Our clients know they can depend on Butzel’s Health Care Practice Department to bring an unparalleled level of in-depth experience and a wide range of resources to the table. When clients require counsel to deal with ongoing business issues, critical regulatory and litigation-related matters, and complex transactions, Butzel is the firm they trust. And the expertise our Department is renowned for is more important now than ever, as the health care industry faces continual economic challenges and 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 hospital and health systems, physicians, dentists, nurses and other professionals, ambulatory surgical centers, home care and physical therapy providers, long term care and hospice facilities, nursing homes, managed care providers, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and many others.

Members of this Department are at the forefront of change in the health care industry, addressing matters that arise in technology, entrepreneurship, and rapid regulatory changes. We provide counsel and representation on a broad variety of issues pertinent to health care, including:

  • Joint ventures
  • M & A and restructuring
  • Hospital-provider relations
  • Real estate
  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Employee benefits
  • Health information technology
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Privacy issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Stark/anti-kickback
  • Medical staff/fair hearing
  • Peer review
  • Professional licensure
  • Taxation and exempt organization matters
  • RAC audits
  • Research agreements
  • Anti-trust
  • Bond financing
  • Certificates of need
  • Criminal and civil false claims, including Qui Tam actions and other criminal defense matters
  • Environmental and medical hazardous waste issues
  • Patent, trademark, and other intellectual property matters

The attorneys that comprise the Health Care Practice Department are dedicated to serving on the boards and committees of various industry and professional organizations and are members of state and national bar health care law sections.

Our attorneys frequently share their knowledge with clients and others, by serving as presenters and lecturers at various programs and seminars relating to health care law and have published articles in numerous health care law journals. We also regularly publish Client Alerts on current health care topics.



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  • Defended national health care certifyng board in action alleging antitrust and false advertising violations; one of the leading 6th Circuit cases on false advertising law
  • Represent national health care certifing board as General Counsel
  • Represented payer in outsourcing of print and mail operations associated with policies
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a false advertising lawsuit involving a product claiming to be the generic equivalent of a leading brand
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in Qui Tam case in Boston.
  • Successful defense of a hospital against multiple complex medical malpractice claims.
  • Obtained a summary dismissal of claims against a major hospital in a medical malpractice case.
  • Represented Eli Lilly in Wood v. Abbott Laboratories, an indirect purchaser name brand prescription antitrust class action.
  • Successfully represented officer of pharmaceutical company in largest health care fraud trial to date in U.S. District Court in Boston
  • Represented services provider in establishing claims processing operations for hospitals and health care providers
  • Represented payer in outsourcing of both information technology and business processes in connection with health care exchange under Affordable Care Act
  • Obtained acquittal of pharmaceutical company executive in federal trial in Boston following 4 month jury trial
  • 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))
  • 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
  • Defended website owner of a health-care related site for trademark litigation against a provider of cosmetic surgery
  • Represented both payers and pharmaceutical companies in outsourcing of information technology services
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in civil and criminal False Claim Act and qui tam matters.
  • Obtained a complete declination of all proceedings, criminal and civil health care fraud, against pharmaceutical client by the US Attorney's Office in Dallas
  • 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 the primary certifier of podiatric surgeons in one of the leading Lanham Act false advertising cases in the Sixth Circuit.
  • 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 payer in shared services transaction for data centers
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in outsourcing of application maintenance and development associated with critical research
  • 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 a full service non-profit community supported hospital as a debtor in possession in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Represented CFO of a non-profit hospital for securities fraud; case settled no jail or fine, SEC restitution
  • Health Care Fraud Federal Criminal Trial: Individual Defense
  • 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.
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