George F. Indest III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Altamonte Springs, FL

The Health Law Firm
 | 1101 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Phone: 4073316620
Fax: 407-331-3030
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2010, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Administrative Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

President and managing partner of The Health Law Firm, George F. Indest III represents clients nationwide in matters of health care law and administrative law. Before his civilian law career, Mr. Indest served 20 years in the Navy, and is now certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in health law. With experience with business, corporate, regulatory, transactional and administrative health law practice, he represents home health agencies, hospitals, nurses, long-term care facilities, physicians and other health care providers.

With a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University, Mr. Indest went on to earn an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University Law School. He gained extensive experience in his position over the largest regional health care system in the Navy, heading up medical and legal risk management programs.

Mr. Indest has an Avvo “Superb” rating and has been named a top attorney in administrative law and in health care. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A member of The Florida Bar, Mr. Indest is on the Health Law Section’s Executive Council and formerly served as the Medical/Legal Committee’s Chair for the Orange County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Health Care (60%): Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law

Business Litigation (20%): Non-Compete Agreements

Administrative Law (20%): Licensing

Focus Areas

Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law, Non-Compete Agreements, Licensing

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2010, 2014 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About George Indest III

Admitted: 1983, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/about-our-firm/attorneys/geo...

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, 2013
  • National Defense Service Medal, With Bronze Star
  • Cum Laude, Tulane University Law School
  • Navy Achievement Medal, With Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation, With Bronze Star
  • Florida Super Lawyer, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Meritorious Service Medal, With Bronze Star
  • "Orlando's Best Health Care Attorney" by Florida Medical Business in its 12th Annual Medical Business Healthcare Awards Program in 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified, Florida Bar in the Legal Specialty of Health Law
  • Board Certified, Health Care Risk Manager, American Board of Risk Management, Inc.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Chair, CLE Division of the Health Law Section, Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Chair, Orange County Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, State Bar of District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Executive Council, Florida Bar, Health Law Section
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • Member, State Bar of Florida
  • United States Board of Veterans Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member, State Bar of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Navy's Judge Advocate General's (J.A.G.) Corps

