Overview

The attorneys at Friday, Eldredge & Clark are experienced in handling the complex issues inherent in health care law. We provide transactional representation, benefits advice, labor and employment counsel, and litigation advocacy to a wide array of health care professionals. Hospitals, health systems, provider organizations, and others in the field turn to us for help with transactions, regulatory and compliance issues, compensation and benefits advice, labor and employment concerns, and litigation needs.

Client Focus

  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Physicians and Physician Organizations
  • Medical and Dental Service Providers
  • Medical Device Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies

Services to Health Care Providers

Compliance

We have been at the forefront in advising clients on patient privacy matters and HIPAA compliance. Our attorneys have extensive experience in advising clients on self-referral and fraud and abuse matters, including Stark and Anti-Kickback statutes, Medicare and Medicaid requirements, reimbursement issues and audits, and other compliance matters.

Malpractice Defense

We are proud of our strong tradition of providing excellent representation to Arkansas’s health care providers. We have the largest group of lawyers in the state dedicated to defending medical malpractice lawsuits. We know our clients and their work. We are experienced in the presentation of complex scientific evidence relating to medical issues and surgical procedures and are often called upon to serve as regional counsel in major litigation and catastrophic injury cases.

Transactions

Provider organizations trust our firm to make sure that mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and contracting arrangements comply with all aspects of antitrust requirements and related fraud and abuse enforcement and regulation.

Employment and Staff Relations

With our strong focus on representing hospitals and other health care providers, we know how to identify the problems that can become employment lawsuits, and work skillfully to prevent or resolve controversies. From wage and hour law compliance, to allegations of discrimination or harassment, to staff relations and discipline controversies, we provide effective representation for provider clients.

Services to Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Companies

We represent a number of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability cases, serving as regional coordinating counsel as well as defense counsel in individual product liability cases. Our lawyers have effectively represented several pharmaceutical and product manufacturers in cases involving drug labeling issues, hormone therapy, DPT vaccine, oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, tampons, breast implants, and anti-psychotic medications, as well as the developers/manufacturers of biologic, biomaterial, and device systems for musculoskeletal surgery. We have also represented manufacturers providing solutions for trauma and spine fusion.