Business and Corporate Lawyers serving Wausau and Central Wisconsin

Business and corporate law attorneys with experience in business law for large and small businesses. We offer business lawyers for success in your business.  We routinely assist Wisconsin companies from inceptions, business planning and all aspects of corporate operations.

Ruder Ware is one of the oldest law firms in the state and has been representing businesses in a variety of matters since the early 1900s. We offer a wide range of legal services to business including, without limitation:

  • Incorporation and business formation
  • Partnership Agreements and operations
  • Limited Liability Company formation
  • Buy-Sell, Shareholder and Stock Redemption Agreements
  • Shareholder and Partnership Agreements
  • Business Sale and Acquisition
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Disputes and Litigation
  • Wide Range of Business Contracts
  • Employment Agreements and Employment Law
  • Real Estate and Commercial Leasing
  • Owner Disputes
  • Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Business Continuity, Estate Planning
  • ERISA Issues
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements and Proprietary Protection

Contact one of our Wausau Business Attorneys for further information.

Green Bay Area Health Care Attorney – Healthcare Lawyer

Green Bay Health LawyerJohn Fisher represented health care providers in Green Bay, Wausau, Appleton, and throughout the state of Wisconsin.   John is one of only a few true health care attorneys located in the northern portions of Wisconsin.

John has over 25 years experience focusing in health care law.  Just a few of John’s recent representations include:

  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Representation regarding exclusion of physician investors based on Anti-kickback Statute compliance issues.
  • Creation of clinically integrated health care networks.
  • Representation of providers in fraud and abuse matters including internal investigations and disclosure to the Federal government.
  • Creation of compliance and ethics programs for a variety of health care providers.
  • Compliance program effectiveness reviews and audits.
  • Creation of Medicare certified home health agency.
  • Nursing home certification and compliance issues.

John is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association and a large portion of his practice focuses on health care compliance.  He has also been involved in the creation and operation of provider networks and clinically integrated provider systems going as far back as 1990.  His 25 years of experience in provider integration gives him a depth of perspective in clinical integration and managed care contracting that can be matched against any other health care attorney in the country.

John is an accomplished speaker on various healthcare matters. He routinely presents to various organizations on healthcare issues.  He has also presented to the Health Care compliance Association and various other organizations on topics relevant to the health care industry.

John is a prolific author and active blogger.  He operates the Health Law Blog

John holds Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) with the Health Care Compliance Association and is a Certified Compliance Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics joining only a handful of other practicing attorneys in the country to hold dual compliance certifications.

Home Health Lawyers – Representing Home Health Agency

home care attorney home health lawyersThe Home Health business exists in an industry that is characterized by complex and ever changing regulatory requirements.  At the same time, many providers of home health and related services are small businesses with individual or small groups of owners.  It is difficult for these businesses to keep track of, and to make the operational changes that are necessary to comply with and address the never ending stream of regulatory changes.

Ruder Ware has developed a niche practice representing home health providers in legal and regulatory issues.  We have represented ongoing post acute care providers in reimbursement and business issues.  We have also taken agencies through the process of obtaining Medicare certification.

Our attorneys have knowledge of the issues that currently face the home health industry.  We understand the changing reimbursement climate, OASIS and information reporting requirements, privacy and patient care issues, and the multitude of regulatory requirements that the home health industry faces on a daily basis.  We have the depth of knowledge to guide you through the range of compliance issues and to set you on the correct path.  We can also represent your interests in government enforcement actions, compliance investigations, self-disclosure, purchase and sales transactions, and a variety of contractual arrangements that are common in the industry segment.

Attorney for Dental Practices, Orthodontic Practices, Oral Surgery Practices

Health Care Transaction and Compliance for Dentists

John Fisher, JD, CHC
Dental Attorney

John Fisher has been representing dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental professionals since he began practicing health law over 25 years ago.  Mr. Fisher is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association.  Background in compliance has become a necessary element to assure complete representation of dental practices and other health care providers in recent years.

As the health care industry has become more complicated and regulated, Mr. Fisher has adapted and expanded his practice to include dental practice compliance, health care privacy, health technology, in addition to the usual areas of practice structure, dental system structure and integration, management service organizations, and corporate and transaction law.  This approach provides Mr. Fisher’s dental clients with value added in areas that are not normally handled by other attorneys who represent dentists.

