Nixon Peabody provides clients extensive New York State regulatory depth and experience. Our Health Services practice group includes two attorneys who previously worked in the Office of Counsel of the New York State Department of Health. One team member is a former General Counsel to the Department of Health who provided legal advice to state health commissioners and other state policy makers on all health-related matters. Another team member was House Counsel to the Department of Health .Both provided advice and legal support to programs of the Department of Health, the New York State Public Health Council, the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council, the New York State Governor’s Office, and the New York State Division of the Budget. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience as senior Department of Health attorneys and extensive experience providing legal advice; drafting formal opinions; drafting and negotiating legislation, contracts, and memoranda of understanding; and assessing regulations and laws involving all facets of New York health law.
We use our deep health care experience with federal and state regulators to achieve results that are best for the client. We review plans for addressing all New York and federal regulations and required approvals. We routinely work with the Department of Health and discuss proposals with senior regulatory and accreditation staff before submitting applications to government regulators and accrediting entities. This approach has served our clients well over the years by enabling us to obtain informal “pre-approval” and identify any issues and modifications to the proposal suggested by the regulators.
Nixon Peabody also regularly represents hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, physicians, and other health care providers and entities on regulatory matters before federal and other state agencies, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG); the New York State Education Department (NYSED); the Offices of Mental Health, Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC); and the Office of Professional Discipline (OPD). We also represent a broad array of clients before accrediting agencies, including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its Residency Review Committees (RRCs), and various national and state societies and colleges.