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Stanton J. Stock

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Education

San Diego State University, B.A., 2008, cum laude

Loyola Law School, J.D., 2011, cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

Bar Admissions

  • 2011, California
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Mr. Stock’s practice includes the representation of nursing facilities, hospices, home health agencies, pharmacies, hospitals, and multi-campus providers in a wide variety of matters, including all aspects of state and federal False Claims Act investigations, Medicare/Medicaid audits and appeals, citation and deficiency appeals, class actions, arbitrations, and mediations. 

With respect to Medicare/Medicaid audits and appeals, Mr. Stock is well-versed in cost reimbursement principles and has represented providers through all phases of an audit, from responding the auditors’ entrance letter, to litigating writs and appeals of final administrative decisions.  Recent representative matters involving reimbursement audits and appeals include the following:

  • Represented a large skilled skilling nursing facility chain in a Medi-Cal audit and administrative appeal concerning reimbursement of home office nursing costs.
  • Represented a large skilled nursing facility chain in a Medi-Cal audit and administrative appeal related to the reasonableness, necessity, and allocation of its home office costs under California AB 1629’s rate reimbursement methodology.
  • Represented a national hospice provider in a Medi-Cal audit appeal conducted by the Department of Health Care Services, Medical Review Branch, related to the documentation of medical necessity.
  • Represented a large skilled nursing facility chain in Medi-Cal audit conducted by the California Department of Health Care Services’ Financial Audits Branch of related party determinations concerning an administrative services organization.
  • Represented a large skilled nursing facility chain in a petition for writ of mandamus concerning purported overpayments collected in a Medi-Cal billing audit.

With respect to fraud and abuse matters, Mr. Stock has represented providers in responding to civil investigative demands, administrative subpoenas, negotiating False Claims Act settlements, negotiating corporate integrity agreements, and defending against allegations of fraud and abuse in formal civil litigation.  As a member of both the firm’s both Fraud & Abuse and the E-Discovery practice groups, he has significant experience in leading clients through all aspects of internal and external investigations as well as litigation.  Recent representative matters involving allegations of fraud, abuse, and substandard care include the following:

  • Represented skilled nursing facilities in responding to administrative subpoenas issued by the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse, and concurrent investigating agencies, with respect to allegations of substandard care and regulatory violations in the COVID-19 era.
  • Represented a chain of skilled nursing facilities in responding to False Claims Act investigation of purported overutilization of skilled therapy services.
  • Represented a hospital and its clinical research program in responding to a False Claims Act Civil Investigative Demand reviewing compliance with Medicare secondary payer limitations.
  • Represented numerous skilled nursing facilities in Departmental Appeals Board review of survey findings and penalties issued by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Represented numerous nursing facilities in appeal of substandard quality of care survey findings set forth in 2567 issued by Department of Public Health.

Mr. Stock writes and speaks extensively about topics related to audits and investigations.  Some of his more recent publications include the following:

  • Compliance & COVID-19 for SNFs: Managing Reimbursement and Accounting for PPP, CARES Act & Medi-Cal, California Association of Health Facilities (co-presenter) (July 2020)
  • DOJ Enhances Pursuit of Grossly Substandard Care at SNFs, HLB Newsroom (March 2020)
  • Building An Effective Compliance Program, California Association of Health Facilities – Riverside Chapter Fall Symposium (September 2019)
  • Responding to Medi-Cal Fraud Audits and Investigations, 28 California Health Law News 1 (co-author) (Spring 2019)
  • Recent Developments in Fraud and Abuse: Post-Acute Care, California Association of Health Facilities – Annual RAP Session and Trade Show (co-presenter) (April 2019)
  • Medi-Cal Long-term Care Audit Appeals – “Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” 20 Health Law Perspectives 8 (October 2018)
  • Health Care Fraud Enforcement – A View from the Trenches, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (co-author) (June 2017)

In January 2020, Mr. Stock was selected by Super Lawyers® as a 2020 Southern California Rising Star.

