Susan Banks is a healthcare attorney in Holland & Knight's Denver office. Ms. Banks focuses her national practice on advising hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers and suppliers on the full range of Medicare and Medicaid compliance and reimbursement issues. She also helps clients navigate the complexities of healthcare delivery reform and inevitable operational challenges amid the ever-evolving federal regulatory environment.
A core part of Ms. Banks' practice involves counseling clients around potential federal healthcare program overpayments, including analysis of conditions of payment, risk assessments, design and oversight of internal investigations, coordination of payment audits, and development of disclosure and refund strategies, when needed. Clients appreciate her organized and down-to-earth, nonalarmist approach to evaluating potential overpayments and mitigating risk. Ms. Banks' versatile, practical and business-oriented strategies help clients resolve potential exposure collaboratively and proactively.
Ms. Banks has deep experience and knowledge regarding Medicare reimbursement mechanisms, including the various prospective payment systems and fee schedules, associated coverage policies, and billing rules for various items and services. Her recent engagements have included advising clients regarding Medicare cost-reporting rules, outpatient physician supervision requirements, billing for services furnished by mid-level practitioners, medical necessity of inpatient admissions, inpatient admission order requirements, rules to qualify for provider-based status and related billing and payment rules, scope of the diagnosis-related group (DRG) three-day payment window, and appropriate uses of advance beneficiary notices (ABNs) and hospital-issued notices of noncoverage (HINNs).
In addition, Ms. Banks has extensive experience with graduate medical education (GME) reimbursement and contracting requirements, as well as with the establishment of new medical and dental residency programs. She also advises clients on the requirements for participating in the 340B Drug Discount Program.
Ms. Banks assists clients in conducting internal investigations of compliance and reimbursement matters and, when appropriate, making self-disclosures and voluntary refunds. She also has experience advising and representing clients in government investigations and civil and criminal litigation involving allegations of fraud and abuse arising under the federal False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Ms. Banks has represented clients in connection with investigations and audits undertaken by federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractors, and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Ms. Banks regularly drafts comment letters for submission to various state and federal administrative bodies on behalf of her clients. She also assists providers in filing appeals with the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) and participates in administrative hearings before the board.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Banks was a healthcare attorney for a global law firm in its Denver office, and spent five years in private practice in Washington, D.C., before that.
Ms. Banks also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law, teaching a Medicare Practice Seminar and Medicare Coverage, Payment and Compliance course between 2017 and 2020.
- Counseling of hospital and health system clients regarding compliance best practices, potential liabilities, risks and possible refund obligations pertaining to federal healthcare program rules and requirements, including by way of example, analysis, audits and advocacy in connection with:
- agency's erroneous application of Medicare's 3-Day Payment Window policy to patient transfers between system hospitals operated as unincorporated divisions of a single parent entity
- utilization of hospital-based advanced practice practitioners and potential fraud and abuse considerations related to global surgical package reimbursement
- concurrent and overlapping surgeries and potential hospital liabilities related to same
- restructuring of joint venture agreements governing management, operations and finances at a hospital's provider-based joint venture radiation oncology department
- provider-based compliance at hospital on- and off-campus outpatient departments, with assessment of reimbursement implications and notification to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office and/or the Medical Administrative Contractor (MAC)
- Complex, multihospital internal investigation involving a health system's graduate medical education (GME) program, including assessment of residents' training activities, employment arrangements, immigration status, hospital privileging, payer credentialing and enrollment status, and related hospital and professional reimbursements to evaluate and resolve potential overpayment concerns and related federal healthcare program compliance considerations
- Design and oversight of a retrospective overpayment self-audit and voluntary refund involving review of historic short-stay hospital inpatient admissions to assess medical necessity and documentation of admitting physician's reasonable medical judgment that patients would require hospital care spanning two midnights
- In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs, which overturned Roe v. Wade, conducted an in-depth criminal law and healthcare fraud and abuse analysis and strategic assessment of a proposed multistate care collaboration model to deliver abortion services to patients traveling across state lines
- Development and structuring of a clinical co-management arrangement between hospital and specialist physician groups to ensure meaningful collaboration, care coordination and achievement of quality improvement goals in a Center of Excellence model
- Healthcare regulatory diligence for acquisitions of U.S.-based and international medical device manufacturers, distributors and durable medical equipment suppliers, including small and large, asset and stock deals
- Administrative litigation before the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings (OSAH) over entitlement to Georgia Medicaid reimbursement for prescription drug claims involving a dispute over the sufficiency of the provider's electronic prescription record, successfully overturning the agency's adverse audit findings to forestall the planned revocation of $500,000 in a test-case with company-wide implications
- Administrative litigation before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) on behalf of multiple hospitals regarding a MAC's erroneous interpretations of Medicare payment policies and incorrect reimbursement determinations
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
- Northwestern University, B.A., Evolutionary Biology
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- Colorado Supreme Court
- American Health Law Association (AHLA)
- Virginia Journal of International Law, Editorial Board Member, University of Virginia Law School, 2007-2009
- Rising Stars, Colorado Super Lawyers magazine, Health Care, Administrative Law, 2016-2018, 2020
- Thomas Marshall Miller Prize, University of Virginia School of Law, May 2009
- Hardy Cross Dillard Fellowship of Legal Research and Writing, University of Virginia School of Law, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009