significant matters that may arise, such as ensuring compliance with state and federal laws that impact hospital operations (such as anti-fraud regulations, HIPAA, and other matters) and other legal operational matters that may arise, such as real estate transactions.

We also assist in providing employment counsel on sensitive matters affecting hospital executives and staff, including matters concerning employment policy development and compliance with the same in connection with specific matters and threatened litigation.

Audits

Hospitals are frequently subjected to audits.  When these occur, we can advise hospitals in connection with the audit as well as compliance issues.  In some instances, an audit may lead to a more in-depth investigation, requiring more vigorous representation.  We are available to represent clients in these matters, as well as any administrative hearing or other matters that may arise.

Regulatory Compliance

Hospitals are subject to a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment, consisting of both state and federal regulations.  As hospital attorneys serving Bellevue, Seattle, and the surrounding communities, we advise hospital clients on compliance with existing laws, as well as offering proactive counsel concerning proposed and recently adopted regulations.  We work closely with hospital compliance to advise on what types of changes and reporting may be required with respect to such regulations.

Healthcare Litigation

Healthcare clients are sometimes involved in litigation, ranging from contractual disputes, construction disputes, employment claims and regulatory proceedings. Our litigation team has successful represented healthcare clients in all of these matters.

Practice Team Leaders – David A. Alskog and Kevin B. Hansen

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