Healthcare

Download as PDFPrint Image

Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Group understands the complex needs, challenges and regulations facing the healthcare industry. Our Group represents hospitals, academic health centers, licensed clinics, large and small physician practices, individual physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, home healthcare providers, and medical device manufacturers.

Regulatory and Compliance

Our Health Law Group aids clients of all types, whether hospitals or physician groups, in navigating the complex regulatory field of the healthcare industry. The Group’s advice includes clients that are trying to wrap their arms around a Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute matter, facing any type of investigation, licensure issues, privacy and security breaches or compliance, governance issues unique to healthcare entities and many other similar issues that arise in the healthcare field.

Inquiries about our Regulatory and Compliance Services may be directed to Matthew R. Fisher at mfisher@mirickoconnell.com.

Transactional

Our Health Law Group has extensive experience assisting for-profit and non-profit healthcare industry clients with strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and healthcare capital and equipment financing, including bond financing. We draft, review and negotiate contracts involving all aspects of our healthcare clients’ businesses, including contracts with vendors, third party payors, individual physicians and physician groups, medical device manufacturers, landlords and tenants. We handle employment issues, labor disputes, employee benefit matters, and executive compensation. We also assist our healthcare clients with real property leasing, permitting, zoning, construction and conveyancing.

Inquiries about our Transactional Services may be directed to Matthew R. Fisher at mfisher@mirickoconnell.com.

Litigation

Our Health Law Group frequently defends physicians, nurses, hospitals and medical groups in medical malpractice claims. We represent healthcare clients in business and professional disputes. We represent physicians and other healthcare providers before their respective professional licensing boards. The Health Law Group guides clients through responding to investigations by federal and state governmental entities, including the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Justice and state Attorney General offices, including investigations into alleged healthcare fraud and medical billing issues. The Group has extensive experience representing hospitals, clinics, physician practices, nursing homes, and medical device manufacturers before state and federal courts, the MCAD and the EEOC in labor and employment disputes, including defense of wrongful termination claims, breach of contract allegations, as well as discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. The Group also represents clients with unionized workforces in defending grievance and arbitration claims, unfair labor practice charges and in collective bargaining negotiations and strategies.

Inquires about our Litigation Services may be directed to Elizabeth L. B. Greene at egreene@mirickoconnell.com, Joan O. Vorster at jvorster@mirickoconnell.com or Robert L. Kilroy at rkilroy@mirickoconnell.com.

Matt Fisher Quoted in Fierce Healthcare article, "Privacy experts skeptical of Facebook's moves to protect sensitive health information"

[ read full story ]

Matt FIsher Quoted in Fierce Healthcare article, "HHS moves to reduce HIPAA fines, lowering the cap more than $1M for some violations"

[ read full story ]

Matt Fisher quoted in Physicians Practice, "4 ways to reduce the risk of a suit"

[ read full story ]

Matt Fisher quoted in Physicians Practice "5 Guaranteed Ways to Get Sued"

[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Featured in Worcester Telegram

[ read full story ]

Worcester Chamber Salutes Mirick O'Connell on 100 Years of Excellence

[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

[ read full story ]

Elizabeth Greene to Receive Heart of Gold Award

[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Sponsors the ABA Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference

02/21/2018[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Participates in AHA's National Go Red for Women Day

02/05/2016[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Sponsors Reliant Foundation's Drive for a Difference

05/17/2015[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Participates in Central MA Heart Walk

05/02/2015[ read full story ]

Ignore HIPAA At Your Own Peril

After a lull in enforcement actions concerning HIPAA, the Office for Civil Rights re-entered the fray with a $3,000,000 bang. The settlement announced on May 6, 2019, imposes a significant fine after widespread non-compliance was found by OCR. As with …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Chasing Money can Create Blind Spots

Money is the driving force behind many concerns and decisions in healthcare. Physician practices, hospitals and others need money to invest in capital needs or simply to keep the doors open. Digital health companies see a market ripe for disruption …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Tick Tock: When Is a Data Breach Notice Needed?

Notice of a new data breach is posted at least once a day. A frequent feature of many notices is the disclosure that the conduct giving rise to the breach happened months earlier, with the delay sometimes going into years …

[ load webpage to read more ]

An Altogether True Reflection

A new twitter account called @EPICEMRparody is garnering a lot of attention for its comments about the burdens placed upon physicians and other clinicians connected to the use of electronic medical records. The account not only skewers the frustrating tedious …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Business Associate Agreement Hot Points

If an organization is involved in healthcare, whether as a provider, facility, consultant, vendor or in almost any other capacity, it is highly likely that HIPAA applies to internal operations and relationships with other parties. As should be well known, …

[ load webpage to read more ]

Put People Into Focus: HIMSS19 Theme

People as individuals and human beings are regaining an appropriate central focus in healthcare. The shift in thinking of putting relationships back to the front and center was especially evident during the annual mass gathering of the healthcare information technology …

[ load webpage to read more ]

When is Enough, Enough?

An easy to overlook aspect of the HIPAA Privacy Rule is the requirement that all uses and disclosures be of the “minimum necessary” amount of protected health information. That means the least amount of information needed for the intended purpose …

[ load webpage to read more ]

What’s the Goal: HIPAA Enforcement

Compliance with HIPAA and the attendant privacy and security requirements is a frequent topic of discussion. Discussions around compliance are driven by the daily reporting of breaches and the probably more than daily issues faced by patients, clinicians and others …

[ load webpage to read more ]

HIPAA Musings: Random Thoughts on Privacy and Security

With the holidays quickly receding, there was some time for reflection. When given that time (and honestly spurred to some degree by the HIPAA request for information), different issues about HIPAA wandered through my mind. With so many issues to …

[ load webpage to read more ]

HIPAA: Open Season for Comments

The Office for Civil Rights is now seeking comments on whether certain aspects of the HIPAA privacy and security rules should be modified. The Request for Information is purely a solicitation of comments and ideas from the public on whether …

[ load webpage to read more ]