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A nationally recognized leader in healthcare fraud and abuse and regulatory issues, Howard J. Young leads the Morgan Lewis healthcare practice and co-leads the firm’s healthcare industry initiative. Howard advises a range of healthcare clients on government investigations and audits, litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. Healthcare organizations turn to Howard to address their most critical legal, compliance and strategic business issues and to assist with internal and government investigations, qui tam litigation, OIG inquiries, and self-disclosures. Howard regularly advises investors, including private equity firms, on transactions, affiliations, and joint ventures to create effective legal solutions.
Howard’s clients include a wide range of providers and suppliers, including hospice and palliative care, home health, long term care, specialty and retail pharmacies, hospitals and academic medical centers, behavioral health providers, physician practices, vision care providers, medical device manufacturers and suppliers, telehealth providers, healthcare vendors, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health plans, and distributors. He also counsels private equity firms on their investments in a wide array of healthcare business transactions.
Howard represents healthcare clients that are the targeted by federal and state investigations and audits (many of them triggered by qui tam lawsuits) involving the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Civil Monetary Penalty Law, and the Stark Law, as well as quality of care, medical necessity, coding, and billing matters. He has successfully helped clients avoid Department of Justice (DOJ) intervention on many FCA qui tam investigations, and has successfully litigated and resolved dozens of FCA matters.
As a former senior managing lawyer with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), Howard has experience advising and litigating on OIG and state exclusion matters, and was successful as co-counsel on the only mandatory exclusion matter overturned in federal court. He also assist clients responding to program integrity actions of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors, such as recovery audit contractors and unified program integrity contractors (UPICs), to Center for Program Integrity billing revocation and Medicare payment suspension matters, as well as OIG audits and investigations. Howard advises a wide array of health care organizations on CARES Act grant issues, OIG audit readiness, and OIG response issues.
Howard frequently writes and presents on fraud and abuse and healthcare regulatory issues to major healthcare trade and professional associations as well as to clients’ executive teams, boards of directors, and sales and marketing personnel.
Serving as lead counsel to various hospice organizations on federal and state government investigations and audits of hospice eligibility, levels of care (GIP and CHC), and associated Medicare and Medicaid billing issues. Howard advises on complex and strategic subpoena/CID response, careful coordination with senior management to ensure the hospice business continues during pendency of the investigation, and managing of hospice experts related to clinical record reviews. Howard also has advised numerous hospices to successfully resolve qui tam FCA complaints and litigation.
Lead counsel for national retail pharmacy in resolving two qui tam complaint investigations related to Medicaid billing issues, resulting in a favorable settlement for a fraction of what the DOJ and state government had initially demanded. Also served as counsel to the company on an OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement in connection with multiple additional FCA matters resolved contemporaneously.
Obtained a federal and state government declination and complete dismissal of a qui tam whistleblower complaint in a nationwide investigation of a chain retail pharmacy following complex CID subpoena response related to pharmacy billing and Drug Utilization Review issues.
Advises providers and suppliers, including retail pharmacy chains, regarding potential repayment obligations to Medicare, Medicaid, other government-funded programs and commercial insurers, including potential assessment of False Claims Act liability.
Counsel in FCA litigation for a hospice in federal district court following DOJ intervention in a qui tam lawsuit on allegations related to clinical ineligibility of hospice patients, improper physician billing and improper face-to-face compliance, resulting in highly favorable out of court settlement.
Represented a hospice seller in a complex arbitration proceeding related to sale of a hospice company to a private equity-backed hospice company, including a highly favorable resolution of an OIG self-disclosure related to various hospice compliance issues.
Represent retail and specialty pharmacies on a wide range of state and federal regulatory matters, including board of pharmacy and DEA oversight, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters, exclusion matters, internal investigations and compliance program matters.
Advise several global medical device manufacturers with regard to various fraud and abuse compliance matters, interactions with HCPs, and regulatory due diligence on transactions.
Obtained a declination and complete dismissal of a federal qui tam investigation of a dental management company following an innovative response to a DOJ civil investigative demand.
Represented various post-acute care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, hospices and home health agencies, to resolve qui tam litigation, including intervened and declined qui tam matters.
Represented providers in accountable care organizations (ACOs)–shared savings program and bundled payment arrangements.
Representing numerous hospices and home health agencies in connection with ongoing OIG self-disclosures, UPIC/ZPIC audits, MFCU audits and related overpayment appeals.
Representing hospice and home health providers on purchase and sale transactions.
Advising private equity investors in the pain management, home health, hospice, pharmacy, behavioral health, vision care, wound care, sleep lab, outpatient services, urgent care clinic and telehealth sectors.
Served as lead counsel in the successful representation of two hospitals in a large healthcare system to settle a qui tam investigation for considerably less than the government was seeking, and with no CIA, of Medicare inpatient short stays for kyphoplasty.
Conducted independent compliance program assessments for various healthcare providers, investors, and lenders in connection with a large, national investor-owned hospital chain, national home health agency chain, behavioral health companies, several large and midsized hospice organizations, and multiple retail and specialty pharmacy companies.
Represented a national PBM organization in connection with a first of its kind CIA and resolution of a government investigation.
Served as lead counsel to a not-for-profit hospital on CMS Physician Self-Referral Protocol disclosure (Stark Law).
Secured summary judgment dismissal of a major False Claims Act lawsuit, following intervention by the DOJ, for a durable medical equipment supplier of wound care mattress overlays after extensive discovery. The decision was upheld on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (US ex rel. Carter v. Medica-Rents).
Defending physicians and other individuals, including healthcare executives, on OIG exclusion matters, including before ALJs and in federal district court.
Awards and Affiliations
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2020)
Recommended, Industry Focus - Healthcare - Health Insurers, Service Providers, The Legal 500 US (2016-2020)
Ranked, Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2018, 2019)
Band 1, Healthcare, District of Columbia, Chambers USA (2020)
Ranked, Healthcare, District of Columbia, Chambers USA (2018, 2019)
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2017)
Recognized, Washington DC Super Lawyers (2012–2018)