- Behavioral Health Care, Developmental Disabilities and Child Welfare
- Health Care Litigation
- Health Care Regulatory Practice
- Hospice and Palliative Care Providers
- Hospitals/Health Care Operations
- Joint Ventures/Hospital-Physician Collaborations
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Reimbursement Counseling/Fraud and Abuse Compliance
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005; Cleveland State Law Review, Managing Editor, 2004-2005
- Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.S., summa cum laude, 1997
Bar & Court Admissions
- Louisiana (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Robin is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the health care group. She has broad experience in all areas of health law, but focuses her practice in the fields of long term care, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health. She has extensive experience representing long term care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living/residential care facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), independent living facilities, home health agencies, and hospice providers; developmental disabilities providers, including ICFs/IID, licensed residential facilities, and agency and independent providers; behavioral health providers; hospitals; physicians and physician practice groups; nurses; ambulatory surgical centers; radiology providers; and other ancillary service providers and suppliers in connection with federal and state regulatory issues and compliance, licensure and certification, Medicare and Medicaid laws and reimbursement, certificate of need applications and hearings, mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, and physician and nurse practice.
Robin is also a registered nurse and has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to law school, she practiced as a critical care and emergency department nurse. She retains an active nursing license, and her background gives her a unique perspective in understanding both her clients’ legal issues and businesses.
Robin is also a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force and frequently advises healthcare providers on COVID-19 related issues.
Some of her notable legal experience includes:
- Assistance with the acquisition and development of several long term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and licensed residential facilities, including purchase agreements, due diligence, certificate of need, change of ownership/operator, licensure, Medicare and Medicaid filings, and regulatory compliance
- Assistance with the acquisition of several home health agencies, including purchase agreements, due diligence, change of ownership/information, certification and accreditation, Medicare filings, and regulatory compliance
- Administrative proceedings involving certification and licensure suspension and revocation and certificates of need for several long term care and developmental disability providers
- Preparation of approved plans of correction and policies and procedures for long term care, developmental disability, and behavioral health providers with multiple certification and licensure citations, including immediate jeopardy and substandard care
- Guidance to health care trade associations regarding Medicaid reimbursement and health care regulatory issues
Robin is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association.
She has presented on numerous health care topics, including those involving long term care, ICFs/IID, home and community-based settings (HCBS), Medicaid waiver issues, nurse practice, fraud and abuse, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the opioid epidemic, and COVID-19.
Robin received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and her B.S. in nursing summa cum laude from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Professional and Community Activities
- American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 2007-present
- The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Past Member, 2007-2010
- Healthcare Financial Management Association, Past Member, 2009-2010
- Junior League of Columbus, Member, 2011-2012
- Girl Scouts of America, Member and Volunteer, 2020-present
- Community Kitchen, Inc., Board Member
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2021-2022
- 12/8/2021In this special edition of the Vorys at Work Podcast, we present a previously recorded webinar focused on the OSHA’s Private-Sector Vaccination/Testing Mandate.
- 8/19/2021116 Vorys Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America List; 34 Vorys Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” ListOne hundred and sixteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2022 edition. In addition, 34 Vorys attorneys were named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list.
- 8/20/2020112 Vorys Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List; 26 Vorys Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers’ Inaugural “Ones to Watch” ListOne hundred and twelve lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2021 edition. In addition, 26 Vorys attorneys were named to the inaugural Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list.
- 11/8/2021Vorys attorneys hosted a webinar to discuss the OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which requires certain private-sector companies to regularly test non-vaccinated employees.
- 9/30/2021Vorys attorneys returned for a Vorys On Call: Coronavirus webinar on September 30, 2021. They presented the most timely and relevant topics as businesses and organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 4/1/2020Vorys health care attorneys discussed common questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various health care regulatory issues in a webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
- 8/21/2019Attorneys Robin Amicon, David Edelstein, Mairi Mull and Kristin Watt held a webinar titled “New Rules for the Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals are Effective…Now What?”on August 21, 2019.
