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Sarvnaz (Miriam) Mackin

Sarvnaz Mackin
Sarvnaz (Miriam) Mackin
Partner

T: 310.203.2800
F: 310.203.2727

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Admissions

State Bar of California

Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Women in Health Administration (WHA)
Sponsorship Co-Chair, Board of Directors

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA)
Publications Committee Member

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Dean’s List and Provost’s Honors List

Experienced representing both plaintiffs and defendants in court, Sarvnaz “Miriam” Mackin brings a well-rounded perspective to her healthcare litigation practice. Miriam has served as counsel on civil matters including medical negligence, wrongful death, elder abuse, products liability and complex business torts.

Savvy Healthcare Litigator

Having spent nearly a decade practicing healthcare law, Miriam has a deep understanding of the complexities of litigation in the healthcare arena. She is adroit at navigating the court process, from drafting and opposing motions to trial preparation, mediation, negotiating settlement agreements and drawing up reports for clients and insurance carriers. Miriam skillfully drafts a diverse range of motions including motions for summary judgment, motions for judgment on pleadings, motions in limine, demurrers, motions to strike, and discovery motions.

Counsels a Variety of Healthcare Providers

Miriam’s clients include skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities, congregate living facilities, and medical care providers. Miriam defends these and other healthcare clients in state and federal court in litigation involving wrongful elder abuse, fraud, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and wrongful death.

Understands Complex Regulatory Compliance Issues

During law school, Miriam worked in international finance and banking, drafting market riders for sovereign and general market risk provisions to ensure regulatory compliance as well as administration of capital market debt issues. Miriam brings this ease for complexity and compliance when advising her clients in the equally complex landscape of healthcare law.

Life Outside the Firm

When she is not in the courtroom, Miriam spends her time exploring new restaurants around Koreatown (LA’s only 24-hour neighborhood), jogging and iPhone photography.

  • Compliance Prepared HIPAA compliance forms, insurance forms, and contracts for IVF treatment facility, covering pre- and post-partum care for surrogates. The forms and contracts were subsequently used in pre-litigation disputes with a medical provider who refused to reimburse IVF treatment facility for services provided to surrogate. The IVF treatment facility prevailed based on terms and provision provided in the forms and contracts.
  • Compliance Litigation Obtained complete dismissal of abuse and neglect claims made against skilled nursing facility for failure to maintain the necessary nursing hours per patient day.
  • Contract Dispute Litigation Obtained favorable settlement and dismissal for patent owner in breach of contract action filed against a large private national organization.
  • Employment Dispute Settled a whistle-blower retaliation matter on behalf of an Orange County addiction treatment company for pennies on the dollar after a Nelson Hardiman investigation led to the discovery of employment information that substantially weakened the claimant’s case.
  • Fraud Represented a treatment facility in a post-judgment wage garnish issue, stemming from alleged misappropriation of insurance funds by a patient’s relative.
  • Land Use Litigation Represented addiction treatment facility facing public nuisance action brought by city government that jeopardized the facility’s ability to continue operating. Obtained full dismissal on behalf of addiction treatment facility, with prejudice, without any payment of money.
  • License Reinstatement with Medicare and Medi-Cal Programs Represented physician seeking reinstatement into Medicare and Medi-Cal program after conviction relating to federal and state funded medical programs. Miriam successfully led efforts to remove physician from excluded/suspended lists and to allow the physician to treat Medicare and Medi-Cal patients again. The arduous process included communications and applications with the Office of Inspector General and Department of Health Care Services.
  • Pre-Trial Litigation Prepare motions in limine and pre-trial motions in multi-million dollar breach of contract dispute between health care providers.
  • Post Judgment Collection of Fees Successfully obtained a writ of execution following a contempt hearing, in which the court awarded attorney’s fees. When no payment was made, Miriam levied accounts belonging to judgment debtor. Miriam then convinced the court to deny judgment debtor’s claim for exemption and to release all levied accounts to her client.
  • Post Judgment Contempt Proceedings Obtained dismissal of post-judgment contempt proceedings immediately prior to judgment creditor commencing quasi-criminal trial.
  • Regulatory Litigation Obtained complete dismissal of nuisance charges filed against a treatment facility by a prominent Southern California city.
  • Hospital Operations Helped California independent hospital system develop a toolkit to address various discharge challenges, including those involving unrepresented and homeless patients as well as payment for extended hospital stays.
  • University Healthcare System Revised and redesigned medical staff bylaws, policies, procedures of several academic medical centers to comply with statutory requirements and best practices; reconstituted committees and accompanying policies for physician health and professional conduct committees of the medical staff

