Bill Mateja is a shareholder in the Dallas office of Polsinelli where his practice focuses on white collar defense, government investigations, securities litigation, and business litigation. Much of his practice centers on conducting internal investigations, defending clients in health care and SEC enforcement actions (including qui tam actions), and defending those charged with federal crimes.
Prior to returning to private practice, Bill spent 13 years with the U.S. Department of Justice culminating in his appointment as Senior Counsel to Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and James Comey (2003-04) in which he oversaw the Justice Department’s white collar crime efforts, including its corporate and health care fraud efforts. Because the Deputy Attorney General was Chair of President Bush’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, Bill served as the point person for the Task Force and was responsible for its day-to-day operations. He also served as the Department’s Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud.
Bill previously served as Counsel to the Director for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (2002-03) and continued to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney while on assignment to Main Justice, having served in such capacity with the Northern District of Texas since 1991. As a federal prosecutor, Bill prosecuted and tried many of the Northern District’s most complex and sophisticated white collar crime and fraud cases.
Bill serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Texas Tech University School of Law (1995-2002, 2006-present), where he teaches corporate and white collar crime, civil and criminal pretrial litigation, and trial advocacy. He is a former President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (1997-98) and a former member of the State Bar of Texas’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors (1996-99). He is a Director for the Dallas Bar Association and previously served as its Secretary-Treasurer.
Bill has a J.D. from the Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was the Associate Editor, Texas Tech Law Review, and a B.S. (Biology Concentration) University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the ABA (White Collar Crime Committee, Criminal Justice, Health Law and Litigation Sections); the State Bar of Texas; the Dallas Bar Association (Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Business Litigation, and Securities Sections); the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Vice Chair, White Collar Crime Committee)
Brian Bewley is a Shareholder with Polsinelli in its Nashville office. Brian serves as co-chair of two of Polsinelli’s health care practice areas, compliance (fraud and abuse), and government audits and investigations.
Before joining Polsinelli, Brian was a senior health care fraud enforcement attorney with the federal government, leading and handling several notable FCA and CMP matters for both the Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice
Chris Carnahan is an experienced healthcare consultant, evaluator, and accountant with over 25 years in the healthcare, finance, and technology industries. He is the president and founder of the Tampa and Nashville-based Carnahan Group, a healthcare technology firm that uses game-changing technology to drive compliance and cost reductions for some of the world’s largest healthcare organizations, in addition to conducting assessments and valuations of for-profit and non-profit health organizations. Carnahan Group also offers independent litigation support and expert testimony witness services to healthcare organizations. In 2016, Mr. Carnahan and the Carnahan Group launched FMVMD™, an online fair market valuation physician compensation platform that has significantly reduced the cost of compliance and turnaround times on valuation analyses.
Using FMVMD™ and direct communication with Carnahan Group clients, Mr. Carnahan is able to identify healthcare organizations financial and technological assets and liabilities. With the goal of assisting all levels of healthcare organizations with developing strategic technology and innovative compliance plans, the algorithms in FMVMD™ provide a streamlined method to calculate risks, analyze compensation, and determine compliance with current regulations.
Mr. Carnahan’s work as a chief financial officer, a regional manager of development, and a senior investment analyst have prepared him for working with different types of health organizations to plan for expansion and stability. He is skilled at pinpointing the fair market value and commercial reasonableness of different strategies for health organizations.
Mr. Carnahan has been involved in thousands of healthcare transactions for a variety of different markets and together with his staff has completed thousands of projects for health organizations throughout the United States. For over 15 years, Mr. Carnahan has been instrumental in negotiating deals and contract terms. His responsibility and care are the foundation of the Carnahan Group’s continued run of success in consulting and business valuation services. He has testified as an expert witness in many healthcare-related court proceedings and has served as an instructor for the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). In 2010, Mr. Carnahan received the Certificate of Achievement for an Instructor of Great Distinction by NACVA.
Mr. Carnahan is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), and Senior Business Analyst (SBA). He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), a section member of the AICPA’s Valuation and Forensic Services, and is a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser (CMEA).
Memorial Hermann Health System (TX)
Chris has been with Memorial Hermann since 2012. Chris serves as the principal assistant to Memorial Hermann’s Chief Legal Officer in managing Memorial Hermann’s legal function and serves as the organization’s primary in-house legal counsel for general business, transactional and corporate governance matters. Chris provides specialized expertise, legal advice, and counsel in both complex and routine business and corporate transactions and negotiations, and in a broad range of operational and strategic decisions in relation to the organization’s business and corporate related activities. His primary areas of responsibility include business contracts and agreements including mergers and acquisition, joint ventures, information technology, real estate and finance as well as corporate governance matters.
