Healthcare

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Bowditch & Dewey provides both for-profit and tax-exempt healthcare providers and organizations with a broad range of services in an effective and practical manner. Our healthcare attorneys have been in-house counsel at integrated delivery systems that include hospitals, long-term care facilities and affiliated medical practices, so they understand the need for sound, prompt and practical legal advice across a wide range of provider types.

Some representative issues our attorneys have handled for healthcare clients include:

  • Medicare/Medicaid participation, enrollment and reimbursement
  • Employment, joint venture, ancillary services and other agreements
  • Anti-kickback and self-referral counseling and transaction structuring
  • Medical office construction, zoning, leasing and related matters
  • Compliance program development and internal investigations
  • Protection of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets
  • Physician discipline/licensure/peer review representation
  • Health information privacy and security issues
  • Risk management and dispute resolution processes
  • Affiliations, acquisitions, mergers and consolidations of institutional providers
  • Bond financing for exempt health care institutions
  • Executive compensation and employee benefits
  • Ambulatory surgery and imaging center formation and operations
  • Physician recruitment arrangements
  • Third party payor coverage and reimbursement disputes

Our clients include physician and dental groups, acute and specialty hospitals and integrated healthcare systems, long term care facilities, ancillary services providers, medical device manufacturers, human services agencies, community health centers, home health agencies, assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities and medical professional societies. We have general counsel relationships with a number of clients and for these clients we are able to bring to bear in an integrated fashion the broad range of specialists practicing at Bowditch & Dewey.

Representative Experience:

  • Community health centers with leasing, zoning, permitting and property acquisition, corporate compliance and employment issues, including defense of discrimination claims and employment-related agreements
  • Community health centers with tax-exempt bond financing, recent projects include Family Health Center of Worcester, Mattapan Community Health Center, Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn Caring Health Center Springfield, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • A behavioral healthcare organization with zoning and permitting, construction litigation and employment advice, including defense of discrimination claims, employment authorization and employment-related agreements
  • A regional community hospital with strategies for hiring foreign physicians 
  • An acute, full-service, unaffiliated community hospital with ERISA, defense of discrimination claims, employment-related agreements and labor negotiations with the Massachusetts Nursing Association
  • A behavioral healthcare organization with ongoing employment authorizations and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board
  • A developmental disabilities service organization in defense of discrimination claims, personnel advice and employment-related agreements
  • A medical school with the development of their campus, including consultation on campus master plan and representation before the Planning Board
  • A medical school with property acquisition, disposition and leasing
  • A continuing care retirement community with labor and employment issues, real estate permitting, occupancy agreements, tax issues, corporate and regulatory advice
  • Hospitals with the termination of defined pension benefit plans and corrections to 40B and 401K retirement plans
  • Nursing home operators with the financing of nursing home facilities and an affordable housing project
  • Hospitals and community health centers with executive compensation agreements