Christopher L. Crosswhite


  • Christopher L. Crosswhite
  • Phone: +1 202 776 7846
    Fax: +1 202 379 9803

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    505 9th Street, N.W., Suite 1000
    Washington, DC 20004-2166
Christopher L. Crosswhite practices in the area of healthcare law, concentrating on Medicare and Medicaid law and regulations, Medicare reimbursement controversies and appeals, and healthcare fraud and abuse provisions. He advises clients in the healthcare industry and other business sectors regarding the implications of, and compliance with, Medicare coverage and payment rules, billing requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Medicare secondary payer law and federal administrative appeal procedures.

In recent years, Mr. Crosswhite has represented university medical centers, private nonprofit hospitals, for-profit hospital groups, and public hospitals across the country in disputes before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare fiscal intermediaries and federal courts. He has handled numerous settlement negotiations and administrative and judicial litigation regarding a wide variety of third-party reimbursement and payment issues.

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Texas, he is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Crosswhite is a 1983 graduate, with honors, of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review and the Order of the Coif, and a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated a comprehensive settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services of federal district court litigation and Provider Reimbursement Review Board appeals concerning Medicare payments for graduate medical education and other medical education programs of a university medical center.
  • Developed a system-wide corporate compliance program for a rural health care system in the Southeast.
  • Advised client regarding application of Medicare secondary payer rules to services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease.
  • Represented a major hospital association in commenting on and recommending changes to Medicare payment policies of the Health Care Financing Administration concerning interest expense and investment income issues.
  • Negotiated a comprehensive settlement of federal district court litigation with the Department of Health and Human Services providing for Medicare reimbursement of adolescent education costs for a large group of psychiatric hospitals.
  • Obtained settlements of federal district court litigation involving Medicare reimbursement treatment of an advance refunding of tax-exempt bonds for a non-profit hospital and of medical education costs for a university medical center by distinguishing adverse Supreme Court precedent.
  • Counsel to a large state hospital association in obtaining relief for the association's members from restrictive HCFA policies on the patient days to be included in the calculation of Medicare disproportionate share adjustment payments.


  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Rice University, B.A., 1980


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 1998-present
  • Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Washington, D.C.
    - Partner, 1997-1998
    - Associate, 1991-1996
  • Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein
    - Associate, 1990-1991, Washington, D.C.; 1983-1987, Houston, Texas

Professional Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • The District of Columbia Bar
    - Health Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers 2014-2017
  • Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers "The Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Health Care Law, 2001-2020

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Graduate Medical Education: What’s New Again,” NJHA Teaching Hospitals Affinity Group Meeting, December 14, 2018

  • Speaker, "Current Issues on Medicare Bad Debts," AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues, March 24, 2010
  • Speaker, "Medicare Secondary Payer Mandatory Reporting Requirements," HB Litigation Conferences Teleconference, November 18, 2009
  • Panel Member/Medicare Reimbursement and False Claims Issues, "Business Operations for EMS Organizations," EMS Law and Management Conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1999
  • Speaker, "Charting the Minefield--Risk Areas in Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse," HFMA/University of South Dakota Annual Quad State Healthcare Institute, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1998
  • Speaker, "Health Care Fraud and Abuse: Bad News, Good News," HFMA Washington, D.C. Chapter Seminar, Washington, D.C., 1996
  • Speaker, "Medicare Secondary Payer--Chronic Headache," HFMA Annual National Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
  • Speaker, "Medicare Secondary Payer--Short Term Headache or Migraine?" HFMA Annual National Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
  • Speaker, "Advanced Strategies for Health Care Reimbursement," HFMA Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993