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Many of the leading health care providers and institutions in Oklahoma rely on McAfee & Taft for legal representation. We have served healthcare industry clients for over 50 years, and we maintain the largest and most prestigious health law practice group in Oklahoma.

McAfee & Taft is the law firm of choice in Oklahoma for major hospital and health systems, as well as local healthcare providers, professionals, and institutions. We have been recognized for excellence in representation of healthcare clients in transactional, corporate, regulatory, tax, and litigation matters. Our healthcare lawyers are timely, responsive, accessible, efficient, and committed.

Our healthcare lawyers provide guidance to healthcare industry businesses and professionals in all aspects of their operations and transactions. Many of our healthcare lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in AmericaOklahoma Super Lawyers and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for their expertise in healthcare, corporate and commercial transactions, business and strategic planning, tax, litigation, and other areas. Our lawyers have broad-based experience that enables them to create innovative and workable solutions to our clients’ situations.

McAfee & Taft represents hospitals, health systems, physicians, physician groups, and other healthcare providers and institutions throughout Oklahoma and surrounding areas and has taken a leadership role in providing creative strategies and innovative approaches for healthcare clients. A number of lawyers in the firm provide representation to healthcare industry clients in a variety of contexts. Our hospital clients include charitable, religious-sponsored, governmental hospitals, and critical access hospitals, as well as physician-owned hospitals, academic medical centers, and investor-owned hospitals. Our physician clients include single-specialty and multi-specialty physician groups, nonprofit physician organizations, academic physicians, research scientists, and physician networks. Other healthcare industry clients include long-term care facilities, retirement communities, health-related trade associations, medical research organizations, health-related foundations, life sciences organizations, biotech and medical technology businesses, biotech organizations, physician-sponsored health plans, third-party administrators, home health agencies, imaging centers, physical therapy centers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, durable medical equipment suppliers, and other healthcare providers and suppliers.

Healthcare industry clients count on our lawyers to assist them in finding practical solutions to the challenges they face. We are regularly recognized by clients for our capabilities and assistance in achieving their business goals, making sure that transactions are successfully negotiated and completed, assessing and minimizing risks, protecting their interests, offering solutions, resolving controversies, and succeeding in litigation.

McAfee & Taft has extensive experience and expertise in the industry’s unique regulatory environment, as well as the corporate, tax, antitrust, securities, employment, dispute resolution, and general business ramifications of our clients’ operations. Our lawyers have considerable experience in assisting hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare clients with facilities development, joint venture arrangements, investment and ownership arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, corporate affiliations, hospital-physician integration strategies, and medical practice consolidations. Facilities development projects have included development and expansion of hospitals and clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, cancer treatment facilities, sleep labs, physical therapy centers, pharmacies, research facilities, biotech facilities, and other developments.

Our multi-disciplinary group of lawyers are highly experienced in assisting clients in matters involving licensure and regulatory matters, certification and accreditation, physician employment, physician and executive compensation, financial arrangements with physicians, Stark law physician self-referral and Medicare anti-kickback issues, and referral relationships. We regularly advise clients in matters relating to governing board responsibilities and policies. Our lawyers provide guidance, direction and legal representation in bond financing, tax-exempt status matters, employee benefits issues, physician and executive compensation, labor and employment issues, regulatory compliance, reimbursement, payer and health plan contracting, network development, medical records, HIPAA, EMTALA, and antitrust. Our integrated group of transactional and trial lawyers also bring the comprehensive breath and depth of practice of McAfee & Taft to clients in healthcare investigations, including investigations and legal proceedings involving the OIG, FBI, DEA, and other government enforcement agencies.

We work with numerous hospitals in matters involving physician and medical staff relationships, including development of medical staff bylaws, fair hearing plans, credentialing plans, and medical staff policies, as well as representation in medical staff hearings. The firm has worked with clients on numerous transactions involving healthcare organizations, as well as linkages between healthcare organizations and other organizations, such as universities, research organizations, and health-related foundations.

Because of our knowledge of industry participants and trends, clients often turn to us for strategic planning. We bring a refreshing perspective to our clients and help them to adapt to meet continually changing legal, financial, operational, and regulatory challenges. McAfee & Taft is well positioned to leverage industry experience for the benefit of clients. We have taken the lead on behalf of clients in creating innovative arrangements that meet the goals of all the parties involved when more traditional approaches may not be available.

