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Liles Parker’s Attorney Ashley Morgan named a “Super Lawyer — Rising Star”

November 19, 2018 by  
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It is official! Associate Attorney Ashley Morgan has been named a “Super Lawyer — Rising Star.”

Additionally, she passed the Certified Professional Coder exam and is now a Certified Coder!

 

My Weekend Volunteering at the Wise County Free Clinic

August 14, 2018 by  
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On the weekend of July 20 – 22, I joined a number of people from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (“DMAS”) in traveling to Wise County Virginia to volunteer for the annual free clinic that is offered in that County.  Our group was led by the Director of DMAS, Jennifer Lee, MD, who is trained as and ER physician.  As background, DMAS is the State agency that administers the Medicaid program in Virginia, and I was appointed several years ago by Governor McAuliffe to the Board that advises DMAS.

The Wise County free clinic offers a once a year opportunity for people in Wise and surrounding counties and states to obtain free medical, dental, vision care, PT and radiology, as well as to receive free food and clothing.  The clinic is held outside in a Fair Ground, although certain dental services, such as dentures, were provided at another proximate offsite location, and resembles what I would imagine a MASH unit, to look like.

A significant number of dentists and dental students and medical and medical students were perhaps the most important volunteers.  In the past, Ralph Northam, Virginia’s current Governor and a pediatric neurologist, has also volunteered and this year visited clinic.  The remainder of us volunteered in such capacities as “runners” – individuals who make sure that patients are appropriately moved through the process and also to assist in delivering the free food to patients who are awaiting services and do not wish to lose their place in the cue, staff to make corrective lenses and fit them into optical frames that are offered on that date, preparation and delivery of snack and meals to people at the clinic and volunteers, and frankly, anything else that the clinic needs.

As a volunteer, I had the opportunity, not only to assist, but also to meet a number of people who were having multiple dental and medical needs attended.  These people by and large had many needs but also a stoicism and gratitude for the assistance that they were receiving that was both heart-warming and tragic.  I cannot tell you the number of people who I escorted to the dental tent who were facing the need to extract all of their remaining teeth.  It is a tragedy that a country such as ours should never allow to occur.

There is also silver lining here.  The Virginia legislature recently voted to expand the Medicaid program effective January 1, 2019.  Virginia’s Medicaid program does not cover adult dental care, and many medical needs are related to the lack of adequate dental care.  However, there is hope that the expansion will enable a number of folks who have needed to rely on the Wise County free clinic, and thus avoid waiting at least a year (and sometimes many years since the clinic cannot serve everyone who presents), to receive medical care on a regular basis throughout the year.

The importance of the expansion to these folks is best demonstrated by the fact that as part of service that weekend, the DMAS contingent also offered outreach to alert the attendees of the advent of the expansion on January 1.  The receptiveness of the patients can only be described as overwhelming.

I was privileged to join a group of committed individuals from DMAS who gave up their weekend and traveled at their own expense to assist.  I was even more privileged to be able participate and assist in the delivery of care to so many needy folks.  I can only hope that at some point in my life time, this becomes obsolete and that routine medical and dental care becomes accessible for everyone.

Healthcare AttorneyMichael Cook is a Partner and Co-chair of the Health Care Group at Liles Parker PLLC.  Mr. Cook has extensive experience in representing providers and suppliers of all types, including home and personal, and home health, agencies in regulatory, compliance, policy, and business matters throughout the country.  Mr. Cook also serves on the Board of the agency that advises Virginia’s Medicaid program. Anyone interested in discussing the material presented in this article should contact Michael Cook at 202-298-8750 or mcook@lilesparker.com

Liles Parker Partner, Michael Cook, Receives Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

February 5, 2018 by  
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Healthcare AttorneyLiles Parker is  pleased to announce that our Partner an Co-chair of our Health Care Group, Michael Cook, has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. 

The press release announcing the Award describes Michael as:  “An accomplished listee, [celebrating] many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for his achievements, leadership qualities and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.”  The full press release announcing the Award can be accessed at:

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/michael-cook-presented-with-the-albert-nelson-marquis-lifetime-achievement-award-by-marquis-whos-who-449930.php

We congratulate Michael on his receipt of this Award. Michael can be reached at mcook@lilesparker.com or 202-298-8750.

Michael Cook appointed to serve on Virginia’s Medicaid Policy Council

January 2, 2018 by  
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Healthcare Attorney(January 2, 2018):  Congratulations to our very own Michael Cook who has been appointed to serve on the Virginia Medicaid Policy Council for Health and Human Resources. In this role, The Council’s role is to provide recommendations on policy issues involving the programs operated by the Department of Health and Human Resources as part of the transition.

Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association Annual Meeting

October 3, 2017 by  
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Liles Parker attorneys Michael Cook and Ashley Hudson will be presenting at the Maryland National Capital Homecare Association’s annual meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel on November 10, 2017 from 7:15 am to 4:15 pm.

Their presentation will be held at 2:15 pm and will be titled Medicare and Medicaid Audits: How do I Handle Them?

Please click here to for more information and to register!

