Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is pleased to welcome Christopher Melton and Jennifer Wintergerst to its Health Care Service team as Counsel.
Mr. Melton concentrates his practice in the area of health care law, with an emphasis in Medicaid and Medicare claims litigation, governmental investigations, long-term care investigations and defense, and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Melton represents health care professionals and entities at all stages of investigation, prevention and litigation in administrative, civil and criminal matters.
Prior to joining Wyatt, Mr. Melton served as an Assistant Attorney General for Kentucky in the Medicaid Fraud Abuse and Control Division, where he worked in an interdisciplinary setting investigating and prosecuting false claim litigation, as well as allegations of abuse and neglect at Medicaid-funded facilities.
Ms. Wintergerst concentrates her practice in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid billing and compliance, governmental audits and investigations, RAC and MIC audits and appeals, false claims litigation, long-term care investigations and defense, and the development of compliance plans for physicians, hospitals and long term care facilities.
Ms. Wintergerst was also an Assistant Attorney General with the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division where she worked as part of an interdisciplinary team to investigate and prosecute allegations of provider fraud and patient abuse and neglect. During her tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Wintergerst was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to assist with the prosecution of federal health care fraud cases.
“We are so pleased to add Chris and Jennifer to our team of Health Care attorneys. With their experience working on the inside of state and federal prosecution agencies, they bring inside knowledge that will help our clients in prevention as well as response to government investigations,” said Carole Christian, co-chair of Wyatt’s Health Care Service Team. “The Medicare and Medicaid programs, with their growing number of contractors, are increasingly aggressive in challenging providers' billing and compliance practices, so providers need this kind of assistance more than ever."
Mr. Melton and Ms. Wintergerst are available to help with the following:
- Response to Medicaid and Medicare overpayment demands
- Consultation about subpoenas duces tecum
- Implementation of corporate compliance programs
- Defense of civil and criminal False Claims Act charges
- Conducting internal audits and advising on repayment
- Consultation and defense during long-term care abuse and neglect investigations
Wyatt’s Health Care Service Team includes 15 attorneys who practice primarily in health care, representing a wide range of health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician practices and outpatient, residential and mobile providers. The team includes eight attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 for Health Care, more than any other law firm in Kentucky.