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Aaron J. Besen
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Health Care

Our corporate and transactional healthcare lawyers provide insight and counsel into the business arrangements that help your business grow.  We navigate the legal and regulatory landscape, counseling and crafting recommendations so your healthcare services remain clear of regulatory hazards.  We represent you in healthcare dispute resolution for any controversy your business may face.

Acute Care

Along with our comprehensive representation of post-acute care providers, we also cover the other end of the healthcare industry spectrum by representing providers in the acute care setting. 

Our Health Law Group provides legal counsel for hospitals, medical and dental practices, physical therapy companies, ambulatory surgery centers, specialty practices, and accountable care organizations. We assist clients with acquisitions in the normal course, as well as out of bankruptcies and receiverships.

We counsel and defend providers regarding licensure and regulatory issues and have gained the hard-earned experience to work effectively with administrative agencies, always with the advancement of the best interests of our client's top of mind.

Our lawyers are also skilled in providing advice on employment issues specific to healthcare businesses, including employment agreements, advice and training concerning hiring, evaluations, compensation, background checks, discipline and discharge, leave laws, and other employment issues. 

The healthcare industry is highly regulated. As such, there is tremendous pressure on providers to provide high quality care at a reasonable price while laboring under regulatory constraints most industries don't have to face. Our attorneys navigate through hazardous waters on behalf of our clients and help them achieve their business objectives.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Personal Services and Employment Agreements
  • Healthcare Regulatory Issues (Stark, Anti-Kickback, False Claims Act)
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Medical Practice Formation, Partner Withdrawals, and Sales
  • Compliance Program Development, Advice, and Training
  • Management and Purchase Agreement Drafting and Negotiations
  • Agency Investigations and Actions against Providers
  • Provider Employment Issues
  • Defense Before Professional Boards
  • Facility Operational Matters
  • Medical Staff Advice and Counsel

Post-Acute Care:  Long-Term Care and Senior Housing

Our lawyers specialize in providing legal services to long-term care and senior housing providers.  We work with the full spectrum of this industry, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and memory care facilities, independent living facilities, home health agencies, hospice, therapy providers, and LTACHs.  We routinely represent landlords (including REITs), tenants, providers, and management companies. 
We have a robust regulatory and transactional practice.

Our lawyers work with clients in the acquisition and divestiture of both the real estate and operations of long-term care facilities and related businesses in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.  We act as borrower's counsel with respect to real estate, account receivable, Fannie Mae, and HUD financing transactions, and often work as local real estate and licensure counsel.  We also work to purchase facilities out of bankruptcies and receiverships.

We complete and submit licensure applications and also counsel providers regarding licensing issues, including revocation, denial, and imposition of conditions on licenses.  We prepare effective resident admission agreements, resident handbooks, and policies and procedures. We also handle complex resident discharge and transfers. Our lawyers are also skilled at helping providers assess risk, develop risk management strategies, and comply with resident rights and duties under state and federal law.

We advise and train on compliance with evolving laws and regulations, including HIPAA, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and local and federal regulations.

We also offer effective collection of accounts receivables and know how to navigate collection issues specific to long-term care.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Purchase and Sale of Healthcare Businesses and Real Estate
  • Operations Transfer Agreements
  • Management Agreements
  • Health Care Facility Leases
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Regulatory Issues (Anti-Kickback, Stark, federal and state regulatory agencies)
  • Resident Discharge and Transfers
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Collections for Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Arbitration Agreements
  • Residency and Admission Agreements
  • Resident Handbooks
  • Policies and Procedures for Long-Term Care Providers
  • Risk Management and Risk Management Agreements
  • Defense against Agency Actions and Appeal of Civil Monetary Penalties
  • Defense of Health Care Executives and Owners from Resident Care Claims
  • Health Care Contract Drafting and Disputes
  • Bankruptcy and Receivership Issues for Health Care Companies
  • Distressed Sales and Acquisitions
Representative Work
Lead Counsel on Complex $315M Senior Housing and 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange Transaction
We served as lead counsel on sale and acquisition transactions totaling $315 million for a client operating assisted living, memory care and independent care campuses in Washington, Oregon and California.  These complex transactions involved sales to a publicly-traded REIT and acquisition of 11 single-tenant, triple net lease properties, and required expertise concerning licensed senior housing facilities and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges.  The triple net lease replacement properties were medical, industrial and retail properties located in Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois and Arizona.  This was a high-level, complex transaction because of the relationship between the health care sales and the tax-deferred exchange acquisitions. 
ESOP Transaction
We represented EmpRes Healthcare Group, Inc., and its affiliates, with the sale by the shareholder of 100% of the stock in the company to an Employee Group Stock Ownership Trust. This transaction involved one of the first 100% ESOPs in the long-term care field.
$65 Million Sale of Four Senior Housing Campuses
We represented the owners of four Oregon assisted and independent living campuses managed by Grayco, LLC in the sale of those campuses to Spring Living, a McMinnville-based senior housing operator.  The facilities are located in Lake Oswego, Sherwood, Wilsonville, and the Dalles. 
Nursing Home Sale and Leaseback Transaction
We represented the seller/lessee in a sale leaseback transaction of 10 skilled nursing facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada.
Line of Credit Facility
We represent an affiliated group of borrowers in a credit facility primarily secured by accounts receivable that has grown from $25 million to over $40 million. 
Nursing Home Sublease Transaction
We represented the sublessor in the sublease and transfer of operations of five skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility in Arizona.
Nursing Home Purchase Transaction
We represented the buyer in the acquisition of a management company that had management agreements with four skilled nursing facilities in California.
Nursing Home and Residential Care Transaction
We represented the seller/lessor in a transfer of operations and the lease of a campus with a skilled nursing facility and residential care facilities.
Collections of Accounts Receivable
We successfully collected over $2 million for health care facilities from individuals, state agencies, probate and protective estates, and health insurance companies.
Employment Claim Defense
We defended a long-term care facility against discrimination claims brought in federal court by a terminated nurse assistant. The court granted the facility's motion to dismiss all of the former employee's claims, with prejudice.
Hospital Acquisition
We represented doctors in the acquisition of a hospital and related securities issues.
Bankruptcy of Hospital
We represented a community group in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of an acute care hospital and were instrumental in causing a replacement hospital to be constructed.
Sussman Shank Prevails in Lease Guaranty Arbitration
We successfully defended a lease guaranty claim brought against Terri Waldroff by the landlords including Security and Investment Company of Lake Oswego, LLC.  Waldroff was a minority member of the tenant of an assisted living facility in LaConner, Washington, and was sued by the landlords for amounts allegedly owed under the lease.  Sussman Shank successfully argued that the landlords modified the risk under the guaranty which extinguished the guaranty.  The arbitrator also awarded Waldroff her attorney fees.  The arbitration award may not be appealed.  Sussman Shank Partner Aaron Besen also assisted with his knowledge of the long term care industry and review of the commercial documentation. 
Health Share of Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)
We represented Multnomah County with respect to the formation of the Tri-County Coordinated Care Organization.