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Discontinuation of Home Care Services: Patient Abandonment by Any Other Name, 5 Aspen's Health Care Law Bulletin 1, Aspen, May 1997
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and Managed Care, in Topics in Managed Care: Recent Developments in the Regulation of Health Care Providers and Managed Care Organizations 11-44, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., June 18, 1997
  • G. Indest & B. Egolf, Is Medicine Headed for an Assembly Line? Exploring the Doctrine of the Unauthorized Practice of Medicine, in 6 ABA Business Law Today 32, July/August 1997
  • G. Indest, Applying Informed Consent to the Home Health Care Industry, 9 Home Health Care Management and Practice 17-30, Oct. 1997
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Testing and Treatment Records; Medical Records in Litigation; Risk Management Issues Relating To Medical Records; chapters in Confidentiality of Medical Records, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Jul. 1998
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, The Use of Technology in the Practice of Law: Ethical Problems and Solutions, in Fla. Bar, Health Care in the 21st Century: Legal Implications of Technology and Medicine in the Future -- Progress, Problems, Dilemmas and Solutions, Sept. 1998
  • G. Indest, Confidentiality and Record Keeping Requirements -- Historical and Professional Perspectives; Electronic Medical Records and Related Issues: Computerized Records, E-mails, Privacy and Confidentiality; Protecting Electronic Medical Records; Litigation Issues for Mental Health Records; Chapters in Florida Confidentiality of Medical Records for Mental Health Providers (Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Jul. 1999
  • G. Indest, Subpoenas and Court Orders; Retention and Risk Management; Chapters in Medical Records in Florida: Confidentiality & Health Information Practices, Medical Education Services, Inc., Altoona, Wisc. Aug. 1999
  • G. Indest & M. Lowe, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer, Chap. 14 in Fla. Bar, 1999 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 1999
  • G. Indest, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer: Guidance and Update, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2000 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2000
  • G. Indest & J. Hammond, Representing the .Coms and Health Care Providers: Ethical Issues, Sec. 4 in Fla. Bar, e-Medicine: Legal and Regulatory Issues for Health Care in the Electronic Age, Sept. 2000
  • G. Indest, History, Sources and Overview of Medical Information Confidentiality and Documentation Requirements; Risk Management Issues Relating to Medical Records; Medical Records and Litigation; Electronic Medical Records and Computer Age Concerns; chapters in Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Dec. 2000
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer: Guidance and Update, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2001 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2001
  • G. Indest and J. Urbanowicz, Ethics, Chap. 14 in Fla. Bar, 2002 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2002
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Medical Records in Florida: Duty to Keep Medical Records Confidential (and other chapters), in Legalities of Utilizing and Maintaining Computerized Medical Records in Florida, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., May 2002
  • Customers' Privacy to be Protected During SunShine Pharmacy Owners' Trial, George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shared his knowledge of health law in a Naples Daily News article published on June 26, 2013., http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/GFI%20Naples%20Daily%20News%20Pharmacy%20Trial.pdf
  • G. Indest, The Florida Nursing Law Manual, The Health Law Foundation, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 2008
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in the March/April issue of Florida Medical Business. Mr. Indest wrote an article on how to prevent online defamation oriented primarily toward physicians and health professionals., Legal Strategies For Doctors To Fight Bad Online Reviews, pub.epageview.com/aglaia/viewer.aspx?docid=ad925976bc4144eda9b158761bdf20a0, 2013
  • G. Indest, Legal Aspects of HCFA's Decision to Allow Recovery from Children for Medicaid Benefits Delivered to their Parents through State Financial Responsibility Statutes, 28 Soc.Sec.Rep.Ser. 3, West 1990
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in an American Medical News article published on February 11, 2013, Physicians Entangled in Tainted Drugs Lawsuits, http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/AMN_PhysicianLawsuits.PDF
  • G. Indest, Medico-Legal Issues in Detecting and Proving the Sexual Abuse of Children, 15 J. Sex & Marital Therapy 141-60, Summer, 1989
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in the December issue of Medical Economics. Due to the federal deficit, Medicare fraud initiatives are on the rise as a way to recoup funds. Mr. Indest wrote an article on what to do if a physician, medical group or other health provider receives a notice of an audit and site visit from Medicare, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) or the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), 2013, 19 Tips to Prepare You for a Medicare Audit and Site Visit, http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/uploads/MedicareAuditTips.pdf
  • G. Indest, Legal Aspects of HCFA's Decision to Allow Recovery from Children for Medicaid Benefits Delivered to their Parents through State Financial Responsibility Statutes, 15 S.U.L. Rev. Southern University Law Review, 225-352, 1988
  • George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in a Business Insurance article. The article discusses lawsuits against physicians who administered steroid injections that were tainted with meningitis, leading to a nationwide outbreak., Meningitis Lawsuits Target Physicians, http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20121028/NEWS07/310289984?tags=|75|303, 2012
  • G. Indest, Investigator's Handbook for Vehicle Accidents and other Nonmedical Incidents in Medical and Dental Treatment Facilities, Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, Norfolk, Virg., Aug. 1989
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, Barry University School of Law
  • G. Indest, Handbook for Conducting Investigations Involving Allegations of Medical Negligence Naval Medical Command, Mid-Atlantic Region, Norfolk, Virg., Sept. 1989
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, Webster University Graduate College
  • G. Indest, Medico-Legal Issues in Detecting and Proving the Sexual Abuse of Children, in Legal Medicine 1990 31-52, C. H. Wecht ed. 1991
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law, University of St. Francis Graduate School
  • G. Indest, Physicians in Group Practices to Feel Impact of Stark I Regulations, Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep. 29, Dec. 1995
  • G. Indest and J. Hammond, Overview of the New HIPAA Privacy Requirements, The FOMA Journal, 12-13, Fla. Osteopathic Med. Assoc., Winter 2002
  • G. Indest, et al., Confidentiality of Medical Records in Florida, Lorman Education Services, Eau Claire, Wisc., Dec. 2003
  • G. Indest, New Year Brings Radical Restrictions on Lobbying Efforts for Some Hospitals: Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep., Feb. 1996
  • G. Indest and L. Weis, Ethics, Chap. 13 in Fla. Bar, 2003 Health Law Certification Review Course, Apr. 2003
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and the Managed Care Organization, in Tort and Ins. Practice Sect., Am. Bar Association, Liability Issues in Managed Care: A Guide for Litigators, Corporate Counsel and Risk Managers, May 1996
  • Edited this two volume major legal treatise and personally wrote 13 chapters.G. Indest, Legal Ethics for the Health Care Lawyer, Chap. 3 in Fla. Bar Health Law Section, Health Law Handbook, 2003
  • G. Indest & R. Siehl, Antitrust and Other Regulatory Concerns Impacting the Formation and Operation of Provider Networks, in Fla. Bar, Networks in Health Care: PHOs, MSOs, Etc. Sept. 1996
  • Taraska and G. Indest (editors), The Florida Healthcare Professionals' Medico-Legal Guide, DC Press, Sanford, Fla., 2003
  • G. Indest, Patient Care Issues in Home Health Care, Chap. 1 in M. Nathanson, Home Health Law Manual, Aspen Publishers Oct., 1996
  • G. In4dest, et al., "Legal Ethics: Part II," in Journal of Nursing Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring, 2005, pp. 35-46.J.
  • G. Indest, Strategies and Advantages in Managed Care Contracting for Home Health Providers, Baker & Hostetler Seminar Managed Care Contracting for Home Health Agencies, Jan. 1997
  • G. Indest, et al., "Legal Ethics: Part I," in Journal of Nursing Law, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 2005), pp. 21-34
  • G. Indest & L. Levin, Credentialing Liability and the Managed Care Organization, in Fla. Bar, Managed Care: Emerging Opportunities, Complexities and Liabilities. Feb. 1997
  • G. Indest & L. Kowalczyk, Home Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions, in 10 Home Health Care Management and Practice 6, Oct, 1998
  • I. Rothschild, G. Indest, et al., Recent Developments in Managed Care, Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 32, p.463, Winter, 1997
  • G. Indest, Tax Benefits for Donations of Stock to Expire, to be published in Hosp. News & Fla. Health Care Rep., Mar. 1997

