Nelson Hardiman - HealthCare Lawyers

Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson
Harry Nelson
Founder & Managing Partner

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State Bar of California

State Bar of Hawaii

State Bar of Illinois


Adaptive Business Leaders (Healthcare)

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals

California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Providers

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Provisors Healthcare Roundtable

Wexner Heritage Program


University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, A.B., with high distinction

Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman. Beyond his legal expertise, Harry is known nationally as a consummate leader at the intersection of healthcare law and business, as evidenced by his role in co-founding five healthcare-related start-ups in the last decade. Deeply immersed in healthcare transformation and innovation; he frequently speaks on cutting edge issues and the future of the industry itself.

Healthcare Leader

Proactively tackling timely healthcare issues, Harry is the co-author of the recent book, “From Obamacare to Trumpcare,” a survey of healthcare policy leading up to the Affordable Care Act and a prediction for the future direction of U.S. healthcare. Harry’s thought leadership around the healthcare and life sciences industry has driven many next-generation healthcare ideas and initiatives to realization, including telehealth and other modalities of digital health and behavioral health.

Problem-Solver for the Healthcare Industry

For more than two decades, Harry has been a problem-solver for the healthcare industry, focused on regulatory and reimbursement challenges and strategy, including fraud and abuse, clinical safety, and data security. He has developed key resources to facilitate compliance, including programs for hundreds of healthcare businesses. He has extensive experience defending government investigations and enforcement actions, and has forged strong relationships with regulators across many healthcare sectors.

The Future of U.S. Healthcare

Harry often speaks about the future of U.S. healthcare, and sits on the boards of several healthcare organizations, including the American Addiction Treatment Association. In the broader community, Harry talks about leadership and board governance issues, and has worked with nonprofits on their organizational development and strategy.


Harry has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America (Administrative/Regulatory Law and Health Care Law) annually since 2010 and named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers from 2010-2018. Harry has also earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell annually since 2010.

Life Outside the Firm

Harry spends his time away from work collecting rare whiskeys, teaching on leadership, and inculcating his children with a love for Detroit sports teams and the University of Michigan.

You can follow Harry’s take on timely healthcare issues on Twitter @nelsonh. His most recent ideas can be found at

  • Digital Health Compliance Advised digital health company on compliance and risk management strategy in servicing Medicare beneficiaries and contracting with Medicare and in-network healthcare providers.
  • FDA Investigation Defended FDA investigation of national clinical laboratory and persuaded FDA to refrain from action based on adoption of corrective action plan and compliance program.
  • HIPAA Advised national physician specialty organization in developing a HIPAA-compliant patient data registry providing outcomes measurement and quality improvement.
  • HIPAA Advised multiple covered entities and business associates on HIPAA privacy and data security breaches; implemented HIPAA compliance programs for numerous entities.
  • Medicare Overpayment Successfully got physician group client a $3.1 million reduction in Medicare over-payment determination via contested hearing against recovery audit contractor.
  • Recovery Organization Compliance Assisted national substance abuse recovery organization with compliance program design, implementation, and extensive state-level certification and licensure.
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities Developed and implemented regulatory compliance programs for over 100 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
  • Stark/Antikickback Statute Negotiated and implemented corporate integrity agreement on behalf of skilled nursing facility chain following federal investigation of Stark/Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
  • Telehealth Nelson Hardiman worked closely with the leadership and physicians of a leading telehealth company to develop the regulatory pathway to a model that represents the future of digital health. We addressed questions about the model from state regulators, leading national retail partners, pharmaceutical venture investors, and large not-for-profit healthcare organizations, enabling the company to expand nationally and successfully complete its latest funding round.


Nelson Hardiman Wins Landlord Dispute on Behalf of Skilled Nursing Facility

December 11, 2017

Announcement of First-of-its-kind Addiction Treatment Marketing Certification Program

November 21, 2017

Banner Year of Recognition for Nelson Hardiman

August 16, 2017

Three Nelson Hardiman Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

August 15, 2017

Harry Nelson Featured in LABJ Leadership Forum & Awards Ceremony Photo

June 9, 2017

New Website Launched in Conjunction with ‘Obamacare to Trumpcare’ Book Rollout

April 5, 2017

Nelson Hardiman Partners Selected as California Super Lawyers for 2017

January 26, 2017

Nelson Hardiman Partners Honored as Best Lawyers in America for 2017

August 17, 2016

Harry Nelson Joins National Bundled Payment Collaborative Executive Board

March 16, 2016

Nelson Hardiman Co-Founders Selected as California Super Lawyers for 2016

January 22, 2016

Nelson Hardiman Partners All Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016

August 13, 2015

Nelson Hardiman Co-Founders Named California Super Lawyers for 2015

January 30, 2015

Nelson Hardiman Vindicates Wrongly Accused Physician

November 14, 2014

Nelson Hardiman Persuades Medicare to Reverse Revocation

March 28, 2014

Harry Nelson Named to Best Lawyers in America (2014)

August 14, 2013

Nelson Hardiman Successfully Resolves FDA Warning Letter

June 27, 2013

Nelson Hardiman Negotiates Settlement with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)

October 1, 2012

Nelson Hardiman Wins Medi-Cal Appeal

June 18, 2011

Nelson Hardiman Assists Client in Obtaining Licensure of Residential Drug Treatment Facilities

January 23, 2011

Harry Nelson 2010 S.C. Super Lawyers

January 10, 2010

Successful Appeal by Nelson Hardiman Lawyer of Post-payment Medicare review

January 7, 2010

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America’s Best Selling Authors Series

The Law Business Insider

November 2, 2017

Latest Failure to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Voice of America

September 28, 2017

Impact of Republican-led Healthcare Bill on Women


September 25, 2017

California Insurance Provider Health Net and the Opioid Crisis

Talk Radio 790 KABC

August 28, 2017

Republican Healthcare Bill “Plan C”

Voice of America

July 21, 2017

Flattery, Identity Theft, Ethics and Behavioral Health

Huffington Post

July 12, 2017

From Obamacare to Trumpcare Feature Article

California Business Journal

June 26, 2017

Latest on the Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Voice of America

June 23, 2017

Real Stories of Americans Who Will Be Affected by the Proposed Changes to the ACA

Huffington Post

June 22, 2017

Limelight Series

Law Dragon

June 5, 2017

Broad Survey of the American Healthcare System

Pop Health Podcast

June 5, 2017

New Remedies

May 25, 2017

Five Takeaways from Trump’s First Budget Proposal

The Hill

May 24, 2017

President Trump’s Budget Cuts to Healthcare

Voice of America

May 23, 2017

AHCA Next Steps: 4 Things MCOs Should Know

Managed Healthcare Executive

May 22, 2017

Addiction Treatment Standards and the Transition from Obamacare to Trumpcare

Sober Guy Radio

April 17, 2017

ACA repeal bill gets changes; HHS cut 18%; EPM programs delayed

Part B News

April 4, 2017

Increase in Blood Research Revives HemaCare

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

April 3, 2017

GOP ACA replacement plan: 4 things health execs should know

Managed Healthcare Executive

March 20, 2017

Network adequacy echoes parity laws

Behavioral Healthcare Executive

March 14, 2017

These Health Care ETFs Could Be in Play with the GOP’s ACA Repeal

The Street

March 14, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Ignores Real Problems with U.S. Health Care

San Francisco Chronicle

March 13, 2017

The Republican Proposal to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Bloomberg Radio

March 13, 2017

What does a Donald Trump presidency mean for healthcare?

Becker’s Hospital Review

December 15, 2016

How to comply with new overtime rules

Behavioral Healthcare

December 8, 2016

Why repealing Obamacare will be hard work for Trump


December 2, 2016

Nursing homes challenge new rule giving residents right to sue

The Hill

October 26, 2016

How to comply with new overtime rules

Behavioral Healthcare

October 21, 2016

Arbitration Rule Change Raises Risks for Nursing Homes

Wall Street Journal

October 11, 2016

Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

Behavioral Healthcare

October 6, 2016

Driving Down Prices: Ambulances face huge losses under Obamacare

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

October 4, 2016

How to Invest in Biometrics

US News

August 23, 2016

6 Lessons BigLaw Can Learn From Boutiques


May 16, 2016

Hospital Venture Funds

Daily Journal

May 22, 2014

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Whither TrumpCare

California Healthcare News

February 7, 2017

Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Program

The Sober World

January 1, 2017

Cures Act: Healthcare innovation, grab bag giveaway, or both?

The Hill

December 14, 2016

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Advances in Addiction & Recovery

Advances in Addiction & Recovery

September 30, 2016

The New Normal? Avoiding Risk and Preparing for Growing Scrutiny of Addiction Treatment

American Addiction Treatment Association

June 13, 2016

Patient Financial Responsibility in Addiction Treatment Up for Debate

Behavioral Healthcare Executive

April 25, 2016

Choosing The Right Addiction Treatment Program

American Addiction Treatment Association

April 13, 2016

Addiction Treatment is Booming and Under-Regulated

Behavioral Healthcare Executive

April 6, 2016

How Can Concierge Doctors Protect Themselves Against Demanding Patients?

Physician News Digest

March 26, 2015

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Addicition Executives Industry Summit

AXIS | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Mar 04, 2018

Healthcare Innovation

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) 101

Jan 10, 2018

Is Concierge Right For You?