State and Federal regulatory agencies no stress the need for health care providers of all types to establish and operate consistent systems for identifying and solving compliance issues before they are subject to governmental investigation.  Dental practices are not immune from these requirements.  Typical dental practices accept Medicaid reimbursement as a major source of revenue.  Some practices provide services (such as some oral surgery) that is covered under the Medicare or other governmental health programs.  All dental practices are required to comply with state and Federal regulation relating to patient privacy and protection of health information.  There are a host of other Federal and state regulations that apply within a dental practice, all which require a proactive approach of identifying and addressing areas of potential risk.

There are a handful of law firms across the country who hold themselves out as experts in the representation of dental groups.  These firms represent dental groups in sale and acquisition, corporate mergers and professional employment arrangements.  Mr. Fisher’s dental representation practice goes much further and offers a regulatory compliance overlie that assures that dental transactions and organizational practices appropriately mitigate potential regulatory risk.

Attorney Fisher has a deep presence and experience in health law, dental transactions and compliance which offers his clients a comprehensive approach to the representation of dental practices.  The leader of the Ruder Ware Health Care Industry Focus Group is certified in Health Care Compliance.  This enables the firm to not only provide the usual business advice, but also enables us to structure arrangements that comply with regulations; many of which are not even identified by other attorneys with a dental “expertise.”  A compliance focus also assists practices that are in acquisition mode to identify potential regulatory problems before the acquisition is completed through proper due diligence that extends to compliance program operation and regulatory issues.

In our experience, firms that do not bring this perspective to the representation of dental groups can structure transactions and operations in ways that can increase compliance risk.  Many firms out there consider the profession of dentistry to be “just another business” and apply the same analysis to solving the legal problems of a dental practice as they would to any other business.  This is a mistake and can result in exposure of the client to unacceptable levels of risk.

Mr. Fisher’s Dental Representation includes some of the following:

  • Establishment of dental compliance programs.
  • Representation of dental practices in government investigations.
  • Conducting internal audits and investigations in support of compliance.
  • Conducting thorough due diligence in connection with dental practice acquisitions; including due diligence of potential compliance issues.
  • Representing practices in connection with acquisition transactions.
  • Creation of compensation systems that provide appropriate (and legal) incentives to professionals.
  • Negotiations of shareholder buy-in and employment agreements.
  • Structuring management service organizations and integrated dental groups.
  • Advice regarding corporate practice of dentistry issues.
  • Compliance with Medicare and Medicaid regulations where applicable.
  • Compliance with state and Federal laws relating to patient privacy, medical record privacy, protection of patient data.
  • Negotiation of acquisition or leasing of dental equipment.
  • Compliance and defense of dental board actions.
  • Structuring “partnership” arrangements between dentists including creation of compensation structures that work.

Mr. Fisher’s dental practice is also supported by attorneys with expertise in other area such as estate planning, real estate law, employment litigation, and other areas that may be called upon to assist our dental clients in appropriate circumstances.

Ruder Ware is a member of the Meritas Worldwide Organization.  This provides the firm with access to local attorneys in every state in the United States and in many parts of the world.  This relationship permits us to provide our dental and compliance expertise to dental practices from across the country by associating with our local Meritas partners.  Mr. Fisher also works in conjunction with local counsel, adding expert representation in compliance and specialized regulatory issues that impact dental practices.

Wisconsin Health Care Lawyer – Health Law Practice

Healthcare Lawyer In WisconsinJohn Fisher chairs Ruder Ware’s Health Care Focus Team.  John has been a practicing health care attorney since 1985 and has acquired a depth of knowledge and perspective on health care legal issues that can only come over a long career in health care law. Over the course of his practice, John has focused on representing and counseling a wide range of health care providers including clinically integrated provider groups, health care systems, long term care providers, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups, home health providers and other participants in the health care industry.

John is certified in Health Care Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association and a large portion of his practice focuses on health care compliance.  He has also been involved in the creation and operation of provider networks and clinically integrated provider systems going as far back as 1990.  His 25 years of experience in provider integration gives him a depth of perspective in clinical integration and managed care contracting that can be matched against any other health care attorney in the country.

John’s practice covers the full spectrum of regulatory and  transactional services for healthcare providers. By way of example, some of the more recent matters that John has handled include the following:

  • Creation of a system-wide compliance program for a large, national chain of long term care facilities.
  • Establishment of several clinically integrated health care systems and creation of mechanisms to support clinical integration.
  • Representation of various providers in connection with resolution of potential compliance issues.
  • Establishment of certified home health care agencies.
  • Negotiation of a wide range of legal relationships between health care providers.
  • Merger of multiple health care provider into a single integrated healthcare organization.
  • A wide range of healthcare mergers and acquisitions including compliance due diligence and transactional issues.

John is an accomplished speaker on various healthcare matters. He routinely presents to various organizations on healthcare issues.  He has also presented to the Health Care compliance Association and various other organizations on topics relevant to the health care industry.

