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Law has its own unique language. So does health care. At Eastman & Smith, we are fluent in both, with a large and expanding health law practice that includes representation of many single and multi-specialty medical practices, hospitals, behavioral health practices, alternative health care delivery organizations and outpatient surgery centers. The Health Care Practice Group is dedicated to providing sophisticated and cost-effective legal advice and strategic planning to health care providers. Our practice group represents two of the largest multi-specialty group practices in Northwest Ohio.

More than simply providing legal counsel, we get involved in all legal facets of our health care clients' practices. Whether it is forming new groups, hiring new associates, admitting new shareholders, reviewing contracts with third-party payers or providing compliance advice, we work closely with the group and its accountants. We continuously strive to expand our areas of expertise to meet the evolving needs of our clients in this increasingly-complex health care industry.

We also provide advice and direction in connection with complex laws which affect medical professionals such as Stark and Anti-Kickback laws. Coupled with professionals focusing their practices in related areas such as business, professional liability, real estate and white collar crime, we are able to address the legal needs of today's health care facilities and providers in a comprehensive manner.

Our services include:

  • Anti-Kickback, Stark and fraud and abuse analysis
  • Entity selection, formation and corporate governance
  • Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) compliance
  • Financing transactions
  • Hospital guaranties
  • Income arrangements
  • Health Information Technology and health information exchange
  • HIPAA and other health privacy and security laws
  • Investment in health care entities
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensure and accreditation and provider enrollment
  • Major equipment and information technology purchases, including Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Management, clinical co-management and other contractual arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Payer contracting
  • Peer review/fair hearing proceedings
  • Physician employment and consulting agreements
  • Physician practice acquisition
  • Physician recruitment
  • Shared facility arrangements

We invite you to contact one of our attorneys to see how we may assist you.

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