Jim Pyles, a co-founder of the firm and has more than forty years of experience in litigation, counseling, and lobbying in the field of health law and policy. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Pyles served for six years in the Office of the General Counsel for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, where he received the department's Distinguished Service Award for successfully handling complex Medicare litigation.
Nationally known for his expertise with respect to the legal issues related to health information technology and health information privacy, chronic care coordination, home health, hospice, and ambulatory care services, Mr. Pyles also has experience in nearly all areas of the firm's practice. In addition, he is a registered lobbyist for several health care associations and participates intensively in health reform at the federal and state levels. He has crafted major pieces of health care legislation in many areas covered by the Medicare Act. Mr. Pyles was a principal designer and author of the Independence at Home program enacted with bipartisan support as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Mr. Pyles' expertise encompasses the legislative and regulatory aspects of government and private health insurance coverage and reimbursement; the legal aspects of acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and networks; and the law pertaining to fraud and abuse. He writes and lectures frequently on health reform issues and appears periodically on national television as a health care commentator.
Mr. Pyles serves as counsel to several national mental health and state home care associations and is a member of the Board of Directors of a national physician house call association.