David A. King

David A. King

Polsinelli PC

Recognized since 2003

Nashville, Tennessee

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Health Care Law

Insurance Law

Litigation - Health Care

Litigation - Insurance

Litigation - Securities

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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David King is a shareholder in the Health Care Litigation and Disputes group in Nashville and also serves as the Managed Care and Payor Disputes practice leader. Leveraging over 35 years of health care litigation experience, David leads a national practice representing many of the country’s renowned health care providers in all types of commercial payor disputes, payor strategy and managed care contracting. David has a deep understanding of the very complicated and constantly evolving managed care space, enabling him to provide strategic and legal advice to help healthcare providers solve some of their most difficult reimbursement and contracting challenges.

David works with a wide range of health care entities, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospital systems, ambulatory surgery centers, air ambulance services, hospital-based ancillary providers and other physician groups, as well as medical device companies. In recent years, he has helped these providers recover over $120 million in underpaid, misclassified and denied claims and negotiate several high-profile managed care contracts with national payors.

David’s representative work includes:

Managed Care Disputes

David handles a variety of managed care matters including disputes related to out-of-network underpayments and misclassified emergency claims, payor policy challenges, medical necessity denials, attempted recoupments and offsets, patient class actions, managed care contracting strategy and negotiation interpretation, refusal to contract, discrimination and retaliation against out-of-network providers and related reimbursement disputes, and related legal issues involving the Affordable Care Act, ERISA preemption, UCR laws, prompt pay laws, any willing provider laws and laws regarding payor audits, recoupments and offsets. David has years of experience and success implementing all forms of resolution for these disputes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Managed Care Strategy and Contracting

David consults with health care providers on in-network and out-of-network strategies and other issues involving the relationships among providers, insurers, self-funded plans, benefit administrators and vendors. He counsels providers on challenges such as payor coverage and reimbursement policies, reference-based pricing initiatives, surprise medical billing, ERISA and ACA laws, hospital lien laws and coverage for newer medical devices and procedures. He also assists providers with various managed care contracting issues, including drafting and negotiating contracts, advising on navigating tiered and narrow networks, silent PPOs, lease/rental networks, operational challenges and revenue cycle management.

National and State Legislation

David consults with various providers on proposed/new national and state legislation impacting their strategies and reimbursement, such as federal and state "surprise” billing laws for out-of-network providers and laws relating to improper payor policies and practices, and laws relating to reimbursement for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

David thrives on enabling clients to navigate the ever-changing and regulated health care industry. To this end, he is a frequent lecturer on payor disputes and strategies, and has been nationally recognized for many years by Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers and a multitude of other publications.

Contact & Links
  • 501 Commerce Street, Suite 1300
    Nashville, TN 37203
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., graduated 1985

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Health Care
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Health Care, Nashville (2018)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Special Focus:
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Securities
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Arbitration
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants


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