Kristen Bond Dobson is an associate in the firm’s Healthcare practice group. She represents clients in a wide variety of healthcare regulatory and litigation matters.
Kristen has advised hospitals, health systems, hospices, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, physician practices, and nursing homes on various compliance issues, including internal reviews and investigations and voluntary repayments. She has also represented providers in reimbursement matters, including Medicare and Medicaid appeals and government audits, and has extensive experience with health facility regulatory matters, licensure, and Medicaid provider enrollment.
In addition to her regulatory experience, Kristen regularly represents clients in certificate of need litigation, administrative rule challenges, and bid protests involving Florida state agencies, including the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health. As a former Staff Attorney at the Florida Supreme Court, she has the ability to analyze complex issues, which enables her to develop the best litigation strategy for her clients.
Recognizing that the healthcare regulatory landscape is ever-evolving, Kristen is committed to staying abreast of emerging issues and regulations so that she can assist her clients with any issue, no matter how novel. With her thoughtful, proactive approach, Kristen is well-equipped to anticipate issues and help her clients successfully and efficiently navigate the path forward.
Advised providers on implementation of requirements under the No Surprises Act.
Successfully challenged Agency statement regarding online ordering of medical marijuana through third-party websites as an unpromulgated rule and obtained a Final Order requiring the Agency to immediately discontinue reliance on the unpromulgated rule.
Advised major health system in compliance investigation, including extensive review of reimbursement and potential False Claims Act issues, witness interviews, and review of complex business arrangements.
Obtained Certificate of Need for hospice provider over two other competing applicants after 4-week trial, allowing provider to significantly expand its services and operations in Florida.
Successfully defended award of housing tax credits pursuant to a Request for Applications issued by Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Advised providers regarding COVID-19 regulatory issues, including telehealth waivers and CARES Act provider relief funding
Assisted in successful representation of provider challenging Recovery Audit denials for outlier payments
Presenter, "No Surprises Act," Practice Administrators Program, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (September 30, 2023)
Co-presenter, "Recent Developments in Healthcare Reimbursement and Compliance, Including the No Surprises Act," American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) Webinar, (March 8, 2023)
Co-presenter, "The No Surprises Act: Trying to Make Sense of It All One Year Later," Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Representing the Physician CLE, (February 3, 2023)
Panelist, "Litigating For and Against the Government," The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (January 2023)
Co-presenter, "No Surprises in Billing," American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) Carolina Chapter, (April 27, 2022)
Co-presenter, "Surprise Billing: First Quarter Update," Tennessee Hospital Association (April 13, 2022)
Presenter, "Evidentiary Issues In Cases Involving the APA," The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (Spring 2021)
Co-presenter, "Complying With HHS’ Ever-Changing Guidance: Accelerated Payments, Reporting Requirements and Considerations for Providers," Tennessee Hospital Association (October 13, 2020)
Presenter, "CARES Act Relief Funds: Attestations, Record Keeping, and Compliance Requirements," Tennessee Hospital Association webinar (May 2020)