Overview — Healthcare has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The pace of the changes can be expected to increase as market pressures and government intervention reshape the industry. At Ogden Murphy Wallace we have the long-term experience and insight to advise and counsel the diverse healthcare industry sectors to help meet the changing business environment as well as the challenges and opportunities it presents. We thoroughly understand the distinctive environment in which healthcare organizations operate.  Our Seattle based healthcare practice is one of the fastest growing and most respected healthcare practices in the Pacific Northwest. Members of our team have been named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine and received the highest rating by the oldest lawyer rating service.

Our goal is to provide customized service based on an in depth knowledge of the healthcare industry and the issues faced by our many healthcare clients including: hospitals, hospital systems, physicians, physician groups, dental practices, ambulatory care and imaging centers, managed care organizations, nursing homes, other healthcare providers, healthcare foundations, medical device manufacturers, health information technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and others.

We have extensive experience addressing the most pressing legal healthcare issues including:

  • Corporate/Governance Issues
  • Affiliations and Mergers
  • Agreements & Transactions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Tax Exempt/Nonprofit Organization Issues
  • Public Hospital District Issues
  • Employment Agreements & Issues
  • Health Information Technology Licensing
  • Certificate of Need
  • Compliance Plans and Advice
  • Compliance Issues (restructuring)
  • HIPAA/HITECH/Privacy
  • EMTALA

  • Stark/Fraud and Abuse
  • Medicare Reimbursement
  • Risk Management
  • Professional Liability Issues
  • Medical Malpractice and Other Litigation
  • Professional Privileging and Discipline Issues
  • Medical Staff Issues
  • Medical Records
  • Telemedicine
  • Payor Contracting Issues
  • Physician Compensation
  • Physician Group Formation and Operational Issues
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Alternative Care
  • Behavioral Health

Our healthcare clients include hospitals and health systems throughout the Northwest, dentists, physicians and physician groups of all sizes, and imaging and other healthcare joint ventures. In cooperation with our Municipal practice we also represent several public hospital districts and advise them on matters unique to public entities.  The variety of our client base provides us with a broad perspective of the legal and business environment and issues faced by the healthcare community.

Our teamwork approach to serving the best interests of our clients, combined with our collaborative client working style, creates a natural environment as well as the needed expertise for us to support the business and litigation needs of our healthcare clients.

Health Information Technology. — While Health Information Technology is just one aspect of our healthcare practice, it is one of the major issues facing healthcare providers over the next few years. Our unique Healthcare Information Technology practice provides legal and compliance services to information technology companies and healthcare providers by providing regulatory advice, drafting and negotiating contracts, counseling and litigation in all aspects of the data security, privacy, and use and transmissions of data on both state and federal levels. We have experience with a broad range of licensing, outsourcing and other technology transactions on behalf of hospitals, physicians groups, health information networks, telemedicine organizations and technology companies. We work with our clients to address regulatory compliance with software or product modifications, enhancements and upgrades.

We have counseled numerous clients on issues related to electronic exchange of health information, personal health records, pay for performance and payer programs, meaningful use, e-prescribing, discovery, document preservation issues, document retention policies, and data breach issues. We regularly advise our clients regarding issues related to the acquisition of complex information technology systems and the electronic exchange of health information.  We provide support to our clients when security breaches due to theft or loss of electronic storage media or health records occurs, including how to prevent such future breaches and thefts. We also work with our clients to address regulatory compliance and best practices in the constantly changing electronic medical record industry.