Industries & Practices
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:
- 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
"Bricker & Eckler has assembled the best group of smart, skilled, experienced and resourceful health care attorneys in the state. "
"Our organization has used Bricker & Eckler for decades, and they have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in our industry."
"Bricker is an outstanding firm, and we would recommend to anyone to work with their healthcare team."
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.More
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.More
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.
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.
Our clients include hospitals, managed care organizations, insurers, provider groups and other health care organizations across the U.S. in complex commercial litigation matters.
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.
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
Privacy & Data Protection
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.More
The HIPAA Regulations Section-By-Section
This HIPAA resource helps users interpret the privacy, security and breach regulations in one convenient location and an easy to review format. Information is updated periodically with amendments to the regulations, as well as new guidance issued by HHS, as they become available.More
Union-related risk for hospital acquisition
Managed employment law aspects of merger effort between a major health system and eastern Ohio hospital system with several unions. Counseled the health system on the risks of proceeding with the a...More
Sexual harassment termination and subsequent claim...
Represented a regional health system in a harassment lawsuit following the termination of an employee related to her affair with a coworker. She had claimed that ten other influential employe...More
Health system crisis protocol
Advised a regional health system’s vice president of human relations regarding the investigation, suspension and ultimate termination of a nurse who allegedly made off-duty threats to an on-d...More
Hospital executive compensation and severance
Advised a nationally recognized hospital on the negotiation of the departure of multiple members of senior leadership. Drafted employment and separation agreements and negotiated severance amounts....More
Conversion of public hospital and affiliation with...
Advised a government-owned hospital and worked with elected officials to convert a public hospital into a nonprofit business and large health care system affiliate. The transaction invol...More
Financing and conversion of public hospital to non...
Assisted Adams County Regional Medical Center in its conversion from a county-owned hospital to a private health care provider. The transaction required obtaining bond financing for the acquisition...More
Health system GDPR compliance
Analyzed the applicability of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to a health system’s research operations. Developed a GDPR-compliant standard operating proc...More
Price transparency law victory
Earned a substantial victory on behalf of multiple health care clients and a statewide association of hospitals after the court rendered a decision declaring a price transparency law unconstitution...More
Appeals of RAC denials
Guided multiple hospitals and health systems through the Medicare appeals process for Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) claim denials and overpayment determinations. This matter involved prepari...More
$1.3 billion health system construction projects
Advise and assist Indiana's largest private, not-for-profit health system with three projects that are among the largest construction projects the system has ever undertaken, with tot...More