Cozen O’Connor’s Health Law Practice Group works exclusively with health industry clients and offers a diverse, full-service health law practice. We counsel clients on some of the health care industry’s most complex legal issues, and draw on a wide breadth of experience gained at Cozen O’Connor and in former prominent positions. The chair of the group is an industry-leading litigation attorney who previously served as deputy chief counsel to the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in Washington, D.C. Other attorneys in the group include a former trial attorney in the Civil Frauds Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and chief compliance officer for a state mental health agency, a psychologist, and a pharmacist. The group is well-rounded and prepared to meet any health law need.

The Health Law Practice Group regularly represents clients in significant lawsuits, arbitrations, and transactions. We also advise clients in contracting matters and regarding federal and state regulatory compliance, and state licensure and credentialing matters. We have experience in tax, corporate and business law, health care mergers and affiliations, and health care joint ventures. Additionally, we frequently help clients navigate the intricacies of federal and state privacy law.

Because Cozen O’Connor is a full-service law firm, our health law attorneys can call upon other lawyers in the firm, particularly our business law, business litigation, and labor and employment colleagues, for consultation and advice in other critical areas, including securities, litigation, and tax matters. These interdisciplinary teams enable us to provide our health care clients with comprehensive legal services.

 Specific areas of experience include:

• Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings of hospitals and other health care organizations

• Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party reimbursement issues

• PRRB appeals and ALJ proceedings

• Fraud and abuse and Federal False Claims Act issues

• Compliance program development and related advice

• Structuring and negotiating risk and reward sharing and other contractual arrangements with managed care organizations and other third-party payors and plan administrators

• Developing integrated delivery systems

• Litigation and arbitration of disputes involving third-party payors

• Matters concerning certification of health care providers

• Structuring and organizing relationships between hospitals and medical staff

• Joint ventures for health care organizations

• Physician practice group formation and operation

• Development of physician practice management organizations

• Identification and resolution of antitrust and nonprofit tax issues

• Licensure issues

• Long term care survey and certification/False Claims Act representation

• Taxable and tax-exempt financing for assisted living facilities, hospitals and nursing homes

• Health care bankruptcy issues

• Executive and board-level counseling on fiduciary duty issues

• Section 501(c)(3) issues

• Privacy, confidentiality and other HIPAA-related compliance issues