Representing Health Care Providers
Health care provider organizations retain McNair for help with the full spectrum of their operating, regulatory, administrative and dispute resolution needs. Because we focus on representing health care providers – general care and acute hospitals and health systems, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, physician organizations and clinics – we have the experience to address your concerns, without the conflicting interests that can rise from representing insurers or patients. On behalf of provider clients, our lawyers handle litigation, facilitate business combinations, and provide regulatory and public affairs advocacy.
Four members of our team have been selected by their professional peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in 2013 for Health Care law. By drawing on McNair’s firmwide capabilities, our health care lawyers have the insight and capabilities to address health care providers’ business and legal needs.
- McNair Assists Palmetto Health in Forming New Health Company with Greenville Health SystemJune 19, 2017
- Twenty-Three McNair Attorneys Named in 2017 Edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®April 26, 2017
- McNair Receives National and Metropolitan Honors in 2017 Best Law FirmsNovember 1, 2016
- Six McNair Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"August 24, 2016
- 54 McNair Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017August 15, 2016
- McNair Attorneys Named Among Legal Elite of the MidlandsAugust 9, 2016
- Twenty-Three McNair Attorneys Named in 2016 Edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®April 28, 2016
- McNair Attorneys Named Among Legal Elite of the UpstateAugust 3, 2015
- McNair Attorneys Named Among Legal Elite of the UpstateAugust 4, 2014
- Twenty-Three McNair Attorneys Named in 2014 Edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®April 25, 2014
- Sixteen McNair Attorneys Named in 2013 Edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®May 3, 2013
- McNair Ranked on 2013 “Best Law Firms” List By U.S. News Best Lawyers®November 1, 2012
- Fifteen McNair Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2012®March 28, 2012
- Thirteen McNair Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2011®April 1, 2011
- Employing Foreign National Physicians in SC - Key Compliance StrategiesNovember 13, 2014
- Staying on the "Cutting Edge" of Immigration and Affordable Care Act Compliance: Avoiding Liability, Knowing Key Strategies and Preparing for ChangeNovember 15, 2013
- The "Cutting Edge" of Immigration and the Affordable Care Act Compliance: Avoiding Liability, Knowing Key Strategies and Preparing for ChangeSeptember 9, 2013
Bruning, Shannon C.Consultant - Columbia, SCsbruning@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
Crum, M. ElizabethShareholder - Columbia, SClcrum@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
Garner Jr., M. Craig Shareholder - Columbia, SCcgarner@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
Gray, Wm. DouglasOf Counsel - Greenville, SCdgray@mcnair.net864.271.4940 Main
Jones, Celeste T.Shareholder - Columbia, SCcjones@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
McKinney, Rita M.Of Counsel - Greenville, SCrmckinney@mcnair.net864.271.4940 Main
Melling, Andrew G.Shareholder - Columbia, SCamelling@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
Trinkley, Jane W.Shareholder - Columbia, SCjtrinkley@mcnair.net803.799.9800 Main
Williams, Donald M.Shareholder - Charleston, SCdwilliams@mcnair.net843.723.7831 Main
We also represent healthcare organizations in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and contracting arrangements in a manner that complies with all aspects of antitrust requirements and related fraud and abuse enforcement and regulation. That includes counsel regarding Federal Trade Commission investigations of alleged price-fixing and anti-competitive practices.
You’ll get advice on how to create mergers of hospital facilities as well as ventures between hospitals and providers with the cost efficiencies you want and the regulatory compliance you need. In any transaction, you’ll get assistance in structuring arrangements to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FTC's Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in the Health Care Area. Hospitals rely on our working relationships with the regulatory authorities to secure approval of state health regulators and similar authorities. Your hospital or medical center will be positioned to respond to questions, investigation or litigation of antitrust concerns over delivery of health care services.
Example of our Services
McNair played a key role in the creation of one of South Carolina’s leading health care systems, with a major presence in two counties. Because it involved a combination of a private institution with one that was government-owned, the transaction was a multi-year process that involved the full range of our firm’s practices. For example, after being formed, following negotiations among former competitors, the new entity required and obtained 501 (c)(3) status, the first Certificate of Public Advantage issued in South Carolina, anti-trust clearance, appropriate disposition of outstanding financings of the two parties, and favorable judicial disposition of constitutional issues.