Mr. Stock joined Hooper, Lundy & Bookman after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Manuel L. Real in the United States District Court, Central District of California, from 2012-2013.  He received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 2011, graduating cum laude and Order of the Coif.  He received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in 2008, graduating cum laude.

Before attending law school, Mr. Stock worked as a San Diego County Paramedic in a variety of healthcare settings.  As an attorney, he has volunteered to assist local paramedic organizations, such as the San Diego County Paramedic Association, which he helped obtain its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.  He also researched complex questions of law affecting Trek Medics International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care.  These organizations are committed to improving their respective communities, and Mr. Stock takes pride in assisting them in their endeavors.

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Health Facilities
  • California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Southern California Rising Star, 2020-2021

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • Preparing for the Worst: Medi-Cal Audits & Appeals Under Ab-81, California Association of Health Facilities (co-presenter) (November 2020)
  • Compliance & COVID-19 for SNFs: Managing Reimbursement and Accounting for PPP, CARES Act & Medi-Cal, California Association of Health Facilities (co-presenter) (July 2020)
  • Building An Effective Compliance Program, California Association of Health Facilities – Riverside Chapter Fall Symposium (September 2019)
  • PRA Requests for Workforce Shortage Waivers, California Association of Health Facilities (co-presenter) (June 2019)
  • Recent Developments in Fraud and Abuse: Post-Acute Care, California Association of Health Facilities – Annual RAP Session and Trade Show (co-presenter) (April 2019)
  • Quality Assurance Privileged in the Era of QAPI, California Association of Health Facilities Annual Convention & Expo (co-presenter) (Fall 2018)
  • Ethics in E-Discovery: Pitfalls of Lagging Behind on Digital Trends, MCLE Ethics Presentation (co-presenter) (April 2018)
  • False Claims Act Update,  HLB & FTI 2017 Health Care Fraud & Abuse Update Seminar (co-presenter) (October 2017)
  • Proportionality for Healthcare Providers in Civil False Claims Act Litigation, MCLE Presentation (July 2017)
  • Be Prepared: Issues to Guard Against in Hospice Audits and Investigations, MasterCare Services, Inc. Annual Seminar (co-presenter) (March 2017)
  • Reducing Your Legal Exposure in 2015, San Diego Health Care Association (co-presenter) (January 2015)

Health Law Perspectives

Publications

  • DOJ Enhances Pursuit of Grossly Substandard Care at SNFs, HLB Newsroom (March 2020)
  • Responding to Medi-Cal Fraud Audits and Investigations, 28 California Health Law News 1 (co-author) (Spring 2019)
  • Medi-Cal Long-term Care Audit Appeals – “Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” 20 Health Law Perspectives 8 (October 2018)
  • Health Care Fraud Enforcement – A View from the Trenches, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (co-author) (June 2017)
  • OCR’s Largest Settlement To-Date Sends Strong Message to Covered Entities About Enterprise-Wide HIPAA Risk Assessment, HLB Health Care IT Blog (August 2016)
  • Beware: Poor Electronic Information Governance May Lead to Sanctions in Litigation, 18 Health Law Perspectives 6 (June 2016)
  • CMS Targets Prior Business Affiliations with New Bad Actor Provisions, 23 California Health Law News 3 (Summer/Fall 2015)
  • You’ve Been Hacked – Disclosing Protected Health Information to Law Enforcement in a Criminal Investigation, Health Law Perspectives (January 2015)
  • Malware Attack Exposes Security Flaws, Leads to $150,000 HIPAA Breach Settlement, Health Law Perspectives (January 2015)
  • Changing Default Security Settings: A Simple Step Towards Protecting Patient Privacy, HLB Health Care IT Blog (November 2014)
  • Quality Assurance Committee Records: Best Practices for Preserving Confidentiality, Health Law Perspectives (October 2014)
  • Developments in the Treatment of Pneumococcal Infections, 12 J. BIOLAW & BUS. 49 (2009)
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