Jordan Johnson

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Jordan Johnson



Jordan Johnson is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, specializing in aging services and health care matters. His practice features a wide range of regulatory, administrative, and litigation matters, including the full spectrum of issues health care providers face such as reimbursement, regulatory compliance, and administrative hearings and appeals.

Jordan received a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. During law school, he was a member of the Brainerd Currie Honor Society and Health Care Law Society. He also received a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in History.


Jordan has experience representing health care providers in a variety of regulatory and reimbursement issues, including seeking reimbursement for or defending against the denial of claims submitted to various payors, including Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Advantage Organizations, and private insurance companies. Jordan also has experience assisting long-term care providers navigate the complex regulatory environment, including appealing adverse survey findings and alleged deficiencies.

Aging Services

Jordan’s experiences include representing long-term care and skilled nursing facilities in regards to involuntary discharges, record request responses, guardianship/conservatorships, reimbursement issues, and general regulatory compliance.

Health Care

Jordan represents providers regarding regulatory, contractual, and reimbursement issues, including payment denials, alleged overpayments, and defending against recoupments.



State Courts:

  • Georgia, 2017


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University
  • B.A., cum laude, History, University of Georgia


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Brainerd Currie Honor Society


  • Pressing Forward – The State of Medicaid Eligibility and Reimbursement
    Georgia Health Care Association, Winter Convention & Expo; January 18, 2024
  • Involuntary Discharges & Residents’ Rights
    Georgia Health Care Association, Winter Convention & Expo; January 16, 2024
  • The ‘Emergency’ is Over: Now What? Legal Updates Associated with Medicare, including the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals-Georgia, Medicare Summit, March 2023
  • Georgia Medicaid Eligibility: Business as Usual
    Georgia Health Care Association, Winter Convention & Expo, February 2023
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  • Medicaid Eligibility and Reimbursement Updates: Developing Key Financial Relationships
    Georgia Health Care Association, Summer Convention, June 2022
  • Are We Out of the Woods Yet? Legal Updates Associated with Medicare in Light of COVID-19’s Ever Changing Effects on Payment
    Georgia Associations of Health Underwriters, Medicare Summit, September 2021
  • Reimbursement Matters: Connecting the Dots Between Admission and Appeals
    Tennessee Health Care Association, Convention, August 2021
  • Medicaid: Seasons of Change
    Georgia Health Care Association, Summer Convention, June 2021
  • Medicaid Waivers and Avoiding Denials
    Georgia Health Care Association, Winter Convention, February 2021
  • Surveys and the Implications on Personal Injury Litigation – COVID-19
    Georgia Health Care Association Winter Convention, February 2021
  • Rising to the Top: It’s the Little Things – Controlling the Narrative in Crisis Communication and Expectation Management
    Georgia Health Care Association Bi-Annual Convention, January 2018
  • Reducing Readmissions: Where are we, where are we going, and how do we get there?
    Seminar in the South, November 2017
  • Establishing a Firm Foundation: What Recent Trends Tell Us About Getting Back to the Basics
    Georgia Health Care Association Bi-annual Convention, June 2017
  • What’s Old is New: Back to the Basics
    Georgia Health Care Association Bi-annual Convention, January 2017
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In the Press

New Rule Requires Increased Transparency in Nursing Home Ownership

Background On November 15, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule requiring increased transparency in nursing home ownership. Specifically, the final rule implements portions of section 6101 of the Affordable Care Act, which requires disclosure of certain ownership, managerial, and other information regarding Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and Medicaid

Recent OIG Report Could Result in a Revamp & Refocus of Georgia’s Nursing Facility Survey Process

Background On September 7, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report expressing concerns about life safety, emergency preparedness, and infection control compliance in Georgia nursing facilities. This report stemmed from an audit of 20 nursing facilities in which the OIG conducted onsite inspections to determine

Hall Booth Smith Promotes Six Partners

Hall Booth Smith celebrates as it has named six new partners, all of which have shown incredible commitment, insight, and dedication to serving their clients’ needs. With their expertise spanning a multitude of practice areas, the addition of these six partners further solidifies Hall Booth Smith’s position in delivering top-tier legal services and reinforces its

Executive Order 14070: Implications on Skilled Nursing Facilities & the Impending Staffing Mandate

Written by: Jordan Johnson, Esq. & Anamayan Narendran, Esq. Background On April 18, 2023, President Biden signed Executive Order 14070 that included several directives purportedly aimed at bolstering Americans’ access to long-term care and increasing job stability for medical professionals working in long-term care facilities. The Executive Order directs the Department of Health and Human

Medicaid Unwinding: 4 Steps Nursing Facilities Should Take as the Public Health Emergency Ends

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq.; Jordan Johnson, Esq.; Anna Stallings, Esq.; and Alexis McCoy, Medicaid Recovery Specialist. Introduction At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), allowing the federal government to take on a greater share of Medicaid costs and expanding protections for consumers. Notably, the

Biden-Harris Administration’s Plans to Crack Down on Nursing Homes Indicate Upcoming Uptick in Survey Activity

