Industries & Practices

Health Care Industry

Health Care Industry

    We empower health care providers and organizations to deliver high-quality, effective care.

    Our attorneys provide legal services to more than two-thirds of the hospitals in Ohio and represent clients in 35 additional states, making us the largest health care practice in the state and one of the largest in the country. We know that our clients are looking for tailored strategies and solutions, whether they are large health systems, community-based hospitals, health plans, associations or other service providers. Simply put, our deep understanding of the health care industry’s regulatory, policy and business considerations gives our clients confidence to proactively address their legal needs and succeed in today’s ever-changing health care environment.

    Our clients include:

    • Hospitals
    • Assisted living providers
    • Health care associations
    • Health information exchanges
    • Health care providers
    • Health care provider networks
    • Health care systems
    • Home health agencies
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Managed care organizations
    • Multi-hospital groups
    • Nonprofit entities
    • Hospices

    "Bricker & Eckler has assembled the best group of smart, skilled, experienced and resourceful health care attorneys in the state. "

    Mary Gallagher, Ohio Hospital Association, as quoted in Best Law Firms 2018

    "Our organization has used Bricker & Eckler for decades, and they have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in our industry."

    Bricker client as quoted in Best Law Firms, 2018

    "Bricker is an outstanding firm, and we would recommend to anyone to work with their healthcare team."

    Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

    Areas of Focus

    Health Care Law

    Our health care attorneys are known, both individually and collectively, for their knowledge of our clients’ businesses and the unique policy, regulatory and business issues they face. We have extensive experience in all aspects of health care law, including certification, accreditation and licensure, fraud and abuse matters, HIPAA compliance, employment issues, Medicare and Medicaid, and false claims, to name a few.

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    Health Care Employment & Labor

    From providing guidance on employment policies and benefits to defending employers in legal actions, we blend employment knowledge with health care experience to proactively and creatively advise health care employers.

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    Health Care Litigation

    Our knowledgeable team of health care litigators draws upon its diverse experience to guide clients and help them avoid unnecessary litigation, minimize risk when litigation is inevitable and preserve relationships. Our attorneys focus on outcomes that produce effective, favorable resolutions and prevent prolonged, costly lawsuits.

    Appellate Advocacy

    We handle cases as appellate counsel regardless of whether Bricker was involved as trial counsel. Our team also partners with trial counsel to identify appellate issues, draft briefs and prepare for oral argument. We are experienced in handling class action litigation and administrative appeals.

    Business Litigation

    Our clients include hospitals, managed care organizations, insurers, provider groups and other health care organizations across the U.S. in complex commercial litigation matters.

    Construction Law

    Our team includes several construction attorneys with extensive trial experience who come from technical and engineering backgrounds to provide assistance in all aspects of health care construction.

    Employment & Labor

    We provide health care employers with strategic advice, a focused and aggressive defense, and practical solutions to quickly achieve the best possible outcome. Our employment litigators regularly appear in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative agencies and other tribunals.

    False Claims Act Defense

    We represent clients at the state and federal level in a variety of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse cases. In addition, our False Claims Act team works with health care organizations to conduct compliance audits and internal investigations designed to reduce the likelihood of a violation.

    Medical Negligence Defense

    With over eight decades of combined experience in complex medical negligence litigation, our team is uniquely qualified to represent hospitals, nurses, physicians and other health care providers in the courtroom and through mediation. We readily defend medical negligence, wrongful death and birth trauma claims.

    Workers' Compensation

    We know what to look for when investigating a workers’ compensation claim, how to stop it in its tracks and how to manage allowed claims so health care employees can return to work. In addition, we play a leading role in drafting and lobbying for workers’ compensation reform.

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    Health Care Construction

    Our highly regarded construction attorneys have represented many public and private health care facilities on all aspects of their construction projects — from the preparation of contract documents through litigation, when necessary. Our experience includes multiple prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager at risk and design-build delivery models. 

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    Government Relations

    Our lawyer-lobbyists frequently advocate legal and regulatory changes on behalf of health care organizations. We constantly monitor legislative activity for issues impacting the health care industry and help our clients take advantage of legislative and regulatory opportunities.

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    Real Estate

    We understand the immense pressure for health care organizations to expand, renovate and modernize their facilities. Our attorneys help clients in the health care industry obtain bank financing and construction loans, acquire real estate, zoning variances and conservation easements, and handle eminent domain and appropriation actions.

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    Project Finance

    By exploring all legal possibilities, we give health care leaders viable options for their organization’s development. Specifically, we have served as bond counsel in numerous health care financings, including tax-exempt bond financings, taxable financings for private-use facilities, post-issuance compliance, bank financing and construction loans.

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    Intellectual Property

    Our team’s technical background, broad legal and business knowledge, and deep experience in evaluating, protecting, enforcing and licensing intellectual property helps health care organizations safeguard their portfolios of intangible resources.

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    Cybersecurity

    From data breaches to electronic health information (EHI) to HIPAA privacy and security, our intimate knowledge of this evolving area of law allows us to help health care clients minimize cyber risk.

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