Of the many words used to describe the health care industry, "simple" rarely makes the list. The straightforward goals of most health care providers — the delivery of quality patient care, balancing the books despite disparate payment sources, research into and development of new treatment options, and the ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, among others — are hampered by rapidly changing regulatory requirements, increased cost pressures, and calls for greater public accountability. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations alike are being pressed to reinvent themselves as key drivers of population health, while the old rules of the game still apply and the new rules remain under development and debate.
The health care lawyers of Hunton & Williams LLP bring the experience, knowledge and creativity required to help clients bridge the gap between the delivery models of yesterday and tomorrow. For decades we have successfully guided organizations through the twists and turns of federal and state health care policy shifts, as well as the ups and downs of economic cycles. Just as our clients are held to high standards in patient outcomes and business performance, we hold ourselves to equally high ideals. The quality of our counsel can be measured by our focused consideration of client needs and our ability to sort through the details of a problem or project to provide comprehensive, efficient and effective solutions.
We advise large health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, large multi-specialty group practices, pharmaceutical companies, medical-device manufacturers and other providers on matters involving virtually every aspect of doing business in this complex and competitive arena. We deliver specific, client-driven solutions in the following areas, among others:
- Development of new and innovative care delivery and payment arrangements, including the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
- Health information privacy and data security, including the effects of HIPAA, the HITECH Act and other laws on outsourcing and vendor relationships
- Joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other major corporate transactions
- Hospital-physician relationships and compliance with the Stark, anti-kickback and other Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws
- Tax-exempt status and project finance
In addition to the challenges and opportunities specific to the health care industry, our clients must address other issues of importance to virtually any business. We work directly with attorneys from the firm's other practice areas, such as antitrust, environmental law, labor and employment, intellectual property and technology, real estate, securities law, litigation and tax, to ensure these needs are met in a manner that takes into account applicable health care regulatory requirements.