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Dan Hettich is a partner  with a national practice focused on Medicare reimbursement issues affecting hospitals and health systems.  He provides comprehensive services within the area of Medicare reimbursement -- from advising clients on agency requirements, to lobbying Congress when a change in statute is necessary, to defending clients against Medicare related FCA claims – with a special focus on litigating agency errors or misinterpretations in Federal court under standards created by the APA.

Dan recently led briefing and did oral argument before the Ninth Circuit in Empire Health v. Becerra where the Ninth Circuit vacated a CMS policy that almost universally decreased payments to hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of indigent patients.  In November of 2021, he defended the Ninth Circuit’s decision in oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In prior years, Dan has won final, favorable decisions overturning national CMS policy governing the reimbursement of Medicare bad debts, as well as agency denials of new residency program status (worth tens of millions of dollars to both of the hospitals); provider-based status (also worth many millions of dollars to the hospital); critical access hospital status; and volume decrease adjustments. In addition, he recently settled a False Claims Act case for about one-tenth of the alleged treble damages amount, in an issue of first impression in which the Department of Justice's underlying cause of action stemmed from the hospital's reporting of wage data affecting its wage-index.

Dan completed his six-year term as  Vice Chair of the American Health Lawyers Association's Regulation, Accreditation and Payment practice group. He is also a frequent speaker at the AHLA's annual Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment, as well as a speaker for the AHLA's Annual Meeting, HFMA's Annual Meeting, and the American Bar Association Health Law Summit.

Dan is ranked by Chambers for DC Healthcare; listed as a Top-Rated Health Care Attorney in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers; named a Legal500 NextGeneration Partner; and  named one of the nation’s top litigators 40 or under each year from 2016-2020 by Benchmark Litigation.

Dan earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he also earned an M.A. in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics.

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Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University

M.A., Georgetown University

A.B., Fordham University

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

American Bar Association, Health Law Section

American Health Lawyers Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2017

Georgetown University Hospital's Ethics Committee

Chambers Band 3


Chambers & Partners

ABA Fellows


American Bar Association

The Legal500 NextGeneration


Legal 500

Top U.S. Lawyers under 40


Law360, 2016 and 2015

Top Litigator under 40


Benchmark Litigation, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Pro Bono Champion: Health Law


American Health Lawyers Association, 2010–2013

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Recognition

Chambers Band 3


Chambers & Partners

ABA Fellows


American Bar Association

The Legal500 NextGeneration


Legal 500

Top U.S. Lawyers under 40


Law360, 2016 and 2015

Top Litigator under 40


Benchmark Litigation, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Pro Bono Champion: Health Law


American Health Lawyers Association, 2010–2013

News

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich comment on the Provider Relief Fund and telehealth

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich discuss price transparency and compliance predictions for 2022

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, InsideHealthPolicy, Law & Crime and Supreme Court Brief

November 29, 2021
Dan Hettich, Anne Voigts and Matthew Noller represent Empire Health Foundation in Medicare reimbursement dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court

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November 2, 2020
Health Headlines November 2, 2020

Newsletter

August 10, 2020
Health Headlines August 10, 2020

Newsletter

February 17, 2020
Health Headlines February 17, 2020

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News

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich comment on the Provider Relief Fund and telehealth

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich discuss price transparency and compliance predictions for 2022

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, InsideHealthPolicy, Law & Crime and Supreme Court Brief

November 29, 2021
Dan Hettich, Anne Voigts and Matthew Noller represent Empire Health Foundation in Medicare reimbursement dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court

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Insights

Newsletter

November 2, 2020
Health Headlines November 2, 2020

Newsletter

August 10, 2020
Health Headlines August 10, 2020

Newsletter

February 17, 2020
Health Headlines February 17, 2020

View all

News

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich comment on the Provider Relief Fund and telehealth

In the News · Source: Report on Medicare Compliance

January 10, 2022
Ahsin Azim and Dan Hettich discuss price transparency and compliance predictions for 2022

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, InsideHealthPolicy, Law & Crime and Supreme Court Brief

November 29, 2021
Dan Hettich, Anne Voigts and Matthew Noller represent Empire Health Foundation in Medicare reimbursement dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court

View all

Credentials

J.D., Georgetown University

M.A., Georgetown University

A.B., Fordham University

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

American Bar Association, Health Law Section

American Health Lawyers Association

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2017

Georgetown University Hospital's Ethics Committee

Chambers Band 3


Chambers & Partners

ABA Fellows


American Bar Association

The Legal500 NextGeneration


Legal 500

Top U.S. Lawyers under 40


Law360, 2016 and 2015

Top Litigator under 40


Benchmark Litigation, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Pro Bono Champion: Health Law


American Health Lawyers Association, 2010–2013

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Recognition

Chambers Band 3


Chambers & Partners

ABA Fellows


American Bar Association

The Legal500 NextGeneration


Legal 500

Top U.S. Lawyers under 40


Law360, 2016 and 2015

Top Litigator under 40


Benchmark Litigation, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Pro Bono Champion: Health Law


American Health Lawyers Association, 2010–2013