Chris has practiced law since 1996, and prior to joining Memorial Hermann Chris served as General Counsel for St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Hospital Partners of America, Inc., in Charlotte, NC. His experience also includes over eight years in private legal practice. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in History and Government from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and his law degree from the College of William and Mary Marshall – Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, VA.
Administrative Director – Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives and Contracts
Stanford Health Care (CA)
Chris is an innovative and driven corporate counsel with over seven years of experience leading commercial transactions and negotiations for billion dollar companies. Chris obtained his Juris Doctor, Certificate in Health Law and Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and his Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College where he studied Economics & Management and Political Science. With a fast-paced, tech-savvy and lean leadership style that focuses on goals, metrics and continuous improvement, Chris has been recognized as the 2014 Corporate Counsel of the Year by the St. Louis Business Journal and is a recipient of the 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion award for creating leading best practices to increase customer service and decrease costs.
Chris currently serves as the Administrative Director of Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives and Contracts at Stanford Health Care, a premier academic medical system in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. The Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives department provides centralized management of financial performance, operational metrics, process improvement initiatives, strategic planning, and resource utilization for 12 distinct business units that manage over 80 cost centers, approximately 2,000 staff and a total budget of over $200 million. The Contract Administration department provides centralized legal review and contract management services to Stanford Medicine legal entities that include: coordinating contract requests, advising on contractual matters, negotiating and drafting legal documents, performing legal review and facilitating timely renewal or termination of contracts to meet internal policies and external regulations and optimize legal and business terms.
CLO, Chief Governance Officer & Secretary
Cleveland Clinic (OH)
David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on the Clinic’s Board of Governors. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Rowan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic while remaining a partner in Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Mr. Rowan received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978 and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1975. He joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP upon graduation from law school and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Rowan served on the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Management Committee from 1993-1996. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of the Cleveland Clinic and its health system.
Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many boards. He has worked extensively on international healthcare and other multinational ventures. Mr. Rowan currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice, and as a Trustee on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates 11 community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company. In 2015, there were more than 6.62 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 164,704 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from 180 countries around the world.
SVP & GC
Lafayette General Health System (LA)
Gordon Rountree began his career at Lafayette General Health System in January of 2005 as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Gordon previously held the position of Director – Health Care Attorney from 1998-2004 at Sullivan, Stolier and Resor, APLC in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gordon also served as an Assistant District Attorney with the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 1997.
Gordon obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia in 1991, Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School of New Orleans in 1995, Cum Laude, and L.L.M. in Health Law from Loyola University, Institute for Health Law, Chicago, Illinois in 1998. Gordon is noted for his publication, “Health Care Providers and Fraud Investigations: What Can You Do When the Government Changes the Rules in the Middle of the Game” published in the Annals of Health Law, Volume 8, 1999. Gordon has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar since 1995, member of the ABA-Health Law Section, and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Nonprofit Board background includes Hospice of Acadiana (2007-2016), Lafayette Little League (2010-2014), and Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) (2013-current).
VP & GC
Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
Doug Hammer serves as Vice President and General Counsel responsible for the organization and management of legal and government relations services at Intermountain Healthcare. He manages a team of over 30 professionals.
He served on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), served as Chairman of the AHLA In-House Counsel Committee, and as Program Chairman for AHLA’s Fundamentals of Health Care Law program. In 2005, he was named an AHLA Charter Fellow, one of only 35 health lawyers nationally among the 13,000-plus members of AHLA.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and since 1978 has taught courses in health care organization, health policy and managed care, and public health administration and law. Further, he also taught health care law as an Adjunct Professor at the Brigham Young University Marriott Graduate School of Management. In his honor, in 2004, the University of Utah established the “Douglas J. Hammer Distinguished Endowed Lectureship in Public Health.”
Mr. Hammer received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah with an emphases in Health Services Research and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Janet Catherine Walker
GC, Ascension Care Management
Insurance Legal Department Chair, Ascension
Janet Walker is the current General Counsel for Ascension Care Management and the Insurance Legal Department Chair with Ascension. In this role, Janet is the main point of contact and source of legal expertise for managed care and insurance products and services. She provides leadership, legal services, advice, and assistance on legal matters in support of Ascension’s direct subsidiaries that provide managed care and insurance products and services.
