Timely, practical and accurate legal advice is essential in the highly regulated health care field. The Health Care Providers Practice Group at Miller Johnson understands the diverse and sometimes contradictory legal requirements imposed on health care providers.

This practice group focuses on representing physicians and other providers of medical services, including dentists, emergency medical (ambulance) service companies, nursing homes, homes for the aged, adult foster care facilities, child welfare organizations and mental health care professionals (clinicians, psychologists, social workers) . We use our experience to proactively identify relevant legal issues and craft innovative business solutions. Our attorneys are alert to the changes in the business, regulatory and enforcement environment which may present risks or opportunities for our clients.  As a result, our representation of health care providers over the years has multiplied significantly to cover physician and other groups and agencies of all sizes, practicing in a broad range of specialties.

We work with our health provider clients in connection with a wide range of issues including the following:

  • Group practice matters such as formation, regulation (including Stark and Anti-kickback compliance), ownership, governance, mergers and acquisitions, ancillary services, medical records, HIPAA and Corporate Compliance Programs
  • Relationships with hospitals such as service agreements, physician recruitment arrangements, credentialing, peer review, medical staff administrative hearings, hospital practice management and support organizations
  • Employment matters including employment contracting, employment litigation, occupational safety and health compliance, civil rights complaint representation, wage and hour rules compliance
  • Retirement and welfare plans including defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, cash balance and cross-tested plans, deferred compensation plans, flexible benefit plans and medical reimbursement arrangements
  • Tax consulting for groups and individuals
  • State law compliance: licensing issues, CON applications, Michigan Self-referral Act, Michigan Mental Health Code
  • Relationships with payors such as participation agreements, credentialing, dispute and grievance hearings (including proceedings dismissal from panel proceedings)
  • Non-compete counseling and litigation
  • Other Stark, Anti-kickback and Private Inurement compliance including exceptions and safe harbors, corporate compliance programs, enforcement, physician referral restrictions, physician recruiting, practice acquisition and physician joint ventures