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Health Care

The Health Care Practice Group has continued to expand and adapt to the ongoing changes facing individuals, institutions and groups involved in today's health care delivery system. Increasing regulation, increasing emphasis on managed care, greater integration of health care delivery systems, new technological advances, major changes in applicable tort law, increasing antitrust claims, insurance crises, changes in third-party payment systems, and increasing emphasis on cost containment, prospective utilization review and effective risk management are just a few of the changes impacting the legal needs of those involved in the health care industry.

Many of our Health Care Practice Group attorneys have substantial medical and dental malpractice defense and medical product liability defense litigation and appellate experience, having defended far more health care providers and institutions than any other law firm in the Pacific Northwest. Our Health Care attorneys have an exceptional depth of knowledge of the vast challenges facing long term health care delivery and frequently counsel clients on issues ranging from regulatory compliance to the defense of personal injury claims, see our Long Term Health Care Practice web page for more information regarding these services.

Behavioral Health Team

Medicare Secondary Payer Response Team

Williams Kastner offers clients involved in the health care delivery system the following services:

Litigation

  • Medical malpractice and medical product liability defense
  • Medical malpractice and product liability appeals
  • Licensing matters and disciplinary proceedings
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse claims
  • Staff privilege disputes
  • Libel and defamation claims
  • Antitrust claims
  • Review and drafting of policies, procedures, and disclosure and consent forms
  • Risk management

Business Planning and Formation

  • Corporate formation and planning
  • Partnership formation
  • Partnership disputes
  • Joint ventures
  • Acquisition and sale of medical practices and health care institutions
  • Employment contracts
  • Real estate matters
  • Equipment purchases, sales and leases
  • Tax and employee benefits matters, including qualified plans
  • Buy-Sell agreements
  • Formation of clinics without walls, IPAs, MSOs, PHOs and other forms of integrated delivery systems
  • Debt collection
  • Risk management

Insurance

  • Drafting, construction, enforcement of insurance policies covering health care providers
  • Drafting, construction, and enforcement of insurance policies providing reimbursement mechanisms for health care providers
  • Risk management
  • Representation of providers in coding and billing disputes with all third party payors -- insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid

Labor and Employment

  • Labor-Management relations
  • Contract analysis
  • Unfair labor practice representation
  • Arbitration/grievance and interest arbitration
  • Supervisor training
  • Corporate reorganization and long-range planning
  • Employee benefits
  • Employment practices
  • Employment agreements
  • Risk management

E-Documents/E-Discovery

  • Litigation Readiness
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Document Retention Policies
  • Data Mapping
  • Document Productions

We are experienced in working with state and federal regulations including workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Washington's Industrial Safety and Health Act, federal and state wage and hour laws and regulations, hazardous material notification, prevailing wage (Davis-Bacon) and affirmative action.

Our Health Care Practice Group has accumulated the familiarity and experience to provide the wide range of legal services increasingly needed by health care providers. As a full-service law firm, we strive to service our clients' routine needs as well as counsel and represent them in sophisticated and complex matters and litigation.