Kathryn E. Doi
Hanson Bridgett LLP
500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 491-3024
Kathryn Doi is a partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP. She advises and represents healthcare providers in connection with Medicaid and commercial reimbursement matters, including negotiation and appeals of payments, cost report audits, under- and overpayments, and False Claims Act allegations. Her approach emphasizes identification of client objectives and implementing the most cost-effective strategy to best achieve those goals.
With more than 35 years of experience as a litigator, coupled with extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and its governing statutes, regulations, and agencies, Kathryn brings a wide range of experience and problem-solving skills to address her clients’ needs. Kathryn works successfully with clients to identify and employ a winning strategy to resolve disputes and optimize outcomes, whether that involves arranging meetings with state agencies or payors, drafting position papers, negotiating contracts or settlements, or arbitrating or litigating disputes.
Kathryn’s clients include Federally-qualified health centers, trade associations, health systems, hospitals, community health clinics, rural health clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, residential care facilities for the elderly, skilled nursing facilities, physician groups, physicians, and air ambulance companies.
Kathryn has also served in the highest ranks of state government for the State of California, including as Senior Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary for Governor Gray Davis. Since 2013, Kathryn has been a public member and designated attorney appointment to the California New Motor Vehicle Board, appointed to two terms by Governor Brown and reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Prior to her government service, Kathryn worked in private practice and clerked for a federal judge.
When the California Department of Health Care Services (“DHCS”) stopped reimbursing Medi-Cal providers for adult dental, podiatry, and chiropractic services, Kathryn was the lead attorney in successful federal court litigation to challenge the elimination of these benefits when provided by rural health clinics and Federally qualified health centers (RHCs and FQHCs). (California Association of Rural Health Clinics v. Douglas (9th Cir. 2013) 738 F.3d 1007.) In connection with this lawsuit, Kathryn and her co-counsel brought a petition for a writ of mandate to successfully compel production of DHCS documents in response to a request under the California Public Records Act. In October 2013, Kathryn and her co-counsel received the “Hero Award” from the California Primary Care Association for these efforts. Kathryn and her co-counsel subsequently successfully brought a petition for a writ of mandate to compel DHCS to reimburse the RHCs and FQHCs for reimbursement for these services during the period the appeal was pending. (American Indian Health & Services Corp. v. Kent (3rd Dist. 2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 772.)
When workers compensation insurers reduced their payments to air ambulance companies based on the California Official Medical Fee Schedule, Kathryn represented an air ambulance company in a federal court challenge to the imposition of the fee schedule on air ambulance companies on the grounds the preemption provision of the federal Airline Deregulation Act prevents the State from regulating the prices of air ambulances under the Supremacy Clause. (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue v. State Compensation Ins. Fund (9th Cir. 2011) 636 F.3d 538.) When the Ninth Circuit concluded that it lacked the authority to hear the dispute, Kathryn represented the air ambulance company in rulemaking proceedings that resulted in an exemption for air ambulance companies from the fee schedule. (See Cal. Code of Regs., tit. 8, § 9789.70(c).)
Along with Bay Area Legal Aid and the National Health Law Program, Kathryn and her team represented unaccompanied refugee minors in a petition for writ of mandate against DHCS seeking orders of the court compelling the department to comply with its ministerial duty to provide unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) youth with full-scope Medi-Cal benefits as are provided to other foster care and former foster care youth in the State. The case was resolved via a settlement wherein the department agreed to ensure that eligible URM youth would be enrolled in Medi-Cal and receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits. (Kathem v. Lightbourne, Alameda County Superior Court, Case No. RG15764567.)
Kathryn has represented Federally-qualified health centers and other providers in a variety of disputes with the California Department of Health Care Services over Medi-Cal reimbursement. Resolution of these disputes has been achieved through meetings with the department, correspondence with the department, settlement conferences, or administrative proceedings before the DHCS Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals.
Kathryn has also successfully represented hospitals in disputes with commercial health plans over the proper interpretation of provisions of the parties’ managed care contracts or letters of agreement. Some of these disputes have resulted in settlements, others have been resolved through arbitration proceedings or superior court proceedings.
Kathryn also represents hospitals and physician groups in disputes over reimbursement for the provision of non-contracted emergency services.
- Northern California Super Lawyers, Health Care (2011-2022)
- California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)
- Top Lawyer, Sacramento Magazine (2016, 2018-2020)
- California Primary Care Association Hero Award (2013)
- Martindate-Hubbell AV® Peer Review™ Rating
- Northern California Super Lawyers, Administrative Law (2004)
- Bar Association of San Francisco Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer (1989)
- Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento Law Foundation, Board Member (2020)
- State Bar of California, Member
- American Health Lawyers Association, Member
- California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Member
- New Motor Vehicle Board, Member, President (2019-2020) Vice President (2017-2018)
- Northern California Pharmacy Education Foundation, Board Member (2011-2013)
- Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, Barrister Member (2008-2011)
- Asian-Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento, President, Board of Directors (2009)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Regional Governor (2007)
Hanson Bridgett’s health care practice is one of California’s largest, and serves clients in every segment of the health care industry, including long-term care facilities, senior housing and care communities, Federally qualified health centers, hospitals and hospital systems, integrated delivery systems, physician groups, medical staffs, long-term care facilities, senior housing and care communities, home health agencies, hospices, and trade associations. Our healthcare practice has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2008.
For more than 50 years, Hanson Bridgett has provided specialized legal representation in the health care field. Our attorneys are recognized experts in the issues that arise in this complex and competitive industry. We are routinely called upon to form health provider entities; assist in the business and regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures; obtain and maintain providers’ tax exemptions; negotiate with payors; and advise providers regarding the myriad laws regulating and restricting their ability to do business with other providers, payors, and vendors. A substantial part of our practice involves issues arising from our clients’ operations, including dealing with federal and state regulators and taxing authorities; advising regarding reimbursement questions; managing relationships with patients, residents, and vendors; advising on labor, employment, and executive compensation issues; and performing medical staff credentialing and quality assurance activities. We also provide litigation and dispute resolution services that are oriented toward the specialized issues with which our clients must deal as providers of health care, long-term care, and senior housing services.
Founded in 1958, Hanson Bridgett LLP is a multidisciplinary AmLaw 200 law firm with approximately 190 attorneys throughout California. Clients range from individuals to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Hanson Bridgett LLP is a certified B Corp and socially responsible member of our communities. The firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; charitable giving; pro bono legal work; and hands-on client service. Our commitment to diversity begins with the recruitment of our workforce. Currently, our firm’s attorneys consist of 46% women, 34% people of color, and 7% self-identified LGBTQ+ individuals.