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Michael Cook on “The Future of the Medicaid Program in Long Term Care”

February 11, 2019 by  
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On February 28, Michael Cook will moderating and participating on a panel comprised of the Medicaid Directors of Washington State and Arizona and the Deputy Director for Medicaid Policy in Virginia on “The Future of the Medicaid Program in Long Term Care” as part of a three day conference by the American Health Lawyers Association on Long Term Care and the Law at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona from February 27 – March 1. The panel of senior Medicaid officials will discuss how various states are implementing post-acute care today and also some of the innovations and changes that we expect in the future of Medicaid for assisted living, home health, community based services, and nursing facilities, as well as supportive housing, managed care, and the impact of social determinants on the program.

Michael Cook Moderating a panel of State Medicaid Directors and Deputies

December 18, 2018 by  
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Michael Cook will be moderating a panel of State Medicaid Directors and Deputies on “The Future of the Medicaid Program in Long Term Care – A Panel of State Government Experts” at the American Health Lawyers Symposium on Long Term Care.  The Symposium will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from February 27 – March 1, 2019, and in addition to Michael, the panel will include the Directors of the Medicaid program from Virginia, Washington state and Arizona.

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 by  
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(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.

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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.

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