In addition to having extensive experience representing nursing facilities and other healthcare providers in various forms of litigation, Starnes Davis Florie provides regulatory consulting and risk management services for its clients. These services are provided for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, specialty care assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospices, and other healthcare providers. Regulatory issues often arise when a facility is cited by the state or federal government for regulatory violations. Among the firm’s lawyers who can help respond in such situations is the former Director of Bureau of Health Provider Standards of the Alabama Department of Public Health. The regulatory team also includes a former director of nursing for a long term care facility, a licensed assisted living administrator, and other well-qualified outside consultants.
When a facility is cited for a regulatory violation, Starnes Davis Florie can assist in evaluating the accuracy of a regulatory citation as well as the timely gathering and submission of evidence to the regulatory agency in order to rebut the alleged deficient practice. The firm can also provide assistance in crafting plans of correction, preparing for informal dispute resolution meetings, evaluating the chances of successful appeal of a citation, and providing experienced, respected litigators to handle regulatory appeals.
Starnes Davis Florie also provides compliance audits designed to identify issues that are likely to arise during regulatory surveys in an effort to assist facilities in correcting these problems before they are cited. For any problems identified in the compliance audit, the firm can assist the facility in modifying its systems and procedures. Compliance audits can be tailored to meet the needs of individual healthcare providers.