Physicians Joint Venture Attorneys
Helping to Facilitate Successful Joint Ventures for Our Physician Clients
The health care industry has changed significantly in recent years. Many different health entities are joining forces to make health care more accessible and provide more options for consumers. Physician offices are joining with surgeons to open private surgery centers for non-hospital options. Hospitals are pairing with physicians to co-manage hospital clinical service lines. These are only some of many examples of how health care delivery systems and physicians are starting new ventures to integrate clinical and financial interests in the industry.
Problems arise, however, when allegations arise of joint ventures violating federal antitrust laws. It is important for every physician embarking on a joint venture to have the legal counsel and representation of an experienced health care antitrust lawyer. If you need legal assistance and guidance through this process, contact a physician joint venture attorney from The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C.
Complex M&A Ventures
For decades, hospitals and medical staff physicians have had a tense business relationship, and hospitals commonly would retaliate against physicians for having their own practices, or try to present obstacles to their independent ventures. In recent years, however, hospitals and physicians have been aligning their interests to create new agreements, legal structures, and other joint projects that keep in line with the changing culture of the industry. These alliances are becoming increasingly important for physicians to compete in the market. Mergers and acquisitions are complicated transactions, however, and even the slightest problem, such as antitrust allegations, can be a costly hurdle.
When health care entities join together to combine services and enter as new competition in the market, they need to be careful not to violate regulations or raise suspicions of antitrust violations, including unfair competition. However, antitrust laws are a complex web of related regulations and statutes, and it can be all too easy to miss something and face possible liability.
You should always have an experienced antitrust lawyer scrutinizing every aspect of the joint venture. It is important to seek the right representation from a law firm with extensive experience handling matters relating to both the health care industry and antitrust matters.
Antitrust issues can arise from other health care entities or from federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In either situation, a joint venture can face extensive liability or even put the entire operation in jeopardy if the physician and collaborators did not take the proper measures to proactively address antitrust compliance.
Contact a Physicians Joint Venture Attorney for Counsel and Representation
Joint ventures should always have an experienced attorney carefully evaluating and reviewing every aspect of their integration to identify any possible red flags for antitrust issues. If such issues arise, you need a lawyer who knows how to defend against allegations and resolve the matter as quickly as possible. The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can assist you, so please contact us today.