Beyond Fear

How I Fought the Feds for Six Years—and Won

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Pub Date 22 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2021
Mascot Books, Amplify Publishing

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In this gripping story, one man provides a front-row seat for how he—a self-employed healthcare finance and regulatory consultant—overcame extraordinarily long odds in his battle with the federal government, culminating in one of the largest court settlements in the history of Medicare. 

On May 3, 2006, Ted Giovanis emailed a U.S. government official, seeking clarity on an arcane issue: the calculation used by Medicare to determine reimbursement rates for certain kinds of hospitals. Though he expected a routine exchange, what unfolded was anything but. 

Buried in the official’s response was a piece of information that marked the start of a six-year odyssey that led Giovanis to sue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of 730 hospitals. The U.S. Court of Appeals eventually ruled unanimously in Giovanis’s favor, and the federal government paid out approximately $3 billion to the hospitals. 

Beyond Fear provides a blueprint for how concerned citizens can seek to remedy federal transgressions while also showcasing the ways in which career bureaucrats can and often do shape public policy. Giovanis recounts the myriad challenges that stood between him and success, including securing a first-rate legal team, tangling with less-informed rivals, and developing compelling arguments to help judges understand a very complex issue. 

Framed by his humble beginnings as well as the love and loss of his wife, Jayne, Beyond Fear is a surprisingly personal story of intrigue, hard work, and, ultimately, reward. 

In this gripping story, one man provides a front-row seat for how he—a self-employed healthcare finance and regulatory consultant—overcame extraordinarily long odds in his battle with the federal...


Advance Praise

"During my nearly twenty years working on behalf of hospitals and health systems, Ted Giovanis’s expertise in Medicare payment issues, particularly related to the intricacies of the wage index, was second to none. His tenacity in taking on hospital payment challenges reflects his understanding that these challenges, if not addressed, can mean fewer resources for patient care." —Susan Van Meter, former head of Washington office, Healthcare Association of New York State


"Even with my twenty-eight years of experience working in and around Washington, I was amazed by what I read in Beyond Fear. It is a brilliant, albeit disturbing, account of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to try and conceal a mistake. Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how Washington works—and what it takes to fight the feds—should read this book.” —Jim Houdek, former senior vice president, Texas Hospital Association; former member of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board


"Ted Giovanis refutes the old saw that ‘you can’t fight city hall.’ In Beyond Fear, he provides a blow-by-blow account of how he set out to remedy a multibillion-dollar mistake committed by the U.S. government and how he overcame extraordinary odds to win—while simultaneously dealing with his wife’s failing health. It’s a story that will inspire you, infuriate you, make you laugh, and even make you cry." —Charles J. Pendola, founder, former CEO, and president of Preferred Health Network; author of Hospital Budgeting: A Case Study Approach

"During my nearly twenty years working on behalf of hospitals and health systems, Ted Giovanis’s expertise in Medicare payment issues, particularly related to the intricacies of the wage index, was...


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The marketing and publicity plan for Beyond Fear includes media appearances, speaking events, and interviews. 

The marketing and publicity plan for Beyond Fear includes media appearances, speaking events, and interviews. 


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