In the United States, Latham routinely assists clients with navigating and influencing the regulatory environment and policies of third-party payors, including the Medicare and Medicaid programs and private payors. The firm offers significant expertise and experience in all aspects of coverage, coding, payment and compliance issues and often works with clients to develop comprehensive reimbursement strategies for new and established therapies, technologies and services.
Latham's lawyers also represent clients in federal court and administrative litigation involving government agencies or their contractors or private entities. Outside the United States, the firm's lawyers regularly assist clients in the development of comprehensive regulatory strategies, as well as providing key contacts with senior European Union regulatory officials, professional organizations and unions.
The firm's lawyers are also frequently called upon to assist in the healthcare aspects of corporate transactions -- either through advising financial interests such as underwriters, venture capital groups or private equity firms as to the reimbursement risks involved in investing in a sector or particular company, or through assisting healthcare companies to address the regulatory hurdles in their specific transactions or disclose the healthcare risks they face.
Overall, Latham understands that the key to a successful resolution to any reimbursement matter is expertise, experience and a refined understanding of the healthcare and life sciences industry, including the players and issues at stake for clients. The firm's healthcare and life science lawyers possess a wealth of reimbursement counseling experience. Several of them have worked in the industry for more than 15 years, some have clinical backgrounds as physicians and dentists, and a number have previously held positions in the executive and legislative branches of the US government, including in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
With this breadth and depth of experience, Latham is able to represent clients from a diverse cross-section of the healthcare and life sciences industry from healthcare providers, such as hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and imaging centers, to medical device, pharmaceutical and biotech companies.