Practice Areas & Industries: GrayRobinson, P.A.

 





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In an era when health care providers can incur millions of dollars in fines resulting from regulatory non-compliance and whistleblower lawsuits, it's important to work with a law firm that understands the complex issues facing the industry. GrayRobinson has assembled a team of attorneys who understand the unique legal considerations of physicians, hospitals and other medical providers. This experienced group applies appropriate principles of corporate, reimbursement, securities, and tax law to each situation.

Our lawyers represent numerous hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, home health agencies and many other health care providers. The Health Law Group consists of over 35 attorneys who concentrate their practices on a wide range of legal matters including compliance, fraud and abuse, private health insurance, physician self-referral, HIPAA, false claims, physician discipline, managed care contracting, antitrust, and medical staff issues.

We serve as general counsel to a major national health care provider with hospitals and other facilities in 10 states, and have extensive experience in the issues involved in physician-hospital joint ventures. We also serve as general counsel for several hospital districts in Florida as well as representing a large national public for profit hospital organization. We represent hospital-based physician groups and advise them concerning their exclusive professional service agreements with hospitals. The Health Law Group also is involved with the formation, sale, dissolution and restructuring of joint ventures to comply with Medicare fraud and abuse law, Safe Harbor regulations, Stark legislation, the Florida Patient Self-Referral Act and Florida fee-splitting issues.

Physician Groups

GrayRobinson represents numerous physician practices in Central Florida. For more than 30 years, our attorneys have represented one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Florida. Our representation covers virtually every aspect of physician practice, including managed care, structuring arrangements involving ancillary services, joint ventures, compliance with fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, and licensure matters. We regularly appear before the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and Board of Medicine on rulemaking and other regulatory proceedings. We closely follow legal developments at the state and federal level that affect our physician clients.

Hospitals

For over five years, GrayRobinson has served as general counsel to one of the country's largest health care systems, which owns and operates 32 hospitals in nine states and 26 nursing homes in eight states, and is the largest provider of home health services in the United States. We also serve as general counsel to a 210-bed hospital in Titusville, Fl., a larger hospital system in Marion county Florida and we represent numerous hospitals specializing in mental health and substance abuse services.

Tax-Exempt Organizations

Our lawyers have extensive experience representing tax-exempt and foundations health care organizations. Bill Boyles, who is part of the Health Law Group, serves as general counsel to several tax exempt healthcare systems. Bill also serves as general counsel to Florida Hospital Foundation and Hope Worldwide, Inc., which operates international and national health care projects. Bill was involved in the establishment of a tax-exempt hospital, which was later acquired by a public hospital authority. In the area of public finance, in 1977 GrayRobinson pioneered and until 1996 represented the Orange County Health Facilities Authority in issuing more than $1 billion of tax-exempt bonds for non-profit hospitals and other health care facilities.

Regulatory Experience

GrayRobinson's Tallahassee office has included a former assistant attorney general who served as general counsel to several of Florida's health care regulatory boards, including Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Chiropractic, Psychology, Acupuncture and Respiratory Care. The Health Law Group's regulatory experience and longtime relationships with the heads of many regulatory agencies have proven beneficial for our clients in matters relating to licensure, acquisition negotiations and compliance issues.

Respected Leadership

Over the years, GrayRobinson has earned the respect of top officials in key health care agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Health, Department of Insurance, and Board of Medicine. In many instances, our attorneys have developed close working relationships with the agency heads as well as their general counsels. These relationships can be critical in representing clients regulated by these agencies. Our attorneys also have been involved in shaping major health care reform efforts locally and statewide.


 
 
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, June 03, 2014
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, April 15, 2014
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, March 28, 2014
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