Healthcare: Licensure and Certificate of Need

Whether a client is seeking an initial approval or a change of ownership, we fully understand the regulatory approval process. We have significant experience with practically all provider and supplier types in the healthcare industry and deep connections to regulatory agencies throughout the United States.

Venable attorneys are acutely aware of which healthcare businesses require which type of license, certificate of need, permit, authorization, and/or certification from a federal, state, and/or local agency. We also have vast experience with attorney general approvals for nonprofit transactions and conversions. Additionally, we have meaningful relationships with local counsel and consultants in most jurisdictions to assist our clients through the regulatory process wherever they are located. Our attorneys regularly guide clients through the approval process in complex multi-state acquisitions.

We also have significant familiarity with the more recent enactment of state transaction review laws focused on issues beyond just change of ownership, such as cost, quality, access, need, competition, and other related issues.

Our team assists with the preparation of applications and disclosures, works with regulatory authorities throughout the process, and negotiates complex issues where necessary. Whether our client is an investor, debt provider, institution, outpatient or home-based care provider, professional, or supplier of goods or services, we also advise on the timing and requirements for applications and filings in acquisition and sale transactions.

In addition to helping clients secure licensure, we assist in their day-to-day compliance obligations with licensure requirements. Our attorneys are experienced in assisting clients with the interpretation of licensure rules and guidance, inspections, regulatory deficiencies, and enforcement actions as a result of potential regulatory deficiencies.