The one constant in the healthcare industry is change. Providers strive in the face of perpetual transition to provide reliable and effective care to the people they serve. Clients look to Preti Flaherty’s Health Law practitioners for counsel and advocacy because we are one of the most influential health law teams in Northern New England and have been the recognized industry leader in Maine health care matters for decades. In this vital and ever-evolving field, our team is an essential and effective resource to institutions that provide services that people depend on most.

Essential Services, Unparalleled Skill

Our Health Law attorneys represent the full range of healthcare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, and other health care facilities, as well as insurers and individual practitioners. We have earned their trust because we consistently provide high-quality services on complex issues, including:

  • Advocacy related to legislative initiatives and health policy reforms, including cost containment, MaineCare funding, Obamacare health insurance exchanges, and access issues
  • State and federal program integrity and enforcement investigations, including audit, recoupment, and sanction issues
  • Obtaining Certificate of Need (CON) approvals for institutions facing increasingly complex regulatory issues
  • Resolving negligence and malpractice claims, medical staff disputes, and complaints of employment discrimination directed against hospitals, nursing facilities, and other providers
  • MaineCare Reimbursement and rate-setting
  • State government procurement and contract issues
  • State and federal regulations relating to patient privacy and the Maine Health Security Act

Our confidence in our abilities is supported by a track record of success and bolstered by consistent recognition for our work. John Doyle has argued health-related matters before the Maine Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, was the founding chair of the Health Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, and has been listed in Best Lawyers since its initial ranking of health law in 1992, including selection as Portland’s “Lawyer of the Year” in his field for 2013. Backed by the power of Preti Flaherty’s comprehensive array of practice groups, we are the unquestioned authority on emerging healthcare issues and their legal ramifications.

Effective Counsel, Unrivaled Influence

As advisors to the Maine Health Care Association and its member long term care providers, we work hard to adjust regulations and advance laws and interpretations in support of our clients' interests. For Northern Light Health we provide legal counsel regarding medical negligence issues for several of its member hospitals across a statewide integrated health system. For First Atlantic Healthcare, and its seventeen skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout Maine, we provided comprehensive legal services, addressing corporate, regulatory and compliance issues.

Over the past four decades, Preti Flaherty’s Health Law practice group has been a respected and continuing force in the development of health-related matters and policy in Maine and Northern New England, identifying and resolving critical matters for the people and institutions we serve. We have been an integral voice in defining the present and continue to advocate for our clients with the innovative strategies and forward thinking that is our trademark as we shape the future.

Firm Highlights

Publication

November 7, 2023 Election Results

Maine’s November 2023 statewide elections were exclusively referendum questions, four were citizen initiatives, and four were proposed amendments to the Maine Constitution. Of these, Questions 5, 7 and 8 were placed on the ballot...

Event

Accessing Police Misconduct Records

Preti’s Sigmund Schutz will be one of the Maine panelists in New England First Amendment Coalition’s Accessing Police Misconduct Records series. This series continues NEFAC’s freedom of information lessons and builds on the information...

News

David Van Slyke Named to 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law

Preti Flaherty’s Managing Partner David Van Slyke has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 environmental lawyers in the U.S. It’s the third time he has been named to this prestigious...

News

Attorney Jeffrey Thaler Named to 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Energy Law

Preti Flaherty’s attorney Jeffrey Thaler has been recognized by  Lawdragon  as one of the top 500 Leaders in Energy Law. This is Jeff’s third time named to this prestigious list since the first publication...

Publication

FRBP 9006 Doesn't Take Vacations

Bodie Colwell of Preti Flaherty’s Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Group, has authored the article "FRBP 9006 Doesn't Take Vacations," appearing in the October 2023 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Young & New Members Committee newsletter...

Publication

131st Maine Legislature End of Session Update

The First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature was expected to end on June 15th or soon after. Instead, the First Regular Session ended on March 30th, and the Governor signed the “continuing services&rdquo...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trust and Estate Attorney Elise Salek to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Elise Salek has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Practicing out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Elise brings nearly three decades of experience...

Press Coverage

Maine media groups challenge new law on foreign spending on referendums

Maine’s two largest media associations, represented by Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund D. Schutz, Benjamin S. Piper, Jonathan G. Mermin, and Alexandra A. Harriman, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging a Maine law burdening...

Event

Sigmund Schutz to moderate panel at 36th Annual Media and the Law Seminar: Under Attack! Existential Threats to Journalism and Free Speech

From unlawful searches and seizures of newsrooms and highly contentious litigation to physical harassment and calls for violence online, journalists and news organizations are under attack like never before. At the 36 th Annual...

Publication

Maine Workers’ Compensation Update - November 2023

The following is an overview of developments with respect to proposed legislation as well as new procedures on independent contractor determinations, medical fee schedule updates, and the use of updated Board forms, including medical...