Health care providers are subject to intense scrutiny and a number of complex regulations. Among the many issues of ensuring compliance with various state and federal health care laws, physicians and practices of all types must also carefully structure their medical contracts and financial relationships to ensure they do not violate health care fraud and abuse laws. Failing to do so can subject a provider to time-consuming and costly audits, investigations, and serious penalties that can put their professional future at risk.
At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., we know health care providers are increasingly being asked to navigate a dense and confusing regulatory landscape while being threatened by increasingly severe repercussions and penalties if they aren’t able to address all issues of compliance. As such, our Houston health care lawyers know we play an important role in providing the counsel and representation providers need to ensure regulatory compliance, especially in relation to high stakes issues like health care fraud.
If you have questions about medical contracts, space and equipment leases, and how our award-winning legal team can put over 130 years of collective experience to work for you, call (713) 909-7323 or contact us online to request an initial consultation. We serve clients throughout Texas and nationwide.
Health care regulators are keen on scrutinizing the contracts and financial relationships providers establish as part of their practice, from employment arrangements, personal services, and management services to the leasing of office space and equipment. That’s because they want to ensure those relationships do not violate health care fraud and abuse laws, such as the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Anti-Kickback Statute is a safe harbor, Stark Law is an exception, that allow otherwise prohibited financial relationships, including those involving space and equipment leases, provided that all statutory requirements are satisfied. Our firm has extensive experience reviewing and drafting contractual relationships to ensure they fit within a Stark Law exception or safe harbor under the AKS, and meet all conditions, including:
Health care providers face unique obstacles when leasing property and equipment, as well as numerous regulations and requirements that must be met in order to ensure compliance. At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., our attorneys have accumulated the necessary insight and experience to help health care providers address all facets of complying with health care regulations concerning space and equipment leases involving new practice set-ups, mergers, joint ventures, and responsive compliance plans when defending them against investigations or alleged violations.
To learn more about our services and discuss your particular needs, contact us to request an initial consultation.