Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest clinical laboratories, has hired law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for help with health and Medicare related issues on Capitol Hill.

Millennium Health

The San Diego-based drug-testing company, formerly known as Millennium Laboratories, has recruited Akin Gump to promote “awareness of the critical role of medication monitoring to inform federal policy-making," as well as for the purpose of advocating "sustainable coverage and reimbursement policies under Medicare,” according to lobbying disclosure documents filed in October.

Millennium filed for bankruptcy protection last year in a bid to slash $1.15 billion in debt. The move came after Millennium agreed to pay $256 million in fines after it was discovered the company overbilled federal health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary drug and genetic testing.

Crisis firm Sitrick and Company advised Millennium during that restructuring.

The Millennium account will be managed by senior policy advisors Heide Bajnrauh, who was previously a staffer to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and later served as health policy advisor to McCain’s 2008 presidential run; and Todd Tuten, who formerly served as chief of staff to Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL).