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Health Law

The costs of health care have dramatically increased in the last 20 years. Expanded regulation and more complex rules have made it increasingly difficult for smaller health care practices and community hospitals to afford to pay for compliance. The consolidation in health care and the development of the big medicine we see today is in part a result of these increased costs.

The Woods Fuller Health Law Team believes in keeping medicine in the hands of caregivers and local communities so that providers remain in control of their own practices and small towns throughout South Dakota and Minnesota keep their health care services close to home. We believe providers and local communities are the most connected to the patients they serve and thus provide the best care.

These are our clients. We have spent the last 20 years working to protect these providers and fighting to help them control the escalating costs of regulatory and legal compliance. As a result of our commitment, our team of attorneys represents more independent practitioner groups and community hospitals than any other law firm in the region.

The Woods Fuller Health Law Team, led by experienced health law attorneys Heather Springer and David Kroon, acts as a strategic partner for our clients. We know the whole of the complex regulatory world of health care: licensing, corporate governance, employment, contracting, compliance, fraud and abuse, medical staff bylaws, and privacy laws. Our team has the expertise typically found in national law firms, but offers cost effective, South Dakota rates. Our team is committed to managing the complex legal issues our clients face so that our clients can remain independent and patient focused.

We believe that offering highly skilled, cost effective advice, legal guidance, and partnership to our clients matters. We use our expertise to help likeminded physicians, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, and optometrists run successful, patient-centered, and compliant practices. We help local community hospitals manage the difficulties and expenses of rural health care, and we help other health care facilities and health care businesses be successful in the same way.

Who we work with:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Laboratories
  • Urgent Cares and Other Health Facilities
  • Physicians and Physician Groups
  • Dentists, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Podiatrists, and Practices
  • Other Licensed Practitioners
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Insurance Companies
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Distributors
  • PPOs
  • Health Networks
  • Health Care Consultants
  • Health Care Management Companies

How we can help:

  • Provider Investigations
  • Repayments and Self-Disclosures
  • Compliance Policies and Programs
  • Intellectual Property
  • Physician Recruitment and Contracting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Practice Management and Physician Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Shareholder/Member Agreements
  • Practitioner Employment Agreements and Negotiation
  • Labor Relations and Employment Law
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Restrictive Covenants
    • Employment Handbooks and Policies
    • Workplace Safety
    • Employee Discipline, Termination, and Related Issues
    • Separation Agreements
  • Regulatory Compliance
    • Licensing and Credentialing
    • Fraud & Abuse
    • HIPAA
    • HITECH Privacy and Security
  • IRB/Clinical Research
  • Tax-Exempt Health Care Issues
  • 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Physician Immigration
  • Litigation
Morgan Brekke

Morgan Brekke

  • 4 years experience
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SD

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Siri M. Buller

Siri M. Buller

  • 10 years experience
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DC, SD

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Sander Kline

Sander Kline

  • 2 years experience
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SD

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David C. Kroon

David C. Kroon

  • 35 years experience
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SD

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Heather R. Springer

Heather R. Springer

  • 20 years experience
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MN, SD

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