Peggy Kozal is Of Counsel in the Denver office of Gordon & Rees and a member of the Health Care practice group. Ms. Kozal focuses her practice on healthcare regulatory and compliance litigation, Medicare/Medicaid certification and reimbursement, fraud and abuse, provider contracting, and licensure matters. She frequently represents a variety of health care professionals and entities, including long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, hospices, federally qualified health centers, community health centers, behavioral health facilities, physician practices, medical spas, ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals and other health care providers.
Ms. Kozal provides legal guidance to identify critical problems and to apply compliance principles that minimize risk and promote client objectives. She also provides advice to healthcare clients in contemplated business transactions in order to structure legal, practical arrangements.
As part of her work in the healthcare regulatory space, Ms. Kozal assists clients in the development and implementation of policies and procedures that are designed to reduce healthcare organizations’ vulnerability to fraud and abuse. She regularly helps clients by providing assistance in the investigation of internal complaints by potential whistleblowers and in responding to governmental investigations.
Ms. Kozal also assists healthcare clients with legal challenges arising in their day-to-day business operations. Recognizing the increased focus on efficiency, value and quality of care in the healthcare industry, Ms. Kozal advises clients in operational areas such as risk management and patient care, emergency/crisis management, medical staff and governance, privacy and data security, and state and federal patient confidentiality laws, including HIPAA and HITECH.
Ms. Kozal is experienced in handling a variety of litigation matters in administrative, state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums. Based upon her litigation experience, she frequently counsels clients on how to minimize, control and prevent losses. She has a proven record of accurately analyzing the value of cases, settling when appropriate and trying cases where the opponent is unreasonable.
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
American Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Colorado Health Care Association
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Managed Care Collaborative, Board Member, Government Policy Committee
Denver Bar Association