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Jim Hoover

James A. Hoover

PH: (205) 458-5111
Fax: (205) 244-5660
Email: James
Paralegal
PH: (205) 458-5418
PH: (205) 458-5498
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Sue Caliento ()
PH: (205) 458-5194

Jim practices in the firms Health Care Practice Group. Jim represents numerous hospitals, physician practices, pharmacies, and medical device manufacturers throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

Jim also represents home health and hospice agencies, chiropractors, nurses and other health care providers in a variety of matters. His experience includes litigation of Stark, Anti-kickback, and False Claims violations.

Jim has represented countless hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care licensees before administrative tribunals, as well as representing hospitals with their health care compliance programs, Certificate of Need issues, medical staff credentialing, responding to alleged EMTALA violations, Medicare appeals, audits, recoupments and sanctions, HIPAA privacy and security matters, as well as other health law disputes. Jim frequently lectures on the requirements imposed by HIPAA and implementing a HIPAA compliance program, and other health care compliance issues for various continuing education seminars.

Jim is a Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer and has been named one of the Best Lawyers In America, He...

  • Represented a mental health provider in a qui tam/false claims lawsuit alleging, among other allegations, violation of the false claims act as a result of the provider's alleged improper use of "incident to" services.
  • Represented physician practices in a qui tam/false claims lawsuit alleging a violation of the false claims act as a result of the practice's improper use of "incident to" services.
  • Represented numerous physician practices in multiple Office of Inspector General ("OIG") investigations related to the use of and billing for qualitative drug screen testing.
  • Represented a hospital against a false claims and anti-kickback investigation conducted by the OIG and U. S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama that led to the government closing its investigation without action against the hospital.
  • Represented a large specialty pharmacy company in an action brought by the Alabama Medicaid Agency involuntarily suspending Medicaid payments and successfully obtained the return of $11 million in Medicaid funds.
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a physician group practice resulting in a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former physician employee alleging submission of false credentialing information to a state medical licensing board.
  • Obtained certificate of need approval from the State Health Planning and Development Agency to construct the first Free Standing Emergency Department in Alabama.
  • Obtained a judgment in excess of $800,000.00 for a hospital client against a physician on its medical staff for violating an office lease agreement.
  • Represented a national hospital company with numerous hospitals in Alabama with its litigation within the State of Alabama.
  • Represented numerous hospitals in response to CMS investigations seeking to terminate the hospitals' provider numbers within 21 days for alleged EMTALA violations.
  • Assisted clients in responding to and addressing HIPAA breaches, including coordinating breach notification processes and extensively reviewing and revising HIPAA compliance plans and forms.

What is your favorite thing about the law?
Thinking outside the box. Due to the complexity of health law issues and the sometime contradictory regulations, providing clients with useful solutions to their issues without simply becoming a “no” man is challenging at times.

What was your first job?
Kayak instructor and raft-renter extraordinaire.

What are your hobbies?
Competing in triathlons.

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Go to Med School.

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