Thomas Mills is a Washington, D.C. partner who concentrates his practice on the legislative and regulatory aspects of health care.
In his more than 30 years of law practice, Mr. Mills has represented the interests of a range of health care providers, including hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and other managed care providers; pharmaceutical companies; physician practice management companies; the entire range of extended care providers; major financial institutions involved in equity and debt financing, both public and private; and national associations representing providers of outpatient services, as well as independent providers of such services. These services have included skilled nursing services, home health, ambulatory surgery, dialysis, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, radiation therapy, home infusion therapy, diagnostic imaging, cardiac catheterization, durable medical equipment, and clinical diagnostic laboratory services.
Mr. Mills has conducted numerous internal investigations both on behalf of companies and of the audit committees. He has assisted in the defense of several highly publicized criminal prosecutions of individuals and corporations accused of health care fraud, and has defended numerous health care clients under investigation by the Justice Department and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. He has argued cases before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider Reimbursement Review Board and the Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board, as well as the federal courts, and has successfully challenged regulations promulgated by CMS concerning provider reimbursement rates and the Physician Self Referral Law. In addition, Mr. Mills has represented organizations on numerous occasions before federal congressional committees as well as state legislatures, and has led numerous federal and state legislative initiatives in which he has successfully obtained enactment of legislation or has defeated legislative proposals relating to a host of health care issues. These include Medicare fraud and abuse matters, such as physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws; Medicare provider reimbursement rates; certificate of need legislation; provider licensure, medical privacy and security legislation, and other healthcare regulatory requirements.
Mr. Mills has extensively counseled providers, lenders, and investors with respect to compliance in each of the foregoing areas of law, as well as with respect to false billing statutes. For example, he has negotiated and restructured numerous complex business arrangements to comply with federal and state physician self-referral laws and anti-kickback statutes and federal, state, and international medical privacy laws and regulations.
His representative clients include the Council for Urologic Interests; American Healthways; United Surgical Partners, International; United Therapies; NextMed Services; MacQuarie Capital; the International RadioSurgery Association; and the Association of Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Mills is recognized as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s “Best Lawyers” in health care law for 2008, as a leading health care lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America annually since 2003, as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer for 2012 and 2007, and was recommended for health care in the Legal 500 US 2011 edition.
Mr. Mills is head of the firm’s health care practice.
Mr. Mills is also a member of the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. He has served as chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association and has served on the board of trustees of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In addition, Mr. Mills has served, and continues to serve, on boards of directors of public and private companies.
Mr. Mills served for seven years as Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee of United Surgical Partners International, Inc.
Mr. Mills received a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1970 and a J.D., with honors, in 1975 from the George Washington University National Law Center, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Mr. Mills has been a featured speaker before various groups and organizations concerning health policy matters as well as legal and legislative issues impacting the health care industry, including televised panel discussions concerning fraud and abuse laws with the general counsel of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.