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq., Jordan Johnson, Esq., and Baylee A. Culverhouse, Esq. On March 1, 2022, President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address—announcing plans “to set higher standards for nursing homes” and to “crack down on the ‘Wall Street firms’” allegedly taking over nursing homes.[1] As part of its

Texas Court Vacates Provisions of the No Surprises Act Interim Final Rule

Written by: S. David McLean, Jr., Esq., Brittany H. Cone, Esq., Jordan Johnson, Esq., and Baylee A. Culverhouse, Esq. On February 23, 2022, United States District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, entered his Memorandum Opinion and Order in Texas Medical Association and Adam

New Georgia Law Imposes Extensive New Requirements for Georgia Long-Term Care Facilities

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On June 30, 2020, House Bill 987 was signed into law addressing many of the concerns presented by Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Unprotected” investigative series regarding Georgia’s Long Term Care industry. Many of the sweeping requirements implemented by this law go into effect beginning July 1,

Annals of Long-Term Care: Brittany Cone & Jordan Johnson Discuss Common Nursing Facility Medicaid Issues, Possible Solutions

In an article published in Annals of Long-Term Care on April 29, 2021, Partner Brittany Cone and Associate Jordan Johnson discuss common Medicaid issues and possible solutions for nursing facilities. “In many ways, Medicaid reimbursement is the buoy that keeps skilled nursing facilities afloat,” the authors write. “Unfortunately for facilities, however, actually obtaining Medicaid reimbursement

Georgia Department of Public Health Updates its Administrative Order to Permit Additional Visitation in Long-Term Care Facilities

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On March 15, 2021, the Georgia Department of Public Health updated its original Administrative Order providing reopening guidance to long-term care facilities to allow additional visitation. This update is in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently revised memorandum on nursing

Georgia Governor Kemp Clarifies Quarantine Requirements for “Fully Vaccinated” Long-Term Care Facility Staff and Residents

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On February 26, 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended the state Public Health State of Emergency (Executive Order due to COVID-19 through April 6, 2021. Governor Kemp also extended the guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 from March 1 to

Major EHR Vendor Settles False Claims Act Allegations

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. Health IT company Athenahealth, a major developer and vendor of electronic health record (EHR) services, agreed to pay over $18 million to settle federal False Claims Act allegations related to purported kickbacks from 2014 to 2020, per a press release from the Department of Justice

HHS proposes major changes to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq and Jordan Johnson, Esq. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published proposed modifications to the HIPAA privacy rule, which, if finalized, would significantly impact Covered Entities’ responses to records requests. These proposed changes include: Strengthening an individual’s right to inspect their Protected Health Information (PHI)

New Changes to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statutes

Written by: Jordan Johnson, Esq. and Leanne Livingston, Esq. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently revised the federal self-referral Stark Law and safe harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Before these changes, providers were faced with strict regulations

Texas District Court Rules That Providers Must Exhaust Patient’s Administrative Remedies to Preserve ERISA Standing

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. In Mission Toxicology, LLC v. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, the Western District of Texas ruled against several lab companies seeking enforcement of the right to payment under ERISA for lab services provided at certain Texas hospitals. In this case, a third-party biller, contracted with the hospital,

Major Health Insurer Forced to Amend Claim Processing Guidelines Due to Violation of Fiduciary Duties Under ERISA

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. The Northern District of California recently handed down remedies against United Behavioral Health (“UBH”), a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, related to violations of its fiduciary duties owed to its insureds. In 2014, a group of UBH’s insureds filed a class action lawsuit alleging that UBH

The Georgia Department of Community Health Extends Deadline for Fingerprint Background Checks for Existing Staff

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. In May 2018, Georgia passed the Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program, which required fingerprint criminal background checks of applicants for employment and direct access employees at assisted living communities, nursing homes, personal care homes, and other long term care facilities. Prior to this, owners

The Georgia Department of Public Health Issues Reopening Guidance to Long-Term Care Facilities

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On September 15, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued another COVID-19 related Executive Order with significant impact on Long-Term Care Facilities, including nursing facilities and assisted living communities. This Executive Order expressly incorporated the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Administrative Order providing guidance to Long-Term

Georgia’s Senior Care Reform Bill Adds COVID-19 Requirements to New Legislation for Assisted Living Communities

Written by: Brittany H. Cone, Esq. and Jordan Johnson, Esq. On June 30, 2020, Governor Kemp signed House Bill 987, known as the Senior Care Reform Bill, into law.  This legislation covers numerous topics related to Assisted Living Communities that go into effect on July 1, 2021, including: Initial and annual training requirements; Minimum staffing

Georgia’s New Long-Term Care Background Check Program

Written by: Brittany Cone, Esq. & Jordan Johnson, Esq. On May 7, 2018, then Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s new “Long-term Care Background Check Program” (the Program) into law with the purpose of promoting public safety and providing for comprehensive criminal background checks for owners, applicants for employment, and direct access employees. In many ways,