The one constant in the health care 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 practice group for counsel and advocacy because we are one of the largest and 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 health care 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
  • Assisting with licensing and compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements
  • State licensing for health professionals and related board activities
  • Resolving negligence and malpractice claims, medical staff disputes, and complaints of employment discrimination directed against hospitals, nursing facilities, and other providers
  • Representing providers at hearings and proceedings before the Department of Human Services
  • 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. The chair of our group, 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 health care 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

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...