The healthcare industry serves a vital role in Western North Carolina as a source of high-quality medical care and an important economic driver.  Our health care team assists physicians, hospitals, dentists, assisted living facilities, home health care providers, and other healthcare practitioners navigate the complex, day-to-day legal requirements of a medical practice.  With a wide range of experience, our attorneys will help you manage the unique issues affecting healthcare providers, including regulatory compliance, real estate transactions, employment and personnel matters, corporate governance, and the purchase or sale of a practice. 

Whether you are forming a new practice, hiring your first associate, or joining a new practice, our experienced attorneys can help you develop a strong legal foundation to launch your practice while also complying with the federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting healthcare providers.

  • Forming necessary corporate entities including professional limited liability companies, professional corporations, and non-profits.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation of patient provisions.
  • Preparing required regulatory documents such as HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and medical authorizations.

Starting Your Practice

Medical providers must ensure their day-to-day operations comply with the complex regulatory requirements affecting the healthcare industry. Hiring, retaining, and managing healthcare personnel is also an important element of maintaining a successful medical practice. Our healthcare team brings comprehensive experience and technical knowledge to help you operate your practice and navigate the significant practice issues affecting medical providers.

  • Advice regarding regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, anti-kickback and Stark, fraud abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and mandatory reporting
  • Representation before governmental agencies such as licensing boards, the EEOC, and the Department of Labor, and in state and federal court
  • Drafting, reviewing, and advising on important documents such as employment agreements, business associate agreements, and shareholder agreements

Healthcare Business Operations

During the operation of your healthcare practice, you may be faced with an opportunity to sell your practice or grow your business by purchasing another practice. Your practice may also own valuable real estate or wish to acquire additional real estate in order to provide more comprehensive services. When faced with these opportunities, our experienced attorneys can help you meet your goals in the transaction while also providing important legal guidance.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate contract documents in a sale or purchase
  • Advise on tax implications, employment issues, and corporate governance matters affected by the transaction
  • Assist with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and reorganizations
  • Business planning related to commercial leases and the purchase or sale of real estate

The Sale or Purchase of a Practice

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