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

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

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Compliance for Two—What Employers Need to Know about the Newly Effective Final Regulation for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 18, 2024 the final rule from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect, clarifying employers' obligations under this landmark legislation. Effective since June 27...

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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...

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Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...

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Solving Problems During the Construction Process

Understanding the variety of construction contracts available and the specifics of each is essential for protecting your project and legal interests. At this interactive Half Moon Seminars webinar, Preti Flaherty attorney John Cronan will...

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Massachusetts High Court Issues Important Ruling Impacting Prompt Pay Act

Earlier today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an order in the matter of Business Interiors Floor Covering Business Trust v. Graycor Construction Co. Inc. This decision presents the high court’s first ruling clarifying...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trusts and Estates Attorney Dianne Ricardo to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Dianne Ricardo has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Dianne focuses her practice on comprehensive estate...