Health Law Highlights

Is Your Compliance House In Order? Tips for Ensuring Private Equity and Portfolio Company Compliance

Summary of article from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, by Angela Humphreys, Jennifer Michael:

The recent Request for Information by federal agencies highlights the need for private equity (PE) firms to have robust compliance programs for their healthcare sector investments. Such programs should align with the Office of Inspector General’s General Compliance Program Guidance, and include written policies, procedures, risk analyses, and audits. PE firms need to understand their role and risk profile in the portfolio company’s structure, including their involvement in executive hiring, business program implementation, and potential antitrust issues. Equity incentive awards should comply with both the Stark Law and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Lastly, PE firms should ensure attorney-client privilege is maintained in their interactions with both the portfolio company and outside counsel.