- 5/1/2019Vorys attorneys Robin Amicon, Nelson Cary and Mairi Mull presented at the 2019 Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) Convention and Expo on May 1, 2019.
- 5/2/2018Vorys attorneys Lisa Reisz, Robin Amicon and Mairi Mull were speakers at the 2018 OHCA Annual Convention and Expo on May 2-3, 2018.
- 4/3/2018Vorys attorneys Nelson Cary and Robin Amicon were speakers at the Opioid Symposium: Education, Strategies and Best Practices for Public Libraries hosted by the Ohio Library Council on April 3, 2018.
- 5/2/2017Vorys attorneys Lisa Reisz, Robin Amicon and Liam Gruzs were speakers at the 2017 OHCA/OCAL/OCID Annual Meeting on May 1-4, 2017.
- 4/6/2017Vorys attorneys Robin Amicon and Suzanne Galyardt were speakers at the 2017 Ohio Provider Resource Association Spring conference on April 6, 2017.
- 10/24/2013Vorys attorneys Robin Amicon, Liam Gruzs and Lisa Pierce Reisz spoke at the Academy of Senior Health Sciences 2013 Fall Conference on October 24, 2013.
- 4/27/2012Vorys attorney Robin Bravchok participated in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 28th Annual Health Care Law Institute on April 27.
- 1/13/2022The Supreme Court finally brought clarity to the status of the separate COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which provided a vaccine-or-test requirement for employers with over 100 employees, and the rule issued by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), which mandated vaccination for employees of providers who receive Medicaid or Medicare funding.
- 12/15/2021On December 15, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order denying in part and granting in part a stay on the nationwide Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) vaccine mandate (“CMS Mandate”).
- 12/1/2021On November 30, 2021, the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued an order and decision granting a nationwide preliminary injunction of the COVID-19 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) vaccine mandate (“CMS Mandate”) following a lawsuit filed by 14 states, including Ohio.
- 11/5/2021On November 4, 2021, CMS issued the highly anticipated Informal Rule with Comment Period requiring employees of Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
- 9/10/2021CMS to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate to Hospitals, Home Health Agencies and Other Health Care SettingsOn September 9 2021, President Biden announced a six-pronged national action plan to combat COVID-19.
- 8/20/2021On August 18, 2021, President Biden announced that his administration will require Medicare and Medicaid-participant nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or risk losing Medicare and Medicaid funding.
- 7/21/2021With Governor DeWine’s recent signing of the FY 2022-23 budget bill (H.B 110) into law, Ohio will no longer be the only state not licensing hospitals.
- 3/12/2021On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance for nursing homes to safely expand visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 3/11/2021On Wednesday, March 10th, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the third major federal COVID-19 relief act following the CARES Act and the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act. President Biden is expected to sign it into law Friday.
- 12/27/2020Late on December 27, the President signed a $900 billion relief package that will provide aid to individuals and businesses still struggling with the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both the House and the Senate passed the proposal last week.
- 12/2/2020New Coronavirus Relief Funding Available to Help Improve Indoor Air Quality at Ohio Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Adult Day Care CentersOn November 30, 2020, the State of Ohio announced a new grant program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by improving indoor air quality at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers.
- 10/9/2020Health Care Alert: Ohio Issues Indoor Visitation Order for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing HomesOn October 8, 2020, two weeks after Governor DeWine announced it during a COVID-19 press conference, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) posted the new order for indoor visitation for “homes” as defined under Ohio Revised Code 3721.01, including residential care/assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
- 5/8/2020Health Care Alert: CMS Issues QSO Explaining Interim Final Rule on Reporting of COVID-19 Cases by Nursing HomesOn May 6, 2020, CMS issued Quality, Safety, and Oversight (QSO) letter 20-29-NH, explaining the Interim Final Rule’s new COVID-19 reporting and notification requirements.
