Cecile L. Gordon

Cele Gordon practices in the area of health care law. She has significant experience in matters relating to federal and state regulation of health care providers, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, compliance programs, hospital/physician financial arrangements and joint ventures, Louisiana Hospital Service District laws, licensure and accreditation, drafting and negotiation of contracts, medical staff issues, risk management, PACE, HIPAA and EMTALA. Her clients include hospitals, hospital service districts, physicians, physician group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, IDTFs, imaging centers, health care clinics, FQHCs, physical therapy practices and pharmacies.

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Cele Gordon practices in the area of health care law. She has significant experience in matters relating to federal and state regulation of health care providers, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, fraud and abuse, compliance programs, hospital/physician financial arrangements and joint ventures, Louisiana Hospital Service District laws, licensure and accreditation, drafting and negotiation of contracts, medical staff issues, risk management, PACE, HIPAA and EMTALA. Her clients include hospitals, hospital service districts, physicians, physician group practices, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, IDTFs, imaging centers, health care clinics, FQHCs, physical therapy practices and pharmacies.

Ms. Gordon has provided legal representation as part-time in-house counsel for a major teaching hospital. Prior to law school, she spent several years working as a clinical assistant for physicians in group practice, hospital and clinic settings.

Experience

  • Representation of health care providers in stock and asset sales and acquisitions, including associated licensure, permitting and certification matters.
  • Local regulatory counsel for lease of Louisiana hospital service district
  • Local regulatory counsel for acquisition of assisted living facility.
  • Local counsel for real estate and Louisiana contract issues for lease of Louisiana hospital service district and for acquisition of assisted living facility.
  • Drafting and negotiation of documents for organization and management of hospital/physician joint ventures.
  • Representation of hospitals in response to EMTALA investigations.
  • Representation of hospitals, nursing homes and other providers in response to licensure, certification and accreditation surveys.
  • Drafting and review of hospital policies, procedures and medical staff bylaws.
  • Representation of hospitals in peer review matters and hearings.
  • Negotiation of management agreements for health care providers.
  • Drafting and negotiation of documents for purchases of medical office buildings.
  • Drafting and review of compliance program documents.
  • Representation of health care clients in joint venture development and organization. 
  • Representation of health care providers in negotiations with managed care organizations and ACOs. 
  • Representation of health care providers in appeals to Provider Reimbursement Review Board in disputes over Medicare reimbursement.
  • Drafting comments to proposed federal regulations affecting health care providers.

Insights

Publications
  • Contributing Author, Louisiana, "AHLA 50 State Survey of Fraud and Abuse Statutes and Regulations," American Health Lawyers Association (2006-2016)
  • Co-Author, "Federal Government Asserts Jurisdiction Over Healthcare Providers for Purpose of Affirmative Action Compliance," Impact Lawbrief, published by Louisiana Hospital Association (June 2011)
  • Author, "CMS Revises Requirements in Hospital Conditions of Participation," Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief (December 2008)
  • Author, "Tamper Resistant Prescription Pads" Phelps Dunbar Health Law Update (January 2008)
Speaking Engagements
  • HIPAA Webinar (March 2013)
  • Presenter, "Alice in HIPAAland," HIPAA Webinar presented by Phelps Dunbar (March 2013)
  • Presenter, "RAC, HIPPA and Health Care Contracting: Your 2012 Survival Guide," Phelps Dunbar Breakfast Briefing, Mobile, AL (January 2012)
  • Phelps Dunbar Mobile Health Care Briefing (December 2011)
  • Presenter, "Health Care Contracts 101" Healthcare Financial Management Association -- Louisiana Chapter Winter Institute, Baton Rouge, LA (January 2011)
  • Presenter, "Recent Changes in the Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Environment" Healthcare Financial Management Association -- Louisiana Chapter Winter Institute, Baton Rouge, LA (January 2010)
  • Presenter, "RAC, EHRs and HIPAA: Your 2009 Survival Guide" Phelps Dunbar Breakfast Briefing, Baton Rouge, LA (July 2009)
  • Presenter, "New Stark Rules and How They Will Impact You" HFMA/MGMA/Phelps Dunbar Breakfast Briefing, Baton Rouge, LA (September 2008)
  • Presenter, "DRA and Stark II, Phase III" Healthcare Financial Management Association -- Louisiana Chapter Winter Institute, Baton Rouge, LA (January 2008)
  • Presenter, "DRA Requirements for False Claims Act Education" Healthcare Financial Management Association -- Louisiana Chapter Winter Institute, Baton Rouge, LA (January 2007)
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Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association for Women Attorneys
  • Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Women’s Healthcare Executives Network 

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers: Health Care Law
  • For more than 15 years, Ms. Gordon has volunteered her services to the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and has been recognized by the Pro Bono Project on several occasions for her distinguished service.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Health Care Law (New Orleans Lawyer of the Year: Health Care Law, 2014 and 2018)