Health Care

Butzel Longs Health Care Practice has in depth experience and a wide range of resources to help clients deal with ongoing business issues, critical regulatory and litigation-related matters and complex transactions. That experience is more important now than ever, as the health care industry faces continual economic challenges and potentially significant governmental action.

We understand the unique legal, operational and economic issues and relationships inherent in the health care industry and have the expertise to counsel a broad spectrum of clients, including medical equipment manufacturers and retailers health care providers, including physicians, dentists, nurses and other professionals such as ambulatory, surgical centers, health facility groups, entities providing home care and physical therapy, hospitals, long term care and hospice facilities, nursing homes, managed care providers, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, among others.

The issues we deal with include HIPAA compliance, hospital provider relations, joint ventures, labor & employment, M&A and restructuring, medical malpractice defense, medical staff/fair hearing, peer review, professional licensure, real estate, regulatory compliance, research agreements, Stark/anti-kickback, taxation, RAC audits, alternative risk, anti-trust, bond financing, certificates of need, corporate organization, criminal defense, electronic discovery, environmental and medical hazardous waste issues, FCA and Civil including Qui Tam actions and health information technology. We also serve on various industry and professional health care law boards, are members of state bar health care law sections, have lectured at various educational seminars relating to health care law and have published articles in numerous health care law journals.

  • Obtained a summary dismissal of claims against a major hospital in a medical malpractice case.
  • Successfully represented officer of pharmaceutical company in largest health care fraud trial to date in U.S. District Court in Boston
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in Qui Tam case in Boston.
  • Represented payer in outsourcing of print and mail operations associated with policies
  • Represents William Beaumont Hospital, a major hospital system, in a multi-billion dollar antitrust class action claim alleging a conspiracy by area hospital systems to suppress nurse compensation.
  • Represent national health care certifing board as General Counsel
  • Represented payer in outsourcing of both information technology and business processes in connection with health care exchange under Affordable Care Act
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against healthcare provider and affirmance of dismissal in appeal (Chesbrough, et al. v. VPA, P.C. (6th Cir. August 23, 2011))
  • Represent health care institutions in the development of medical office buildings and ambulatory surgical centers including by example, funding, ground leases, certificates of need, leases and related matters
  • Represented the nation's largest house-call physician group in a multi-state, multi-case Qui Tam action brought by the Department of Justice
  • Represented the President of a company that distributes pharmaceuticals to nursing homes in a case the Michigan Attorney General referred to as "the largest criminal Medicaid fraud case ever initiated in Michigan."
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in civil and criminal False Claim Act and qui tam matters.
  • Defended website owner of a health-care related site for trademark litigation against a provider of cosmetic surgery
  • Health Care Fraud Federal Criminal Trial: Individual Defense
  • Represented CFO of a non-profit hospital for securities fraud; case settled no jail or fine, SEC restitution
  • Represented services provider in establishing claims processing operations for hospitals and health care providers
  • Obtained acquittal of pharmaceutical company executive in federal trial in Boston following 4 month jury trial
  • Represented Eli Lilly in Wood v. Abbott Laboratories, an indirect purchaser name brand prescription antitrust class action.
  • Successful defense of a hospital against multiple complex medical malpractice claims.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a false advertising lawsuit involving a product claiming to be the generic equivalent of a leading brand
  • Defense of major regional hospital system in an anti-trust case alleging conspiracy among hospital and physicians to exclude a cardiologist from the hospital staff
  • Represented both payers and pharmaceutical companies in outsourcing of information technology services
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in outsourcing of application maintenance and development associated with critical research
  • Represented a full service non-profit community supported hospital as a debtor in possession in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Represented payer in shared services transaction for data centers
  • Represented the primary certifier of podiatric surgeons in one of the leading Lanham Act false advertising cases in the Sixth Circuit.
  • Obtained a complete declination of all proceedings, criminal and civil health care fraud, against pharmaceutical client by the US Attorney's Office in Dallas
  • Defended national health care certifing board in action alleging antitrust and false advertising violations; one of the leading 6th Circuit cases on false advertising law