Protecting the Healthcare Industry’s Rights and Interests
Healthcare professionals and medical facility representatives strive to improve the health and well-being of their clients. Quinn Johnston is committed to protecting the rights and interests of healthcare professionals and the healthcare industry. Our attorneys in Peoria and Springfield represent hospitals, nursing homes, physician practice groups, consulting entities, and other healthcare facilities and individual healthcare practitioners in matters related to healthcare law.
Our attorneys work with clients on a variety of healthcare law issues, such as:
- Confidentiality and medical records production (including HITECH and HIPAA compliance)
- Physician credentialing (including intra-hospital hearings and appeals)
- Development and interpretation of medical staff bylaws, policies and procedures, and rules and regulations
- Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) compliance
- Stark law issues
- CMS reporting guidelines
- Representation of practitioners before the IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Registration)
- National Practitioner Data Bank and state reporting procedures
- Violence in the workplace
- Employment law issues (including Title VI and ADA concerns)
- Independent contractor and employed practitioner contracts
- Quality assurance and quality improvement
- Risk management
- Illinois Nursing Home Care Act compliance
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) compliance
- Medical liability defense
- Deposition assistance
A Team of Legal Healthcare Professionals
Our commitment to effective communication with our clients and an understanding of the technical aspects of their care sets Quinn Johnston apart. We employ a team of lawyers, both partners and associates, who concentrate their practice within the area of medical liability defense, and we support those lawyers with a staff of nursing professional who provide invaluable insight into healthcare and medical malpractice law.
In addition to defending clients against medical negligence claims, we’re committed to informing medical professionals and our healthcare clients about how they can protect themselves against such claims through training and proactive policies and procedures. As such, our attorneys frequently speak to doctors and other healthcare professionals about medical malpractice and healthcare law.
Meeting Your Business Needs
Quinn Johnston also has an experienced team of business counsel who can help our healthcare clients with their business needs, allowing those clients to focus more on their primary concern: providing quality care for their patients. Our attorneys assist healthcare clients with issues including business formation, incorporation and corporation representation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and financial services, business planning, real estate acquisitions, leases, banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and contract drafting, negotiation and litigation.
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Our firm practices extensively in both insurance law and litigation, and we are able to bring our experience in both areas to bear on our healthcare clients’ cases involving insurance coverage disputes. We offer aggressive defense in reservation of rights cases, first-party claims, bad faith claims, declaratory judgment actions and other insurance litigation. We will also monitor insurance litigation when a conflict of interest prevents an insurer from selecting its own representation.
In addition to preparing witnesses for deposition in cases in which we represent a defendant, our attorneys frequently work with non-party doctors, nurses and other professionals for depositions in cases being litigated by other firms. We work with medical professionals to help them give calm, clear and honest testimony during deposition and during trial while being mindful of the possibility that they might become a party to the case.
Representative Healthcare Cases
Successful Representation of an Oral Surgeon in IDFPR Proceedings. After a patient filed a complaint with the IDFPR alleging misconduct by the doctor during a surgical procedure, our health care attorneys conducted a thorough investigation of the claim and presented a strong defense in support of the doctor showing that the claims had no merit. The IDFPR agreed with our position and dismissed the complaint and terminated the proceedings against the doctor.
Favorable Resolution of Multiple Claims against a Pharmacy Client following Medication Compounding Error. After multiple plaintiffs filed lawsuits against our pharmacy client asserting complications and injuries following receipt of morphine medication for use in intrathecal pain pumps, which sought millions of dollars in damages, our health care attorneys undertook the defense of those claims. After determining that there had been a compounding error in mixing the medication, our client admitted liability but denied that plaintiffs had been injured or damaged to the extent claimed. Following extensive investigation of the plaintiffs’ injury claims, including review of thousands of pages of medical records and numerous depositions of various treating physicians and experts, the plaintiffs significantly reduced their demands resulting in settlement of the claims on very favorable terms for our pharmacy client.
Successful Negotiation of Separation Agreement on Behalf of Physician. After continued disagreements between our client physician and the corporate medical group which employed him, we engaged in negotiations with the medical group for termination of the employment relationship, including a release from a restrictive covenant covering the physician, which allowed the physician to establish his own medical practice in the same community and which allowed him to continue to treat his patients without interruption.
About Quinn Johnston
Quinn Johnston was featured by Fortune Legal Marketplace as a 2013 Top Ranked Law Firm based on Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent ratings for ethical standards and legal ability. Several of our attorneys have also been named as Leading Lawyers by their peers in the Leading Lawyers Network. We represent clients throughout Central Illinois, including in Peoria County, Tazewell County, Sangamon County, McLean County, Rock Island County, Champaign County and their surrounding areas. Our experienced litigators strongly defend clients while maintaining a high level of professionalism and ethical standards.