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Michael J. Bittman

Partner

390 North Orange Avenue
Suite 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
mike.bittman@nelsonmullins.com

Michael Bittman is board certified as a specialist in Health Law and in Healthcare Compliance. He has experience representing clients in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies, payors, pharmacies, medical equipment suppliers, home health agencies, and physicians. He has been lead trial counsel in a number of federal, state, and administrative...

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Michael Bittman is board certified as a specialist in Health Law and in Healthcare Compliance. He has experience representing clients in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies, payors, pharmacies, medical equipment suppliers, home health agencies, and physicians. He has been lead trial counsel in a number of federal, state, and administrative health law cases and represents clients in healthcare fraud investigations, qui tam or whistleblower cases, contract disputes, health insurance claims, malpractice, and medical staff disputes. He has also handled fraud and reimbursement cases involving millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funds.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Bittman has served as outside general counsel for hospitals and other healthcare entities and represents parties in healthcare transactions, including the drafting of purchase and sale contracts, leases, management agreements, letters of intent, and other documents.

He is well versed in federal and state fraud and abuse laws and provides advice and recommendations to clients regarding their compliance and risk reduction.

Mr. Bittman is a frequent presenter on issues related to health law, such as false claims, Medicare and Medicaid, health facility operations, governance, medical records, health insurance, ERISA, managed care liability, peer review, and fraud and abuse.

health law cases and represents clients in healthcare fraud investigations, qui tam or whistleblower cases, contract disputes, health insurance claims, malpractice, and medical staff disputes. He has also handled fraud and reimbursement cases involving millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funds.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Bittman has served as outside general counsel for hospitals and other healthcare entities and represents parties in healthcare transactions, including the drafting of purchase and sale contracts, leases, management agreements, letters of intent, and other documents.

He is well versed in federal and state fraud and abuse laws and provides advice and recommendations to clients regarding their compliance and risk reduction.

Mr. Bittman is a frequent presenter on issues related to health law, such as false claims, Medicare and Medicaid, health facility operations, governance, medical records, health insurance, ERISA, managed care liability, peer review, and fraud and abuse.

Michael Bittman is board certified as a specialist in Health Law and in Healthcare Compliance. He has experience representing clients in the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies, payors, pharmacies, medical equipment suppliers, home health agencies, and physicians. He has been lead trial counsel in a number of federal, state, and administrative... health law cases and represents clients in healthcare fraud investigations, qui tam or whistleblower cases, contract disputes, health insurance claims, malpractice, and medical staff disputes. He has also handled fraud and reimbursement cases involving millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funds.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Bittman has served as outside general counsel for hospitals and other healthcare entities and represents parties in healthcare transactions, including the drafting of purchase and sale contracts, leases, management agreements, letters of intent, and other documents.

He is well versed in federal and state fraud and abuse laws and provides advice and recommendations to clients regarding their compliance and risk reduction.

Mr. Bittman is a frequent presenter on issues related to health law, such as false claims, Medicare and Medicaid, health facility operations, governance, medical records, health insurance, ERISA, managed care liability, peer review, and fraud and abuse.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Regularly conducts internal investigations into potential overpayments, and advises health care clients on strategies to minimize legal risks, including self-disclosure and making refunds to payers. 
  • Represents health care clients in government investigations and in qui tam actions filed under the federal and Florida False Claims Acts.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in a five-day civil False Claims Act trial before the Honorable Wm. Terrell Hodges, Senior U.S. District Judge,  U.S. ex rel. Ortolano v. Amin Radiology, Case No. 5:10-cv-583 (M.D. Fla.). Judge Hodges granted Amin Radiology’s motion for judgment as a matter of law and entered judgment in its favor, 2015 WL 403221 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 28, 2015), which the Eleventh Circuit affirmed, 2016 WL 1743474 (11th Cir. May 3, 2016).
  • Led the team representing the West Orange Healthcare District in its 2012 sale to Orlando Health, Inc. for $181,000,000.
  • Served as outside general counsel to two Florida public hospitals.
  • Represents hospitals and physicians in contested peer review proceedings and litigation.
  • Successfully represented hospitals and nursing homes in recovering tens of millions of dollars from the Florida Medicaid program.

Education

  • The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, JD (1982)
  • Georgetown University, BSBA, Business and Accounting (1979)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court

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  • Past Chair, The Florida Bar Health Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Health Law Section
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
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