Michael Cook awarded the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

October 3, 2017 by  
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(October 3, 2017): Michael Cook has been awarded the Alfred Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the World Wide Lifetime Achievement by Marquis Who’s Who, based on his professional achievements over the past 40 plus years in the practice of law and policy, which includes appearing in multiple publications of Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America and awards and achievements.  We are proud of Michael’s accomplishments over his career and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.

Upcoming Webinar — CJR / Bundled Payment Impact on Post-Acute Providers

(January 31, 2017):  Michael Cook, Partner and Co-chair of the Health Care Group at Liles Parker and Fred Bentley, Vice President, Center for Payment and Delivery System Reform, Avalere Health, will be presenting a webinar for the American Health Lawyers Association, on CJR / Bundled Payment Impact on Post-Acute Providers–Navigating Alternative Payment Systems (Intermediate).  The CJR / Bundled Payment webinar will be presented from 2 – 3:30 Eastern on February 8.

Click here for more information and to register.

It’s Time for CMS and Congress to Review Outdated Medicare and Medicaid Provisions

November 23, 2016 by  
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(November 23, 2016): Michael Cook, co-chair of the Health Care Group, has an article published in the October issue of the American Health Lawyers Association Journal of Health Law & Life Sciences entitled “It’s Time for CMS and Congress to Review Outdated Medicare and Medicaid Provisions.”  The article discusses the fact that given the dramatic changes in payment and delivery system reform, there are a number of outdated, and in some instances counter-productive, rules that no longer make any sense and that should be reviewed by CMS and Congress.  The article cites three examples – the three day hospital stay requirement for Medicare SNF coverage, the limitations for coverage of care in Institutions for Mental Diseases and psychiatric hospitals under Medicaid, and for certain circumstances in alternative payment systems, the homebound requirement for Medicare home health coverage, but there likely are many more that will need examination in the coming years.  Ashley Hudson, an associate of the Firm, assisted in the research for the article.

The article can be reviewed at http://www.healthlawyersjournal.com/healthlawyers/october_2016/?pg=24&pm=2&u1=friend.

Outdated Medicare and Medicaid ProvisionsMichael has more than 40 years’ experience representing clients on health care issues in government and in private practice, serves on the Board of Medical Assistances Services that oversees Virginia’s Medicaid program, and also has advised a number of campaigns of candidates for state and national political offices.  Michael and Ashley can be reached at 202-298-8750.

Certified Medical Compliance Officer Course

July 6, 2016 by  
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Certified Medical Compliance Officer

Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance
This certification program was developed and is taught exclusively by 

Robert W. Liles, JD, MBA, MS,
Formerly served as the first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice

D.K. Everitt, CMCO, CCO, Health Care Compliance Officer
President, the Compliance Division

It is no longer a question of whether or not your practice will be audited, but when.

Here is why you need it. The evolution of health care is changing the way we handle patient records, document medical necessity, write prescriptions, bill for services, and work with physicians, hospitals and suppliers. As if all of this were not stressful enough, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is watching and commanding total compliance with current rules and regulations. Each day that passes without an effective Compliance Plan increases your risk of staggering fines, penalties or even criminal liability if an auditor uncovers overpayments or alleged fraud.

Is your organization prepared for greater accountability? Compliance goes beyond a paper document stuck in a file. It represents a functional, ongoing program with factors such as measuring effectiveness, proper training, review and update of policies and procedures. The U.S. Department of Justice is going to examine both your actions and those of your organization when making a determination of whether or not to prosecute allegations of improper conduct.  There is no excuse for continuing down the wrong road.  Take action today to better ensure that your health care organization fully complies with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements!

5-Day Course  |  8 am– 5 pm

August 30, 31, Sept. 1, 28, 29

Texas Workforce Commission Grant Money May Be Available!
If you have a medical practice in good standing with Texas Workforce Commission with less than 100 employees, your employees can qualify. Contact Rosella Juarez at TSTC by calling (956) 364-4615 or by emailing rosella.juarez@tstc.edu so that you can get the application completed in time to take advantage of this awesome PMI Certification.

The Grant application must be correctly completed no later than July 30, 2016. 

If not seeking Grant funds, you may qualify for reduced tuition if you are a Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) or a Physicians Health Plus (PHP) employee.

DHR/PHP applicants must register at (800) 259-5562:

Payment Plan is Available

Liles Parker’s Michael Cook Appointed to Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services

March 20, 2015 by  
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Michael Cook(March 20. 2015): Liles Parker is proud to announce that Governor Terry McAuliffe (VA) has appointed Michael Cook, co-chair of our health care group, to a four-year term as a member of the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services.  The Board is established pursuant to Virginia statute to oversee the Medicaid program, including the development of the State Plan for Medical Assistance and promulgating rules and regulations for the Medicaid program.  Michael has a wealth of experience in working with the Medicaid program, initially as an attorney for the federal regulators of the program, and for more than 30 years representing providers in the program.  Additionally, Michael has served previously on a work group of Governor Kaine’s Health Reform Commission, has served on the health care transition team for two Governors, and has lectured and published frequently over the years on health care issues, including those involving the Medicaid program.  We congratulate Michael on his appointment.

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