The healthcare industry is highly regulated at both the federal and state levels. The Affordable Care Act and other new laws are driving big changes in the regulatory environment, creating both risk and opportunity for many businesses. Healthcare providers face new concerns about the Act’s quality of care and revenue impact, insurers face guaranteed issue requirements with uncertainty about the composition of the risk pool, and employers in all industries face new obligations, both to their employees and to regulatory authorities in terms of providing healthcare. These changes bring opportunities to seek competitive advantages and new business markets. Venable attorneys are successful at helping their clients thrive in this highly regulated environment.

Venable has been advising healthcare clients for more than 40 years. We understand the healthcare industry and the many businesses that serve it. Our clients include providers, payers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and employers that provide healthcare coverage to their employees.

Venable attorneys handle the full range of legal matters encountered in the healthcare industry, including regulatory compliance, transactions, and litigation. We advise our national clientele on issues involving ACA compliance, managed care contracts, employee benefits, labor relations, risk management, medical staff issues, patient care and ethical issues, payment/reimbursement compliance and regulation, Medicaid and Medicare compliance, government investigations, information privacy and security, product liability, acquisition of physician practices, mergers, and tax-exempt finance.

We have also helped our clients design wellness programs, accountable care organizations, on-site medical clinics for employees, private exchanges, and healthcare delivery models focused on value-based (rather than fee-for-service) payment systems.

Practice Focus

  • Corporate transactions
  • Employee benefits and tax
  • Governance and regulatory
  • Healthcare public policy
  • Labor and employment
  • Litigation
  • Privacy

Client Focus

  • Hospitals and hospital networks
  • Long-term and life care
  • Insurers and managed care
  • Medical products and vendors
  • Employers
  • Medical staff organizations
  • Physicians groups
  • Population health management and wellness
  • Professional associations
  • Life sciences companies

Representative Clients

  • Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Express Scripts
  • GE Healthcare
  • The Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • MedStar Health
  • Peninsula Regional Health System


  • Chambers USA, Healthcare, Maryland, 2016 – 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – 2021 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)
  • Nightingale’s, Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyers, 2010