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Health Care

The health care industry faces a challenging business and legal environment: clinical and technological changes, complex and highly punitive regulatory regimes, reduced margins and shifting market forces.

We understand your business and the hurdles you face, and are equipped to help you succeed. Our team of health care lawyers ranks among the best in the industry. We have the tools to handle the most complex and substantial engagements and provide customized service tailored to our clients’ particular objectives, needs and budgets.

Dedicated industry team
Both as a firm and as a practice group we have made a commitment to serving the health care industry. Those of us in the health care practice group devote nearly all of our time to industry-specific matters. Our depth and breadth allow us to develop niche practices within the field that serve needs unique to the health care market. We also understand the business issues and keep abreast of the regulatory developments that affect the industry trends, changes in the delivery of patient care and the compliance landscape. This enables us to better understand the issues our clients face and how we can assist. We work as a unified team, matching the attorney with the niche expertise that best addresses our clients’ needs.

Broad industry scope
From offices in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., we primarily serve health care providers and entities doing business with providers. A significant portion of our work is for hospitals, but we also represent academic medical centers, physician practices and a wide range of joint ventures. Our clients also include:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Device manufacturers
  • Pharmacy providers
  • Imaging centers
  • Surgery centers
  • Cancer centers

We frequently work with groups of entrepreneurial doctors and other health care providers, such as ancillary health care service providers, home health and durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies and laboratories. We also represent medical research institutes, clinical research organizations, management services organizations and companies forming and syndicating joint ventures among providers. The broad scope of our health care practice enhances our ability to work creatively with our clients and provides us with tremendous perspective.

Full range of services
We provide our clients with comprehensive regulatory and transactional services, along with real estate, labor/employment, benefits, litigation, financing (including tax-exempt financing), bankruptcy and tax work. Most health care clients also face intense challenges in electronic health records and information management. Our health information technology (HIT) and HIPAA team is deeply involved in helping our clients take advantage of emerging technical opportunities and cope with the related obligations.

Read release on Virginia Mason's, our client's in-house counsel
Read about our Health Care Provider's Guide
New HIPAA Audit resources now available
watch video on Lisa Hayward and health care reform on Vimeo
Health Care Reform what you need to Know
download the business associate contract