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Attorney George F. Indest III of The Health Law Firm recently assisted a North Carolina Medicaid provider in reducing a $1.4 million overpayment demand made by the North Carolina Medicaid Program by over 98%. Mr. Indest, a board certified health law attorney, is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, with offices in Orlando, Florida. In June 2012, the Public Consulting Group (PCG), which was under contract with the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), conducted a post-payment review and audit of Medicaid claims submitted by the provider. PCG reviewed 107 sample claims from the provider and found an error rate of 7.48%. Using a mathematical extrapolation formula, PCG estimated the provider needed to repay Medicaid more than$1,144,000. Mr. Indest and his team at The Health Law Firm were brought on to assist the provider in challenging the initial audit. They assembled and submitted documents to the auditor and assisted the client in presenting evidence at the hearing. The final result of the hearing, as documented in a decision in October 2012, reduced the Medicaid overpayment amount to just $24,083., 2012
  • A Florida pharmacist whose license was revoked by the Florida Board of Pharmacy won a reversal because of an appeal filed by Attorneys George F. Indest III, Lance O. Leider and Michael L. Smith of The Health Law Firm. Mr. Indest, a board certified health law attorney, is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, with offices in Central Florida and Colorado. During the April 2012, Florida Board of Pharmacy meeting, the Board voted to revoke the pharmacist’s license to practice despite him not being in attendance at the meeting. Mr. Indest and his team at The Health Law Firm were brought on to assist the pharmacist in appealing the Board’s decision. On appeal, in response to a brief filed by The Heath Law Firm, the Department of Health (DOH) properly conceded that the order must be reversed, and the matter remanded for a new hearing, because the Board failed to properly notify the pharmacist of the hearing. , 2013

Educational Background:

  • Tulane University, B.A.
  • M.P.A., University of West Florida, 1982
  • National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., LL.M., With Highest honors, 1986
Office Location for George F. Indest III

1101 Douglas Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Phone: 4073316620

Fax: 407-331-3030

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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