SAN DIEGO MEDICAL BUSINESS LAWYERS
Helping Your California Healthcare Business Succeed
Medical and healthcare related business entities are governed by complex laws addressing virtually every aspect of their operation. From complicated business formation rules to OSHA and HIPAA compliance issues, Stark Law and HITECH compliance and patient privacy regulations medical businesses frequently operate under substantial government scrutiny.
The Watkins Firm has served medical professionals and practices and the healthcare field for decades here in San Diego and across Southern California. We provide sound legal advice and counsel to individuals and entities as they consider entering into an employment contract, forming a new medical practice or healthcare related entity, ensuring governance and compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws and regulations or resolving disputes and litigation.
At the Watkins Firm, our San Diego medical business attorneys have the knowledge and experience to guide clients through the formation and administration of medical business entities, as well as the litigation of business disputes. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us or call us today at our offices in San Diego: 858-535-1511.
Healthcare Business and Medical Practice Formation
The formation of a private medical practice, physician group, surgery center, hospital or other medical business or healthcare-related entity is a complex process governed by both corporate and health care law.
California has a specific business entity for those who are licensed professionals such as doctors, healthcare professionals, lawyers, CPA’s, architects and engineers. The entity is called a “Professional Corporation” or PC.
The formation of a Professional Corporation in San Diego or PC saves licensed professionals substantial sums of money. It provides specific operational advantages and the ability to deduct expenses in ways that are different from the traditional corporation or LLC, while providing additional and valuable protections from creditors for each unique shareholder.
One of the challenges associated with a company of professionals is the liability associated with malpractice. In a traditional LLC or corporation if a liability such as malpractice were to occur, all of the owners, members or shareholders may be placed at risk.
In a Professional Corporation or PC, each professional is separated and protected from the actions of a single practitioner. A California Professional Corporation provides additional benefits relating to expenses, insurance and retirement benefits and contributions.
Our attorneys are familiar with the laws governing medical businesses and have assisted many clients in the effective formation of health care businesses.
Physician Contracts and Healthcare Employment Agreements
The contracts between practice groups, medical foundations physicians, healthcare professionals and employees are quite complex. The Watkins Firm’s decades of healthcare and medical law experience protect our clients “going in and coming out.”
Entities and practices need to protect the integrity of the relationship between the practice or entity and their patients while implementing carefully crafted agreements which govern the day-to-day activities of medical practices and associated medical providers. This includes California specific employment agreements for physicians, nurses, technicians and medical professionals which are governed by extensive special legal standards and restrictions.
Employment agreements, policies and procedures and all related HR and employment documents must reflect the developing issues and resulting practices associated with COVID-19 as well as a rapidly changing model for managing patient care across longer workdays and in developing technologies such as “Telemedicine” or “Video Visits” (and all developing tele-health initiatives).
The Watkins Firm also reviews healthcare related agreements and employment documents. Physician contracts today are necessarily lengthy and complex.
New paradigms for the measurement of professional services and Medicare-related payment calculations are impacting existing and new physician contracts throughout the area. Your concerns going in are probably centered on income, equity participation, work and call hours, liability exposure and your right to indemnification as well as decision making authority and influence.
Advising Clients on All Aspects of Medical Business Law
The administration of a medical practice or healthcare business entity can present special challenges unique to the health care field. We are familiar with a wide range of issues relevant to medical institutions, including the following:
- Physician Employment Agreements and Independent Contractor Agreements for Physicians and Medical Professionals
- Insurance terminology and billing codes
- Laws affecting the sale of medical practices
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
- HITECH Act – Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Stark Law Compliance (self-referral, kickbacks and fee splitting)
- Medical employment agreements
Medical and Healthcare Related Disputes and Lawsuits
The Watkins Firm represents and defends medical entities, physicians and other medical professionals, in any business and professional disputes or healthcare arbitration or mediation which may arise.
Learn more about our unique approach to resolving healthcare and medical business disputes and how this leads to cost-effective and timely solutions for our clients.
We understand that whether you are starting a medical business, seeking counsel on day-to-day operations or involved in a dispute, you need a lawyer who is familiar with your business and your profession. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help.
Call 858-535-1511 for a Free Consultation
As a business, we understand the importance of protecting your healthcare or medical business throughout its lifetime, from formation and practice to eventual sale or dissolution. We get to know your business and understand your goals and objectives so that we can provide the most effective combination of advice and services to help you reach them.
Watkins Firm attorneys have worked with literally thousands of local and regional businesses and can help you to avoid business disputes and pitfalls, and prosperously establish and grow your medical practice or healthcare-related business.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of former clients and the legal industry and contact us online or call 858-535-1511 for a free, substantive consultation to discuss your goals or concerns with an experienced San Diego medical and healthcare attorney.
Contact a San Diego Healthcare and Medical Practice Attorney Today
To set up a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable San Diego healthcare and medical practice business lawyers, call us at 858-535-1511 or contact us online.
How long has the Watkins Firm served San Diego's healthcare and medical practice community?
The Watkins Firm has served medical practice and healthcare business entities in San Diego and throughout Southern California for decades.
How can the Watkins Firm help to establish a medical practice or healthcare business?
Our experienced medical and healthcare business attorneys form practices and entities such as California Professional Corporations.
How can the Watkins Firm help a medical business entity?
We can help from startup and formation through hiring, physician and healthcare professional employment contracts and severence, as well as corporate governance and compliance with all federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
Are medical and healthcare entities governed by special laws in California?
Yes, California has many unique laws for medical and healthcare related entities. We ensure compliance with all California and federal laws as well as regulatory issues such as HIPAA and OSHA.