Debby Thetford Nye: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Debby Thetford Nye

Fayetteville,  AR  U.S.A.
Phone(479) 695-1966

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Practice Areas

  • Health Care Finance
  • Hospitals
  • Health Care Real Estate
  • Business and Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Compliance Audits and Training
  • Policy and Legislation
  • Government Relations
  • Health Care
  • Health Provider Operational Issues
  • Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement and Appeals
  • Assisted Living and Nursing Facility Regulatory Matters and Survey Appeals
  • Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Physician / Hospital Relations
  • Provider Joint Ventures
  • Provider Licensing
University University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., Political Science/Sociology 1975; Arkansas Public Administration Consortium, Certified Public Administration Manager, 1994
Law SchoolUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., 1979
Admitted1980, Arkansas; 2008, Oklahoma; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships and Affiliations

Arkansas Bar Association, Chair of Health Law Section (1998-99); American Bar Association; American Health Lawyers Association

BornLakehurst, New Jersey, June 2, 1954

Ms. Nye is a partner with the national law firm of Kutak Rock, LLP, working out of their Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas offices. Her legal practice is focused upon health care-related corporate and regulatory matters, representing health care providers with issues involving their general operational health care practice activities and their continued compliant participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Ms. Nye presents matters before the health providers' regulatory agencies, boards and commissions. She addresses licensure, survey and reimbursement regulatory matters, certificate of need or permit of approval issues and conducts governmental relations activities.

Ms. Nye served as General Counsel for the Arkansas Health Care Association from 1997 to 2005, and from September 1984 until August 1995 served as Chief Counsel and Executive Manager of the Office of Chief Counsel, Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services. As Chief Counsel, she managed fraud investigations, appeals and hearings, risk management and 35 attorneys supporting all Human Services programs and services. She principally represented the Arkansas Medicaid Program.


August 15, 2013Record Number of Kutak Rock Attorneys Named Best Lawyers

Forty-seven Kutak Rock attorneys reprenting 10 of the firm's 16 offices have been listed inThe Best Lawyers in America 2014.

September 7, 2012Best Lawyers Increase by 50% to 45 attorneys

Forty-five Kutak Rock lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion inThe Best Lawyers in America2013.

March 14, 2012Summary of CMS Proposed Overpayment Rule

On February 16, 2012, in order to implement section 6402(a) of the PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule relating to the report and return of overpayments.

August 30, 201129 Kutak Rock Attorneys Are 'Best Lawyers'

Twenty-nine Kutak Rock lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion inThe Best Lawyers in America 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

November 10, 2010Kutak Rock Attorneys Picked As Best Lawyers


March 5, 2013Deadline Quickly Approaching for Nursing Facility Mandatory Compliance Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, mandates that Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities have an effective compliance plan in place by March 23, 2013. ACA states that [by March 23, 2013], a facility shall ? have in operation a compliance and ethics program that is effective in preventing and detecting criminal, civil, and administrative violations ? and in promoting quality of care. Nursing facilities are the first health care providers required to enact a mandatory compliance plan. For more information, read the client alert in its entirety. Client Alert

June 11, 2012Disruption of Patient-Physician Relationship does not Always Constitute Irreparable Harm

A recent Eighth Circuit opinion illustrates the high standard that parties-even a physician seeking access to his patients after losing privileges-must meet to establish entitlement to injunctive relief. Client Alert

May 5, 2011Summary of New Proposed Rules For Accountable Care Organizations

Through last year's enactment of the Affordable Care Act, provisions were added to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare Shared Savings Program (SSP). Client Alert


October 7, 2011Health Care / Government Disputes Seminar


Government Service

Chief Counsel of the Office of Chief Counsel, Arkansas Department of Human Services (September 1984 to August 1995); Assistant Attorney General in the Arkansas Office of the Attorney General, Litigation Division (February 1980 to June 1982)


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Debby Thetford Nye

214 West Dickson Street
FayettevilleAR 72701-5221


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