Health Services

Health services is one of Massachusetts' fastest-growing - and most demanding - industries. Hospitals, physician practice groups, community health centers, and clinics continue to grow, affiliate and merge in unprecedented numbers. Complex regulatory and administrative pressures mount. While some costs have leveled, others have risen sharply.

At Sherin and Lodgen, we appreciate that health service companies need practical, forward-looking advice. Our lawyers represent a wide variety of health care providers, including:

  • Community health centers
  • Community hospitals
  • Non-acute health care facilities
  • Multi- and single-specialty physician practices, both small- and medium-sized
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care and assisted-living companies

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Comprehensive general corporate services, including organization and formation
  • Obtaining and preserving recognition as tax exempt organizations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Operation and governance
  • Managed care and risk contracting
  • Real estate
  • Financing and leasing
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Partnership structures
  • Regulatory requirements, and
  • Dissolutions or purchases of practices

We also counsel financially troubled health care entities and have successfully brought health care providers through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization proceedings.

Representative Experience

  • Advising a 25-member South Shore physician practice group on issues ranging from retention of medical records, compliance with Stark, dissolution of limited liability companies, leasing of office space, employment agreements, and corporate structuring
  • Representing a physician in the purchase of an ophthalmology practice
  • Representing a physicians' organization affiliated with a Massachusetts hospital in real estate and partnership issues
  • Representing a community health center in negotiation of a joint venture agreement with a major Boston area teaching hospital system enabling the health center to expand the programs and services available to its patients (the first joint venture of its kind to be negotiated with a health center in the Boston area, it was used as a model for several other subsequent joint ventures between the teaching hospital and other health centers)