Howard serves as Leader of the firm's Health Care Practice Group, spanning across the firm's regional footprint, successfully representing clients on all matters of health care related law, including corporate, litigation, and regulatory matters.
His area of focus involves corporate and regulatory health care matters, including Stark and Anti-kickback and False Claims Act compliance, facility and professional licensure matters, HIPAA, physician practice formation, joint venture arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, certificate of need issues, Medicare and third-party audits and investigations, corporate compliance and contract negotiations. Howard represents a variety of health care clients including: hospitals, surgery centers, clinical labs, physician practices, medical staffs, nursing homes, academic medical centers, imaging centers, and other health care providers.
Howard serves as the firm’s Chief HIPAA Compliance Officer to oversee the development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to privacy policies and procedures regarding the safe use and handling of protected health information (PHI) in compliance with federal and state regulations.
He is the current President of the Alabama Bar Health Law section serving a 3 year term. The Health Law section focuses on the interface between law and health care, including various state and federal issues such as Medicare fraud and abuse, payment problems, merger and acquisition of health care entities, antitrust, fiscal management, peer review, provider malpractice, individual rights and Supreme Court actions.
Howard is the author of Legal Strategies for Health Care Providers, published by Aspatore Books in 2005, co-author of Legal Guide for Physicians in Alabama, published by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2000, revised in 2002, and is a regular writer for the Birmingham Medical News. Howard is also a frequent speaker on various health care topics both locally and nationally.