Michelle E. Lin




Ms. Lin is a founding Principal with Lin and Patel, LLC.  Ms. Lin strategically guides health care providers through the continually-changing regulatory environment.  She concentrates her practices in several areas including, payor audits, payment issues, compliance with statutes and regulations, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark, physician licensing matters, and the sale and purchase of provider practices.  Ms. Lin devotes her practices to legal issues impacting acute providers such as hospitals, post-acute providers including home health care agencies and hospices, physicians and physician groups.  Ms. Lin focuses her practice on defending providers against pre and post-payment audits resulting in overpayments, and has successfully defended clients at all levels of the Medicare appeals process and against other commercial payors.  Ms. Lin also regularly counsels providers regarding corporate and employment related matters.

Prior to joining Lin and Patel, LLC, Ms. Lin was General Counsel of a long-term care provider, facilitating it through the purchase of other providers, surveys/corrective action plans, pre and post-payment audits, contract drafting and negotiations, and employment related matters.  Ms. Lin also worked as General Counsel for a hospital where she advised on the day to day operations of the hospital, including drafting and negotiating contracts, advising on compliance related matters, reviewing and revising policies and procedures impacting employees and Medical Staff, and managed risk management cases.  She was also employed as Corporate Counsel for a physician practice where she most notably helped it secure a favorable appeal of a large Medicare overpayment.

Prior to her recent in-house experience, Ms. Lin worked in private practice in insurance defense litigation.

Area of Focus

  • Long-term care
    • Responding to surveys, appealing survey findings and sanctions
    • Medicare and Medicaid certification
    • Abuse, neglect, and incident investigations, and reporting
    • Regulatory compliance and corrective action plans
  • Audits (RAC, MAC, UPIC and Medicaid) and other overpayment issues
  • Reimbursement issues (including Medicaid/Medicare Managed Care)
  • Contracting issues
  • Physician employment contracts
  • Physician licensing and related hearings
  • Internal investigations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Fraud and abuse- Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Drafting compliance plans and policies and procedures
  • HIPAA / Health Information and Security


  • Long-term care- skilled nursing home, assisted living, home health and hospice
  • Physicians and physician groups
  • Hospitals
  • Commercial and Managed Care Payers


  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2005
  • Best Brief in Frederick Douglass Moot Coot
  • Dean’s List
  • M.B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
    • Dean’s List

Bar Jurisdictions

  • Illinois, 2006


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Bar Association- Health Law Section
  • Chicago Bar Association- Professional Fees Committee-Chair