Verrill's team of health care litigators has a wealth of experience representing health care institutions and practitioners in a range of disputes, including licensing board complaints, medical negligence claims, reimbursement and compliance reviews, False Claims Act (FCA) matters, and health care fraud investigations, as well as extensive experience advising them in the mitigation of risk. This broad range of advocacy experience, paired with the firm's Health Care & Life Sciences Group's deep knowledge, provides clients in this highly-regulated industry with comprehensive services through every phase of litigation.

We have handled a wide range of health care litigation matters, including the following:

Licensing Board Complaints

  • Provided defense of providers in complaints to, and investigations by, professional licensing boards involving allegations as to competence, ethics violations, impairment, and violations of regulatory laws

Medical Negligence Claims

  • Provided defense of health care providers in thousands of claims in several jurisdictions, trying approximately 100 medical negligence claims to verdict, involving virtually every specialty, including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics, oncology, neonatology, nephrology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, among others

Reimbursement and Compliance Reviews

  • Obtained millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursement payments through the complex administrative hearing and judicial review process
  • Successfully defended hospitals and health care providers in administrative and court actions based on government claims of overpayment or billing irregularities

Risk Management

  • Advise hospitals and health systems regarding protection of peer review and quality assurance processes
  • Conduct analysis of The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) regulatory requirements
  • Served as counsel regarding application of Health Care Quality Improvement Act, including National Practitioner Data Bank reporting
  • Assessed of risk reduction strategies in use of electronic health records
  • Advise hospitals regarding reporting, responding to subpoenas, and public relations issues involving drug diversion in emergency departments

White Collar Defense

  • Facilitate investigation of allegations of research misconduct pursuant to the Office of Research Integrity's requirements
  • Respond to government investigations

Firm Highlights

Blog

IRS Allows Tax-Advantaged Leave Donation to COVID-19 Relief Organizations

Under new guidance, the IRS will give favorable tax treatment to employees who donate leave to COVID-19 relief organizations. In IRS Notice 2020-46 , the agency announced that employees who donate paid leave for...

Publication/Podcast

FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

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Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Town & Country Federal Credit Union to host virtual money conference ( Mainebiz 6.23.2020) Connected Credit Union and Winslow Community Federal Credit Union ’s merger is effective June 27 and will be known as...

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PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Matter

Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

News

Verrill Welcomes Esteemed Corporate and Securities Attorney Edward Rosenthal

(June 10, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome corporate and securities attorney Edward Rosenthal to the firm as a member of the Business Law Group. Rosenthal brings with him more than 40 years...

News

Paycheck Protection Program Focuses on Short-Term and Misses Long-Term Damages

On June 8, the Portland Press Herald published an article, "Revamped emergency loan program remains a short-term fix," discussing the Paycheck Protection Program's (PPP) extended deadlines and loosened restrictions, but lack of solutions to...

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Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...

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IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-50 , which expands relief provided for retirement plan distributions and loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Distributions Under the CARES Act, a...