Hogan Marren Obtains Favorable Medicare Coverage Decision for Hospital

Kelly McCloskey Cherf, Laura C. Liu and Nicholas Hudalla successfully represented a client in its appeal of a Medicare contractor's determination of overpayment involving a beneficiary's inpatient hospital services, based on the contractor's finding that the services were not medically reasonable and necessary.  The Medicare Appeals Council (MAC) reversed the Administrative Law Judge's decision upon finding that the services were medically reasonable and necessary, and granted Medicare coverage for the inpatient hospital services.  The MAC review is the fourth level of appeal for Medicare coverage determinations and is the final administrative review of claims before a party may appeal to the federal district court.

Sheila Sokolowski Joins Hogan Marren, Ltd.

Hogan Marren is pleased to announce that Sheila Sokolowski has joined the firm as a partner. Ms. Sokolowski focuses her practice on business and related regulatory issues affecting the health care industry.  She provides advice and counsel concerning compliance with federal and state law governing the delivery of health care services and products, including the Stark Law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and HIPAA.  She represents clients from across the health care industry, including academic medical centers, health systems, medical device manufacturers, retail clinics and pharmacies.  Ms. Sokolowski joined Hogan Marren in 2010.

Hogan Marren Attorneys Challenge Honest Services Fraud Conviction

Hogan Marren attorneys Patrick E. Deady, Edward M. Hogan, Kelly McCloskey Cherf and Michael Tecson are challenging the mail fraud conviction of former City of Chicago employee Timothy McCarthy in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24, 2010 decision in Skilling v. U.S. restricting the scope of the honest services fraud statute used to convict McCarthy.  McCarthy and his codefendants, Robert Sorich and Patrick Slattery, filed post-conviction petitions in February, 2010 seeking to vacate their convictions, anticipating the Court’s decision in Skilling.  The petitions are now pending before United States District Court Judge David H. Coar.  Hogan Marren attorneys also represented McCarthy in the 2006 City Hiring fraud trial and on direct appeal to the Supreme Court.