About Margaret A. Donohue

Margaret Donohue has more than 10 years of experience counseling clients in the health care industry. She works with hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, behavioral health and other health care providers on complex Medicare and Medicaid regulatory and reimbursement issues. She also champions their cause in all types of litigation from state and federal audits to False Claims Act investigations.

Helping to ensure the well-being of health care providers

Margaret advises health care clients on compliance with state and federal health care laws. These include Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, cost reporting, fraud and abuse, and the investigation and disclosure of overpayments. In addition, she helps clients develop compliance programs and drafts affiliation agreements.

Margaret counsels health care clients with other issues as well, such as diagnosis coding, documentation of services, third-party liability, use of modifiers, and graduate medical education payments. Prior to joining Katten, she was an intern in the general counsel's office of a large health care system.

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Practice Focus

  • Health care regulatory
  • Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement
  • Health care compliance
  • False Claims Act investigations and litigation

Representative Experience

  • Defended provider against government allegations of improperly utilizing diagnosis codes. Earned dismissal with prejudice of primary False Claims Act claim.
  • Guide large health care system in formulating and implementing a corporate-wide compliance program, including development of policies, a risk assessment process and internal audit structure. Regularly advise on federal and state compliance requirements.
  • Defended large health care system and municipality against alleged manipulation of the Medicaid payment processing system to cause $14 billion of improper payments. Won dismissal with prejudice of entire False Claims Act complaint.
  • Advise high-level reimbursement staff at a health care system on various billing matters, such as documentation requirements for specific services, use of mid-level providers and claim form questions.
  • Represented ambulance supplier in settling False Claims Act allegations that it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary emergency transports.
  • Defend hospital clients in Medicare appeals before the Department of Health and Human Services Provider Reimbursement Review Board. Cases involve issues such as cost report audit adjustments, graduate medical education payments and bad debt reimbursement.
  • Represent large health care system in opposing a State audit of emergency services to undocumented immigrants.
  • Represent hospital system in negotiating affiliation agreement with a medical group and related implementation issues.
  • Represent academic medical center in challenging a New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General audit of Article 16 clinic services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Defend health care system against State Medicaid audit concerning behavioral health partial hospitalization services.
  • Defend nursing facility in New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General audit leading to its ultimate discontinuation.
  • Assist hospital system in responding to various New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General audits and reviews. Involves issues such as the Ambulatory Payment Group reimbursement methodology, outpatient services provided during an inpatient stay, billing of drugs provided under the 340B program, and various other documentation concerns.
  • Advise large health care system regarding various Medicare, Medicaid and regulatory compliance requirements for home health services.
  • Defend hospital and physician group in False Claims Act case. Involves nuanced Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement rules for teaching physicians and residents, podiatry, licensing, and graduate medical education payments.

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