Health care providers must ensure compliance with various licensing, certification and accreditation requirements imposed by state and federal laws and regulations. Our health care attorneys have experience with initial license applications, renewals, and change of ownership (CHOW) transfers for a broad array of facilities, including hospices, home health agencies, ambulatory surgery centers, health care clinics, mobile clinics, pharmacies and laboratories. In addition to facility licensure, our health care attorneys have significant experience representing providers in front of various professional licensure boards, including Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration, the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Pharmacy and Florida Board of Nursing.
Whether forming a new health care business, or selling or purchasing an existing one, government agency approval is typically required. Failure to comply can lead to stiff penalties, including loss or inability to obtain a license, exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid participation, and civil and criminal penalties. The licensure process is time consuming and complex. From the initial application phase through government inspections and final license issuance, our health care attorneys work with clients to minimize business disruption and obtain necessary approvals.