Long Term Acute Care Hospitals

Representative Experience

  • Represented a longstanding long-term care provider in its sale of over 50 facilities, which included skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living facilities in 11 states, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. AGG prepared all filings associated with the stock transfer of the providers, including all pre- and post-closing filings, and advised on regulatory components of the deal document. The transaction was valued at over $400 million.
  • Obtained favorable rulings from multiple state appellate courts enforcing nursing home arbitration agreements, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.
  • Obtained a precedent-setting injunction restraining a national plaintiff law firm from using deceptive advertisements that mischaracterized nursing home survey results.
  • Successfully defended Health Management Associates at trial from claims that it breached the terms of an employment contract with a former employee.
  • Successfully represented a Georgia home health provider in a request for reconsideration of a CMS contractor’s decision to terminate the provider’s Medicare enrollment.
  • Successfully represented the entire spectrum of healthcare providers – including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospices and physicians – in numerous Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement disputes with, in the aggregate, several hundreds of millions of dollars at issue.
  • Favorably resolved a high-profile federal False Claims Act case brought by the Department of Justice alleging that two national nursing home chains and their principals conspired to solicit a $50 million kickback from a large national pharmaceutical supply company in exchange for continuing to provide pharmacy services to the homes.
  • Secured an injunction invalidating a federal Medicare reimbursement rule and as a result effectively halted a fraud investigation and the threat of a False Claims Act action against a national healthcare chain.
  • Implemented a novel strategy of filing a federal lawsuit to successfully compel arbitration of a nursing home case, for Kindred Nursing Centers, resulting in a decision of first impression in Georgia. (Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Cynthia Jones, USDC Southern District of Georgia, Case No. CV409-105 (March 16, 2011))
  • Compelled arbitration for nursing home provider, Heritage Healthcare of Savannah, then prevailed at arbitration and received an award of attorney’s fees and costs against the plaintiff.
  • Drafted Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Georgia Hospital Association and the Georgia Health Care Association regarding denials from trial courts of qualified protective orders allowing ex parte interviews with plaintiffs’ treating medical providers.
  • Represented purchaser in the sale / leaseback of juvenile acute care facility which included a long term care and outpatient components as well as a day care facility.
  • Obtained a decision of first impression in Georgia, for Omni H.C Inc. by establishing a statute of limitations for a cause of action for the False Claims Act retaliation provisions (United States ex rel. Nichols v. Omni, H.C., Inc., No. 4:02-CV-66(HV), 2008 WL 906426 (M.D. Ga. March 31, 2008))
  • Represented a receiver in its acquisition of a hospital chain pursuant to a court-approved comprehensive settlement agreement.
  • Gained CON approval for a new cancer center for Meadows Regional Cancer Center LLC over objections and administrative appeals by two competitors. The approvals were upheld after additional judicial appeals.