HEADLINES

Client Alert: Is Your Professional Information Being Sought From Your Licensing Agency? Do You Know Your Rights?

February 4, 2021

Top-ranked Healthcare Law Firm Nelson Hardiman Elevates Sarvnaz “Miriam” Mackin to Partner

January 13, 2021

Client Alert: Certain “Just-in-Time” Inventory Practices Overruled for General Acute Hospitals; Hospitals Required to Maintain Stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment under AB 2537

January 11, 2021

Client Alert: Beginning 2023, Nurse Practitioners will be eligible for Independent Practice and Medical Staff Membership

October 5, 2020

California Supreme Court Opinion Clarifies $500 Monetary Cap for Certain SNF Violations

August 31, 2020

CMS Increases Payment for Audio-Only Telephone Visits to Match Payments for Similar Office and Outpatient Visits

May 5, 2020

CMS Develops a Telehealth and mHealth Toolkit for Medicaid and CHIP Coverage During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

Executive Order Issued on April 22nd Provides Much Needed Assistance to Drug Abuse Recovery and Treatment Facilities and Professionals During The COVID-19 Pandemic

April 29, 2020

Waivers for Retired or Out of State Healthcare Practitioners to Volunteer to Practice Medicine in California and CMS’s Announcement Suspending Rules to Permit Practitioners to Provide Telehealth Services Across State Lines

April 20, 2020

Los Angeles Emergency Child Care Connection

April 20, 2020

Main Street Lending Program Provides Financial Assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Physician Practices

April 13, 2020

Sarvnaz (Miriam) Mackin appointed to the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys’ (CSHA) Publications Committee

January 28, 2020

New Mandatory Reporting Requirement: Patient Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by his/her Licensed Provider

January 21, 2020

Sarvnaz (Miriam) Mackin Appointed to the Women in Health Administration (WHA) Board of Directors

January 16, 2020

Doc getting too old? Address the impairment, not the age, experts say

October 7, 2019

Nelson Hardiman Secures Another Win in Medical Staff Peer Review Hearing

June 11, 2019

Nelson Hardiman Investigation Leads to Quick Settlement of Whistle-blower Retaliation Matter

April 4, 2018

Health Plan Senior Executive Joins Nelson Hardiman

August 25, 2017

Banner Year of Recognition for Nelson Hardiman

August 16, 2017

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PUBLICATIONS

Client Alert: Is Your Professional Information Being Sought From Your Licensing Agency? Do You Know Your Rights?

NH Healthcare Perspectives

February 4, 2021

Client Alert: Certain “Just-in-Time” Inventory Practices Overruled for General Acute Hospitals; Hospitals Required to Maintain Stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment under AB 2537

NH Healthcare Perspectives

January 11, 2021

Client Alert: Beginning 2023, Nurse Practitioners will be eligible for Independent Practice and Medical Staff Membership

NH Healthcare Perspectives

October 5, 2020

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Telehealth Updates & Best Practices Amid COVID-19

OCBA Health Care Law Section Webinar

Jun 11, 2020

Expert Testimony at Hearing: The Defense Counsel’s Perspective

Medical Board of California - Expert Reviewer Training Program

Oct 12, 2019

Expert Testimony at Hearing: The Defense Counsel’s Perspective

Medical Board of California - Expert Reviewer Training Program

Sep 14, 2019


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