John is a prolific author and active blogger.  He operates the Health Law Blog

John holds Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) with the Health Care Compliance Association and is a Certified Compliance Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics joining only a handful of other practicing attorneys in the country to hold dual compliance certifications.

About our National Health Care Practice

             U.S. Capitol BuildingMany of our friends and clients view us as a Wisconsin Law Firm.  Our health care practice expands well beyond the state of Wisconsin.  We are often brought into health care projects, such as provider integration and compliance program development and review in other parts of the country.  Under our rules of conduct, we are able to work with local counsel to bring our health care law expertise to a project, even when the project is in a state in which we are not licensed to practice law.  We have worked on a national basis on projects such as physician/hospital organization development, physician integration, compliance program development and assessment, and a variety of other health law issues.

We have also developed relationships with other law firms to provide support to us in certain micro-niche areas of health care law.  In addition to filling in areas of expertise that we do not have, such as in the white collar criminal area, these relationships give us “boots on the ground” in all of the major cities including Washington, D.C.   We are able to tune into legislative developments on the national level and in many states that may have an effect on our health care clients.

We are able to bring the national expertise and resources that we have developed through our affiliations back to benefit our clients in the state of Wisconsin.  This enables our provider clients in Eau Claire, Wausau, Green Bay, Appleton and other areas to take advantage of national level resources provided on a local level.

Labor and Employment Law for Health Care Providers

Ruder Ware attorneys assist health care providers  in proactively designing, drafting, and maintaining policies in compliance with state, local, and federal laws.  Our employment attorneys are actively involved with our health care lawyers, advising participants in the health care industry on various aspects of employment law, including:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Employee Handbook/Policies
  • Affirmative Action Plans
  • Wage and Hour Claims/Department of Labor (DOL) Audits
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance and Policy Matters
  • Employment Agreements, Including Noncompete/Confidentiality Issues
  • Severance Agreements
  • Plant Closing/Mass Layoff (WARN compliance) Issues
  • Discipline/Discharge Issues
  • Training
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employment Law Audits
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
  • ERISA
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Executive Compensation Design and Compliance
  • COBRA and HIPAA

Long-Term Care

Long-term care is a fast growing area of the health care industry primarily due to the aging baby boomer generation.  At the same time, the long-term care industry is being subjected to increasingly complex regulatory requirements and more focused scrutiny by regulators.

Ruder Ware attorneys can represent providers in all segments of the long-term care industry in a variety of matters including corporate, real estate, regulatory compliance and compliance program operation, contractual relationships, certificate of need, risk management, employment and labor law, medical director and other physician agreements, ancillary service provider agreements, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, resident agreements and a variety of other areas that affect the daily business operations of long-term care providers.

Certificate of Need Planning, Preparation, and Litigation

We can assist clients in planning for new facility and new program developments and meeting the regulatory requirements, including certificate of need (CON) application and litigation.  We have prepared CON applications and handled litigation resulting from CON filings.  We have prosecuted CON cases through the administrative process and can therefore assist clients in developing strategies and arguments to support their applications.  We have worked with consultants and need analysts who testify in support of our clients and have cross-examined experts of other applicants, successfully obtaining approval for a number of projects.

Some of our attorneys were involved in the CON process in states that have very strong regulation.  This experience positions us to address issues that arise in less-regulated states and places us in a prime position to address issues that may be created by potential increased legislation requiring a demonstration of need for new projects in states that currently do not have expansive CON requirements.

Information Technology In Health Care

The relationship between information technology and health care law is fast growing.  We have a depth of understanding in the interaction between these areas of the law. We provide legal and business advice to both health care providers and information technology providers.  We help providers navigate the fast-changing area of patient privacy and the requirements under HIPAA and the technological aspects that come with their responsibilities under this developing area of the law.

Whether the issue is licensing new software, procuring hardware, implementing medical record systems and e-prescribing, electronic information sharing, or technologically monitoring results or quality, we are able to address the needs of health care providers in a knowledgeable and proactive manner.

Where more depth of knowledge is required in the intellectual property, venture financing, business transaction, securities, and corporate law areas, our health care lawyers have a broad range of additional resources to call upon within the firm.

Areas we can assist clients in the health care information technology arena include:

  • HIPAA and patient confidentiality issues
  • Creation and operation of compliance programs
  • Breach reporting and policy enforcement
  • E-prescribing issues
  • Electronic medical record exchanges
  • Negotiation and preparation of software licensing arrangements
  • Development and operation of health care social networking
  • Securing protection for proprietary products and information