2015 - Martha Esposito Award

     William Dombi, Vice President of Law 
National Association for Home Care and Hospice
Bill Dombi specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With nearly 40 years of experience in health care law and policy, Bill Dombi has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000, and the national health care reform legislation in 2010. With litigation, Dombi was lead counsel in the landmark lawsuit that reformed the Medicare home health services benefit, challenges to HMO home care cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, along with current lawsuits challenging the Medicare home health face-to-face encounter rule and the Department of Labor changes to the overtime rules under the Fair labor Standards Act.

In addition to litigation, Bill offers extensive community and professional educational services through lectures, publications, teleconferences, and videos. He is the Editor and lead author of Home Care & Hospice Law: A Handbook for Executives, the only comprehensive legal treatise on the topic. His lectures include market trends in home care, compliance, risk management, patient rights, fraud and abuse, health care reimbursement, legislative and regulatory reforms, and legal issues in telehealth services.

Bill Dombi is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Washington, DC. He is also admitted to numerous federal courts including, the US Supreme Court and several Court of Appeals. He has served on the Advisory Board for BNA’s Health Law Report and Medicare Report. Bill also is a longstanding member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

 

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science,
University of Connecticut, 1974
Juris Doctor, cum laude,
University of Connecticut, 1978

 

Present Positions:

Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
Director, Center for Health Care Law (CHCL)
Executive Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA)