Law firm adds pharmacy practice

Indianapolis-based Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC, the nation’s largest health-care-focused law firm, has officially launched a pharmacy practice.

Though the practice area is new, several lawyers within the firm have used their pharmacy-related knowledge and experience to serve clients for several years, said John Ryan, the firm’s president and managing partner.

“The [health care] industry itself is becoming much more regulated and a number of our provider clients are becoming more active in the pharmacy market,” Ryan said.

The lawyers typically counsel retail and mail-order pharmacies and hospital and long-term-care providers on regulatory compliance and enforcement support, development and maintenance of compliance programs, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, private-payer reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and litigation.

Hall Render’s pharmacy practice is led by Susan Bizzell, a shareholder of the firm, and is the latest addition to the firm’s more than 60 health-care-related specialties. The pharmacy practice consists of about 10 lawyers.

With 97 local attorneys, Hall Render is ranked as the city’s seventh-largest law firm, according to IBJ’s most recent statistics.

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