Health Care

We guide clients through the opportunities and challenges of the health care marketplace.

For nearly half a century, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP has maintained an active and extensive health care practice. Familiar with all aspects of the industry, we work as a team to not only advise clients on matters as they arise, but also to help them proactively identify opportunities and avoid potential problems.

We are keenly aware of the strategic interdependence of health care providers, practitioners, and payors. Our extensive experience in representing diverse health care clients helps us understand, anticipate, and respond to strategic concerns posed by a constantly changing regulatory and business environment. Equally important is our ability to give clients—whether leading institutions in their communities or individual practitioners—the tools they need to ensure that their day-to-day operations comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Clients benefit from our knowledge and experience, as well as our willingness to work with in-house personnel and counsel to meet objectives without constant lawyer involvement.

Our Clients

  • Hospitals, health systems, and multihospital networks
  • Physicians and physician groups
  • Academic medical centers and research hospitals
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Medical transportation companies
  • Imaging and other diagnostic facilities
  • Dialysis and radiation therapy facilities
  • Nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Pharmacies and medical equipment suppliers
  • Concierge medical practices
  • Tissue banks and cancer treatment centers
  • Billing companies

Our Services

  • Strategic advice and counsel
  • Service as outside general counsel
  • Governance advice
  • Tax exemption issues, including maintenance of 501(c)(3) status and tax-exempt financing
  • Fraud and abuse, self-referral, and false claims issues
  • Licensure, accreditation, certification, and certificate of need issues
  • Medical staff matters
  • Employment law
  • Compliance programs
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Payor contracting and provider network design
  • Operational issues, including quality assurance and risk management
  • Health care litigation
  • Acquisitions, affiliations, and general corporate matters

News Releases

11.15.2018Lisa Thomas and Callie Campbell Stratos Join Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.17.2018Mandi Ballard Clay to Speak at Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association General Meeting
10.11.2018Erin S. Aebel to Serve as a Panelist for the Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter’s Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion
10.09.2018Wiline Justilien Davis to Speak at The Collective’s “Maritime Happy Hour” Networking Event
10.04.2018Mandi Ballard Clay to Speak at Carrollwood Bar Association Monthly CLE Luncheon
07.11.2018Ronald A. Christaldi Selected by Business Journals as One of Nation’s 100 Most Influential Attorneys
06.12.2018Erin Smith Aebel Admitted to the Athena Society
06.11.2018Mandi Ballard Clay Appointed to the Florida Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Mental Health and Wellness
05.25.2018Ronald A. Christaldi and Andrew L. McIntosh Received Commendation from Tampa City Council
02.05.2018Ben Hanan Elected to All Faiths Food Bank Board of Directors
01.02.2018Kelly Leahy Elected to Society for Ohio Health Care Attorneys Board
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.06.2017Karen Stiles and Beth Stanfield Named to Positions With North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
06.21.2017Jim Culbreth Presents at Co-Sponsored Benefit Plan Fiduciaries Panel Discussion
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
04.18.2017Scott Stevenson Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
04.04.2017Beth A. Stanfield Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
09.22.2016Jessica S. West Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.04.2016Daniel R. Strader Presented "New Overtime Pay Rule - What You Need to Know" at Chamber Lunch and Learn
06.22.2016Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of Ohio LGBT Ally Award
03.02.2016Erin Smith Aebel Hosts Tea Time for Fellow International Awardees
02.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Earns International Client Service Accolade
01.14.2016Kelly Leahy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP's Healthcare Practice
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
05.18.2015Memorial Dinner Celebrates Community Leader’s Life While Raising Money for Diabetes Education
04.07.2015Christaldi Honored with Board of Trustees Award for his Service
09.02.2014Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments
08.25.2014Erin Smith Aebel Wins 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award in Legal Services Category
06.05.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Counsel in $1.0 Billion Common Stock Offering
05.15.2014Video - Ron Christaldi Featured in Tampa Bay Business Journal Executive Files
04.21.2014Erin Smith Aebel Reappointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
03.25.2014Tampa Law Firm Wins Precedent-Setting Judgment in Patent Infringement Case
02.26.2014Erin Smith Aebel Spoke at Tampa General
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
05.28.2013Erin Smith Aebel Named Co-Chair of Shumaker's Health Law Department
06.21.2012Malinda R. Lugo Presents to Hillsborough County Bar Association and USF College of Medicine
04.03.2012Erin Smith Aebel Participates in Panel Discussion
04.02.2012Erin Smith Aebel Presents Webinar
01.27.2012Shumaker Attorneys Named to Corporate Counsel’s “2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Healthcare”
02.17.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Speak to University of South Florida Medical Residents
09.27.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives First Tier Rankings in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 “Best Law Firms” Inaugural List
06.04.2010Edwin G. Emerson Joins Columbus Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
06.02.2010Erin Smith Aebel Speaks to University Community Hospital


