Angela Bergman represents healthcare providers and companies facing claims of fraud, patient protection violations and government investigations. She represents a broad range of clients in all sectors of the healthcare industry including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, home health and hospice providers.
More specifically, Angela’s practice encompasses:
Angela is an active participant in the firm’s pro bono initiatives, devoting significant efforts to fighting for the constitutional rights of indigent defendants in Tennessee’s public defense system and other criminal justice reform issues in the State of Tennessee. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Angela worked as a business consultant for major companies across several industries including healthcare, insurance and financial services.
American Bar Association (ABA)
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Nashville Bar Association (NBA)
Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
Lead counsel representing emergency department provider and other defendants in qui tam lawsuit alleging violation of licensure laws caused submission of false claims. District court dismissed allegations against the emergency department provider on grounds that alleged regulatory violation did not satisfy standard for FCA materiality set forth in Supreme Court’s Escobar decision. U.S. ex rel. Taylor v. Boyko, 2019 WL 2423283 (S.D. W. Va. Jun. 6, 2019).
Currently serve as outside counsel for a publicly traded senior living in responding to home health and hospice audits.
Represented owner of ambulance company indicted for Medicare and Medicaid fraud for its transportation of dialysis patients. Following conviction at trial, persuaded Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn defendant’s aggravated identity theft conviction on grounds that the defendant did not “use” the identifying information of Medicare beneficiaries within the meaning of the statute merely by misrepresenting how the beneficiaries had been transported. United States v. Medlock, 786 F.3d 431 (6th Cir. 2015)
Lead counsel representing senior living companies in qui tam lawsuit alleging defendants fraudulently billed Medicare for home health services. District court dismissed lawsuit on the grounds that the alleged regulatory violation did not satisfy standard for FCA materiality set forth in Supreme Court’s 2016 Escobar decision. U.S. ex rel. Prather v. Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., 265 F. Supp. 3d 782 (M.D. Tenn. 2017)
Tennessee Bar Association — Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2019)
Vanderbilt Law Review — Notes Development Editor
Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards — Criminal Law, Corporations, and Litigating the Death Penalty