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Nossaman LLP

Raja Sékaran

Partner

T 415.438.7205
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Raja Sékaran has practiced in the healthcare industry for more than two decades.  He represents healthcare delivery systems, health plans, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, dialysis centers, medical groups, medical device companies, other providers, and suppliers and trade associations.  His practice focuses on regulatory compliance, corporate structuring and operations, government investigations, white collar defense, Medicare, Medicaid, and revenue cycle.  In addition, he advises health plans and risk-bearing providers on network contracting and matters pertaining to the laws of managed care, including the Knox-Keene Act in California.

Mr. Sékaran brings a comprehensive perspective to his practice obtained through experience in both the private and public sectors.  After beginning his health law career as an Associate at Nossaman, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where he undertook False Claims Act investigations, negotiated Corporate Integrity Agreements, brought administrative litigation and authored OIG advisory opinions involving the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Following his public service career, Mr. Sékaran held a number of corporate leadership positions, including Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of a national, publicly-traded healthcare company, Chief Legal Officer and Compliance Officer (respectively) of two California health plans and Vice President & Associate General Counsel of the nation’s fifth largest healthcare delivery system.  With this diverse and deep background, Mr. Sékaran represents his clients in transactions, disputes, regulatory matters, government investigations, and voluntary compliance activities.

Mr. Sékaran also has a special interest in the senior living and long-term care sector and provides outside general counsel services to senior living companies.  In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Elder Care Alliance, an owner and operator of senior living communities.  As an active leader in various professional settings, Mr. Sékaran is well respected in the legal and healthcare sectors.  

Additionally, Raja Sekaran is the Co-Chair of Nossaman’s Minority Affinity Group.

Representative Work

  • Telemedicine group.  Represented a telemedicine group in the reorganization of its ownership structure and relationship to its management services organization.
  • Gastroenterology medical group.  Completed a gastroenterology medical group merger including an in-office pathology lab.
  • Corporate practice of medicine investigations.  Represents device manufacturers in investigations brought by professional boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Medical group.  Brought to conclusion a False Claims Act investigation against a medical group related to its relationships with a specialty lab. 
  • Vivacitas Healthcare, Inc.  Plays a significant role as Outside General Counsel to this startup company which brings primary care onsite to assisted living communities and develops analytics of value to the senior living industry.  In this role, Mr. Sékaran has advised on investor fundraising, IP protection, executive recruitment, and employment law. 
  • Hospital Quality Institute.  Led the Nossaman team in constructing a contracting and data protection model for the client to perform data analyses for up to 380 hospitals, integrating vendors and hospital trade associations.  The model was designed to comply with privacy, data security, and antitrust laws, and required numerous contract types containing regulatory safeguards.
  • Nonprofit healthcare system.  Leads the firm’s representation of this system, which spans three states, and includes hospitals, clinics, and physician groups.  Mr. Sékaran handles regulatory matters involving physician transactions and billing of federal health care programs.  In doing so, Mr. Sékaran leads privileged audits, investigations, policy formation and, when necessary, self-disclosures to government agencies. 
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP).  Leads the firm’s representation of this major health plan in numerous negotiations of multiple contracts between KFHP and various providers.  The agreements are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and cover services for Kaiser members across multiple states.
  • Government investigations.  Represents diverse clients including medical groups and medical device companies in active investigations at the state and federal levels.  Over his career, Mr. Sékaran has been involved in over 100 government investigations, approximately 75 under the False Claims Act.
  • Medical Clinic False Claims Act Investigation.  While responding to a federal subpoena, successfully advocated to keep medical clinic out of group of defendants ultimately prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act.
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).  Serves as lead counsel for several FQHCs in matters relating to business strategy, risk contracting, and managed care licensing.
Raja  Sékaran
Raja  Sékaran

Practices

Education

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1997, with distinction in Healthcare Law

J.D., Cornell Law School, 1992

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1988, with distinction

Admissions

California

Professional Affiliations

Law360 2019 Health Editorial Advisory Board, Member

California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Past President (2013-2015)

American Health Lawyers Association, Member

Health Care Compliance Association, Member

South Asian Bar Association, Member

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