Healthcare

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Overview

The healthcare clients we serve are numerous and varied, as are the legal services we provide to them. We offer healthcare organizations, healthcare providers, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and pharmacies a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary legal services attuned to the strategic and operational issues confronted in an ever-changing environment. Our group of lawyers representing the healthcare, medical device and pharmaceuticals industry are assembled from diverse backgrounds that include experience with business, operations, compliance, finance, tax, employment, lobbying and litigation, to allow us to meet the full range of legal challenges facing industry participants of all sizes and varieties.

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Experience

Examples of our extensive and varied experience serving entities and individuals within the healthcare, medical device and pharmaceuticals industry include the following:

Litigation & Regulatory Matters

Our lawyers have substantial experience in defending healthcare entities against personal injury claims, class action lawsuits, ERISA/employee benefits claims, and qui tam actions. We also defend manufacturers and suppliers in medical device and pharmaceutical products liability negligence litigation, in class action lawsuits, and in various other proceedings before trial and appellate courts, regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies. Our firm is a member of the USLAW NETWORK, a national organization composed of 59 independent member firms with over 3,500 attorneys. Being associated with, and utilizing, a USLAW NETWORK firm positions clients in the unique situation of having national access to many of the best trial lawyers in the country for the litigation of complex cases in jurisdictions in addition to New Mexico.

Business Services

We regularly represent healthcare and other clients in forming business corporations, professional corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, and in structuring their transactions to minimize tax liability. We have represented clients in public finance, real estate and asset based secured transactions throughout the State of New Mexico. We also assist clients to negotiate, structure and document transactions involving the purchase, sale, exchange, development, leasing and financing of commercial real estate.

Compliance

Our lawyers assist providers in drafting and implementing corporate compliance programs and with other compliance activities to minimize risk in the areas of privacy, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, and HIPAA compliance. We regularly counsel clients with respect to the intricacies of compliance with the federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback and Antitrust Statutes. We also represent healthcare clients with respect to compliance issues before various government agencies.

Employee Benefits

Many of our healthcare providers and other clients rely on our lawyers for advice with respect to their employee benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans including 401(k) plans and ESOPs, Section 125-cafeteria plans, HSAs and HRAs, welfare plans, severance plans, domestic partner benefits, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

Healthcare Lobbying

Our firm includes registered lobbyists who have represented healthcare client interests before both state and federal legislatures.

Labor and Employment

We represent healthcare and other industry entities in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including physician contracting, discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, wage and hour audits, union organizing and collective bargaining issues, pension and benefit issues, and peer review and medical staff review board proceedings.

Assisted Living

Our lawyers provide counsel to the largest providers of long term care in assisted living services in New Mexico, including in the areas of regulatory compliance, state licensure and certification. We also have defended these providers against numerous personal injury lawsuits.

Physician Practices

Our lawyers are experienced in forming and representing general and specialty physician practice groups, and have participated in forming integrated provider networks. We have counseled physicians and practice groups on all aspects of their practice, including the applicability of corporate practice of medicine statutes, medical staff disputes, malpractice liability risks, contractual relationships with hospitals, managed care organizations and suppliers, and tax and employee benefits matters.