Over the past few years, healthcare has managed to surpass financial services and nuclear power in terms of being the most highly regulated industry. There is a complex, evolving number of federal, state, and local regulations healthcare providers must know and understand. For those who do not truly understand this complicated landscape, it is important to work with an experienced healthcare attorney to avoid costly mistakes. A good healthcare attorney can make a world of difference when it comes to the world of complex regulations – from helping create company policies to drafting contracts to providing helpful advice and everything in between. If a healthcare provider experiences a violation of some sort, a healthcare attorney can help with investigation and litigation.
What should healthcare providers expect when working with a healthcare attorney?
Healthcare providers can expect their healthcare attorney to guide them through complex regulations and help them avoid complications in the future. Breedlove Law Firm, located in Bossier City, LA, understands state and federal statutory/administrative laws and regulations inside and out. They have worked with many healthcare providers, including pharmacies, therapists, nursing homes, hospitals, and more to:
- Draft internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations.
- Negotiate contracts, including staff agreements, partnership contracts, etc.
- Protect against civil exposure and criminal liability.
For those looking for a healthcare attorney, it is important to look for experience in specific areas of compliance.
What kind of experience should healthcare providers look for while searching for a healthcare attorney?
Healthcare providers should pay close attention to the federal, state, and local regulations any potential healthcare attorneys they hire claim to understand. It is important to make sure the healthcare attorney chosen knows the regulations that apply. Breedlove Law Firm, for instance, understands a range of regulations:
- The Federal Physician Self-Referral Prohibition (The Stark Law)
- The Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
- The False Claim Act
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- The Health Information Technology for Economic Clinical Health Act (HITECH)
They are also familiar with a myriad of rules and regulations established by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). This type of experience is absolutely vital for healthcare providers looking to avoid potential financial problems and/or sanctions. After all, healthcare law is unlike many other areas of law – it is more complex, and in many situations, a healthcare attorney needs to understand legal rules across many areas, such as:
- Malpractice liability
- Informed consent practices
- Corporate practice of medicine, kickbacks, etc.
- Healthcare practitioner licensing issues
- Medicare and private insurance contracts
- Alternative and/or complementary medicine
- Laws governing emerging therapies
- and more
About Breedlove Law Firm
Pamela Breedlove at Breedlove Law Firm has been licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Georgia since 1992. She represents critical access, acute care, and surgical hospitals, as well as various DME companies and physicians throughout North Louisiana. Her experience and understanding of complex healthcare law issues enables her to mediate disputes, disciplinary issues, and contract negotiations for healthcare professionals.
Company Name: BREEDLOVE LAW FIRM
Contact Person: Pamela Breedlove
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Address:216 Rolling Meadow Lane
City: Bossier City
Country: United States