Karen S. Kim

Associate Attorney

916-446-2300 x3057
kkim@murphyaustin.com
Practice Area(s): Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Healthcare

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Karen Kim represents and advises healthcare providers with respect to litigation and compliance issues, including payment disputes with commercial managed care payors, Medicare and Medi-Cal provider appeals, HIPAA compliance; anti-kickback statute compliance; and Stark Law compliance. Karen's practice, and the practice of the Murphy Austin Healthcare Law Team focuses on the needs of healthcare providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies, community clinics, and air ambulance providers.

Karen's litigation practice includes taking and defending depositions and managing discovery. She also develops pre-trial strategy, conducts client interviews, prepares direct and cross examinations, drafts motions and briefs, and handles oral arguments at pre-trial conferences and motion hearings.

She has second chaired four separate managed care arbitrations as a representative of healthcare providers in reimbursement disputes with payers. As second chair, Karen managed all discovery issues; prepared multiple witnesses testifying on complex healthcare and legal issues; conducted direct and cross examinations at hearing of key witnesses; and drafted motions for summary adjudication, evidentiary motions, and pre- and post-hearing briefing. In one recent arbitration, Karen successfully represented a California hospital in obtaining a $3 million award from a managed care payer in a dispute over private duty nursing services.

Karen has also represented various healthcare providers in administrative hearings. Karen second chaired a two-day Medicare reimbursement appeal before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board in Baltimore, Maryland. She handled extensive preparation of witnesses, conducted direct examinations of witnesses at the hearing, and drafted pre- and post-hearing briefing to the Board.

In California, Karen has represented providers in Medi-Cal audit appeals before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals. Through these appeals, Karen conducts extensive client interviews, manages discovery issues with the Department of Health Care Services, prepares pre- and post-hearing briefing and conducts direct and cross examinations of all witnesses at hearing. Karen also routinely represents air ambulance companies in lien proceedings before the WCAB.

Prior to joining Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP, Karen was an associate in the business litigation practice groups at Boutin Jones Inc. and McDonough Holland & Allen PC.

Karen was awarded her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, in 2009.  During law school, Karen was named a Sacramento County Bar Association Diversity Fellow in 2007 and received the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Scholarship that same year. Karen was also a member of the Moot Court in 2007 and UC Davis Law Review from 2007 to 2009, serving as the Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review from 2008 to 2009. While in law school, Karen also worked as a legal extern for the California Attorney General’s Office, Public Rights Division, and as a law clerk for Porter Scott.  Prior to law school, Karen served as Press Secretary to the California Assembly Majority Leader and worked as a reporter for the community news division of the Los Angeles Times.

Karen serves as a mentor with the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys (CSHA) Mentor Program. She is also currently a board member for the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, where she serves on the Mentorship Committee and Advocacy & Issues Committee. Karen is also President of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Program in California, which organizes annual youth leadership conferences focused on civic participation, advocacy, and political empowerment for Asian American high school and college students.

  • Represented hospital at arbitration in a managed care dispute relating to private duty nursing.
  • Represented various hospitals in an appeal to the Provider Reimbursement Review Board related to proper Medicare reimbursement amounts.
  • Represented hospital at arbitration in a managed care dispute over contract provisions relating to trauma rates.
  • Represented various hospitals in Medi-Cal audit appeals before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals.
  • Represented hospital at arbitration in a managed care dispute pertaining to the interpretation of coordination of benefits contract provisions. 
  • Recipient, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Scholarship (2007)
  • Diversity Fellow, Sacramento County Bar Association (2007)
  • Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Program
    • President (July 2011 – present)
    • Board Member (2006 – present)
  • Asian Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS)
    • Board Member (January 2013  –  present)
  • Korean American Coalition, Sacramento Chapter
    • President (2004 – 2006)
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Sacramento Chapter
    • Policy Director (2005 – 2006)
  • Coordinating Benefits With a Non-Contracted Payor, HFMA Northern California Newsletter, The Edge, (December 2013)
  • CMS Issues Final Rule Implementing Cuts to DSH Allotments, Healthcare Liability & Litigation, A Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association (September 2013)
  • CMS Issues Guidance Regarding Requirements for Certification of Inpatient Services, Healthcare Liability & Litigation, A Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association (September 2013)
  • Fiscal Intermediaries Do Not Have Authority to Make or Change Agency Policy, HFMA Northern California Newsletter, The Edge (January 2012)
Memberships
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys (2013 – present)
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Northern California Chapter, Member (2011 – present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member (2011 – present)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association Member (2009 – present)
  • Asian Bar Association of Sacramento Member (2009 – present)
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • Ninth Circuit
  • D.C. Circuit
Education

University of California, Davis School of Law
J.D., 2009
Senior Articles Editor, UC Davis Law Review

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
B.S., Journalism, 1999

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J. Scott Alexander, Managing Partner
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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