Ron Sutter, a co-founder of the firm, has over twenty-five years experience in counseling and litigation relating to health care law. In addition to the private practice of law, he has served in the General Counsel's Office of the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco.
Mr. Sutter's work focuses on payment issues arising in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. His court victories include invalidation of HCFA's Medicare retroactive wage-index rule in a case decided by the US Supreme Court; invalidation of HCFA's policies governing reimbursement of malpractice insurance costs; invalidation of HCFA's policy against adjusting the hospital-specific portion of the payment rate under the Medicare prospective payment system ("PPS"); invalidation of HCFA's policies limiting jurisdiction over PPS appeals; reversal of a HCFA "related party" determination in an appellate court case; invalidation of HCFA's policies limiting the amount of interest payable to providers under Medicare court judgments; and invalidation of HCFA's policies regarding the PPS adjustment for hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. He is the only attorney in the country to argue three Medicare cases before the US Supreme Court.
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is a Washington, DC-based law firm that focuses on health care, education and the law of tax-exempt organizations.