Health Law Basics for Business Lawyers
Charles B. Oppenheim
Charles B. Oppenheim is a principal in Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. and has been practicing health law for more than 20 years. His practice includes transactional, operational, and regulatory healthcare law, and he is the immediate past Chair of the Health Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He can be reached at coppenheim@health-law. com or (310) 551-8110.
Every business lawyer needs to know health law basics to avoid trouble when representing healthcare clients or handling business transactions relating to healthcare. This article aims to serve as the equivalent of a basic "checklist" for general business lawyers in these situations.
Business lawyers should be aware that everything involving healthcare is highly regulatedâoften in unexpected waysâunder both federal and California law. If you review a contract or advise on a transaction for a physician, or represent a high-tech start-up in the health field, there may be significant health law issues. Likewise, health law issues can arise when clinics or other healthcare providers buy, sell, or market items or services, or provide or accept discounts, or engage in a variety of other transactions, or anytime a patient’s medical information is shared or conveyed, and these are just a few examples.