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Stephen D. Bittinger


  • (T) 843.720.1703
  • (F) 843.414.8210

Stephen Bittinger is an attorney with Nexsen Pruet's Health Care Practice Group. Stephen has represented physicians across multiple disciplines, home health agencies, nursing facilities, medical groups, medical facilities and medical consultants in Medicare appeals, Medicaid appeals, RAC audits, ZPIC audits, federal regulatory termination and exclusion proceedings, False Claims Act defense and prosecution, and healthcare litigation.

He has assisted numerous physician groups, medical corporations, and medical product manufacturers with strategic growth plans, successions, and transactions by assessing the reimbursement health of medical entities. Stephen’s health care team has developed unique strategies for responding to defense of RAC, ZPIC, UPIC and major payor audits and appeals that have led to collaborative work with government regulators, health care associates and health care law firms across the country. He has also served as reimbursement counsel for health care transactions to determine risks associated with potential recoupment of post-payment claims.


  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
  • John Carroll University, M.A.
  • Kent State University, B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Wrestlers in Business Network
  • Ohio Rising Star for 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Health Care Law by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Kent State University, B.S.
    • Honors Degree
    • Mid-American Conference Presidential Scholar Athlete
    • President's List
    • Dean's List
    • NCAA Division I Varsity Wrestling Letterman (four times)
  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • Litigation Certificate in Trail Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
    • Dean's List
    • CALI National Merit Award in Advanced Trial Advocacy
    • Federal Civil Rights Practicum (Chief Judge James G. Carr, Ohio Northern District)
  • John Carroll University, M.A.
    • Teaching Scholars Award
  • The UPIC Revolution: The Next Generation of CMS Auditors, Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (September 20, 2017)
  • Improper Retention of Overpayments: Reverse False Claims and Private Payor Policies, First Health Care Compliance (September 12, 2017)
  • HIPAA: Law Firm Liability and Compliance, Ohio Association of Justice (May 4, 2017)
  • Tackling Top Compliance Concerns, HealthSource SuperCamp 2017 (March 17, 2017)
  • The UPIC is Coming: CMS Auditors 2.0, First Health Care Compliance (October 2016)
  • When the Auditor Comes Knocking, Compliance Today, Health Care Compliance Association (October 2016)
  • Proactive Audit Defense & Reimbursement, HealthSource Chiropractic (June 21, 2016)
  • Real World Legal for Chiropractic Practices, Guest Lecturer at Life University (June 10, 2016)
  • Home Health Audit Defense: ZPICs, SMRC, and OIG, Oh My, Health Care Compliance Association (May 16, 2016)
  • ZPIC Auditor Raid: Defense and Compliance Tactics, Health Care Compliance Association (May 5, 2016)
  • Medicare Audit Defense: The OIG Work Plan FY2015, First Healthcare Compliance, Inc. (Nov. 12, 2015)
  • Medicare and Medicaid Audit Defense in Eldercare, Eldercare Professionals of Ohio, LLC (Oct. 9, 2015)

Stephen has been married to the love of his life and best friend, Jenni, for 15 years. They have five children. His three youngest children are adopted from Ethiopia and India, which has fueled a great personal passion for adoption and orphan care for his family. Stephen is the founder and president of Scion Tree, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping adoptive families and orphaned children through assisting adoptive families with funding and information, providing direct care for orphaned children domestically and abroad, and by advocating for the rights of orphaned children in the legal arenas of adoption and human trafficking.