Doctors

Chapman Law Group has been representing doctors for over 25 years. Our lawyers represent doctors throughout Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and Colorado. Virtually all our clients are health care providers, and nearly half are doctors. We understand the challenges doctors face in their practice, largely in part due to the vast amount of regulations. We also understand the significant investment of time, hard work, and financial resources that doctors put into their career. Therefore, our lawyers work hard to help doctors protect their license, practice, and reputation. Our lawyers for doctors have helped thousands of doctors with matters including:

  • Disciplinary actions: suspensions, revocations, restrictions, administrative complaints, board and ALJ hearings, investigations, appeals, etc.
  • Licensure issues: denials, renewals issues, difficulty obtaining a license, reporting convictions, etc.
  • Criminal actions: fraud, diversion, DUI, drug trafficking, unlawful prescribing, unlicensed practice of medicine, assault, etc.
  • Health care fraud and abuse: Medicare and Medicaid fraud, false claims, kickback, self-referral, and all other civil and criminal health care fraud allegations
  • Regulatory compliance: HIPAA, HITECH, CMS, DEA, state privacy laws, state and federal regulations
  • Business matters: business formation, practice acquisitions, practice buy-in and buy-outs, partnership agreements, adding ancillary services, kickback and Stark compliance review, medical director agreements, employment contracts, permitting and licensing, accreditation, CMS and Medicaid certification and enrollment, business and contract disputes, etc.
  • Health care audits: Medicare, Medicaid, third party, state, DEA
  • Payment matters: reimbursement issues, overpayment issues, audits, administrative actions, criminal actions, disclosure, compliance plans, etc.
  • NPDB Issues
  • Credentialing & Privileging: credentialing denials and revocations, staff privileges denial and revocation, OIG/CMS exclusion, etc.
  • Employment issues: employment contract review, credentialing, termination, harassment claims, disciplinary action, retaliation, residency program issues, employment and contract disputes, etc.
  • DEA: registration issues, enforcement actions, inspections, and hearings
  • Professional liability: medical malpractice, civil and criminal negligence

Because of the vast amount of laws and regulations that impact health care providers, we have teams of attorneys dedicated to specific areas of law. We believe this approach allows our lawyers to become immersed in specific areas of health care law and develop a deep understanding of the nuisances, depth and breadth of health care law. Together, our team of lawyers are highly knowledgeable in all areas of health care law and can handle the most complex health care law cases.

Licensure

We have a team of highly experienced lawyers who are dedicated to professional licensing defense. These lawyers represent doctors daily before the medical boards, state licensing divisions, administrative courts, and DEA. They are exceptionally experienced in defending doctors who face disciplinary action regarding DUI, drug diversion, positive drug tests, criminal convictions, patient complaints, probation violations, impairment issues (PRN, HPRP, OPHP), and unprofessional conduct. Our lawyers for doctors also have experience handling more serious disciplinary actions related to drug trafficking, Medicare fraud, and sexual misconduct. Our lawyers assist doctors during all stages of the disciplinary process: state investigations, informal hearings before the medical board, administrative hearings, appeals, post-action reporting, and probation modifications.

Our licensure attorneys also assist doctors who have difficulty obtaining a medical license or DEA registration, whether due to prior relinquishment, disciplinary or criminal action, or other reasons. See also Medical License Defense and DEA Registration Disciplinary Action.

Negligence

For over 25 years we have been defending doctors accused of malpractice. Many of our lawyers have over 10 years’ experience defending doctors against medical malpractice claims and can handle the most complex malpractice claims. We work with several of the leading malpractice insurers and correctional healthcare providers to defend physicians against malpractice actions. See also Medical Malpractice Defense.

Criminal Defense

Our criminal defense lawyers are unique in that they only represent health care providers, including doctors. Their combined knowledge and experience in criminal law and health care law allows them to handle the most complex cases against physicians. Our lawyers represent doctors facing felony charges related to health care, such as drug trafficking, drug diversion, criminal health care fraud, and sexual misconduct involving a patient(s). Our lawyers for doctors also defend against DUI, assault, shoplifting, and other criminal charges that can threaten a doctor’s medical license, DEA Registration, and CMS enrollment.

Our criminal attorneys not only work hard to defend doctors during criminal action, they also work hard to reduce the collateral consequences that can result from a criminal conviction or mere allegation of criminal wrongdoing (i.e. disciplinary action, loss of employment, credentialing and staff privileges denials, NPDB reports, OIG exclusion, DEA registration revocation). See also Criminal Defense for Physicians.

Regulatory Compliance

Our regulatory lawyers help doctors remain compliant with the many state and federal regulations, including HIPAA, HITECH, state privacy laws, CMS regulations, Medicaid regulations, DEA regulations, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, and EMTALA. Our lawyers work with doctors and their practice to develop compliance plans, perform self-audits, and address deficiencies. We also assist practices during “routine” compliance audits by various state and federal agencies.

Compliance review, creation of detailed compliance plans, and updating is often overlooked; however, it could prevent serious health care fraud charges and is therefore, worth the time and investment.

Transactions

Our transactional lawyers assist doctors with practice ownership matters such as practice start-up, practice acquisition, buying into a practice, adding ancillary services, adding beds, change in location, and practice closure. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting and negotiating sales and purchase agreements, business formation documents, partnership agreements, lease agreements, employment contracts, medical director agreements, and other contracts. Our lawyers also assist with permitting and licensing applications, certificate of need applications and appeals, accreditation, inspections, change of ownership or location filings, and CMS participation.

Practice ownership requires a significant investment of time and finances. Our goal is to help doctors build successful practices and help alleviate the stress and uncertainty in operating a new practice.  Therefore, we carefully consider the tax, financial, risk, and fraud issues that may arise after the transaction is complete. See also Starting a Medical Practice.

Employment

Our lawyers assist physicians with various employment matters, including credentialing, staff privileges, NPDB issues, employment contract review, employer probation and termination issues, wrongful termination claims, employer investigations, residency issues, etc.

Employment termination, revocation or denial of staff privileges, and revocation of credentialing are serious matters for physicians because they may be reportable to medical boards and the NPDB. Our lawyers understand the lasting effects a negative employment action can have on a physician’s career and therefore work hard to prevent such action and minimize negative ramification from an employment-related action.

Lawyers for Doctors in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and Colorado.