Health Care Litigation

Health Care Litigation

The rapid changes in health care regulation and in the health care market frequently generate disputes and litigation.

Whether health care disputes originate as litigation or as part of our health care practice, our litigation and health care attorneys work together, drawing on their knowledge and experience of the health care industry, health law and regulation, and the state and federal court and/or regulatory system.

The primary objective of our health law strategy is to avoid the financial and personal costs of litigation through application of risk management, proactive compliance, and litigation avoidance strategies.  Yet, when disputes or regulatory matters necessitate litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, or other actions, Ruder Ware works with hospitals, clinics, and physician clients to develop effective litigation strategies designed to protect their interests.

Our attorneys frequently provide subject matter expertise and support to other law firms in support of health care litigation.  Additionally, Ruder Ware has a developed network of expert support available as needed in disputes involving “niche” area disputes.

Health care litigation and litigation support services we provide to clients include:

  • Business disputes involving health care providers
  • Health care contract disputes
  • Government certification disputes
  • Ambulatory surgery center investor disputes and exclusions
  • Compliance investigations and support
  • Government investigations
  • Managed care litigation
  • Health care antitrust claims
  • Fraud and abuse matters
  • HIPAA investigations and government inquiries
  • Investigations regarding mental health and SAMHSA records
  • Patient grievance investigations and resolution
  • Medical staff credentialing disputes
  • State license investigations and disputes
  • State and federal administrative hearings
  • Disputes involving software and major system installations
  • Non-compete enforcement and defense
  • Self-disclosure and overpayment defense

Should legal disputes extend beyond Wisconsin, Ruder Ware’s affiliation with Meritas®, an international alliance of law firms, means our network of lawyers can provide counsel for clients anywhere in this country or around the world.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services. A full-service law firm, over 45 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

FTC’s Non-Compete Proposal: FAQ

Posted on January 11, 2023 by and

Dear Ruder, we are getting lots of long emails from various sources about this proposed noncompete ban.  Can you please break this down in easy-to-read language so we don’t have to review the entire 216 pages of the FTC’s proposed rule? Dear Reader, Yes we can! See our answers to some frequently asked questions below! […]

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Posted on January 6, 2023 by

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) started the new year off with a bang when it announced in a press release on January 5, 2023 that it is proposing a new rule that would ban many employee non-compete clauses. The press release follows a 3-1 vote by the FTC to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking […]

OIG Identifies Seven Telehealth Fraud Indicators in Recent Program Integrity Brief

Posted on January 4, 2023 by

In a September 2022 brief concerning program integrity, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) identified seven measures to identify providers who may present a high risk for improper Medicare telehealth billing.  These seven factors should serve as a guide to providers and their compliance officers when identifying potential fraud risk in […]

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Posted on December 28, 2022 by

One of the biggest challenges a compliance officer faces is establishing a strong commitment to creating a culture of compliance and obtaining recognition–there needs to be a compliance “tone from the top” of an organization.  There are numerous potential challenges to getting buy-in for this concept.  This can create frustration for compliance officers aware of […]

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Posted on December 20, 2022 by

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DOJ’s Monaco Memorandum Refocuses on Individual Accountability, Prompt Self-Disclosure, and Clear Guidelines to Prosecutors

Posted on September 21, 2022 by

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Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth Released by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services

Posted on August 15, 2022 by

On July 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released “Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth: Federal Protections to Ensure Accessibility to People with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Persons” (Telehealth Guidance). The complete Telehealth Guidance can be accessed on the HHS Website.  The Telehealth […]

Special Fraud Alert on Telemedicine Company Arrangements Issued by OIG

Posted on August 5, 2022 by

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has issued a Special Fraud Alert covering potential fraudulent arrangements involving companies providing telemedicine services.  This Special Fraud Alert comes at a time telehealth is seeing a great deal of expansion on the heels of the COVID pandemic.  In the Special Fraud Alert, the OIG focuses on fraud schemes […]

CMS Proposes Changes to Direct Supervision Rules of Counselors and Other Behavioral Health Providers

Posted on July 14, 2022 by

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule seeking public comment on various policy changes impacting payment and process under Medicare Part B.  The proposed rules were published on July 7, 2022.  A large part of the focus of the proposed rule changes involves the expansion of […]

Resolving Business Disputes

Posted on May 10, 2022 by

In a perfect world, business owners could spend all of their time and money focusing on a singular task:  running their business.  Despite the best laid plans, however, at some point ancillary concerns will arise and require—at least to some extent—that a business divert its resources to address and correct an issue.  One area of […]

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