2018 Medical Practice Update Webinar

Jan 09, 2018

Discharge with Dignity and Skilled Nursing Facility Avoidance Tactics


Nov 28, 2017

Responding to the Opioid Crisis

ABL Healthcare Roundtable | Carlsbad, CA

Nov 15, 2017

Connecting with the Silver Tsunami

Medtrade Conference | Atlanta, GA

Oct 24, 2017

Healthcare Reform and Recovery Residences

NARR Best Practices Summit | Chicago, IL

Oct 16, 2017

Current and Upcoming Challenges Facing Providers and Plans

C-Suite Conference | Riverside, CA

Sep 01, 2017

Ethics in Behavioral Healthcare Business Operations

Behavioral Healthcare Executive Series | Chicago, IL

Aug 02, 2017

Ethical Training for Healthy Operational Success

ETHOS Seminar Series | Chicago, IL

Jun 29, 2017

Legal Issues for Startups and Founders

IDEAS Digital Technology Conference

Jun 16, 2017

Healthcare Investing in the Trump Era

Women in Finance Education Session | San Francisco, CA

Jun 07, 2017

The Evolving Battlefield of Addiction Treatment Reimbursement

West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders | La Quinta, CA

Jun 01, 2017

Opportunities for Investors and Operators

Catalyst Cambridge Healthcare Finance Leadership Breakfast

May 24, 2017

The state of Healthcare in Southern California

2017 Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards

May 11, 2017

From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: What’s Next for HealthCare

Orange County Bar Association

May 11, 2017

From Obamacare to Trumpcare: Why You Should Care

Beverly Hills Bar Association

May 09, 2017

How Donors Set Philanthropic Priorities

National ELI Generations

May 08, 2017

How Policy is Impacting Healthcare Business Innovation & Investing in the US and Asia

Pinebase Fourth Annual Omaha Investment Forum | Omaha, NE

May 05, 2017

Transformational Healthcare Focus on ACO’s, Bundles & Readmissions

2nd Annual USC C-Suite Invitational

May 04, 2017

Managing Crisis

CAADE Conference

Apr 21, 2017

Creating a Narrow Post Acute Network for Your Hospital: Compliance Legal Criteria

American College of Health Executives World Congress | Chicago, IL

Mar 29, 2017

Understanding the Medical Board of California’s Enforcement Process

25th National Colloquium on the Health of the Black Family National Medical Association

Mar 26, 2017

Keynote Session: From Obamacare to Trumpcare

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) | Sacramento, CA

Mar 21, 2017

The Importance of Clinical Integration for Value-Based Transformation

Health Dimensions Group National Summit | San Diego, CA

Mar 03, 2017

Investor Panel: New Opportunities for LA Biotech


Feb 16, 2017

Accountability, Transparency and Integrity: A Business Development Solution

Addiction eXecutives Industry Summit | Naples, FL

Jan 30, 2017

Land Use and Zoning Issues for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities


Aug 03, 2016

The Present and Future of Land Use Regulation within the Addiction Treatment Industry

American Addiction Treatment Association Seminar

Jul 27, 2016

The Business Side of Behavioral Healthcare

State of Recovery Conference | Hollywood, FL

Jul 21, 2016

Practice of Medicine and Social Models for Alcohol and Drug Programs


Jul 06, 2016

Land Use and Zoning Issues for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities


Jun 22, 2016

Insurance Billing and Reimbursement Complications Within the Addiction Recovery Industry


May 25, 2016

How Obamacare Impacts Small and Mid-Sized Businesses and Planning Opportunities

Beverly Hills Bar Association

May 05, 2016

Addiction Treatment and Patient Financial Responsibility


May 04, 2016

Marketing for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs and Procuring Insurance for Patients


Apr 13, 2016

Digital Health Entrepreneurship in Israel

mHealth Israel Roundtable

Mar 04, 2016

Ethical Landmines for Healthcare Lawyers

Los Angeles County Bar Association Healthcare Section

Jan 14, 2016

Hottest Healthcare Industry Issues for 2016

Provisors Healthcare Roundtable

Jan 12, 2016

The Law: OSHA and HIPAA

American Med Spa Association

Nov 14, 2015

The Need to Understand and Function in an Ever-changing Compliance Landscape

12th Annual Healthcare Law Compliance Symposium

Oct 01, 2015

State of Healthcare, Delivery of Care and the Impact to Businesses in Southern California

Los Angeles Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards

Apr 29, 2015

California Medical Spa Regulatory Workshop

American Med Spa Association Seminar

Mar 28, 2015

Prescription Audits: When the DEA or AG Come Knocking


Nov 25, 2014

Therapy Utilization: Evolving Rules and Enforcement


Aug 20, 2014

Prescription Audits: When the DEA or AG Come Knocking


Nov 21, 2013

Firm Co-Founder Harry Nelson to Speak on “Money For Lunch” Radio-show

“Money for Lunch” Radio Show

Nov 18, 2013

Corporate Compliance & Code of Conduct: Fraud, Waste, Abuse & Privacy Laws for Long Term Care Providers


Dec 06, 2012

The Regulatory Environment After the Dissolution of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs


Jul 18, 2012

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October 27, 2017
Medtrade Home Medical Equipment Conf. | Atlanta, GA
October 27, 2017
‘In Your Right Mind’ KABC 790
October 25, 2017
NARR Best Practices Summit | Chicago, IL
October 6, 2017
Healthcare Visionary Series
September 20, 2017
C-Suite Executive Symposium | Riverside, CA
August 11, 2017