Prior to taking this role, Janet was the Senior Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Seton Insurance Services (SIS), a division within the Seton Healthcare Family. At SIS, Janet worked directly with the SIS President and Chief Executive Officer to develop and implement business and legal strategies for the division. Before joining SIS, Janet previously held a position within the Seton Healthcare Family as Senior Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, where she provided legal support and counsel for SIS.
Before joining the Seton Healthcare Family, Janet practiced law with international law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Greenberg Traurig. While in private practice, Janet primarily worked in the firms’ respective Insurance Regulatory and Governmental Affairs practice groups, but also contributed to and participated in significant commercial-litigation and corporate-law matters. Prior to working in private practice, Janet worked as in-house counsel for Scotts Miracle Gro in Marysville, Ohio.
Ropes & Gray
John Chesley has been a member of the health care group at Ropes & Gray since 1985. For over 25 years he has focused on meeting the needs of clients in complex transactions and challenging regulatory contexts. John blends transactional skills with knowledge of tax-exempt organizational law, regulatory issues and securities law.
John's practice is broad. He has served as lead transaction counsel in nonprofit mergers and affiliations (including a major provider-insurer affiliation noted by Modern Healthcare, the Wall Street Journal and others as a "game changer"), as outside general counsel to a health care system, and as borrower's counsel and underwriter's counsel on numerous higher education, health care and other 501(c)(3) financings. He advises a leading university on capital finance matters. He counsels boards on governance matters. His practice ranges from AAA-rated institutions to distressed credits, with a particular emphasis on complex structuring and strategic relationships at the intersection of industry change.
John graduated with an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Walter Jay Skinner, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Greg Luce handles civil and criminal litigation and regulatory matters involving the healthcare industry. For more than 30 years he has represented health systems, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and other health care providers in litigation involving fraud and abuse enforcement, False Claims Act defense, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Mr. Luce focuses on the counseling and defense of health care providers, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies and physicians under state and federal fraud and abuse laws and the False Claims Act, as well as on the design and implementation of compliance programs. In addition, Mr. Luce represents numerous health care providers and corporations in response to civil and criminal investigations under the provisions of the False Claims Act and other statutes. A significant aspect of his practice includes advising clients on voluntary disclosure of statutory and regulatory violations to appropriate government agencies. Mr. Luce has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Nationwide — Health Care; District of Columbia — top tier for Health Care) and The Best Lawyers in America. He also was named as one of Law360’s “Health MVPs” in 2012.
Greg holds a BA from the University of Virginia (with distinction) and a JD from the University of Richmond and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. He also partook in government service as the Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Member of the ABA Health Law Section, a member of the Virginia State Bar Health Law Section (past chair, 1990-1991, and a member of the board of governors, 1988-1991 and 1996-1999), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (1995-2001) and was elected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Health Lawyers Association.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (NJ)
Mr. Barkhorn has served as compliance counsel to St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Paterson, New Jersey since 2016. Previously, he assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer for RWJ Barnabas Health when the two organizations merged in 2015. He joined Barnabas Health in 1997, the largest provider organization in New Jersey, as a health care attorney after practicing law for over 12 years, and was appointed Chief Compliance Officer in 2000 and Senior Vice President, reporting to the CEO and Board of Trustees. His responsibilities included overseeing and managing regulatory compliance issues and establishing an enterprise-wide compliance program, including during the term of a 7 year Corporate Integrity Agreement.
Over the years Mr. Barkhorn recruited, trained and mentored numerous compliance professionals. Under his leadership, the program addressed high impact compliance risk areas including coding, medical necessity, billing, conflict of interest and physician contracting—areas where the compliance program was central in advancing best practices and re-designing programs. He was also charged with addressing and defending all Federal Health Care Program inquiries and investigations.
In addition to serving as Chief Compliance Officer, Mr. Barkhorn served as HIPAA Privacy Officer and COO of Barnabas Health Medical Group, during periods of strategic transition.
Mr. Barkhorn earned a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University, Camden and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.
Laura Keidan Martin
Partner & National Head, Health Care Practice
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Laura Keidan Martin is the national head of the firm’s Health Care practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She counsels health care industry participants including health systems, national ancillary service providers and life sciences companies, helping them structure their transactions, sales/marketing practices and physician compensation arrangements to meet state and federal regulatory requirements. Laura regularly assists clients with government and internal investigations and advises on corporate integrity and deferred prosecution agreements. She also helps clients develop and update their compliance programs and policies, provides compliance education and conducts compliance program effectiveness reviews.
