The Health Law practice group at O’Connell and Aronowitz provides comprehensive business and legal services to healthcare and social service providers located in New York State and across the country. We design strategies related to transactional and formation matters, regulatory and compliance counseling, and civil, criminal, and administrative litigation.
We routinely advise nonprofit and proprietary healthcare providers on a variety of business and transactional matters, including:
- Corporate Structure and Formation
- Real Estate Transactions
- Certificates of Need
- Mergers, Acquisitions, and Sales
From single facility transactions to the most complex multiple-facility deals, our Health Law attorneys have the knowledge and skill necessary for the development, acquisition and licensing of a variety of healthcare centers.
Regulatory and Compliance
Our attorneys’ experience in both the public and private sectors provides them with unique insight that is essential for establishing and implementing policies and procedures related to a wide range of regulatory provisions, including:
- Governing Reimbursement
- Internal Oversight
- Operations, Inspections, and Audits
- Data Security and Breach Reporting
- Health Information Privacy
- Fraud and Abuse Prevention
We also routinely advise clients on employment law and disciplinary matters and perform regulatory reviews of healthcare transactions to ensure compliance with state and federal anti-kickback and self-referral laws. Our Regulatory and Compliance practice also encompasses investigating and reporting of data breaches, including Protected Health Information under the HIPAA and implementing voluntary disclosures to state and federal regulators.
Throughout our many years of practice, we have developed positive working relationships with a variety of regulatory bodies, including:
- The New York State Department of Health (DOH)
- The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG)
- The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OSAS)
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- The Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
- The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Even with well-designed operational and regulatory policies and procedures in place, healthcare providers still face the risk of litigation related to regulatory action, overpayment, recoupment, civil enforcement and even criminal charges. Similarly, healthcare clients may need to affirmatively litigate disputes to protect their rights, investment and income. Our seasoned litigators provide offensive and defensive capabilities to healthcare clients in all of types of legal actions.
At O’Connell and Aronowitz we are dedicated to helping clients manage legal and regulatory challenges and designing business strategies to achieve successful outcomes. Our clients include physicians, hospitals, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, diagnostic testing facilities, medical device and equipment suppliers, state and national healthcare associations and many others.
We also serve as General Counsel to statewide associations of skilled nursing, assisted living and rehabilitation facilities, several state and national associations of care providers, as well as a national association of clinical laboratories. In addition, our Healthcare Consulting Group (HCG) offers a wide array of business consulting services to a variety of healthcare enterprises and associations. We offer innovative business and legal strategies to foster our clients’ mission of delivering quality care.