Healthcare

A cornerstone of Cowles & Thompson is the representation of the healthcare profession. With more than two decades of experience representing individuals and businesses, we are uniquely positioned to counsel our clients on the ever-changing legal issues affecting the healthcare industry, and to represent healthcare providers in state and federal litigation as well as administrative proceedings or before licensing boards.

Equally important, our services also include litigation avoidance through risk consulting and regulatory compliance advice.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

The Firm believes in servicing clients in the healthcare industry in all areas of operation in the healthcare arena. The Firm provides coordinated representation in all aspects of healthcare law:

  • Wrongful death and injury
  • Long-term care defense
  • Obstetrical malpractice
  • Compliance and risk management
  • Informed consent issues
  • Wrongful credentials
  • Board representation
  • Medical device and pharmaceutical products
  • Medical malpractice claims
  • Monitoring and medication errors

Types of Clients

Our clients include general and specialty hospitals, outpatient facilities, physicians, nurses, physician networks, assisted living centers, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, pharmacists, dentists and allied healthcare professionals, and medical and equipment supply companies.

Business Transactions and Financing

The Firm provides general corporate, administrative and finance services to healthcare companies and providers ranging from large not-for-profit healthcare networks to small independent, private hospitals and other entities such as home health agencies, imaging centers, physician groups and healthcare ancillary services. Cowles & Thompson represents employers, insurers and third party administrators in connection with contracts to provide employee medical benefits and has managed care contract experience. Healthcare-related employee benefits and labor services provided by the Firm’s Healthcare Practice include ERISA counseling, and Americans with Disability Act compliance.

Other Areas of Representation

Attorneys service clients in a wide array of corporate, and financial services issues relevant to the healthcare industry. This includes representation in the areas of reimbursement/payment, compliance, HIPAA, physician organizations, medical staff, long-term care, disease management, joint ventures and other services unique to the healthcare providers. Clients are also represented on the litigation and dispute resolution side, including commercial and contract matters, regulatory and governmental issues, and defense of tort cases. Our expertise extends beyond medical malpractice defense to include such important areas as:

  • Corporate structure
  • Joint ventures
  • Financing
  • Federal fraud and abuse claims
  • RICO claims
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Risk management

Section Head:  Stuart B. O'Neil