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Christopher Flynn

Christopher Flynn

Chris Flynn is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation Team, and a Health Care Group Steering Committee member. Chris focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitral forums. Chris regularly represents HMOs, PPOs, IPAs, TPAs, health benefit plans, fiscal intermediaries, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, plan sponsors and health care industry associations in various litigation and regulatory matters. Chris’ experience includes all areas of health care, including payor/provider contract disputes, class action defense, ERISA preemption, subrogation disputes, regulatory challenges and whistleblower claims. Chris has also briefed health care matters for the Supreme Court as counsel for amicus curiae.

Chris also represents biotechnology companies in contract and licensing disputes before state and federal courts, bringing his wealth of litigation experience to bear in order to streamline complex issues.

In addition to his work as defense counsel for health care clients, Chris represents corporate clients pursuing damage claims as plaintiffs. Of note are approximately twenty-five cases in which Chris has represented health plans that were underpaid premiums by the federal government under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Chris and his colleagues have recovered over $300 million for these clients to date.

Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Chris is also an active member of the American Bar Association, Health Law and Litigation Sections as well as the American Health Lawyers Association.

Chris is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar.

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Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program FY 2017: Insights from Our Enforcement Team

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse
The Health Care Group’s newest partners, William S.W. Chang and Laura M. Kidd Cordova, along with Counsel Stephanie D. Willis, have authored an Alert about the 21st Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) annual report released last Friday.  The HCFAC report is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and… Continue Reading

States Seek Control over Association Health Plans in Comments on DOL Proposed Rule; Iowa Senate Approves Bill Expanding Availability of Association Health Plans—Potentially to the Detriment of ACA Exchange Plans

Posted in ERISA, Health Care Reform & ACA
The Department of Labor’s proposed rule on association health plans (AHPs), issued in response to an October 12, 2017 Executive Order, has received almost 900 comments, including from several states and the District of Columbia (see, e.g., comments from Alaska, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). States emphasized the need for clarity in the rule… Continue Reading

Court Delays Action on Appeal of ACA Subsidies Case

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA
On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order to stay  the administration’s appeal of the district court decision in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell, a case challenging Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments to health insurance issuers under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) Section 1402. The district court… Continue Reading

Sequestration Extended to 2025 in Federal Budget Deal

Posted in Administrative Law, Litigation, Medicare
On November 2, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. As an offset for near-term increases in federal spending, the new law extends by one year – to 2025 – two-percent sequestration reductions in federal spending for mandatory federal programs including Medicare.  The end result is that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) can expect… Continue Reading