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Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski
Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski
Attorney - Detroit / Grand Rapids

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Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski is an attorney in Foley & Mansfield's Detroit and Grand Rapids offices, where she provides services in the areas of health care law, federal and state False Claims Act/qui tam litigation, employment law, and general civil litigation.

Mercedes focuses her health care practice on representing providers (including physicians, nurses, and other licensed health care professionals), along with home health agencies and ambulatory surgical centers in the following areas:
  • Telemedicine and E-Health
  • Medicare/Medicaid compliance and reimbursement
  • National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting
  • Medical Staff Credentialing and Due Process Rights
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance
  • Employment
  • Litigation

Mercedes has assisted health care providers with establishing policies and procedures for treating patients using telemedicine, and regularly counsels clients on the use of technologies such as email, “Skype” (and similar programs), and web-based health management portals.

In the area of False Claims Act/Qui Tam Litigation, Mercedes has extensive experience representing whistleblowers that have knowledge of fraud against federal and state governments, including health care fraud and contracting fraud.  Examples of these cases include:
  • Medicare and/or Medicaid fraud
  • Improper distribution and billing of adulterated pharmaceuticals
  • Unlawful billing for diagnostic tests
  • Unlawful promotion or “off-label” marketing of pharmaceuticals
  • Post office fraud
  • Set-aside contracts for disadvantaged businesses, including Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)

She has also published numerous articles involving the False Claims Act and government fraud. 

Mercedes' employment litigation practices encompasses issues including unemployment benefits, whistleblower protection, and discrimination/wrongful termination cases. In addition, she handles general business matters including contract disputes and associated litigation.

  • An Ounce of Prevention Saves a Pound of Cure: A Summary of PPACA's Wellness and Prevention Reforms (May, 2010)
    • ABA Health eSource, Vol. 6 No. 9.
  • CMS Pilot Program Pledges to Improve Care and Lower Costs (Fall, 2011)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 7 M.L.R. 38.
  • Federal court says hospital violated physician's rights during suspension (July 9, 2012)
    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 26 Mich.L.W. 866
  • Final Rule on ACOs Includes Waivers to Fraud, Abuse Laws (Winter, 2012)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report.
  • Health Care Marketing: A Tricky Operation (October, 2012)
    • The Health Lawyer (published by the American Bar Association Health Law Section), Vol. 25, No. 1
  • Health Care Reform 101: What Every Lawyer Should Know About PPACA (August, 2010)
    • American Bar Association Young Lawyer, Vol. 14 No. 10.
  • Hospital/Physician Compensation Agreements Need Close Scrutiny (Winter, 2013)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report
  • Immigrants and Health Care: A Voice for Coverage (December, 2010)
    • The Health Lawyer (published by the American Bar Association Health Law Section), Vol. 23, No. 2.
  • Keeping an Eye Out for Fraud? Two Schemes that Deserve Your Attention (February, 2007)
    • Michigan IASIU Investigator.
  • Lights, Webcam, Action – What Providers Need to Know about Treating Patients Using the Internet (October, 2013)
    • Free Associations (Newsletter of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society)
  • New HHS, Department of Education Guidance Provides Overview of Privacy Laws (Winter, 2009)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 4 M.L.R. 76.
  • New Joint Commission Standard Fosters Collaboration Between Medical Staff, Hospitals (Summer, 2008)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 3 M.L.R. 35.
  • No 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card (Summer, 2009)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 5 M.L.R. 22.
  • On the Hot Seat: Handling Hospital Investigations and Other Privileging Disputes (Fall, 2010)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 6 M.L.R. 38.
  • Opening the Door to Concierge Medicine (Winter, 2010)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report
  • Practice Safe, Not Sorry: Compliance Insurance Coverage is Available (Summer, 2011)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report
  • Recognizing Health Care Fraud and What to Do About It (August, 2006)
    • Michigan IASIU Investigator.
  • Seven Things Providers Must Know About the New Medicare Overpayment Rule (Spring, 2012)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 8 M.L.R. 8.
  • Stark Law Update: Determining Whether Compensation is Fair Market Value or Takes Into Account the Volume or Value of Referrals (April, 2011)
    • ABA Health eSource, Vol. 7 No. 8.
  • Telemedicine Reimbursement Required, Say New State Laws (Fall, 2012)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, Vol. 8, No. 3.
  • The Future of Health Care: Electronic and Internet Health Records Targeted for Growth (Spring, 2009)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 5 M.L.R. 3.
  • Treating Patients Using the Internet (Fall, 2013)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report
  • What Providers Must Know About the Medicare Overpayment Rule (April, 2013)
    • Mercedes discusses four important things every health care provider should know about the Medicare Overpayment Rule in Health Care Weekly Review.
    • Read this Publication
  • When Courtesy Turns Into Fraud: Routine Waiver of Co-Pays and Deductibles Can Spell Trouble (December, 2006)
    • Michigan IASIU Investigator.
  • Why Nursing Home Fraud Is Your Problem and How to Fight Back (October, 2006)
    • Michigan IASIU Investigator
  • Why Physicians Need to Know About the NPDB (Fall, 2008)
    • Michigan Medical Law Report, 3 M.L.R. 44.
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Western Michigan University Alumni Association
  • Co-chair, Legal Developments Work Group of the Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Wayne State University Law School, 2007, J.D.
    • Wayne Law Review, Associate Editor ( 2006-2007); Wayne Law Review, Assistant Editor (2005-2006)
  • Western Michigan University, 2003, B.A., Broadcast/Cable Production; Journalism
    • cum laude
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