Ms. Martin also serves as lead counsel on complex transactions, often involving multiple parties and creative deal structures. She is an expert on the development, implementation and lawful operation of clinically integrated networks. Her broad‑based antitrust practice includes antitrust compliance advice and representation through pre‑merger reviews and investigations conducted by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.
Ms. Martin earned her BA in economics from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is past president of the Illinois Association of Health Attorneys. Her recognitions include Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for both health care and antitrust, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Chicago Health Care Law, and Leading Lawyers Network’s “Top 10 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois.”
SVP & GC, Northwell Health Ventures
Northwell Health (NY)
Laurence Kraemer is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Northwell Ventures, the corporate development and venture arm of Northwell Health. In that role, he provides general corporate, tax and structuring advice to Northwell, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Northwell in 2007, Mr. Kraemer spent nearly twenty years leading the Deloitte & Touche health care, colleges and universities, and exempt organizations tax consulting practice in the Northeast, where his clients included many national, international and high-profile health care and tax exempt organizations. His clients included Northwell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University, Weill-Cornell Medical School, Columbia/HCA, the British Broadcasting Corporation and many high-profile hospitals and universities.
He is a published author and speaker on many topics involving health care and tax exempt organizations. Recent speaking engagements have included: “Two-step in Harmony: Hospital Partnerships with National Centers of Excellence” – AHLA Health Care Transactions Program (May 2016); “Emerging Trends in Health Care Joint Ventures” – AHLA Annual Meeting (June 2014); “Tax Treatment of Accountable Care Organizations” – New York State Bar Association (October 2011).
Mr. Kraemer received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the New York University School of Law.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Kraemer has been admitted to the bar in the State of New York, the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Associate VP, Legal Affairs
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Leah Stewart is the inaugural Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this, she practiced in several areas of healthcare and regulatory law, with an emphasis on managed care and government programs, at Beatty Bangle Strama P.C. and Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Before practicing law in Austin, she earned her B.S. in Genetics from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from The University of Virginia, where she served as an articles editor of the Virginia Law Review, and graduated Order of the Coif. Following law school, Leah clerked for The Honorable Emilio M. Garza on the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Since 2011, Leah has served as the Vice Chair of Educational Programs for AHLA’s Payers, Plans and Managed Care practice group, and she is a co-editor of the seventh edition of the AHLA Health Plans Contracting Handbook.
Leah is also a director for her neighborhood’s Limited District and enjoys the opportunities this role gives her to improve local park facilities in Austin, as well as the insight into the workings of a public entity.
From strategic transactions to government investigations, Leigh Oliver helps companies step through their most difficult antitrust issues. She represents clients before both state and federal antitrust enforcers on matters such as domestic and multijurisdictional mergers, joint ventures, and competitor collaborations.
Leigh is known in the antitrust bar for working with clients in some of the most heavily scrutinized industries, including healthcare, life sciences, and aerospace and defense. Her tireless work ethic and ability to build relationships with witnesses and clients to gain in-depth understanding of competitive market dynamics creates the formula for a winning strategy. Leigh was named "Lawyer of the Year – Under 40" by Global Competition Review (GCR) in 2017 and a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Antitrust Trailblazer by the National Law Journal for her work in 2016.
She has played a critical role in defending healthcare providers in multiple FTC merger investigations and challenges, including the FTC challenge to the merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem and in LabCorp v. FTC, which was named the 2011 "Litigation of the Year" by GCR. She is a Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Committee and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
EVP & GC
Wellstar Health System (GA)
Leo Reichert joined WellStar Health System in January 2011, and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In that role, Mr. Reichert provides advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for managing the legal function for the System and its affiliates. In addition, Mr. Reichert supervises WellStar’s Government Relations efforts.
Prior to joining WellStar, Leo was a partner on the Healthcare Team at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, including commercial litigation, medical staff privilege disputes and certificate of need litigation. His experience also included representing health care providers in civil and criminal health care fraud investigations, qui tam (whistleblower) cases, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, and in the development and implementation of compliance programs.
Prior to joining Parker Hudson, Leo served in the Department of Justice as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in the Northern District of Georgia.
Leo is a graduate of Georgetown University and Emory University School of Law.
