Susan Baldwin Hendrix focuses her practice on healthcare, investigations and litigation. Ms. Hendrix provides compliance advice, and conducts internal investigations, with respect to health care regulations, health care guidance, and health care-related company policies.
In addition to providing compliance advice and conducting investigations, Ms. Hendrix counsels clients on complex criminal and civil litigation. Her practice involves the representation of individuals and corporations in government investigations and related criminal and civil litigation, including health care fraud, securities fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases. In particular, Ms. Hendrix has extensive experience defending clients against lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act, as well as defending clients against government investigations involving alleged health care fraud. Ms. Hendrix has defended clients against such investigations brought by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country.
Ms. Hendrix has developed vast experience with management and discovery of companies’ electronically stored information. Ms. Hendrix has regularly handled companies’ responses to subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and requests for production of documents.
- Advise on state law compliance issues related to home healthcare
- Perform due diligence related to health care matters in merger/acquisition context
- Legal compliance related to offerings by a pharmaceutical company to users of its products
- Represented national home health care provider in civil False Claims Act and criminal investigation, resulting in Deferred Prosecution Agreement, civil settlement agreements with the United States and multiple states, and Corporate Integrity Agreement
- U.S. ex rel. Woodruff v. Hawaii Pacific Health, 560 F. Supp. 2d 988 (D. Haw. May 2, 2008), aff’d 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 26769 (9th Cir. Dec. 13, 2010): Successful defense of qui tam action against hospital alleging hospital billing claims submitted to Hawaii Medicaid were fraudulent because they implied that procedures were performed or supervised by physicians when, in fact, they were performed by nurse practitioners. In granting summary judgment for the hospital, the court also rejected the allegation that the nurse practitioners lacked the appropriate license. The Ninth Circuit later affirmed summary judgment in favor of hospital.
- U.S. ex rel. Lockyer v. Hawaii Pacific Health, 490 F. Supp. 2d 1062 (D. Haw. 2007), aff’d 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 19499 (9th Cir. Aug. 27, 2009): Successful defense of qui tam action against hospital alleging fraudulent billing for chemotherapy under Medicare’s “incident to” rules. The Ninth Circuit later affirmed summary judgment in favor of hospital.
- Patton Boggs LLP, Of Counsel
- Shaw Pittman, Associate
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- American Health Lawyers Association