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Health Care


American health care is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, and our lawyers endeavor to counsel medical professionals thoughtfully through the attendant changes. Just as physicians demystify health issues for their patients, our experienced health care law attorneys seek to untangle the complex web of regulatory, business and litigation risks confronting health care professionals and institutional clients. The health care services our firm provides range from complex contracting, to regulatory compliance, to medical practice mergers and acquisitions. We counsel clients regarding value based payment and population health strategies, including ACOs, bundled payment and clinically integrated networks. We also advise clients on health care policy, legislative advocacy, executive strategy, litigation and the complex business requirements of organized medicine. 

Our Health Care practice has a history of counseling physicians, health care facilities and organizations and we have been involved in launching such health care delivery initiatives as Community Care of North Carolina and ACOs across America. Bo Bobbitt, Smith Anderson's veteran health care lawyer, is credited nationally for authoring the blueprint for establishing ACOs, The ACO Guide: How to Identify and Implement the Essential Elements for Accountable Care Organization Success,” from which health care providers and medical communities are developing accountable care networks. 

Since 2011, “Best Law Firms,” a joint annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, has awarded our Health Care practice with its highest metropolitan Tier 1 ranking. Additionally, Bo has been featured in The Best Lawyers in America© for Health Care Law every year since 1997 and named “Lawyer of the Year” in Raleigh for Health Care Law (2013).    

From our headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, our firm provides a wide range of health care legal services and we also offer experienced counsel in such related areas as Medical Malpractice Defense, Tax, Securities and Commercial Real Estate. We work closely with you to create solutions that allow you to focus on fulfilling your mission of caring for patients. CLICK HERE to view a full list of our business and litigation practices.



  • Exclusive contracting
  • Certificates of Need 
  • Medicare and Medicaid compliance
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse defense 
  • HIPAA and other federal and state confidentiality and privacy laws 
  • Managed care contracting, regulation and dispute resolution 
  • Business and contract dispute resolution and litigation 
  • Resolution of regulatory issues and administrative litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Electronic Health Record implementation and related services
  • Provider organizations 
  • Health care mergers and acquisitions, including practice buy-ins and buy-outs
  • Practice and business entity formation 
  • Medical staff issues 
  • Employment issues, including covenants not to compete 
  • Professional association representation 
  • Representation before licensing boards
  • Strategic general counsel services for ACOs and other value-based reimbursement initiatives

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