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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Health Care Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Arbitration Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
Jeffrey B. Coopersmith was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Education Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Iselin, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Oakland, California Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
J. Richard Kiefer was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

J. Richard Kiefer

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Insurance Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
Norman F. Klick, Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Norman F. Klick, Jr.

Walker, Allen, Grice, Ammons & Foy, L.L.P.
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Syracuse, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
Sean R. McKenna was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sean R. McKenna

Spencer Fane LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Municipal Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Springfield, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Jericho, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care

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Practice Area Definition

Definition

Health care law is a cross-disciplinary practice centered on the laws impacting the delivery and financing of health care goods and services. In the United States, the health care industry is heavily regulated at the federal, state, and local levels. Regulation of the industry is characterized by constant and rapid change, often involving efforts to contain health care costs, improve access to health care goods and services, and enhance the quality of care.

Much of the federal government’s regulation of the health care industry derives from its oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provide health benefits to the elderly and indigent. Examples of other significant federal health care laws include the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which regulates the human drugs, biological products, and medical devices; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which includes protections on the privacy and security of protected health information; and the False Claims Act, which gives private individuals a right to bring an action on behalf of the government to recover improper payments. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, is sweeping federal legislation designed to expand access to health insurance, reduce health care spending, expand federal fraud and abuse authorities, and institute a variety of other health policy reforms.

State governments generally oversee health and safety and regulate providers of health services and insurance within the state. Typically, a state licenses health care facilities and individual health care professionals, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, and others. State “corporate practice” rules may govern the manner in which professional services can be offered. Some states have health planning laws that require the issuance of a “certificate of need” before certain new health services or facilities may be furnished in the state. Under common law authority or specific state statutes, state attorneys general oversee charitable health care assets, and often play a central role in the review of merger and acquisition transactions involving non-profit health care providers.

These and other health care laws have a pervasive effect on the activities of participants in the health care industry. As a result, health care lawyers play a central role in counseling on compliance in connection with operations; structuring and negotiation transactions; responding to governmental investigations; pursuing and defending litigation in courts and before administrative agencies; advocacy on legislation and regulation; and corporate governance matters.

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Health care law is a cross-disciplinary practice centered on the laws impacting the delivery and financing of health care goods and services. In the United States, the health care industry is heavily regulated at the federal, state, and local levels. Regulation of the industry is characterized by constant and rapid change, often involving efforts to contain health care costs, improve access to health care goods and services, and enhance the quality of care.

Much of the federal government’s regulation of the health care industry derives from its oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provide health benefits to the elderly and indigent. Examples of other significant federal health care laws include the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which regulates the human drugs, biological products, and medical devices; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which includes protections on the privacy and security of protected health information; and the False Claims Act, which gives private individuals a right to bring an action on behalf of the government to recover improper payments. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, is sweeping federal legislation designed to expand access to health insurance, reduce health care spending, expand federal fraud and abuse authorities, and institute a variety of other health policy reforms.

State governments generally oversee health and safety and regulate providers of health services and insurance within the state. Typically, a state licenses health care facilities and individual health care professionals, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, and others. State “corporate practice” rules may govern the manner in which professional services can be offered. Some states have health planning laws that require the issuance of a “certificate of need” before certain new health services or facilities may be furnished in the state. Under common law authority or specific state statutes, state attorneys general oversee charitable health care assets, and often play a central role in the review of merger and acquisition transactions involving non-profit health care providers.

These and other health care laws have a pervasive effect on the activities of participants in the health care industry. As a result, health care lawyers play a central role in counseling on compliance in connection with operations; structuring and negotiation transactions; responding to governmental investigations; pursuing and defending litigation in courts and before administrative agencies; advocacy on legislation and regulation; and corporate governance matters.