As anyone who works in the health care industry can attest, the rules and regulations that govern the conduct of all medical providers are complex and at times difficult to understand. For example, hospitals that wish to participate in Federal health care programs must meet stringent requirements found in volumes of statutes and regulations implementing those health care programs. The Medicare program itself consists of over 100 sections and encompasses nearly 700 pages. And because 700 pages of statutes are apparently insufficient to regulate the Medicare program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed thousands of pages of additional regulations in the Federal Register to further clarify and implement the statutory sections. Section 1395nn of subchapter XVIII, commonly referred to as the "Stark law," by itself has over two hundred additional pages dedicated to it in the Federal Register. Making matters more frustrating for hospitals and medical providers is the fact that these statutes and regulations continuously change.
In 2005, BRE lawyers were approached by a local hospital who has been a long time client of the firm for guidance in these matters. Based on that request, BRE attorneys established a new health care law practice area. Led by Attorneys Jon Robinson, Chris Ellis and Tim Tighe, BRE spent countless hours untangling the complex web of federal regulations. With that knowledge and understanding of the various laws and consequences for noncompliance, BRE was able to counsel the hospital on all matters involving federal and state mandates. By providing comprehensive guidelines of what conduct is required and what is prohibited, BRE was able to give its client the assurance necessary to operate with confidence in today's ever evolving medical field.