Health Care & Life Sciences

Any law firm can offer representation from attorneys with legal experience. But only Benesch’s Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group can offer attorneys who also have over 100 combined years of practical experience in the health care industry. This experience lets us customize legal services specific to the client’s needs. As a result, you don’t just receive legal representation from Benesch attorneys, you develop relationships with our attorneys as counselors, advocates and partners on your team.

Health care is extremely complicated, constantly changing, and highly regulated. Thus, we believe that the only way to truly appreciate and respond to our clients’ daily challenges is to establish deep connections within the health care industry. Every attorney in our Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group has worked in or is actively involved in some facet of the health care industry.

Clients who enlist the Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group can almost always be assured that our attorneys already have experience within their sector of the health care industry. Our attorneys have provided counsel to a wide spectrum of for-profit and tax-exempt non-profit health care clients throughout the country, including physicians and physician organizations, hospitals and health systems, long-term care and senior living facilities, behavioral health providers, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic imaging enterprises, management and outsourced services organizations, durable medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers, medical device manufacturers and suppliers, pharmaceutical retailers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers, managed care organizations, home health and hospice agencies and various other health care providers, facilities and organizations.

What sets Benesch apart from many other law firms is the ability to provide a holistic perspective on the challenges and intricacies of the health care industry based on a depth of understanding in areas ranging from antitrust, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, private insurance, antitrust, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, licensure, and survey and certification. Our health care clients appreciate our ability to evaluate transactions from a health care perspective and with a knowledge of how health care enterprises operate on a day-to-day basis. In the end, it is the familiarity with health care laws and the business of providing health care that insure that Benesch will remain a powerhouse in the health care industry for years to come.

Our Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group has been ranked highly in Chambers since 2012 and was ranked first in the cities of Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH in the area of Health Care Law by the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide of U.S. attorneys. Chambers 2016 reported that Benesch’s Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group is a, “Highly experienced practice covering a range of healthcare issues. Maintains a fine track record for its transactional work and is also much in demand for its counsel on state and federal investigations and audits.”

At Benesch, experience makes up only half of what we offer to our clients. We take advantage of our industry exposure to also give fully customized service. Our attorneys immerse themselves in their client’s business and take the time to understand their needs. Then, using their wealth of industry knowledge and legal skills, our attorneys develop customized solutions for each client. With that solution in mind, we engage our forces using a time-tested multi-disciplinary team approach for all of your legal services.

Customized Service; Unrivaled Experience

No matter what mix of legal expertise you need, our team will have the know-how to respond quickly and intelligently. Attorneys in our Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group have tackled a broad and varied range of client challenges including but not limited to:

  • Business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capitalizations, recapitalizations, divestitures, joint ventures and key contracts;
  • Fraud and abuse and Stark analysis and advice including internal investigations, responses and plans of correction;
  • Corporate and HIPAA compliance;
  • Civil and criminal investigations;
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution;
  • Regulatory analysis and advice;
  • Individual and facility licensure, and accreditation and change of owner processing;
  • Antitrust analysis, advice and due diligence;
  • Not-for-Profit and tax-exempt organization analysis and advice;
  • Bankruptcy and reorganizations;
  • Managed care contracting and network development;
  • Medical staff and peer review;
  • Population health initiatives including clinically integrated networks, ACOs and chronic care management solutions; and
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

We know our clients benefit from our customized service. But at Benesch, we take pride in also offering more comprehensive services. By drawing on our vast contacts within the health care industry, we have keen insight into the emerging trends and proposed regulations that impact your business. We can anticipate how potential industry changes might affect your prospects and legal risks and will counsel you on them so you can improve and protect your business and take advantage of new opportunities.

Our industry connections also allow us to be advocates for our client’s business. Knowing how heavily regulated the health care industry is, we proactively build relationships with those who influence those regulations: industry leaders and their entities, legislative and regulatory bodies, and individual legislators and regulators. We can then amplify our clients’ voices on matters crucial to their success by furnishing industry leaders with insight on how proposed laws, rules and regulations might hurt or help the industry.

Deep Transactional Experience

Benesch has deep experience in handling transactions for health care clients including deal structuring, transactional due diligence and coordinating transaction agreements with a variety of investors, sellers, lenders and regulatory agencies. Benesch’s participation with a client goes beyond transactional guidance. In addition to forming entities and negotiating transaction documents, we assist our clients in navigating regulatory requirements and in strategic planning, thereby allowing our clients to identify and take advantage of market opportunities for growth.

The multitude of legal requirements applicable to health care organizations often requires that counsel be able to act quickly in dealing with agencies and governmental representatives in multiple states. This is where Benesch excels. Utilizing knowledge of the applicable regulations and regulatory environment and with a deep network across regulatory agencies on a national basis,

Benesch has a long track record of meeting client expectations when it comes to negotiating obstacles to transactions in this heavily regulated industry. As a result, we have developed a reputation among our clients as the firm that gets the deal done and gets it done right.

Coordination of Health Care Regulatory Experience

Attorneys in the Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group are adept at working seamlessly with corporate attorneys who may be leading a specific transaction. Whether it is coordination within Benesch or with other outside counsel selected to address the corporate, tax and capital finance portions of a transaction, we understand our role and work closely with the entire deal team to anticipate and highlight potential health care regulatory issues and associated risks. We identify challenges in due diligence, evaluate and construct pragmatic responses and plans to keep deals on track and execute on such plans to eliminate or mitigate risk to preserve expected operational and financial performance of the client or target companies. We pride ourselves in finding workable solutions in the highly complex and dynamic regulated health care environment. We are deal makers, not deal killers.