Debra A. Geroux

Debra A. Geroux is a Shareholder practicing in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, f/k/a Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995), where she was a member and managing editor of the Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 1988.

HEALTH CARE PRACTICE

Ms. Geroux's healthcare practice focuses on health care compliance and reporting (i.e., HIPAA, AKS and Stark), as well as state and federal debarment, fraud and abuse litigation (both criminal and civil), licensing and credentialing, and a host of other health care issues. In September 2018, Ms. Geroux earned her Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) designation from the Compliance and Certification Board. She also holds a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designation, which she received in November 2012. Ms. Geroux's representative clients include individual practitioners and group practices, community mental health authorities, home health agencies, pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufactures ambulatory surgery centers, physical therapy centers, hospitals, and DMEPOS providers.

PUBLICATIONS

A frequent author of Butzel Long’s Client Alerts, Ms. Geroux’s recently published Alerts covering such topics as: changes to the Medicare Fees Schedules and other payment policies; proposed changes to the Stark Law and current happenings in healthcare compliance and privacy enforcement. In addition, in June 2013, Ms. Geroux authored an article in the MICHIGAN MEDICAL LAW REPORT, entitled Mandatory health care compliance programs—Are you ready? In 2012, Ms. Geroux co-authored a Healthcare Licensing Manual for the State Bar's Healthcare Law Section, entitled State of Michigan Health Care Provider Licensure & Certification Process, to assist individuals in navigating the licensing and disciplinary processes in the State of Michigan (www.michbar.org/health). In April 2010, Ms. Geroux co-authored an article for the American Bar Association's Health Law Section for its monthly publication, THE HEALTH LAWYER, entitled, Penalizing Substandard Care: The Next Step in Combating Healthcare Fraud and Abuse and has co-authored numerous seminars and client alerts pertaining to healthcare matters affecting Michigan practitioners.

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

In addition to her healthcare practice, Ms. Geroux has extensive experience in general commercial civil litigation and appeals. Among her more notable achievements are her successfully defense of a restaurateur against claims of trademark infringement; serving on the litigation team for a tier-one automotive supplier that successfully pursued claims of trade secret and patent infringement against a competitor supplier; a series of victories in the state trial and appellate courts on behalf a real estate developer regarding its purchase of state-owned property; and the reversal of a decertification decision by the Veterans Administration regarding a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business enterprise. In 2005, Ms. Geroux was appointed a Special Attorney General to represent the Michigan Public Service Commission in its appellate matters.

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ms. Geroux's professional memberships include: the State Bar of Michigan (including the Health Law Section), the American Bar Association (including the Health Law and Litigation Sections), the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Health Care Compliance Association. She also assisted with numerous pro bono projects for Community Legal Services (n/k/a Michigan Community Resources), which resulted in the publication of various white papers and primers on such topics related to Community Land Trusts and Affordability Preservation, as well as a Manual regarding malpractice and liability issues facing non-profit healthcare facilities such as free clinics, FQHCs and FQHC look-alikes and low-cost clinics.

Ms. Geroux has also been actively involved in her community, both professionally and personally. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Oakland Integrated Health Network, an FQHC serving Oakland County, and as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Geroux has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare & Insurance Law in the Paralegal Program at Baker College of Auburn Hills. Ms. Geroux also maintains an active role within a number of community organizations, including the serving as a Team Manager for a CW3 Jaguars FC soccer team and various PTA organizations within the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. She was also active on the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association Board, where she served in numerous leadership roles, including serving as its President. She is admitted to practice in all Michigan state courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Education

  • Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law School 1995, J.D.
  • Michigan State University Undergraduate 1988, B.S.

Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2018 & 2019

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Health Care Law, 2012, 2014, 2017-2019

Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board in November 2012

Michigan Super Lawyers, Health Care, 2017 & 2018

Memberships

Member, Board of Directors, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (April 2014-present)

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare & Insurance Law, Baker College of Auburn Hills, Paralegal Program

State Bar of Michigan - Health Law Section

American Bar Association - Health Law Section

Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Federal Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Michigan State College of Law & Detroit College of Law Alumni Association

Experience

  • We obtained the Court of Appeals' affirmation of the trial court's dismissal of the challenge to the sale of the state hospital property to our client
  • Successfully represented two contractors defending allegations of fraud in the reporting of DBE participation on a large airport construction project
  • Prepared an administrative appeal and concurrently prepared the suit for immediate injuctive relief; our efforts were successful in preventing an award of the $14 million contract to the second bidder
  • Successfully concluded a multi-million arbirtation for an HMO involving competing claims for damages arising out of alleged mismanagement of the HMO and claims by the manager of a health group
  • Represented two contractors in connection with multiple local and federal fraud false claims act investigations of construction projects at a major airport
  • Represented purchasers in acquiring hospital as well as sellers of hospital
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against healthcare provider and affirmance of dismissal in appeal (Chesbrough, et al. v. VPA, P.C. (6th Cir. August 23, 2011))
  • Series of victories achieved in trial and appellate litigation involving the proposed sale of Michigan's Northville Psychiatric Hospital.

News

Client Alerts

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