Senior Living and Long Term Care
The 65-and-over population is projected to double during the next three decades, according to The National Council On Aging. The senior living and long term care professions are growing exponentially — and becoming increasingly regulated. Ongoing changes in our healthcare laws will add new layers of regulation for years to come.
As the long term care and seniors housing industry continues to grow in size and complexity, providers are facing a corresponding need for skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel.
The Northwest’s Only Dedicated Practice
As the only large law firm in the Pacific Northwest with a dedicated Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Service Team, Lane Powell helps the region’s skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, CCRCs, home health companies, active adult communities, senior apartment, and independent living communities manage their business, regulatory, employment and litigation needs.
We have extensive regulatory capabilities. As general counsel for the Washington Health Care Association, Lane Powell has first-hand knowledge of the latest federal and state regulations. The Firm also is an associate member of LeadingAge Washington. In addition, the Chair of our Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team serves on the Legal Subcommittee for the American Health Care Association and is the chair of the American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care Practice Group. Lane Powell represents providers in licensure proceedings — when the company’s ability to operate is at stake. We have also successfully represented providers in challenging rate limitations which the State sought to impose.
Lane Powell has extensive expertise in employment, wage and hour issues, HIPAA compliance and arbitration agreements. Our attorneys stay up-to-date on the latest legal developments impacting the industry, and utilizing this information in advising and representing our clients. We have helped clients avoid wage and hour claims, and assisted with handling terminations and other single employee issues.
Lane Powell has been ranked #1 in Elder Law in Seattle and Washington by The Best Lawyers in America®, based on an exhaustive peer-review survey of more than 24,000 leading attorneys throughout the country.
Attorneys with Proven Housing and Care Experience
Lane Powell’s Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team offers a comprehensive approach to legal services with experienced attorneys — including former assistant State of Washington attorneys general — who can provide regulatory assistance for interaction with state and federal agencies, including issues such as:
- Certificate of need disputes.
- Licensure and certification.
- Survey and decertification issues.
- Professional licensing investigations.
- Fraud and abuse investigations.
- Compliance review and guidance.
- Other regulatory issues unique to long term care providers.
Lane Powell’s experienced trial lawyers are prepared to defend employment, vulnerable adult statute and professional negligence claims, False Claims Act, and whistleblower or other litigation matters. The Firm’s corporate attorneys are prepared to address business needs including tax, mergers, site acquisitions and corporate compliance. All of our team members are committed to staying current on the latest industry developments impacting their area of practice.
Committed to Staying Current on Seniors Matters
In order to provide up-to-date advice to our clients, members of the Lane Powell Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team regularly research and review both industry and government materials and publications. Team members pass this information along as national speakers on topics such as Fair Housing, Survey Certification, Healthcare Reform, Government Investigations, Financial Audits, Medicaid Rate Litigation, Risk Management, and Wage and Hour, as it affects all providers, the long term care workforce and more.
Lane Powell Senior Living and Long Term Care attorneys are active members of the industry’s major trade associations, including:
- American Health Lawyers Association
- American Senior Housing Association
- American Association of Senior Housing and Homes for the Aging
- American Health Care Association
- LeadingAge Oregon
- LeadingAge Washington
- National Association of Home Care
- Oregon Association of Home Care
- Oregon Health Care Association
- Washington Health Care Association
Lane Powell’s Senior Living and Long Term Care attorneys have the experience to know who the industry decision-makers are and to see the important issues as they emerge, long before clients are forced to react. The Firm also shares its industry expertise with clients by hosting Continuing Education for Operators as well as in-house seminars and training on long term care issues, and by producing online legal updates that provide clients with the industry’s latest legal news.