Health Care Defense Group

Gordon & Rees has a national practice representing and advising health care providers, assisted living providers, and senior housing providers on a broad range of issues. Attorneys in the health care group have represented general and specialty hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, acute psychiatric hospitals, residential behavioral health facilities, and other health care providers in fraud and abuse, compliance, reimbursement, False Claims Act defense, HIPAA, transactional, and regulatory matters. In addition, the firm has an active litigation practice representing nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health care providers in malpractice, elder abuse, contract, and class action matters. The health law practice at Gordon & Rees is staffed by 36 attorneys in nine offices throughout the country. The attorneys at Gordon & Rees represent and advise the health care industry in many areas, including the following.

Health Care Litigation

  • Successfully resolve complex disputes at trial, arbitration, and mediation against HMOs, hospitals, physicians, nurses, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, therapists, laboratories, and other health care providers on numerous matters, including malpractice, elder abuse, consumer protection/deceptive trade, and related matters
  • Represent health care providers before state licensing boards on disciplinary matters
  • Represent HMOs and other health plans on ERISA preemption issues
  • Represent HMOs and other payors in contract disputes with providers


  • Defend providers in Medicare and Medicaid hearings and appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, Medicare Office of Hearings and Appeals, and state administrative agencies
  • Represent providers in negotiations and litigation with Medicare fiscal intermediaries regarding Medicare overpayments
  • Represent HMOs in reimbursement matters

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Provide advice on HIPAA and compliance with other health privacy requirements
  • Develop compliance plans and policies
  • Develop employee training programs
  • Advise health care providers on risk management issues

Fraud and Abuse

  • Represent health care providers in responding to government investigations, including negotiations with the government
  • Counsel clients on how to avoid violations of fraud and abuse laws and regulations


  • Assist nursing homes and other providers in challenging adverse survey findings
  • Assist health care providers with obtaining licensure and certification

False Claims Act Defense

  • Represent health care providers in False Claims Act litigation


  • Assist health care providers in acquisitions
  • Represent health care providers in negotiations with government
  • Represent buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions
  • Provide advice on joint ventures between physicians and other entities
  • Draft partnership agreements for physician groups