Health Care

Thompson Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP’s Health Care practice provides comprehensive legal services to clients in almost every sector of the health care industry. We have over 30 years of experience representing health care entities, providers, trade associations, and insurers on issues ranging from corporate structuring to litigation to compliance. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to pool resources from various industry and practices areas to provide strategic counsel to diverse organizations and help industry participants respond proactively to a highly-regulated industry with changing laws and market landscape.

Our Health Care practice is distinguished by the scope and depth of the firm’s resources as well as our commitment toward cost-effective representation. We pride ourselves on our reasonable rates and breadth of expertise. In this way, we are able to serve as general counsel for large trade associations and commercial insurance carriers as well as provide legal services to medium- and small-businesses and individual providers.

The attorneys working in the Health Care practice are leaders in their field who stay up-to-date on changes in national and state health care policy, government regulations, and industry practices. Our lawyers speak at numerous conferences and publish articles in various national and local journals and magazines. Additionally, our lawyers are leaders and active participants in many organizations, including the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and various State Bar Health Law sections.

Our firm has experience representing the following types of health care organizations in transactional, regulatory, compliance, and litigation situations:

  • Urban and rural hospitals
  • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
  • Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)
  • Home Health Agencies (HHAs)
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers
  • Dietary supplement manufacturers
  • Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Individual physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses (RN and LVNs)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists (PT and OT)
  • Trade associations
  • Pharmacy infusion
  • Hospices
  • Ambulatory care facilities.

Thompson Coe is a full-service law firm that understands both health law and the business and professional concerns of health care providers and institutions. Whether the client is a hospital or a professional association, a biotechnology company or commercial insurer, we offer knowledgeable counsel that reflects a thorough understanding of the law governing health care activities. Our goal is to help our clients navigate the complex waters of the health care system that they can effectively provide patient care.

Group Highlights: Health Care Attorneys
  • Tried hundreds of health-related cases (including employment, malpractice, insurance liability, products liability, fraud and abuse, DME and others) in state and federal courts throughout the country.
  • Unsurpassed knowledge of insurance coverage issues involved in professional liability defense.
  • Large contingent of lawyers who are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in health-related and trial areas.
  • Extensive experience negotiating with and working alongside the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, the United States Department of Justice, and state Attorneys General.
  • Transactional practice which has been involved in drafting and negotiating agreements for businesses, individuals, and insurance entities, detailing tax issues, reimbursement procedures, fraud and abuse, and other regulatory requirements.

Administrative and Regulatory Compliance

Thompson Coe’s Health Care practice attorneys offer consummate expertise in interpreting contracting rules as well as federal and state regulations. As part of our practice, we help clients resolve administrative and regulatory issues related to HIPAA, EMTALA, the Corporate Practice of Medicine, the Medicare Anti-Markup Provisions, and much more. In addition, we frequently negotiate with, and defend clients against, various federal and state enforcement agencies. Read More

Fraud and Abuse

The detection and elimination of healthcare fraud and abuse is a top priority for state and federal enforcement agencies. Consequently, providers are constantly investigated and/or charged with intentional deception or misrepresentation against the government.

Labor and Employment

Thompson Coe’s labor and employment lawyers regularly advise health care industry clients, including medical associations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, insurance carriers, and physicians, concerning the full spectrum of labor and employment issues.

Medical Liability Defense

Tort reform in Texas has somewhat reduced the liability burden on hospitals and long-term care facilities. As a result, individual health care providers have increasingly become targets of lawsuits, and many of those health care professionals have relatively low, eroding insurance limit policies. Those individuals depend on our lawyers to protect their reputations and livelihoods.

Products Liability

Thompson Coe defends producers of pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers in products liability litigation throughout the country. Among our clients are a major pharmaceutical company involved in statewide litigation over its fen/phen product, and a maker of vitamin supplements that has faced a decade-long class action involving more than 300 claimants in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Health Care Litigation

Thompson Coe’s Health Care practice includes highly skilled litigators who have litigated and won hundreds of cases in state and federal court against other companies, government agencies, and government contractors. Our health care litigators have substantial experience in a wide and varied array of civil and criminal litigation matters, including premises liability, DTPA, breach of contract, fraud and abuse, end-of-life issues, RICO, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition, qui tam actions, and general contractor suits. 

Health Care Transactions

Thompson Coe’s corporate and business transaction attorneys work closely with the health care regulatory and antitrust lawyers to achieve successful results. They are skilled in forming corporations, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint ventures. 

Lobbying and Policy-Making

Attorneys in this section of the Health Care practice are experienced in representing the interests of the health care industry trade associations and health care clients on matters pending before Congress, the Texas legislature, and various state and federal regulatory agencies. 

Durable Medical Equipment

Lawyers in this section of the Health Care practice represent Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers, Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Pharmacy Infusion providers, and medical equipment manufacturers throughout the country. These attorneys are well-versed in areas of federal reimbursement and billing, fraud and abuse, and contracting.

Elder Law

Thompson Coe’s Health Care practice attorneys provide advice on a wide range of issues affecting seniors, persons with disability, and their families. In addition, we have experience in nursing home defense work, risk management for health care facilities, home health care issues and long term care financing.