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Varnum delivers long-term strategic insight for health care industry leaders

Hospital systems, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, physician groups, dentists and veterinarians, assisted living and home care providers, private equity funds, insurance companies, and health care financiers across the Midwest and around the country rely on Varnum counsel to formulate, advise and partner in successfully resolving issues and implementing strategic planning.

Every day, Varnum attorneys assist health care organizations in legal matters specific to business and health care. From care delivery to device manufacturing, corporate entities to compliance, and professional and medical staff issues to patient data security and privacy, health care leaders look to Varnum to help them stay at the forefront of a complex, changing industry. Varnum attorneys serve as trusted advisors, supporting opportunities and removing obstacles that create or enhance a health care organization’s business value.

Varnum employs insightful, nuanced legal counsel tailored to the complex, ever-changing needs of health care clients

Varnum attorneys have deep, proven experience in issues specific to health care organizations, ranging from emerging trends in risk-based contracting; to billing and reimbursement issues and insurance fraud; to FDA and HIPAA compliance, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and American Osteopathic Association accreditation, state facility licensing, and Medicare certifications and more.

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Our attorneys are routinely recognized for their excellence and ability to litigate, negotiate and advise clients by Top Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and more.

Legal Practices Related to Health Care

Business and Corporate

Varnum attorneys represent health care organizations across all stages of contractual relations, from negotiation and drafting through compliance with regulatory requirements and the settling of disputes, including breach of contract.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Varnum is experienced in counseling health care providers in developing privacy policies and procedures to conform to the privacy rules required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This includes both the review and preparation of business associate agreements and the drafting of notices of privacy practices.

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Estate Planning

Whether clients are individual physicians or within a group, the estate planning attorneys at Varnum are skilled in protecting health care providers. Asset protection and malpractice risk are unique to the expertise of Varnum attorneys.

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Intellectual Property

As data privacy and management develop in most sectors, the intellectual property attorneys at Varnum focus on health care industry clients in negotiations, customizations and responses to issues such as patents, trademarks and the development of new technologies.

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Labor and Employment

Our labor and employment practice manages medical staffing matters like recruitment, drafting of medical staff bylaws, credentialing and service contracts with decision makers. Varnum advises clients on issues unique to health care within larger employment matters, like worker’s compensation, policies dealing with OSHA, immunization programs and employee medical screenings.

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Litigation and ADR

Varnum trial attorneys defend health care clients in civil and criminal investigations against federal and state authorities and defend against actions under the False Claims Act, Vulnerable Adult Act and in defense of numerous criminal statutes that address health care fraud and abuse.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Varnum M&A attorneys represent health care clients and private equity funds in connection with deals ranging from six figures to hundreds of millions of dollars. These transactions include acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and reorganizations. Varnum M&A attorneys work alongside clients to meet business objectives throughout the deal process and provide knowledge and experience regarding structuring, tax implications, compliance, regulatory requirements and current market pricing and terms. Varnum health care lawyers are often engaged to access our deep M&A and transaction experience for liquidity and high-level financing transactions. The depth and breadth of our M&A and transactional experience is unmatched.

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Real Estate

The Varnum Health Care Team has deep experience in the real estate industry, including the formation of and transactions with RETTs, real estate development, financing, leasing and real property disposition. They capture the unique aspects of the health care industry across all real estate settings.

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Tax Planning, Compliance and Litigation

The firm’s tax practice provides clients with a multitude of specialty skills in tax law. Varnum frequently advises on the impact of a proposed activity on a provider’s tax-exempt status and the related intermediate sanction rules. Varnum has assisted its hospital and senior life care facility clients in structuring and implementing tax-exempt and taxable financings through state and local governmental bond issuers.

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