The National Law Journal named Hooper, Lundy & Bookman partner Mark Johnson to its 2021 list of Healthcare/Life Sciences Trailblazers. The award was given to lawyers “who have moved the needle in terms of the practice, policy and other advancements” in Healthcare/Life Sciences.
Mark is the Managing Partner of the firm’s San Diego office. With more than two decades of experience as a health care lawyer, he focuses his practice on legal issues in the post-acute health care arena, litigating a wide range of civil and regulatory cases. His clients include some of the largest skilled nursing companies in California.
Mark explains how he developed his focus on health care work after attending law school in Georgia and moving to California to work at a health care boutique firm. “My father is a doctor, and my mother is a nurse, but I was never exposed to health care regulations or administrative law. But after starting, I found it fascinating. And a few years later, I joined Hooper and opened their San Francisco office.”
The National Law Journal notes that Mark has helped to clarify the laws in the post-acute health care provider space, and that he “successfully litigated state and federal issues regarding California’s Medicare and Medicaid program over tens of millions of dollars owed to a nursing facility chain resulting in the recalculation of seven years of Medicaid reimbursements.” It also notes that he “defended a class action involving allegations of understaffing against one of the largest nursing homes in California.”
In the profile, Mark states that, “Nursing homes, in particular, have always been a secondary player, but they are now becoming just as important as hospitals. And our team has helped bring them to the forefront of health care law.” He further states, “facilities have to become as well-developed from an infrastructure standpoint as hospitals, with increased services, practitioners, use of electronic medical records and more, in order to build up to where patients will need to be over the next 20 years.”