Healthcare Law

The attorneys in Phillips Murrah’s Healthcare Practice Group are experts dedicated to serving the complex legal needs of professionals and institutions in this volatile industry. We deliver strategic counseling and legal assistance to a broad range of healthcare industry clients, including:

  • Hospitals, multi-hospital systems, specialty hospitals, surgery centers, nursing homes, home health and hospice, clinical laboratories and provider joint ventures
  • Physicians, physician group practices and other health professionals, including allied health professionals and behavioral healthcare providers
  • Insurance companies, self-insured employers, billing companies and healthcare auditing organizations
  • Medical trade associations, vendors and other healthcare industry-related organizations

We represent Direct Primary Care clients on a wide range of state and federal issues including employment and scope of practice issues related to family practice physicians, advanced practice nurses (CNP’s, FNP’s, CNS’s), physician assistants; real estate acquisition, leasing and zoning; practice management; and DPC practice formation.  We also negotiate with prospective employers on behalf of clients seeking to provide DPC services to large and small employer groups.

Our experienced attorneys offer ongoing, strong and supportive relationships to our clients based upon a deep understanding of their businesses and specialties, as well as their commercial and personal objectives. Because of the complicated nature of the healthcare industry and the broad scope of legal services required to meet the needs of our healthcare clients, our attorneys collaborate across the Firm to provide our healthcare clients with comprehensive legal services while providing intimate knowledge of a variety of medical specialties and modalities, including clinical research, behavioral health law and telehealth.


 We offer a full complement of services to healthcare institutions, facilities group practices and other providers:

  • Creation of corporations, partnerships and other legal entities for healthcare providers
  • Reorganization and simplification of healthcare entities to achieve business and regulatory objectives and achieve tax advantages
  • Preparation of compliance plans for individual physician groups and facilities
  • Structuring joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and affiliations
  • Advice on Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act and Stark Law requirements
  • Regulatory and compliance initiatives, responses to investigations of federal and state statutory violations, self-disclosure reporting, defense of excluded providers, negotiating overpayments and penalties, defense of UPIC, TPE, CERT, RAC and commercial payor audits
  • Defense of providers before licensure boards and medical malpractice defense
  • Review and negotiate participating provider agreements with Medicare, Medicaid and other federal plans
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of professional service contracts, lease agreements, real estate acquisitions, sharing arrangements, affiliation agreements, recruiting agreements and letters of intent, employment and severance settlement agreements
  • Bond financing
  • Political advocacy