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Thomas L. Mills

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.

Activities

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.

Education

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.

Publications

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.

Thomas L. Mills

Thomas Mills is a Washington, D.C. partner who concentrates his practice on the legislative and regulatory aspects of health care and maritime law.

Mr. Mills has extensive experience in litigation, transactional and legislative matters for maritime and other commercial concerns.  He is an expert in congressional organization and procedures and has assisted clients regarding numerous legislative matters before Congress. Mr. Mills represents clients in all areas of maritime transportation including shipbuilders, energy companies and major carriers — primarily those operating under the U.S. flag, as well as Commercial banks, and investment groups.  His expertise covers the complex U.S. laws regulating and promoting shipping, including the “coastwise” laws and those relating to safety and the environment.  Mr. Mills has participated in the acquisition, construction contracting, and financing of hundreds of commercial vessels.  Mr. Mills has had a major role in virtually every major U.S. maritime policy initiative, including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Anti-Reflagging Act of 1987, cargo preference compromise in the Food Security Act of 1985, the Maritime Security Act of 1996, and the Maritime Security Act of 2003.

After tours on the United States Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT and at Coast Guard Headquarters, Mr. Mills began the practice of law in 1975 at Kominers, Fort, Schlefer & Boyer.  He became a partner in 1980 and managing partner in 1983.  In 1985, Mr. Mills established a new firm, Dyer, Ellis, Joseph & Mills where he stayed until accepting an offer to head the maritime practice at Winston & Strawn.

His representative clients include American Ship Management, Liberty Maritime Corporation, OMI Corporation, Schnitzer Steel Products, Co., and U.S. Ship Management.

Honors & Awards

Honors and 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. He also was recognized for shipping and maritime law in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who Legal. Winston & Strawn's admiralty and maritime group has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports - Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law for 2011-2012.

 

Activities

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.

Education 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.

Speeches and Publications 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.

Thomas L. Mills

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, United Therapies, Symbion, MacQuarie Capital, and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.

Honors & Awards

Honors and 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. He also was recognized for shipping and maritime law in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who Legal. Winston & Strawn's admiralty and maritime group has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports - Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law for 2011-2012.

 

Activities

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.

Education 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.

Speeches and Publications 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.