Healthcare is one of the most rapidly changing, highly regulated fields of law. Our nation’s aging population, combined with expanding treatment modalities, exerts ever-increasing pressure on public and private sources of financing for healthcare services. The government regulates healthcare products and services in an effort to control costs and improve access and quality, using enforcement to support its agenda.
Encountering annual double-digit cost increases, employers and managed care plans are often faced with reducing coverage and reimbursement rates. Providers work to deliver quality healthcare services while combating diminished reimbursement and high numbers of uninsured and underinsured patients. The outcome: a dynamic, highly complex and heavily regulated industry.
Leaders in creating legal solutions
for the entire healthcare industry
McAfee & Taft has counseled healthcare providers throughout Oklahoma and surrounding regions for decades and has taken a leadership role in providing creative and innovative strategies for healthcare clients. A number of lawyers in the firm provide representation to clients in the healthcare industry in a variety of contexts, including business transactions, litigation and administrative hearings, and regulatory compliance matters. Many of our lawyers have prior career experience working in the healthcare industry or have advanced degrees, such as in healthcare management or tax. In addition, many are listed in The Best Lawyers in America for their expertise in healthcare, tax and litigation. Our lawyers are well-rounded, with broad-based experience that enables them to craft innovative and workable solutions to our clients’ situations.
Our clients include hospitals and hospital systems, physicians and physician groups, universities and medical schools, HMOs, physician networks, physician practice management companies, medical research organizations, biotech companies, health-related foundations and institutes, life sciences organizations, third-party administrators, home health agencies, imaging centers, physical therapy centers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, durable medical equipment companies and other healthcare providers and suppliers.
McAfee & Taft has considerable experience in assisting hospital and healthcare clients with licensing and regulatory matters, certification and accreditation, physician and medical staff relationships, board responsibilities, board policies, tax-exempt status matters, employee benefits issues, HIPAA, labor and employment issues, reimbursement, contracting, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, physician self-referral matters, health plan contracting, network development, physician employment, medical records matters and antitrust. Our attorneys regularly prepare medical staff bylaws, fair hearing plans, credentialing plans, medical staff policies, and related documents for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and clinics.
The firm has worked with clients in numerous transactions involving healthcare organizations, as well as linkages between healthcare organizations and other organizations, including universities and colleges. In our regulatory healthcare practice, McAfee & Taft routinely advises clients on the fraud and abuse, tax, and antitrust implications related to joint venture arrangements, investment and ownership arrangements, development of outpatient and ancillary facilities, corporate affiliations and physician compensation relationships. The firm has taken the lead on behalf of clients in creating innovative arrangements that meet the desires of all the parties to the transactions or arrangements when more traditional approaches may not be available.
For more details regarding our areas of expertise, please select from the practice area links on the right.