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Michael K. Avery
Shareholder
(405) 270-6012
J. Craig Buchan
Shareholder
(918) 574-3049
Brandon L. Buchanan
Shareholder
(405) 552-2307
Jeremiah L. Buettner
Shareholder
(405) 552-2241
Jennifer H. Callahan
Shareholder, Director, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2225
Steven P. Cole
Shareholder
(405) 552-2230
Robert W. Dace
Shareholder
(405) 552-2268
Elizabeth L. Dalton
Shareholder, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2217
Jodi W. Dishman
Shareholder
(405) 552-2314
Bradley K. Donnell
Shareholder
(405) 552-2308
Bill G. Freudenrich
Shareholder
(918) 574-3013
S. Gregory Frogge
Shareholder
(405) 552-2283
Frank D. Hill
Shareholder
(405) 552-2259
Gerald L. Hilsher
Of Counsel
(918) 574-3036
Michael E. Joseph
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 235-9621
Michael F. Lauderdale
Shareholder, Managing Director
(405) 552-2257
Joe C. Lewallen, Jr.
Shareholder, Director
(405) 552-2370
Brandon P. Long
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2328
H. Cole Marshall
Shareholder
(405) 552-2379
Jason A. McVicker
Associate
(918) 574-3067
M. Richard Mullins
Shareholder, General Counsel
(405) 552-2263
Hayley Blair Myers
Associate
(918) 574-3062
Richard D. Nix
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
(405) 552-2219
Terra Lord Parten
Shareholder
(405) 552-2324
Dru A. Prosser
Associate
(918) 574-3056
Melissa Revell
Associate
(918) 574-3017
Alex C. Riley
Associate
(417) 409-6093
Reid E. Robison
Of Counsel
(405) 235-9621
Patricia A. Rogers
Shareholder
(405) 235-9621
Christopher M. Scaperlanda
Shareholder
(405) 552-2356
Ronald T. Shinn Jr.
Shareholder
(405) 552-2323
Hannah Cline Shoss
Associate
(405) 270-6086
Joshua D. Smith
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2301
Mark D. Spencer
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2368
Timothy L. Spencer
Associate
(918) 574-3042
Collen L. Steffen
Associate
(405) 552-2348
N. Martin Stringer
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2284
Jeff L. Todd
Shareholder, Industry Group Leader
(405) 552-2269
Nathan L. Whatley
Shareholder
(405) 552-2365
Elizabeth Scott Wood
Of Counsel
(405) 552-2270
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Articles

Opioid prescribing requirements to change in Oklahoma on November 1

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |
Healthcare files - Medicare fraud and abuse

Identifying Medicare fraud and abuse

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

Selecting EHR Vendors: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |
informed consent

The non-existent corporate practice of medicine prohibition in Oklahoma

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

New OkPOLST form designed to improve end-of-life and crisis care

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Alert |

Healthcare Records Held Hostage: When ransomware attacks

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

CMS Audit Practices: How false can you get?

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

Supreme Court ruling potentially expands false claims liability for healthcare providers

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Alert |

Oklahoma Supreme Court broadens scope of state’s informed consent law

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

Expansion of HIPAA audit program now underway

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

OIG rules hospital’s offer of free transportation, lodging doesn’t violate anti-kickback statute

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Alert |

Stark: A stagnant law for an evolving industry

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Commentary |

Payment is due at the time services are rendered

McAfee & Taft Business & Legal Update |

The skinny on narrow networks

Mcafee & Taft Business & Legal Update |

Oklahoma lawmakers ease practice requirements for physician assistants

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

OIG issues additional guidance to healthcare boards regarding compliance efforts and oversight

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

Physicians as whistleblowers

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Update |

Tenth Circuit affirms federal preemption of state law tort claims for medical devices

McAfee & Taft Litigation Update |

New state law allows access to investigational drugs

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Alert |

What Oklahoma’s amended Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act means for prescribing medical providers

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Alert |

Hospital-Physician Alignment

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Update |

New state law mandates education about end‑of‑life treatment

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Update |

Who does your malpractice attorney represent?

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Update |

Oklahoma Legislature significantly expands peer review privilege

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Update |

Are your HIPAA ducks in a row?

