The national healthcare practice at Rickard & Associates is defined by three decades of in-depth experience with the unique and challenging issues facing our ever-evolving healthcare system. With clients ranging from national healthcare systems to general practitioners, our healthcare practice is as varied as the industry itself.
At Rickard & Associates, we advise healthcare providers and practitioners in all areas of their business operations. Our firm has extensive experience in healthcare business negotiations, hiring and firing, job descriptions, employee handbooks, as well as negotiating and enforcing service contracts.
Many of our healthcare lawyers have direct experience working in the healthcare industry, giving us a firsthand perspective on what’s needed to succeed and how best to accomplish transactions, navigate regulatory frameworks and manage litigation-related situations.
Some of our healthcare services include:
Healthcare Business Transactions
The attorneys at Rickard & Associates bring in-depth experience with the healthcare industry to bear as they review, draft and advise clients concerning contracts specific to healthcare providers, including: employment contracts, management service contracts, business associate agreements, vendor service contracts as well as real estate purchase and lease agreements specifically tailored for healthcare providers. We review all transactions for compliance with HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback and False Claims regulations.
Every healthcare organization must be compliant with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). Rickard & Associates is a leading provider of expertise and support on HIPAA implementation. If you are not yet HIPAA compliant, our attorneys will assist you in taking the steps necessary to achieve compliance. If you have already implemented HIPAA compliance measures, our attorneys will counsel your organization on the government’s latest guidance, helping you to understand the impact of these changes on your organization.
An effective compliance plan can prevent problems from arising, and will cost pennies on the dollar compared to attempting to repair problems later or, worse, facing an audit. Rickard & Associates has extensive experience with every aspect of creating and implementing cost-effective compliance plans, identifying high-risk practice areas, creating standards, policies and training for your staff, monitoring performance and helping you recognize and correct problems before regulators do. We also are regularly involved in assisting with government investigations.
One of the most cost-effective ways to meet your healthcare regulatory requirements is to have Rickard & Associates train your staff. In larger organizations, we train staff members to be employee trainers. We provide training seminars on a wide variety of topics, including: Compliance 101, Developing a Compliance Plan, Handling a Government Investigation, Identifying High Risk Practices, HIPAA Readiness, Coding Solutions, etc. We can also assist you in designing seminars that address your specific areas of concern and needs.
Rickard & Associates is well equipped to assist you with your reimbursement questions. In addition to our vast healthcare experience, our staff includes Certified Professional Coders (CPC). This allows us to use not only our legal expertise, but also our healthcare experience to provide you with the correct answers to your reimbursement issues. We also handle Medicare and Third Party Payer Audits.
General Counsel Services
Managing a healthcare organization requires solutions to hundreds of unique and often complex issues, many with legal aspects. From healthcare business negotiations, coding and audits, hiring and firing, job descriptions, employee handbooks, negotiating and enforcing service contracts, and more, the attorneys at Rickard & Associates have experience handling all of these matters for your healthcare organization.