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We are the “go-to” lawyers for those providing, or paying for, health care services.

Gordon Feinblatt has long been recognized as a leader in providing legal advice to Maryland's health care community. The lawyers on our Health Care Team serve as counsel to institutions (hospitals, nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, managed care companies, HMOs and insurers), individual practitioners (physicians, dentists, and professional associations) and manufacturers of medical equipment and supplies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Besides providing cutting edge advice on health care regulatory matters, we are Maryland's transactional health care firm of choice.  Health care professionals look to Gordon Feinblatt for advice regarding business organization and contracting, including non-compete agreements, practice management and administration, employment and employee benefit issues, real estate acquisition, changes of ownership, tax structuring and financing strategies.  Physicians look to us for individualized guidance and legal counsel regarding practice succession and trusts and estates planning.  

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Members of the Health Care Team have long-established relationships with, and the respect of, government officials and members of governmental commissions, including Maryland’s Board of Physicians, Health Care Commission and Health Services Cost Review Commission.  These relationships give us a unique opportunity to represent our clients before State and local decision makers on a meaningful level.  We have a long-standing reputation for credibility and success regarding the advocacy of complex health care related issues.

Attorneys in Health Care Team are active members in numerous health care organizations including the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Health Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

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Pictured: Barry Rosen, Chair, Health Care

"Years ago we were searching for a firm with both healthcare & corporate expertise which led us to a long relationship with Gordon Feinblatt. Little did we know what an excellent choice we had made." —Dr. Richard C. Edlow

Our Health Care Team is actively involved in matters that include:

  • Acquisition of real estate for hospitals, offices and ambulatory surgery centers
  • Billing
  • Certificates of Need (CON)
  • Corporate organizations and reorganizations
  • Disputes and litigation
  • Electronic record keeping and technology
  • Fraud and abuse
  • Hospital rate setting by Maryland s Health Services Cost Review Commission
  • Joint ventures
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Non-compete provisions
  • Physician compensation
  • Population health
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Relative Value Units
  • Shared savings
  • Tax planning and structuring
  • Third-party reimbursement

Regulatory Compliance

We advise health care providers concerning all aspects of regulatory compliance with federal and state law applicable to billing, referrals, licensing, PHI, opioids, population health, physician compensation, fraud and abuse, antitrust, tax, securities laws, environmental laws, intellectual property, employee benefits and labor relations.  Our Health Care Team is focused on staying ahead of changes in the industry, and keeping our clients up-to-date with the laws that impact them.  We publish a quarterly newsletter, Mid-Atlantic Health Care TOPICS, that provides timely legal analysis and news for the health care sector. 

Employment

Attorneys on our Team have participated in the structuring and memorializing of thousands of physician employment agreements.  We have a depth of knowledge in regard to bonuses, benefits, wRVUs, malpractice tails, equity participation, Population Health, shared savings, termination provisions and non-competes.  We are an experienced resource for the options that are available, and the best ways to implement them.

Corporate & Transactional

We are “Maryland’s transactional health care firm of choice”.  While some law firms give regulatory advice, and others document business transactions, we do both.  We are transactional lawyers steeped in the knowledge of health care regulation.  Our Health Care Team assists health care providers in connection with acquisitions, mergers, changes of ownership, conversions, joint venture agreements, operating agreements, management contracts, buy/sell agreements, shareholders agreements, stock option plans, participation agreements, financings, leases, licensing agreements and corporate compliance. 

Joint Ventures

We are especially adept at providing advice in regard to groups of independent providers coming together in a joint pursuit, such as the creation of independent practice associations, ambulatory surgery centers, ACOs or Medicare Advantage plans.  Besides knowledge of applicable regulations and transactional skills, bringing joint ventures to fruition involves giving practical, reasonable and credible advice, which is a key attribute of our Health Care Team.

Litigation

Unfortunately, not all matters can be resolved at a conference table.  Some health care matters require initiation or defense of litigation, or initiating or responding to governmental inquiries.  Members of our Health Care Team represent health care providers and health care insurers in suits and inquiries involving federal and state agencies and licensing boards or private parties, as well as in alternate dispute proceedings.  These disputes range from billing and licensing issues to non-competes and CON proceedings.

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Here are some basic rules to remember in regard to relationships between doctors and health care entities who refer to each other:

  1. Health care tenants should pay health care landlords fair market rates when the landlord refers to the tenant.
  2. Doctor bonuses should not vary with the value or volume of the tests they order.
  3. Surgeon owners of surgery centers should not receive dividends based on how much they use the center.

For more information or to discuss these issues further, please contact Barry Rosen or Leslie Cumber

The information contained herein is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion and should not be acted upon without consulting an attorney.

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