02.18.2019Client Alert: Clever Trial Tactic Meets Resistance at the South Carolina Court of Appeals
02.11.2019Client Alert: Congress Adds New Criminal Kickback Prohibition that Includes Services Covered by Private Health Plans
01.28.2019Client Alert: Proposed Bill Seeks to More Than Triple the Liability Limits Under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act
01.17.2019Client Alert: Florida Health Law Quirks: Guidance for Health Care Businesses Entering Florida
12.20.2018Client Alert: Provider Coding Under Siege by PIP Payers, However, Lessons Learned are Valuable to ALL Healthcare Providers for ALL Payers
10.24.2018Client Alert: Sunshine Act Payment Reporting Expands to Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses  
01.08.2018Health Law Alert: Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement
01.04.2018So Your Firm or Client had a Data Breach? What Next?
08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
07.21.2017Client Alert: Feds Shine a Light on Medicare Advantage Plans and Physicians Related to Risk Adjustment Practices
06.07.2017Client Alert: Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
04.11.2017Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business
02.13.2017Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Broadens Patient Access to Adverse Incident Reports
02.09.2017"Why Should I Register My Trademarks?"
01.20.2017Client Alert: New Revenue Procedure 2017-13 Provides Clarification of Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities
11.02.2016Client Alert: CMS Releases Final CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Rule
10.18.2016Client Alert - 2016 Update: What Health Care Providers Need to Know Regarding Medical Marijuana in Florida1
09.15.2016Client Alert: CMS to Physicians: QPP Reporting 2017 "Have it Your Way"
09.06.2016Update to August 24th Safe Harbors Client Alert - NEW TRANSITION PERIOD
08.24.2016Client Alert: New Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities
08.22.2016Client Alert: OCR Blitzkrieg: Wider Investigation of Smaller Breaches
08.11.2016Client Alert: Medicare Home Health Payment Update: Florida and Other States are Required to Submit Their Home Health Claims for Pre-Claim Review
08.09.2016Client Alert: The Government Enters into Largest HIPAA Settlement to Date; What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Need to Know
07.20.2016Client Alert - The Government Makes a Business Associate Pay: What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Can Learn from this Settlement
July 2016"High Stakes Privacy Breaches – The First Business Associate Settlement Brings HIPAA Compliance Into Sharper Focus for Law Firms," The Resource, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
05.04.2016Client Alert: CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality
03.07.2016Client Alert: Medicare Clarifies 60 Day Overpayment Rule
01.15.2016Stark Law Update
08.06.2014Client Alert - Florida is not Colorado: Health lawyers give you 5 things to consider about medical marijuana.
07.29.2013"Client News Alert: Regarding Physician Payments Sunshine Act"
05.23.2013"HIPAA: Not Just for Health Care Providers Anymore"
08.01.2008"Health Care Industry Beware: Congress is Taking Aim to Further Protect Patient Information"
06.01.1999Best Practices Handbook in Advising Clients on Fraud and Abuse Issues, American Health Lawyers Association, co-author of Chapter 1: "The Lawyer’s Duty to Inquire About Client Intent"


Events and Presentations

02.13.20182018 Cyber Security Symposium:  "Data Breach: Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand"
01.30.2018Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
03.21.2017"Health Care: What We Know, What to Expect, and What Keeps Us Up at Night," University of Toledo Center for Family & Privately-Held Business Mini-Forum
06.16.2016"2016 Healthcare Heroes Summit: Creating Wellness at Work"
11.06.2013Important Changes to HIPAA in HITECH Omnibus Rule, presented at Medical Records Law in South Carolina seminar, Lorman Education Services, Charleston, SC
09.20.2013Protecting Your Practice: What You Need to Know about Patient Privacy, presented to FirstSun EAP network providers, Columbia, SC
01.08.2013Women, Health & Wealth Seminar
09.28.2012Negotiating Physician Agreements: The Nuts and Bolts of Negotiating Employment Agreements and Group Practice Ownership Agreements, presented to American College of Cardiology, North and South Carolina Chapters Fellows in Training, Charleston, SC
08.30.2012"The Supreme Court Upheld the Affordable Care Act -- Now What?"
02.08.2012"Recent Developments and Hot Topics" - 14th Annual All Children’s Hospital Estate, Tax, Legal and Financial Planning Seminar
02.08.2011University of Toledo Center for Family & Privately-Held Business, "Healthcare Reform Distilled – What You Won’t Hear on Fox or MSNBC," Toledo, Ohio
05.30.2003"Confidentiality of Medical Records in Ohio," Sponsored by Lorman Educational Services
01.17.2001"Confidentiality of Medical Records in Ohio," Sponsored by Lorman Educational Services
01.05.2000"Confidentiality of Medical Records in Ohio," Sponsored by Lorman Educational Services

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