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Jodi P. Berlin

Partner

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., 1994, magna cum laude

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, School of Nursing, R.N., 1978

Whittier Law School, J.D., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • 1999, California
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Upon graduation from law school, Jodi P. Berlin joined Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, where she practices in the regulatory/reimbursement department.  Ms. Berlin’s practice focuses primarily on assisting healthcare providers, including hospitals, laboratories, home health agencies, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, physicians and allied health professionals.  Ms. Berlin advises her clients on compliance issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, licensing and certification issues, medical staff, accreditation issues, medical board, consent issues and other regulatory and health law-related matters.

Ms. Berlin regularly assesses billing and scope of practice issues; drafts compliance policies and procedures; reviews and revises job descriptions to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; drafts corrective action plans and voluntary disclosures to government agencies; defends denials of accreditation and federal and state citations and/or terminations from the Medicare and Medicaid program; and defends professional board accusations.  Ms. Berlin has also assisted numerous providers with responding to audits during the Recovery Audit Contractor demonstration project and handled countless appeals before Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Berlin received her R.N. diploma in 1978 from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts.  As a registered nurse, Ms. Berlin specialized in the fields of adult and neonatal intensive care, coronary care, and bone marrow transplants.  She subsequently graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.  Ms. Berlin received her J.D. from Whittier Law School in 1999, and was admitted to the California Bar in December of that year.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence Crispo, Judge of the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
  • Past Board Member, California Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • California’s Efforts to Improve Quality of Care in Hospitals: New Reporting Requirements and Hospital Penalties for Licensing Violations, presented at various hospitals in Southern California, 2007. 
  • California’s New Efforts to Fine Hospitals for Poor Quality, presented at the Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, Inc. and Camden Group Pay for Performance Seminar in Los Angeles and San Francisco, October 24 and 25, 2006.
  • Safeguarding Your Nursing License, Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital, August 16, 2005, Norwalk, CA
  • Updates in Mental Health Law, Norwalk Marriott, May 19, 2005, Norwalk, CA
  • Compliance Programs, California Hospice Foundation, October 19, 2004, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nursing Liability, Pierce College, March 22, 2004, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Corporate Compliance:  Can Your Board Meet the Test of Legal and Public Scrutiny?, California Hospital Foundation Teleconference, January 29, 2004
  • Monitoring and Auditing HIPAA Compliance in California, Voluntary Hospital Association, October 17, 2003, El Segundo, CA
  • HIPAA in the Home Health Setting, HIPAA San Fernando Valley Continuity of Care Association, June 11, 2003, San Fernando, CA
  • Surviving a Survey in 2003, California Association for Home Services at Home, May 21, 2003, Sacramento, CA
  • Nursing Liability, Pierce College, March 24, 2003, Woodland Hills, CA
  • HIPAA: Countdown to Compliance, California Hospice Foundation, Fall Conference, November 5, 2002, Las Vegas, NV
  • HIPAA Privacy Rules: Is Your Program Ready?  California Hospice Foundation Teleconference, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, Inc., August 14, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
  • HIPAA Compliance and The Next Steps in Corporate Compliance:  Conducting and Managing Internal Audits and Responding to External Investigations, California Hospice Foundation Conference, February 27, 2002, Sacramento, CA.
  • New Confidentiality Requirements Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), California Hospice Foundation Fall Conference – “Breaking Barriers – Building Alliances,” November 5, 2001, Las Vegas, NV
  • Advance Directives, California Association Health Facilities; Quality Care Health Foundation, August 30, 2001, Ontario, CA

Publications

  • RACs or Ruins:  Lessons Learned from the RAC Demonstration Project. BNA Health Care Fraud Report, Analysis & Perspective, Vol. 13, No. 4 (February 25, 2009).
  • The Recovery Audit Contractor Demonstration Project: Is it the Answer to Improper Medicare Payments?, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, Health Law Perspectives, Vol. 8, No. 1 (February 2006).
  • The Medical Board of California Speaks Out – Fines Six-Out-Of-State Physicians 48 Million Dollars For Online Prescribing Without Physician Exams, American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 13 No. 3 (May-June 2003).
  • The Ninth Circuit Decision Upholding a Physician’s Right to “Recommend” the Medical Use of Marijuana, American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 13, Number 1 (December 2002-January 2003).
  • Latest Proposed Revisions to Correct Unintended Consequences of HIPAA’s Privacy Regulations; Making the Privacy Rules Effective Yet User Friendly, American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 12, Number 3, May-Jun 2002.
  • The Bergman Case: Defining Inadequate Pain Relief as Elder Abuse. American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 12, Number 1 (Jan-Feb. 2002).
  • Defining the Bottom Line for Medicare HMO Beneficiaries to Sue for Damages in State Court: McCall v. PacifiCare, American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 11,  Number 4 (Jul – Aug, 2001).
  • Long-Term Care Reform Imposes New Requirements, Creates New Ambiguities for Providers and Regulators, California Health Law Monitor Vol. 9, No. 5 (March 12, 2001).
  • Advance Directives Require Provider Attention and Staff Training, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, Health Law Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 3 (March 2001).
  • New Law Requires Providers to Take More Active Role in Advance Directives, California Health Law Monitor (January 29, 2001).
  • The Potvin Case:  A Small Step Toward Defining Fair Procedure Rights for Healthcare Providers Terminated From MCOs, American College of Medical Quality, FOCUS Vol. 10, Issue 5/6 (Sept – Dec 2000).
  • Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders, “A Shot In the Arm” Towards Rehabilitation, 19 Whittier L.Rev. 169 (1997).
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