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Legal Update |

Brace for Medicaid data mining and recoupment demands

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

Government targets ‘risky business’ with free HIPAA assessment tool

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

CMS authorizes contractors to deny ‘related’ claims of physicians who are not undergoing review

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

New Oklahoma security law requires fingerprint‑based background checks on certain healthcare employees

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

Norman Physician Hospital Organization — Factors Supporting Clinical Integration

Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter |

HIPAA — Countdown to New Regulations

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

OIG rejects management arrangement that carves out federal healthcare program patients

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

Court rules employers who provide services to federal government employees subject to federal contracting regulations

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

New HIPAA regulations: Begin your compliance review now

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

Department of Labor, plaintiffs’ attorneys targeting healthcare industry for FLSA enforcement

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

OIG advisory opinion describes suspect ‘under arrangements’ transactions

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert |

CMS Issues Final Anti-Markup Rule for Diagnostic Tests

Healthcare Law Alert |
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At The Podium

Healthcare Year in Review

Annual Checkup: Healthcare Industry Seminar 2019
Oklahoma City, OK | May 8, 2019

Avoiding Contract “Gotchas”

Annual Checkup: Healthcare Industry Seminar 2019
Oklahoma City, OK | May 8, 2019

Enforceability of Non-Competes and Non-Solicitation Agreements

Annual Checkup: Healthcare Industry Seminar 2019
Oklahoma City, OK | May 8, 2019

Challenges in Telehealth

Annual Checkup: Healthcare Industry Seminar 2019
Oklahoma City | May 8, 2019

Healthcare Fraud Enforcement: Tips and Trends

Annual Checkup: Healthcare Industry Seminar 2019
Oklahoma City, OK | May 8, 2019

Physician Extender: Practice optimizer, risk enhancers, or both?

Healthcare Headlines Seminar
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Physician Extender: Practice optimizer, risk enhancers, or both?

Healthcare Headlines Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

Responding to Civil and Criminal Investigations

Developments in Rural Health Care that Every Practitioner Needs to Know CLE Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | October 19, 2017

The Heat is (Still) On: Fraud abuse compliance and enforcement

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Webinar
Online | May 10, 2017

OIG’s Prescription for Effective Governance

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Webinar
Online | May 10, 2017

Cybersecurity: Ransomware attacks in the Healthcare Sector

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Webinar
Online | May 10, 2017

The Heat is (Still) On: Fraud and abuse compliance and enforcement

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

OIG’s Prescription for Effective Governance

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Keep Calm and Train On: HIPAA training made easy

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Sector

What’s Hot in Healthcare 2017 Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Oklahoma UPL Nursing Home Program: Play your cards right

Oklahoma Nursing Home UPL Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 20, 2017

Make Sure You Get to Keep the Money You Earned: How to Avoid Recoupment and Investigation

Oklahoma State Medical Association CME Mini Series VIII
Oklahoma City, OK | October 28, 2016

UPL — From One Lawyer’s Perspective

LeadingAge Oklahoma IGT/UPL Program
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 30, 2016

Stark Law Reform

OBA Health Law Section
Oklahoma City, OK | August 3, 2016

Daunting, but Doable: Preparing for the next round of HIPAA audits

April 28, 2016

Compliance 2016: Get your #$@% together

Spring Cleaning; Healthcare Industry Luncheon 2016
Oklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016

Practitioners Behaving Badly

Spring Cleaning; Healthcare Industry Luncheon 2016
Oklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016

Dr. DPC or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying (and Billing) and Love Primary Care

PLICO EXPLORE: Oklahoma Healthcare Summit 2015
Norman, Oklahoma | August 13, 2015

Affordable Care Act

Business & Industry Counsel
Shawnee, Oklahoma | June 16, 2015

Use of social media and health care privacy

Headaches in the Healthcare Workplace Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Drugs, critters and disease in the workplace

Headaches in the Healthcare Workplace Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing

Headaches in the Healthcare Workplace Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Responding to on-site criminal activity

Headaches in the Healthcare Workplace Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Affordable Care Act: What do we do in 2015?

Western Oklahoma Human Resources
Elk City, OK | April 9, 2015

The Affordable Care Act: Where are we going?

SouthWest Benefits Association, Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 6, 2015

When leave laws collide: Tackling complex health plan coverage issues

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | March 3, 2015

Stark Reality — Navigating the requirements for fair market value in physician compensation arrangements

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Webinar
Online | June 25, 2014

HIPAA for Lawyers

South Oklahoma City Lawyer’s Association
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 27, 2014

Advanced Stark and AKS Compliance: Case Studies and Hypotheticals

Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 13, 2013

Physician Collaboration — Recent Antitrust Opinion on NPHO

Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 13, 2013

HIPAA for Lawyers — Countdown to enforcement

McAfee & Taft Legal Webinar Series
September 12, 2013
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