- 5/5/2020On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) that, among other things, adds new COVID-19-related reporting requirements to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for long-term care facilities (LTCFs).
- 4/21/2020On April 14, 2020, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) submitted a request for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve a State Plan Amendment (SPA) and waivers of specified regulatory requirements.
- 3/31/2020This Health Care Alert includes a brief overview of the provisions of the recently signed HB 197 that impact Ohio health care providers.
- 3/20/2020Emergency rules, issued early this afternoon by the Ohio Department of Medicaid, expand and enhance access to telehealth services.
- 3/19/2020Today, March 19, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced he will be issuing an executive order authorizing the Department of Medicaid (ODM) to promulgate emergency rules which will expand access to telehealth.
- 3/12/2020As COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, health care providers are on the front lines of this growing crisis, and regulators at both the state and federal levels are releasing new and updated guidance to help them respond to this rapidly-changing industry environment.
- 1/14/2020Health Care Alert: Real Property Tax Exemptions for Your Residential Care Facilities and Nursing Homes May Be at RiskOn January 7, 2020, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) issued a decision that arguably cuts against prior BTA and Ohio Supreme Court decisions regarding the “life care” requirements for real property tax exemptions for homes for the aged contained in Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) 5709.12.
- 12/3/2019Health Care Alert: ICF/IIDs will be Exempt From New Standards for the Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals in OhioOn December 2, 2019, the Vorys health care team received confirmation from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) that it plans to adopt our proposed interpretation of new federal standards for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, effectively exempting Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) from compliance with the new standards.
- 12/18/2015Ohio’s biennial budget bill for FY 2016-2017 (Am. Sub. H.B. 64) added Section 5124.70 to the Ohio Revised Code. This section, which was effective September 29, 2015, prohibits, with limited exceptions , an ICF/IID from allowing more than two residents to share a sleeping room.
- 3/27/2014Health Care Alert: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Home and Community-Based Settings ToolkitOn March 20, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a “Transition Plan Toolkit” to assist states in developing their Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) 1915(c) waiver and section 1915(i) state plan amendment or renewal application(s) so that they comply with new requirements in the HCBS Final Rule, released earlier this year.
- 1/29/2014Health Care Alert: OIG Advisory Opinion 14-01 - No Sanctions for Arrangement Where Placement Agency Receive Fees for Referral of New Residents to Senior CommunitiesThe Office of Inspector General posted OIG Advisory Opinion No. 14-01 on January 21, 2014 in response to a nonprofit senior housing and geriatric care provider’s question of whether it may pay an independent placement agency a fee for referring new residents to certain of its facilities. Despite concerns that the arrangement could potentially generate prohibited remuneration under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), the OIG found that the facts and circumstances of the arrangement sufficiently mitigated any fraud and abuse risks.
- 8/1/2013Health Care Alert: New CMS Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities that Contract with Hospice ProvidersThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published a final rule that adds a new Condition of Participation that requires long-term care facilities that choose to arrange for the provision of hospice care with one or more Medicare-certified hospice providers to have in place a written agreement with the hospice that specifies the roles and responsibilities of each entity.
- 1/18/2013Health Care Alert: ICF/IID Providers Given Short Timeframe in Which to Appeal DODD’s State-Wide AssessmentsOn January 15, 2013, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) issued guidance to intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) regarding the state-wide assessments that will be completed by DODD during the first quarter of calendar year 2013.
- 11/14/2012The licensure process for intermediate care facilities (ICFs) currently licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as nursing homes has recently changed. ICF providers who are currently licensed by the ODH as nursing homes will need to apply for a residential facility license through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) by February 1, 2013.
- 4/4/2012Health Care Alert: Ohio Department of Health Publishes County Need Information for Inter-County Bed CON Applications Submitted July 2, 2012 through July 30, 2012As we discussed in a prior client alert, the Ohio Certificate of Need (CON) Program was changed to permit some inter-county bed relocations. Historically, Ohio CON law has prohibited relocating long-term care beds across county lines.