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 through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Matthew J. Shin Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

Matthew Shin’s intellectual property and business transactions practice has supported the development and commercialization of new technologies, products, and services in laboratories, factories, and computing systems around the world.      

Attorney Andrew Lorenz Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Lorenz to our Eau Claire attorney team. An Eau Claire native,  Andrew is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Prior to beginning his legal career he served four years with the United States Marine Corps.  At Ruder Ware, […]

Supreme Court of Wisconsin Ends State Mask Mandate on March 31

Posted on March 31, 2021 by and

Today, March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ended the state-wide mask mandate after finding Executive Order (EO) #105 to be unlawful, ending it immediately.  Governor Tony Evers issued EO #105 shortly after the Wisconsin Legislature revoked EO #104. This decision also blocks Governor Evers from issuing further emergency orders under Wis. Stat. § 323.10 […]

Major Changes Proposed to HIPAA Privacy Rules

Posted on December 15, 2020 by

Late last week, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to make significant revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly known as HIPAA.  HIPAA was first enacted in the late 1990s and the health care system […]

OSHA Issues New Guidance on Respiratory Protection in Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted on November 9, 2020 by

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a respiratory protection guidance for nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities (LTCF) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This guidance recommends that everyone use “source control measures” at all times while in an LTCF, even if the wearer does not have symptoms of the virus.  […]

Wisconsin Face Covering Mandate to Begin August 1st

Posted on July 30, 2020 by

Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #1 on July 30, 2020 implementing a statewide face covering mandate. The face covering requirement will begin on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and will expire September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding emergency order. The Order requires every individual over the age of five in Wisconsin wear a face […]

Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces $100 Million Grant Program for Providers

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

The Evers administration just announced a new grant funding program for long-term care, home and community based services, and emergency medical services.  The grant program is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding is intended to help health care providers who are considered to be most at-risk for […]

Additional COVID-19 Blanket Waivers Released by CMS

Posted on May 12, 2020 by

As we previously predicted, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has continued to issue expansions of the Blanket Waivers applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  CMS states the reason for issuing these waivers is to give heath care providers the flexibility they require to fulfill their patient care obligations during the pandemic. The PDF […]

Wisconsin Governor Suspends Some Administrative Rules During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on May 5, 2020 by

Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm have issued another emergency order, Emergency Order #35 (Order #35), directed at suspending certain administrative rules in an attempt to remove unnecessary impediments to the fight against the virus. A major focus of Order #35 is assuring that Medicaid members retain […]

Special Restrictions Apply To Substance and Alcohol Rehabilitation Patient Records; Even In A Pandemic

Posted on May 5, 2020 by

The Office of Civil Rights’ “Notification of Enforcement Discretion” regarding COVID- 19 and remote telehealth communications do not apply to information protected under 42 CFR Part 2.  These Part 2 regulations protect the confidentiality of certain substance and alcohol rehabilitation records and generally provide more stringent confidentiality protections than what applies to general medical records […]

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