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The types of matters that fall within the field of health law are numerous. If you need help drafting or reviewing a physician employment contract, revising hospital legal policies or other matters, contact our firm today. An experienced health law attorney can review your issue and help you develop the best solution to meet your needs.

We work to position our clients for success while protecting them from unnecessary risk.

Frequently Asked Questions about Health Law

Q: What is health law?

A: Health law is a generic term covering a wide variety of legal issues, including hospital administration and regulation, licensure, physician-patient relationships, patient privacy, Medicare and Medicaid funding and payment reimbursement, health insurance providers and their relationships with hospitals and physicians and drug and medical device regulation. Most attorneys practicing in the area of health law work with industry players rather than with patients.

Q: What is HIPAA?

A: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996. The Act seeks to protect the confidentiality of patient information by requiring hospitals and other health care providers to follow certain procedures in transmitting and storing patient information. Additionally, HIPAA provides patients with the right to view and have copies made of their confidential patient information and requires patient consent prior to using patient information for anything other than for treatment, payment or health care operations.

At Seiller Waterman LLC, our attorneys represent a large number of health-related clients, including individual physicians and clinics to hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities.

To learn more about health care law, please review the information below and visit our Health Care Law page. To arrange a consultation with a lawyer experienced in representing health care organizations, please contact our office in Louisville, Kentucky.

Health Care - An Overview

We understand the special concerns involved with running a health care organization, from HIPAA compliance to Medicare and Medicaid issues.

Health law is a rapidly growing legal specialty in a rapidly changing marketplace. Because the health care industry is currently the largest sector of the U.S. economy, many interesting issues and challenges arise. The practice of health law is deeply influenced by the fact that health care is the most heavily regulated industry in the US.

If you have a health law issue, contact an attorney at Seiller Waterman LLC in Louisville, Kentucky today for experienced legal advice.

Generally, health law is practiced by lawyers representing industry players rather than patients. Health lawyers include in-house counsel for hospitals, clinics and nursing homes; attorneys representing pharmacies and laboratories; and those managing regulatory compliance, HIPAA and billing policy issues for health insurers, HMOs, managed care organizations and corporate human resource departments. They also can be solo practitioners representing a single doctor's office, substance abuse treatment center, AIDS advocacy organization or health care industry trade association.

Although medical malpractice, dangerous drugs and medical devices, recalls, standards of care and other issues involving harm to individuals are legal areas that intersect health law, it is more likely that health law attorneys will become involved in the regulatory or policy end of these matters. Bioethics, professional ethics, policies and procedures and political issues are all related to this broad legal specialty.

Types of Health Law

The term "health law" covers a broad range of issues handled by legal professionals in a number of fields. Below are some of the types of health law services provided by attorneys practicing in this area.

Health Information Privacy

  • Medical record retention rules, confidentiality and HIPAA compliance

Health Care Provider Regulation and Administration

  • Regulatory approval and licensing for health care providers
  • Hospital accreditation, provider affiliation, staff privileges and academic affiliation of teaching hospitals
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Stark and anti-kickback laws
  • Mergers and acquisitions of for-profit and non-profit hospitals and antitrust law
  • Obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status
  • Drafting and enforcing hospital bylaws
  • Managed care entities: MCOs, IPAs, PPOs, PHOs, PSOs, IHSs, MSOs, PPMs and IDSs
  • Nursing home and other assisted living facility administration and regulation
  • Preventing and dealing with deficiencies in patient care, medical protocols and procedures
  • Regulation of medical practice, professional ethics and bioethics
  • Choice and implementation of new technology in health care

Insurance and Payment for Health Care Services

  • Insurance, Medicare/Medicaid and third-party payor liability and reimbursement rates
  • Health insurance coverage, disputes and bad faith claims
  • Medicaid and Medicare billing issues
  • Medicaid, Medicare and SCHIP disputes
  • Health care, Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Hospital lien-for-payment rules
  • Prompt payment laws
  • Illegal kickbacks, patient referrals, physician incentive plans, percentage fee arrangements and other payment issues

Labor and Employment Issues Inside and Outside of the Health Care Industry

  • Drafting hospital-physician employment agreements, physician rate regulation, doctors' unions and collective bargaining

Drug and Medical Device Regulation

  • Food and Drug Administration issues
  • Dispenser liability
  • Prescription drug advertising and marketing
  • Over-the-counter drug, dietary supplement, cosmetics, food labeling and advertising regulation
  • Regulation of exports and imports of foods and cosmetics

Public Policy

  • Public health policy and regulation
  • Withdrawal of life support, refusal of care and death-and-dying issues
  • Assisted reproduction and rights of ownership over embryos
  • Medicaid, Medicare and SCHIP policy


Health law is a vast field serving many interests. From advising physician groups on choice of entity to providing legal representation to hospital CEOS, to regulating the implementation of new medical devices to handling medical billing disputes, attorneys practicing health law offer many different services.

To discuss your organization's health law needs, contact an attorney from Seiller Waterman LLC in Louisville, Kentucky.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

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