SVP & 340B Compliance Officer
Sentry Data Systems
With more than 15 years’ experience in 340B software and program maintenance, and six years in various staff positions within the US House of Representatives, Lidia is uniquely suited for the challenges of 340B compliance. In her current role as Senior Vice President & 340B Compliance Officer for Sentry Data Systems, she oversees the 340B audit and compliance team and the professional services team. These teams act as internal consultants on Sentry’s high-priority projects and also support client requests that require a great level of expertise. Lidia is active in her local community as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow since 2008 and has served on the IPMI advisory board committee for the Healthcare Law and Compliance Institute since 2015.
Mary Beth Claus
SVP & GC
Indiana University Health (IN)
Mary Beth Claus serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for IU Health, Inc. In her role, Claus directs IU Health’s statewide departments for legal, privacy, regulatory, internal audit, corporate compliance, risk management and insurance operations. Prior to her role as General Counsel of Indiana University Health, Claus was Deputy Chief Legal Officer and Director of Health Care Regulatory for the Cleveland Clinic where she oversaw the medical center’s regulatory and legal compliance matters. Prior to that, she lived in Indianapolis and worked for nearly a decade as a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels (formerly Baker & Daniels) where she managed legal representations for a wide variety of health and life science clients and advised on regulatory and compliance strategies during the development of new hospital integrations, joint venture initiatives and specialty clinics. Her career also includes several years spent managing the healthcare practice group as a partner at Bingham, Summers, Welsh and Spilman and two years working as an executive liaison for former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, advising him during the Medicaid budget overhaul of 1992.
Claus has been named in The Best Lawyers in America and Indiana Super Lawyers, including the distinction of being one of Indiana’s top 25 female lawyers. In 2014, she was named one of the IBJ’s “Women of Influence”. She was also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for WFYI, Indianapolis’ largest public radio and TV station, and the Board of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She spent several years working on the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Board of Directors for MDWise, Inc., the Wishard Memorial Foundation and Safe Sitter, Inc. as well as serving as a chairperson for the Indiana’s Children’s Trust Fund. Claus received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and her law degree from Indiana University
Bass, Berry & Sims
Matt Curley is a member at Bass, Berry & Sims’ Nashville office. He represents clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings, particularly involving matters of fraud and abuse within the healthcare industry. Matt has considerable experience in litigating matters under the False Claims Act and in representing clients in actions and investigations brought by government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) and various state agencies. Matt's clients have included a wide array of healthcare providers, including hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, hospice providers and home health providers, among others.
Matt's perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the Office's civil enforcement efforts in representing the United States and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the False Claims Act.
Matt has been recognized by Chambers USA in Healthcare Governmental Investigations and Fraud and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt School of Law, where he teaches Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. Matt is a contributor and editor of the firm's annual Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Year in Review and the firm's Inside the FCA blog and has served as a member of Law 360's Health Editorial Advisory Board.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Meaghan Atkinson is a Partner in the Health Group at Hogan Lovells in New York, whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and related regulatory issues in the health care industry. She has represented academic medical centers, non-profit hospitals and health systems, municipal hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, clinical laboratories, large physician groups, health insurance plans and clinically integrated networks in a wide range of matters.
Meaghan has been involved in some of the largest and most sophisticated healthcare transactions in the U.S. in recent years. She regularly uses her knowledge of health regulatory law, together with her skill in negotiating and completing complex business transactions, in order to successfully complete mergers and acquisitions; system formations and restructurings; joint ventures, consortiums, and other affiliation arrangements; long-term leases; CIN formations and other transactions for health care industry clients across the country
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Michael R. Callahan assists hospital, health system and medical staff clients on a variety of health care legal issues related to accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient safety organizations (PSOs), health care antitrust issues, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and regulatory compliance, accreditation matters, general corporate transactions, medical staff credentialing and hospital/medical staff relations.
Michael's peers regard him as "one of the top guys […] for credentialing—he's got a wealth of experience" (Chambers USA). Additionally, his clients describe him as "always responsive and timely with assistance," and say he is "informed, professional and extremely helpful" and "would recommend him without reservation" (Chambers USA). Michael's clients also commend his versatility, and say "He is willing to put on the hat of an executive or entrepreneur while still giving legal advice," according to Chambers USA.
He is a frequent speaker on topics including ACOs, health care reform, PSOs, health care liability and peer review matters. He has presented around the country before organizations such as the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Bar Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association Medical Staff Services, the National Association for Healthcare Quality and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Michael was recently appointed as chair of the Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. He also was appointed as the public member representative on the board of directors of the National Association Medical Staff Services.
