The Arent Fox Health Care practice group is a leading provider of legal services to Hospices and Palliative Care Programs throughout the United States. We advise them on a broad array of matters, including regulatory advice, fraud and abuse issues (e.g., anti-kickback statute, Stark Law, False Claims Act, exclusions), audits, investigations, surveys, reimbursement, contracts, compliance programs, training, corporate structuring, transactions, administrative appeals, state and Federal litigation, government relations, HIPAA and HITECH, and managed care relationships. We represent Hospices and Palliative Care Programs on licensure, certification, coverage and billing issues; conduct internal investigations; defend against Federal and state investigations and audits, involving the Department of Justice, state Departments of Health, the Office of the Inspector General, state Offices of Medicaid Inspector Generals, Medicaid Fraud Control Units, Zone Program Integrity Contractors, Medicaid Integrity Contractors, Recovery Audit Contractors; respond to survey and certification or accreditation deficiencies; and act as general counsel, including labor and employment matters. We conduct compliance audits and implement compliance programs and training. We advise providers on how to establish different types of Palliative Care Programs, and comply with a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape.
Arent Fox is on the forefront of the palliative care initiative, working with state and Federal regulators in an effort to lobby for changes in laws and regulations. We were instrumental in New York State’s amending its Hospice licensure law to include Palliative Care Programs. Arent Fox partners have served on the Regulatory and Public Policy Committees of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and have worked with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).