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Health Care Law

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Agarunov Law Firm provides legal counsel to physicians, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and medical practices. We also provide counsel to imaging and dialysis centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home health agencies and hospices, and health-related businesses such as ambulance companies and medical equipment suppliers.

Health care is highly regulated and constantly evolving. Our attorneys stay up to date on healthcare law in order to help clients remain in compliance with myriad federal and state regulations.

Our extensive knowledge and experience with healthcare compliance issues enables us to help clients avoid costly legal problems before they arise. We assist our clients in developing compliance programs in order to minimize the risk of litigation, leaving them free to concentrate on delivering quality health care.

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience in all aspects of licensing and credentialing for personnel and facilities, applying for medical staff privileges, DEA audits and FDA investigations, and peer review. Our goal is to avoid reportable events; in the event a disciplinary matter does arise, we promptly respond to and work to resolve the issue to help minimize adverse effects to the provider while the matter is being handled.

Agarunov Law Firm is experienced in the following areas of healthcare law:

Business structure

Our lawyers have significant experience with the entity formation requirements that are unique to the field of health care. We will advise clients as to which business structure — corporation, partnership or limited liability company — best fits their needs, assist with business and regulatory issues, help create a business plan, and facilitate licensing and credentialing requirements.

We are experienced with the regulatory issues involved with the purchase and sale of facilities and practices. We will prepare a contract and negotiate leases for the buyer or the seller and help with the transition of staff and patients.

Employment agreements

Agarunov Law Firm will assist providers or facilities in the preparation of a medical director's agreement. We will make sure the contract is clear in regard to duties and responsibilities of the parties involved and how programs such as utilization management and quality assurance are to be handled, and that the contract complies with all legal requirements.

We can assist clients with a variety of other types of employment agreements, taking into consideration issues relating to scope of practice, qualifications of healthcare personnel, malpractice liability, patient confidentiality and federal and state healthcare laws. We will also help recruit and retain physicians and other healthcare personnel.

Our healthcare attorneys are experienced in representing and working with medical groups, Independent Physician Associations or Management Service Organizations that act on behalf of physicians. We will assist clients in the formation, purchase or dissolution of such groups and advise them on daily operations. We will establish management agreements and provide counsel on the intricacies of what MSOs are allowed to do. Our goal is to minimize the risk of violating bans on self-referral or fee splitting.

Reimbursement

We are experienced in all areas of the reimbursement process, including creating reimbursement policies and procedures. We will draft, review and negotiate managed care contracts and advise the client how to void or terminate a contract. If necessary, we will represent healthcare providers who sue to obtain payment and defend providers against claims of overpayment.

Litigation

Because litigation can be costly and time consuming, our first recourse is negotiation or arbitration. When it is in the best interest of our client, we will negotiate favorable settlements with regulatory agencies or other parties involved.

If legal action is necessary, our skilled trial lawyers will represent healthcare providers involved in reimbursement litigation, medical staff privilege disputes, allegations of fraud and abuse, business or breach of contract disputes, and allegations of ordering or performing unnecessary procedures. We will also appeal administrative actions of the state medical boards of New York and New Jersey and other federal and state agencies if it is in the best interest of our client.

Compliance issues

The attorneys at Agarunov Law Firm have significant experience in compliance issues relating to healthcare providers and facilities. We believe an effective compliance plan helps protect our clients from the risk of audit or litigation. We also believe that having Agarunov Law Firm create the compliance plan puts us in a better position to defend our clients in the event legal action does occur. Compliance issues include:

  • Licensing and operational requirements
  • EHR (electronic health records) as it relates to meeting meaningful use criteria and patient confidentiality
  • HIPPA (Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act) as it relates to electronic health records, telemedicine and personnel covered
  • Clinical research as it relates to drafting consents and other documentation necessary for the clinical trial, compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies and obtaining Institutional Review Board approval
  • FDA (Federal Drug Administration) as it relates to mammography and dialysis centers and purchase and use of medication
If you have additional questions or require assistance as it relates to your practice or  health related business please call our office at (212) 920-5989 or email contact@agarunovlaw.com.