The phrase “health care law” encompasses a very broad collection of concepts. At CSBB, our lawyers have represented physicians for nearly 30 years: from assisting with the formation and structuring of the practice entity, as well as advising doctors on the proper choice of entity, making appropriate tax elections and obtaining appropriate licensure. The attorneys at CSBB are able to provide health care professionals with appropriate and insightful perspective on how to properly conduct a medical practice or venture. Just as lawyers should not attempt to practice medicine, it is critical that health care professionals consult with seasoned, skilled legal professionals to assist them with their practices.
In addition to assisting with practice formation and entity choice, CSBB has been at the forefront of designing and negotiating practice mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions and sales. Additionally, it is critical that physicians engage in proper risk management within their practices. We both draft and review employment agreements including provisions regarding non-competition. Are your expectations reasonable? How do you conduct your practice to ensure that it is as “safe” as possible? Is the agreement between the owners appropriate? What happens if someone is disabled, wishes to retire or dies? Can you remove a partner?
Practicing medicine is a challenge all to itself. Risk management is critical in the operation of a practice. The drafting of appropriate documents detailing how you legally interact with your partners and employees is critical. Whether advising about how to protect your wages from creditor attachment, any aspect of the operation of your practice, including its sale, merger or dissolution or engaging additional professionals to assist you in matters such as fraud/abuse and Medicare compliance, it is always essential that you ask the proper questions. Sometimes it is hard to decipher what those questions are or who to ask. We are here to help.