Barbara A. Reeves, Esq., CEDS

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Health Care

Barbara A. Reeves, Esq., CEDS (Certified E-Discovery Specialist) is an accomplished neutral in the area of health care disputes who is widely respected by counsel for her impartiality in treating all parties fairly and her ability to identify critical issues quickly and focus efforts to resolve disputes.

Ms. Reeves began her work in the health care field as an outgrowth of her insurance coverage expertise, handling disputes between hospitals and insurance companies as well as disputes between policyholders/members and insurance companies.  Her listening skills and ability to understand each party’s position make her particularly well suited for resolving emotionally charged, complex cases.

In mediation she is known for her fortitude in obtaining a productive result and going the extra mile.  In arbitration she is a quick study, and brings her economics training to bear on complex damages and financial issues.

Representative Matters

  • Disputes between medical provider groups and insurance companies involving insurance coverage for medical services provided to patients
  • Cases between hospital systems and health plans to determine reasonable value
  • False claims case between the government and relator, on the one hand, and a pharmaceutical company
  • False claims case between the government and provider of outpatient services for services not rendered
  • Claims by ER physicians for reimbursement based on Usual, Customary and Reasonable (UCR) rates
  • Coding dispute, involving upcoding, bundling and DRG issues between major hospital chain and insurance plan
  • Dispute involving Medicare Advantage claims and the issue of preemption
  • Claim by hospital-patient following lapsing of HMO membership
  • Hospital versus HMO regarding patient billings--unpaid and underpaid claims
  • Hospital versus commercial insurer regarding patient billings--unpaid and underpaid claims
  • Professional malpractice matters between patients and health care providers
  • Medical malpractice cases between patients and/or heirs and their insurance carriers
  • Hospitals versus HMO for failure to pay claims timely and for diverting patients to other facilities
  • Dispute among members of physician group following breakup of the group
  • Multiple claims of surgical center claims versus insurance plan
  • Intellectual property dispute involving conflicting claims to health care technology
  • Dispute involving medical billing services and hospital group

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
    • Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
    • Former President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles Chapter)
    • Former board member or chair: Antitrust Sections of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association; ADR Committee, LACBA; Trustee, LACBA, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles 
    • Current and/or former board member of numerous public interest organizations, including Public Counsel, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and a Founder of the Alliance for Children’s Rights
    • Member, California State Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia
    • Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
    • Chambers National Mediator List - 2016, 2017
    • National Law Journal ADR Champion - 2017
    • "Well Rounded," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, March 26, 2010
    • Recent Publications and Speaking Engagement
    • Speaker at the Emerging Issues Conference of the ABA Health Law Section (2016); California Society of Health Attorneys Annual Meeting (2016); ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference (2017)
    • “A Special Master’s Role in Hospital Merger Cases,” LAW360 (2016)
    • "Whose Arbitration is This, Anyway?", JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Newsletter, Fall 2013
    • Author, Updates to Rutter Group Employment Law Treatise, ADR chapter, 2012, 2013
    • "Litigation Solutions: Referees and Special Masters," Daily Journal, June 13, 2012
    • "It’s Time to Fix Arbitration Discovery," Los Angeles Lawyer, January 2010
    • "Ordered to arbitration? Take advantage!" Advocate Magazine, CAALA, September 2010
    • "As the Economy Stumbles, Employment Discrimination Claims Climb," Employment Law Strategist, Law Journal Newsletters, December 2008
    • Author or co-author of leading articles of ADR, international and domestic commercial arbitration and mediation, and managing costs in ADR; frequent trainer and lecturer on arbitration, mediation and e-discovery

Background and Education

  • JAMS, 2006-Present
  • Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Southern California Edison and Edison International, 1999-2005
  • Partner at major international law firms (Paul Hastings; Fried Frank; Morrison & Foerster), 1981-1999
  • United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: various positions including Chief of the Los Angeles office, Trial Attorney, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General
  • Law Clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School

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