Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care

Keeping You Afloat Amidst A Rising Sea Of Regulations
The home health, hospice, and palliative care industries increasingly play a role in most people’s daily lives. Arent Fox is one of the few law firms with a dedicated group of attorneys with extensive experience in serving these providers.

With a  growing number of elderly Americans, the home health, hospice, and palliative care industries increasingly play a role in most people’s daily lives. Arent Fox is one of the few law firms with a dedicated group of attorneys with extensive experience in serving home health, hospice, and palliative care providers. For more than 25 years, we have advised clients in these unique and specialized industries on transactions, regulatory matters, compliance, and litigation strategy. We also routinely act as general counsel to home health, hospice, and palliative care providers, offering tailored legal advice on diverse issues such as labor and employment and corporate matters, including advising clients on corporate ownership structures, and recommending relationships that maximize new service capabilities and revenue potential. 

Arent Fox is on the forefront of the palliative care initiative, working with state and Federal regulators in an effort to lobby for changes in laws and regulations. We advise palliative care providers on how to establish different types of Palliative Care Programs and how to comply with a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape. We were instrumental in New York State amending its Hospice licensure law to include Palliative Care Programs. 

In addition, we regularly defend home health agencies, hospices, and palliative care providers throughout the United States in Federal and state investigations and audits, involving: 

  • The Department of Justice
  • The Office of the Inspector General
  • State Offices of Medicaid Inspector Generals 
  • State Departments of Health
  • State Medicaid Fraud Control Units
  • Zone Program Integrity Contractors and Unified Program Integrity Contractors
  • Recovery Audit Contractors

How We Help

  • Regulatory matters
  • Fraud and abuse issues, including:
  1. Anti-kickback Statute
  2. Stark Law
  3. False Claims Act
  • Providing compliance guidance, conducting compliance audits and implementing compliance programs and training
  • Corporate structuring, contracts, and transactions
  • Conducting internal investigations 
  • Licensure, certification, coverage, reimbursement, and billing issues
  • Professional services agreements, management agreements, and joint ventures
  • Responding to survey, certification or accreditation deficiencies
  • State and Federal litigation and administrative appeals
  • HIPAA and HITECH
  • Managed care relationships
  • Government relations

As a strong complement to our legal service offerings for home health, hospice and palliative care providers, we also have teams with deep experience in serving clients in the fields of hospitals and health systems, life sciences, long term care and senior living, medical devices, and in nonprofit organization matters generally.

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