Physician & Physician Organizations

Butzel Long attorneys provide advice and counseling to physicians and physician groups across the continuum of their professional and business activities. We represent individual physicians in the negotiation and drafting of employment, independent contractor and consulting relationships and in the acquisition of ownership interests in PLLCs, PCs. We advise on scope of practice issues and health professional licensing requirements and provide defense in licensing and payer investigations, peer review and medical staff fair hearing matters. A medical practice is a business, which operates in a regulated market. Butzel Long attorneys help medical practices structure innovative approaches to compensation, maintaining regulatory compliance while meeting practice goals and physician expectations. We help our clients avoid physician compensation problems using our knowledge of the complex Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and regulations influencing compensation formula and helping secure data and comparables to support the fair market value of that compensation. Our attorneys assist medical groups in the recruitment and employment of new physicians, adding new shareholders or members and in pursuing contractual relationships with hospitals as hospital based physicians, medical directors, administrators or consultants. Health Industry Group attorneys provide counsel in the buying and selling of practices and in operational matters ranging from the development of compliance plans and policies and procedures, the negotiation of licensing agreements for electronic medical records, e-prescribing, telemedicine services, maintaining HIPAA compliance and appropriate relationships with device and drug vendors and marketing representatives.

Butzel Long provides complete legal support to physician super-groups that form structural and contractual joint ventures with hospitals, other physician groups, payers and other third parties that operate as patient safety organizations, pay-forperformance or gainsharing entities that operate niche specialty hospitals, imaging centers, ASCs and other types of ambulatory care providers and that are formed for managed care or payer contracting. Financial incentives are used in virtually all industries and exist in a variety of forms, ranging from yearly bonuses, penalties, stock options, and pay for performance. For all physicians and physician groups, there are several unique aspects of health care that make their application complex in this setting. Butzel Long attorneys represent clients in audits and litigation related to fraud and abuse laws such as false claims, qui tam cases, unfair trade practices and other state and federal enforcement initiatives.

  • Successfully defended non profit corporation formed to employ physicians serving community hospital in Michigan against plaintiff who owned one-third of stock
  • Negotiated long term mortgageable ground lease on behalf of developer for construction of physicians office building adjoining surgical center