The health care industry has seen a tremendous amount of change when it comes to the formation of business relationships that allow providers to prosper in a competitive and challenging environment. This includes arrangements involving physician practices that work with management service companies to delegate managerial and administrative responsibilities.
While management service arrangements offer providers many benefits, including streamlined efficiency and more time for physicians to focus on practicing medicine, they can also introduce unique issues when it comes to state and federal laws regarding health care fraud and abuse, including prohibitions against self-referrals and fee splitting.
Because violations of fraud and abuse laws can jeopardize the futures of medical professionals and practices – from creating exposure to costly and time-consuming audits to high stakes matters involving fraud investigations and civil or criminal penalties – ensuring regulatory compliance in any managerial service contract is of the utmost importance. At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., we know an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” when it comes to matters of health care and contractual / financial relationships forged by providers, and have the depth of experience to help medical clients throughout Texas and the U.S. when they need to draft, negotiate, and implement sound and compliant contacts.
Need to discuss a managerial service contract or another health or medical law issue? Call (713) 909-7323 to speak with our award-winning attorneys at Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C. during an initial consultation.
Medical management service agreements can entail a range of administrative and managerial duties, including:
In a regulatory landscape as stringent, dense, and confusing as health care, ensuring compliance is one of the most important facets of any successful medical practice. This is especially true when it comes to the contractual relationships providers form with others and their compensation arrangements for paying them. That’s because these relationships can create implications which may subject providers to increased scrutiny, oversight, investigation, and even liability in relation to waste, fraud, and abuse.
Our firm assists clients in evaluating, drafting, negotiating, and implementing medical contracts involving management services and all other types of compensation arrangements and relationships so as to ensure regulatory compliance. Often, this requires a meticulous review of the circumstances, as well as ensuring arrangements meet all requirements of any applicable safe harbor or exception.
Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C. has earned national recognition for our work in medical and health care law, and for providing the proactive counsel health care providers need when it comes to:
Our firm also leverages 130+ years of collective experience to provide responsive representation in time-sensitive matters when providers face audits, investigations, and potential penalties over alleged health care fraud. With our comprehensive approach to protecting the rights and futures of our clients, and our depth of experience and resources, we have become a law firm known for our ability to handle even the toughest and most challenging health care legal and regulatory issues.
To discuss your needs and our firm’s services, call (713) 909-7323 or contact us online today.