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Jim Hoover

Jim practices in the firm's Health Care Practice Group. Jim represents numerous hospitals, physician practices, pharmacies and other healthcare providers throughout Alabama and the southeast in a variety of matters.

His experience includes defending healthcare providers in a variety of government investigations led by such government agencies as the OIG, OCR, FBI, FDA, CMS, DEA and DOJ.  He has handled countless matters before administrative tribunals, as well as representing healthcare providers with their 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 trying their commercial litigation disputes.

Jim frequently lectures on the requirements imposed by HIPAA and implementing a HIPAA compliance program, and other health care compliance issues.  He authored Chapter 9 of the Health Law Handbook, 2005 edition entitled "The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act: Responding to an Active Investigation." Most recently, he co-authored the Alabama Associatio...


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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  • 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.