Akin Gump Wins Key Victory in Medicare Reimbursement Case

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP won a key victory in a case involving Medicare reimbursement to hospitals for care to low-income patients.

Twenty-seven hospital plaintiffs brought suit in Allina Health Services et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius after the Health and Human Services Secretary revised the interpretation of a Medicare payment rule. In her opinion, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said that HHS had executed “a fancy two-step” by trying to use the complexity of Medicare to hide its bad rulemaking. Judge Collyer also questioned the government’s tactics in the case, noting that it was “irregular legal gamesmanship, which wastes time and casts unfortunate doubt on counsel’s credibility.”

Judge Collyer granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and vacated the rule the hospitals challenged.

“We are very pleased to have achieved this result, both for our clients and for hospitals nationwide that face the same issue,” said Akin Gump healthcare partner Stephanie Webster, who led the team handling the case.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 850 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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