Steve has spent his entire career in health law -- first with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and, since 1985, in private practice. His clients range from large hospitals to sole practitioners. Most of his work focuses on Medicare and Medicaid fraud & abuse, false claims, hospital medical staff matters, and professional licensing board cases. His cases have involved patient deaths, large-dollar claims for recoupment, and other urgent matters. Steve has also helped providers with a number of innovative business transactions. He speaks frequently to various professional organizations, including the North Carolina Psychological Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the North Carolina Hospital Association.
- Reimbursement, Fraud and Abuse - Steve represents corporate and individual providers having problems with Medicare, Medicaid, the OIG, the Attorney General's Office, and private insurers regarding possible underpayments, overpayments, fraud and abuse, and corporate compliance. He has successfully represented clients in cases involving very large amounts of money and potential criminal charges.
- Licensing Board and Medical Staff Matters - Steve frequently represents licensees in hearings before the N.C. Medical Board, the N.C. Pharmacy Board, the N.C. Psychology Board, and others. He also handles hospital medical staff hearings, sometimes representing the physician, sometimes the medical staff, and sometimes serving as the hearing officer. His licensing board and medical staff cases involve patient deaths, sexual misconduct, adulterated drugs, substance abuse, professional competence, and fraud. He obtained a preliminary injunction against a hospital, preventing it from summarily suspending a surgeon's privileges without a hearing.
- Business Matters - Steve also represents providers in business disputes with other providers. He organized several small physician practices into a company that won the right to develop a new surgical center. He represented a specialty surgical practice that obtained exclusive rights to do certain procedures at a large hospital. He advises physicians with issues under the Affordable Care Act.
- Clinical Research - Much of Steve's work is for non-profits. He chairs the research ethics committee (IRB) for an international medical research organization, and he has traveled to research sites at rural hospitals and urban slums in Africa and Asia.
- Lobbying - For over 20 years, Steve lobbied State government on behalf of various children’s services organizations in North Carolina. He chaired the General Statutes Commission committee that rewrote the State’s adoptions law.
read all representative experience
“Chapter 8: Hospital physician employment agreements,” in ACOs, CO-OPs and other options: A “how-to” manual for physicians navigating a post-health reform world (American Medical Association, 2011).
An Overview of the New Forensic Specialty Guidelines: Is More Less? Or Is It More? Or Is It Just More of the Same?” in NC Psychologist (NC Psychological Association, 2012).
Prior Legal Experience
While a N.C. Assistant Attorney General, he represented the State in federal class action lawsuits involving hundreds of millions of dollars. He argued and helped win Lassiter vs. Department of Social Services
in the United States Supreme Court, on behalf of the State as amicus curiae