Practice Areas & Industries: Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP


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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP has one of the oldest and most respected healthcare practices in New England. Our attorneys have been at the forefront of the major regulatory developments in healthcare over the past 45 years – and continue to provide cutting-edge representation in today’s highly complicated and shifting regulatory environment. Our healthcare attorneys provide sophisticated guidance on the most difficult issues facing healthcare providers, including high-level advice on regulatory matters, evolving models for delivery of care, complex litigation, innovative affiliations and corporate transactions, and liability prevention counseling.

Who We Serve
Our clients include a wide variety of healthcare providers and healthcare facilities.

–  We currently represent, as either general or special counsel, over 40 hospitals and academic medical centers and more than 70 nursing facilities and other senior housing organizations.

–  We represent a large number of community-based providers including: home health agencies, hospices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, continuing care retirement communities, provider networks (including faculty practice plans), clinical laboratories, and individual practitioners.

–  We advise both state-based and national trade associations serving hospitals, nursing facilities and other healthcare entities on both general and specialized regulatory matters.


Services Available

Our healthcare attorneys offer a full spectrum of services, including:

–  Regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, fraud and abuse, and Affordable Care Act compliance

–  Business transactions, including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and employment agreements

–  Healthcare reform initiatives

–  Payor contracting and payment issues

–  Professional licensing board disciplinary matters

–  Licensing and certificate-of-need matters

–  Privileging and credentialing disputes

–  Patient rights and care issues

–  Tax-exempt and charitable organization issues

–  Corporate governance


Regulatory compliance
We help healthcare providers resolve (and avoid) regulatory problems. Among the matters we regularly address are:

–  Privacy and security of medical records, including compliance with the HIPAA rules.

–  Fraud and abuse compliance, including anti-kickback, false claims, and the Stark self-referral rules.

–  Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation and payment rules.

–  Internal and governmental investigations.

Business transactions
We can advise healthcare entities and individual professionals on joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and affiliations, as well as assist them in the negotiation and drafting of the associated agreements. We can also assist them in the negotiation and drafting of employment and personal services agreements.

Payor contracting and payment issues
We can help negotiate contracts with payors and resolve payment disputes.

Professional licensing board disciplinary matters
We have experience representing healthcare professionals in professional licensing board investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Licensing and certificate-of-need matters
We have extensive experience in assisting healthcare entities in obtaining facility licenses and certificates of need. We can also advise individual healthcare professionals on professional licensing matters.

Privileging and credentialing disputes
We can assist clients with credentialing and privileging disputes with hospitals (assuming, of course, no conflict) and disputes with insurance companies concerning network participation.

Patient rights and care issues
We can advise clients on matters relating to informed consent, medical ethics, and patient rights issues.

Health care reform
We can assist clients in understanding, strategizing about, and navigating through the changes brought about by state and federal health reform efforts.

Corporate governance
We have experience advising healthcare entities on corporate governance matters, including issues relating to non-profit and tax-exempt status.