Healthcare Policy

Overview

BakerHostetler’s Healthcare Policy team combines the efforts of experienced health law practitioners and policy professionals on behalf of clients seeking to resolve or avert public policy concerns through legislative or administrative action. We serve as partners and counselors for our clients as they navigate today’s complex and rapidly changing healthcare industry environment.

A Full Range of Capabilities

We approach our clients individually to craft a strategy for advocacy. This involves spending time with the client’s team to identify priorities, strengths, and issues of concern. Our team employs a strategy that engages members and staff from both sides of the political aisle and invites all interested parties to participate in crafting a legislative, regulatory, or administrative solution that both addresses the client’s concerns and adheres to sound principles of government policy. Policy achievements are accomplished through bipartisan advocacy efforts.

Our team develops strategic plans tailored to specific legislative and administrative goals. The team includes numerous former senior executive branch officials and former Capitol Hill staff members. Our extensive knowledge base and government contacts allow us to navigate the political waters in Washington, D.C., and beyond for healthcare industry clients interested in influencing the direction of change.

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Our team understands the core healthcare issues that drive our clients’ strategies, and we work seamlessly to provide health policy-focused services and solutions for a wide variety of clients, including:

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Physician Groups
  • Home Health and Hospice Care
  • Dental Practices
  • Long-term Care Providers
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Suppliers of Healthcare-related Goods
  • Trade Associations
  • Pharmacies
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Biologics and Cosmetics

Select Experience

  • Represent the nation’s leading pediatric hospital association in their efforts to develop special national network options in Medicaid policy for children with complex conditions; called the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (HR 546/S 298), a bipartisan legislative initiative.
  • Represent hospitals in Texas and Washington State in challenging a CMS interpretation of the hospital-specific DSH reimbursement limit relative to the calculation of Medicaid shortfall.
  • Represent hospitals before Congress relating to Medicaid, CHIP, state-needed payments, and other government program reimbursement matters.
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Experience

  • Represent the nation’s leading pediatric hospital association in their efforts to develop special national network options in Medicaid policy for children with complex conditions; called the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (HR 546/S 298), a bipartisan legislative initiative.
  • Represent hospitals in Texas and Washington State in challenging a CMS interpretation of the hospital-specific DSH reimbursement limit relative to the calculation of Medicaid shortfall.
  • Represent hospitals before Congress relating to Medicaid, CHIP, state-needed payments, and other government program reimbursement matters.
  • Routinely work with CMS, HRSA, CMM, and FDA to present client concerns, provide regulatory comments, and draft policy.
  • Advise pharmaceutical, medical device, and biologic manufacturers as well as private equity funds on recent FDA policy actions.
  • Represent clients in 340B and other reimbursement-related matters.

Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

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Health Law Update
Senate Democrats recently introduced the Stop Price Gouging Act
February 15, 2019
Senate Democrats recently introduced the Stop Price Gouging Act (S. 378), which seeks to place an excise tax on pharmaceutical companies in proportion to price spikes on prescription drugs. The bill generally requires a company to justify...
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Health Law Update
PE Investment in Physician Practice Management ? What's to Come in 2019?
By Jessie M. Gabriel, Adam D. Gale, Laurice Rutledge Lambert, Jennifer P. Whitton
February 13, 2019
Private equity (PE) investors entered the physician practice management (PPM) market in 2011, and eight years later the PPM sector continues to be a ripe middle market for PE investors looking to diversify their portfolios. However, as the...
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Health Law Update
The Use of Smart Speakers in Healthcare
January 31, 2019
Smart speakers are voice-activated, internet-connected devices with an integrated virtual assistant that can answer questions, follow instructions and control other smart devices. Nearly one in five U.S. adults has access to a smart...
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Health Law Update
Provisioning Workforce Access to Electronic Protected Health Information: It May Be ‘Common Sense,’ but Is It Easy to Implement?
By Paulette M. Thomas
January 22, 2019
In December 2018, Pagosa Springs Medical Center settled potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule violations and entered into a corrective action plan with the Office for Civil Rights...
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Health Law Update
Physician Hospitalist Group Settles with OCR and Enters Into a Resolution Agreement for Failure to Have HIPAA Policies and Business Associate Agreement in Place
By Paulette M. Thomas
December 18, 2018
On Dec. 5, 2018, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Advanced Care Hospitalists PL (ACH) had entered into a $500,000 settlement and resolution agreement (RA) resulting...
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