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Overview

Bryan offers hospice clients comprehensive, nationwide representation on complex litigation, compliance and business matters.

With more than 20 years of litigation and regulatory experience, Bryan helps hospice clients across the country navigate the heavily regulated healthcare space. Home health agencies, palliative care organizations, hospitals and skilled nursing homes are among those that also rely on Bryan’s counsel. He is a staunch advocate when representing clients before local, state and federal judicial, quasi-judicial, administrative and legislative bodies. Clients also appreciate Bryan as an effective and responsive crisis manager when changing regulations destabilize daily operations. Working closely with clients, he develops practical strategies and remediation when they face issues including:

  • State and federal investigations
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Audits
  • Federal fraud and abuse claims

Bryan understands that proactive compliance is often the best and most cost-effective defense, and he enjoys advising hospices and other healthcare clients on not only compliance but innovative concepts that can improve performance. He strives to deliver efficient solutions that meet clients' legal, clinical and operational demands.


Industries

Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
    • cum laude
    • History

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Health Law Association (AHLA)
  • Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA)
  • Dane County Bar Association (DCBA)
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Experience

Regulatory

  • Routinely assists hospices in navigating audits and investigations by Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPICs), Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs), reducing overpayment claims through analysis and rebuttal of technical, clinical and statistical positions of auditors.
  • Regularly counsels hospices and related palliative/healthcare clients on broad array of regulatory issues, including medical director and other physician relationships, Medicare and Medicaid survey issues, reimbursement (including repayments and disclosures), corporate compliance and compliance program development.
  • Routinely counsels hospices and related palliative/healthcare clients on federal fraud and abuse law matters, including Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Stark Law and False Claims Act (FCA).

Crisis Management

  • Provides numerous clients with crisis management, and accompanying counsel on loss prevention and risk identification, assisting clients in mitigating, reducing or eliminating exposure.
  • Counsels clients and helps them stay in business when they face unexpected obstacles as a result of quickly changing regulations such as Medicare payment suspension, which can be 95 percent of operational cash flow.

Healthcare & General Litigation

  • Represented scores of healthcare clients in state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations, and administrative adversary proceedings.
  • Negotiated non-intervention decisions with federal and state government enforcers in False Claims Act matters.
  • Persuaded trial court to dissolve a temporary restraining order that had halted a pending arbitration proceeding.
  • Successfully challenged, in circuit court, an administrative law judge's decision to deny confidential status to a client's highly proprietary business information.
  • In pro bono case, successfully overturned summary judgement on deliberate indifference claim in U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, on behalf of inmate client working as an electrician who received severe electrical shock due to equipment precautions not taken.
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News Releases | January 13, 2020
Husch Blackwell Lands Two Healthcare Groups in Wisconsin

“That two prominent groups of lawyers from two different firms see the same potential and opportunity at Husch Blackwell speaks volumes about our firm’s commitment to Madison and the larger Wisconsin market,” said Paul Eberle, Husch Blackwell’s Chief Executive.

Outside the Office

Bryan’s eight children keep him busy as a proud parent and foster dad.

Bryan, his wife and their eight school-aged children enjoy everything from baking cookies to Grand Canyon road trips – two vehicles required. Growing his family through foster parenting has been an especially joyful experience for Bryan.

Community Leadership
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, associate lecturer and guest faculty
  • High school mock trial competition, volunteer judge

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