Katherine A. Kuchan, R.N., J.D.
  Attorney

BIOGRAPHY

Katherine Kuchan, a Shareholder in the firm, provides legal counsel to clients in numerous states regarding regulatory and compliance matters, including advising clients on fraud and abuse matters coordinated through federal and state enforcement agencies, defending hospitals, physician practices and other providers involved in governmental investigations, coordinating internal investigations, advising corporate compliance officers and assisting with repayments to government health care programs. She actively works with hospitals and other health care entities on special regulatory problems involving compliance with Corporate Integrity Agreement requirements, survey and licensure, EMTALA and risk management. Ms. Kuchan also represents clients involved in medical staff matters including quality of care, peer review and licensing and credentialing. Ms. Kuchan's experience as a Registered Nurse offers her clients the benefit and value of working with legal counsel who has practical, clinical knowledge and real life experience from working in the health care industry. For a list of Ms. Kuchan’s publications and presentations, click here.

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin - Madison, M.S.; Marquette University, B.S.

Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

ADMITTED TO BAR

  • Wisconsin

memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Experience

  • RN Licensure in Wisconsin

honors

  • Best Lawyers in America

Significant Cases

  • Katherine represented thirty-two hospitals in a large hospital system and numerous other individual hospitals in resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two whistleblowers involving allegations that implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) were implanted in Medicare beneficiaries in violation of Medicare’s National Coverage Determination 20.4 (NCD).
  • Katherine represented nine hospitals in a large hospital system and numerous other individual hospitals in resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit involving allegations that hospitals performed Kyphoplasty procedures on an inpatient basis when these minimally invasive procedures could have been performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Katherine represented a hospital in Michigan in resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower cardiologist involving allegations that another cardiologist performed unnecessary cardiac procedures on Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Katherine represented two hospitals in Arizona in connection with a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a hospital corporate responsibility auditor in resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit involving allegations that Medicare beneficiaries did not meet medical necessity criteria for inpatient rehabilitation services.
  • Katherine represented a health system in Michigan in connection with a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by an external auditor in resolving a False Claims Act lawsuit involving allegations of upcoding evaluation and management (E/M) services provided to cardiology patients.
  • United States ex. rel. Hilde-Philips v. St. Luke’s Hospital of Duluth and Dr. David Moyer, Katherine represented a hospital in Minnesota in connection with a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by whistleblower physician involving allegations that another physician upcoded evaluation and management (E/M) services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Katherine represented a hospital and ambulance company in Florida in responding to a Civil Investigative Demand involving medical necessity of ambulance transports, and following document production and negotiation, was able to persuade the U.S. Government to close the case without any further action.