GSRM lawyers represent healthcare businesses, individuals and organizations throughout Tennessee and across the country. The firm’s Healthcare practice offers clients the knowledge of what it takes to close transactions; navigate beyond credentialing and other licensing and disciplinary challenges; lobby on behalf of specialized interests; guide clients through regulatory challenges; as well as manage litigation claims in the healthcare industry. Our attorneys represent the broad spectrum of healthcare industry organizations, professionals and entrepreneurs, including:
- Individual healthcare professionals, physicians and physician groups
- For-profit and nonprofit hospitals
- Long term care, skilled nursing and senior facilities
- Surgery and academic medical centers
- Health related technology companies
- Life science and pharmaceutical organizations
- Medical equipment and device manufacturers
- Rehabilitative and physical therapy networks
- Diagnostic imaging centers and laboratories, both general and special chemistry
- Independent and university medical research laboratories
GSRM works closely with healthcare industry clients—particularly physician and physician groups—to structure, plan and implement a business model which provides asset protection and operational efficiencies. The firm’s experience spans a broad spectrum of healthcare specific commercial transactions. Our attorneys have worked with clients to devise the most advantageous corporate structure for a healthcare entity. We also negotiate and document real estate leases and purchase/sale agreements, practice purchase contracts, physician entity agreements and associate buy-ins and exit strategies.
Our team also advises on all related issues associated with healthcare professional licensure, credentialing, privileging and disciplinary issues and actions, including malpractice defense. This experience encompasses the representation of such professionals before administrative agencies, as well as before the provider’s respective regulatory and governing boards. Our lawyers have been involved in everything from licensure investigations, to physician practices and their hospital affiliations and privileges, to guiding physicians through formal appeals, to representing providers during the fair hearing process. Many clients come to GSRM for comprehensive advice pertaining to credentialing and/or maintaining their credentials in HMOs, PPOs or other similar provider networks, as disaffiliation from such networks can have serious financial consequences and a potentially negative impact on reputation.
In today’s healthcare industry, certification by a physician’s medical specialty board is no longer optional. Without board certification in a given specialty, a provider may experience problems with credentialing, health plans and the hospitals with whom they affiliate. GSRM works diligently with such clients to ensure proper certification, as well as advocates the interests of our client in the event board certification is threatened.
GSRM represents physicians and pharmaceutical companies before the Tennessee General Assembly. The firm’s Government Relations attorneys assist specialty physician groups in passing and defeating legislation related to practice guidelines, reimbursement issues, and the influence of medical specialties in government healthcare programs. GSRM represents several pharmaceutical companies to ensure that Tennessee laws provide for equitable reimbursement for pharmaceutical research, manufacturing and retail costs.
GSRM represents not only healthcare industry entities and emerging medical device companies, but also developers of healthcare technology and life science ventures. The firm’s attorneys have participated in a variety of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, venture capital financings and licensing arrangements. GSRM attorneys negotiate and structure an array of transactions for these organizations, a sampling of which includes agreements pertaining to facility construction and confidential disclosure; Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, compliance and investigations; fraud and abuse; and HIPAA and other privacy issues.
State and federal labor and employment laws continue to become more complex—and defending enforcement actions and litigation claims have become a critical component of maintaining profitability. GSRM assists healthcare industry clients not only to understand and comply with labor and employment laws, but also to protect our client’s rights in the event a claim is filed or enforcement action ensues. Our firm provides preventative employment related legal counsel, including comprehensive employee handbooks and policy manuals that set forth clear guidelines for the employer/employee relationship.
GSRM attorneys have a long history of assisting healthcare clients with employment related mediation, arbitration and litigation. The firm has been successful in averting and defending a variety of claims, including wrongful termination and discrimination, wage and hour, reductions in workforce, occupational safety and harassment, non-competition violations and confidentiality.