One of the biggest challenges facing health care providers in today’s cost-sensitive market environment is securing certificates of need and certificates of exemption from state governing bodies that oversee and approve facility expansion. Whether your health care operation intends to build, add to or modify its existing physical plant, or undertake a significant new capital expenditure, McNair can help you at every step in the regulatory approval process.
You get advice on compliance strategies for all significant certification threshold issues, including permit applications, exemption requests and cost overrun determinations. Our lawyers will represent you before the state planning board responsible for your operations, and have a record of obtaining favorable advisory opinions and rulings. If necessary on your behalf, we will undertake administrative appeals and public policy lobbying to secure the necessary support for your expansion.
You can rely on McNair for comprehensive counsel on the legal, compliance and policy issues governing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. No matter what your health care service or product, you get representation at all levels of the Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies, especially the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). An important part of that representation involves handling payment disputes before the CMS Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB), the independent panel to which you can appeal if you are dissatisfied with a reimbursement decision.
We also have experience dealing with reimbursement issues involving TRICARE, the federally funded health program for military personnel and their families. Our knowledge of the policies and personnel of these and other agencies gives you the insight necessary to resolve reimbursement controversies and help you secure full payment.
Example of our Services
McNair tried to verdict the first administrative case ever in the country involving TRICARE reimbursement issues. The dispute was heard in Colorado, and we secured a successful reimbursement result for our health system client.
Any health care provider could face allegations of fraud and abuse under federal and state laws regulating kickbacks and physician self-referral, as well as Medicare and Medicaid billing and reimbursement rules. We give you guidance on how to structure internal investigations and litigation defenses to deal with government actions.
If you face a False Claims Act investigation by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), you can turn to us knowing that we have represented providers like you in investigations, administrative proceedings and trials. Beyond the fraud and abuse issue, we work with provider organizations to proactively identify reimbursement problems by improving existing and proposed coding, billing, collection, consulting and reassignment arrangements.
Example of our Services
Our client, a state-chartered medical school in the South and currently a leader at training health professionals in its medical center and six colleges, was one of a number of organizations nationwide that were involved in PATH (Physicians at Teaching Hospitals) audit cases brought by the OIG. As documented by the CMS, McNair achieved a favorable outcome for our client.
Not-for-profit hospitals or health care provider organizations which enter joint ventures, acquisitions and provider contracting arrangements face increasing scrutiny from federal and state taxing authorities on whether these activities are consistent with tax-exempt status. We know that maintaining your 501(c)(3) exemption is vital, and use our experience and knowledge of applicable tax laws and regulations on your behalf.
You also get the help you need on dealing with the tax implications of physician recruitment, tax-exempt financing, sales tax exemption and other operational concerns. For tax-exempt entities entering business transactions, we use well tested strategies or, where required by the circumstance, develop strategies to maintain 501(c)(3) classification, create new charitable or religious entities, review and revise organizational charters and bylaws so that they conform to tax code requirements, and establish new corporate structures or leasing arrangements to handle unrelated business income tax issues.
If there are IRS or state tax law questions about actions taken, you get representation and negotiation that fully and persuasively supports your position.
Example of our Services
McNair secured tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status when one of the state's largest health care systems was formed by a religious institution and a county government. And when our client, a manufacturer of prosthetic devices, faced the loss of its state sales tax exemption, McNair effectively worked through the court system and with state taxing authorities to reaffirm the exemption for both pharmaceuticals and prosthetics.
McNair regularly defends health care providers and provider organizations against claims alleging malpractice, wrongful death and patient abuse. We represent hospitals and large hospital systems, long-term care providers, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, physician organizations and other health care providers in trial and appellate proceedings arising out of allegations of medical negligence. We understand that the elements of a negligence lawsuit—duty of care, breach of duty, injury—aim at the heart of a health care professional’s skill, commitment and reputation.