He was an adjunct professor in DePaul University's Master of Laws in Health Law Program, where he taught a course on managed care. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Daniel P. Ward of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Brett J. Denton
SVP and Deputy General Counsel
Carolinas HealthCare System
Brett J. Denton serves as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Carolinas HealthCare System, where he is responsible for the Office of General Counsel, Corporate Risk Management, and Corporate Insurance. Carolinas HealthCare System, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the most comprehensive and integrated healthcare systems in the nation with more than 62,000 employees, 40 hospital facilities and 900 care locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Brett’s legal practice includes responsibility for a 3,000 physician group practice, a clinically integrated network, regional hospital affiliations and management relationships, litigation management, insurance and risk mitigation, executive employment and counseling, facilities, compliance, and intellectual property. Prior to joining the in-house legal team at CHS in 1999, Brett practiced law for six years with the firm Robinson Bradshaw and Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, where he primarily litigated business disputes.
Brett received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1990 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from UNC, where he served on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Brett also graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina.
In 2015 and 2016, Brett was voted by members of the North Carolina State Bar as one of the Legal Elite for Corporate Counsel in North Carolina.
Brett is active in the Charlotte community, serving as chairman of the St. Gabriel parish pastoral council, recently chairing the board of directors of Crisis Assistance Ministry and previously serving on the state Health Law Council for the North Carolina Bar Association and the fee dispute resolution committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Brett and his wife, Natalie, have three children.
Christine Kocot McCoy
SVP, Legal Services & GC
Christine Kocot McCoy is the Senior Vice President, Legal Services and General Counsel for Ascension Healthcare. In this role she is responsible for leading Legal Services for Ascension Healthcare and its subsidiary organizations. As General Counsel, Chris provides legal counsel to the organization, Board of Trustees and executive management. She leads affiliation initiatives; assists with business development activities; and manages outside legal relationships on behalf of Ascension Healthcare. Chris also serves as Ascension’s Litigation Department Chair with responsibility for leading and directing litigation strategies for the enterprise. Chris was previously Vice President, Risk Management for Ascension, responsible for leading the associate health and safety, claims management, insurance, and loss prevention programs for Ascension and its subsidiary organizations.
Chris came to Ascension from the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. As Partner, she focused her practice in the areas of medical malpractice and employment litigation. Chris represented hospitals and physicians in malpractice matters in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts. Also, she represented management in employment and labor-related matters before federal and state courts and local agencies in Missouri, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Chris served as an Assistant Attorney General acting as Associate General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards. She also worked in the Appellate Practice Division and has argued cases before all district courts of the Missouri Courts of Appeal and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and obtained her juris doctorate at Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis. She is a licensed member of the Missouri and Illinois bar associations. In 2003, Chris was recognized as having one of the largest defense verdicts in the State of Missouri when defending a medical malpractice lawsuit. In August 2007, she was recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the area’s “Most Influential Business Women.”
Former SVP & CLO
CHRISTUS Health (TX)
Nancy LeGros served as Chief Legal Officer of CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic healthcare system, from 2012-2017. During her tenure at CHRISTUS, the company acquired multiple health systems in the U.S and formed joint ventures with health care systems in Chile and Colombia. Nancy was in private practice for almost twenty years prior to her role at CHRISTUS. She served as the inaugural Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, and currently is a Member of the Health Law Council of the Texas State Bar. An honors graduate of Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center, Nancy is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Following her graduation from high school, Nancy pursued a career as a professional ballet dancer, appearing with the American Ballet Theater (New York City) and Houston Ballet (Houston, Texas).
SVP & GC
Avera Health (SD)
Richard G. Korman, Esq., is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Avera Health, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rich is responsible for all legal, compliance, internal audit, institutional review board, insurance and risk management activities for Avera. Avera is the Catholic health ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota and the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Avera delivers health care services through more than 350 locations in a five-state region made up of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
Robert (Bob) Homchick
Davis Wright Tremaine
Bob Homchick is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine's national health care practice. As a health care transactional and regulatory lawyer, Bob counsels clients in areas such as physician self-referral (i.e., the federal Stark Law and its state law counterparts), regulatory compliance and fraud and abuse. Bob assists hospitals, physician organizations, ancillary services providers, and others in acquisitions, the formation and operation of joint ventures and in the development and implementation of new care delivery models, including accountable care organizations and other clinically integrated networks. His extensive experience includes defending providers in government audits, investigations, administrative proceedings and assisting providers with voluntary disclosures to federal and state enforcement agencies.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Michael K. Loucks is an experienced trial and appellate attorney whose practice focuses on internal investigations and government enforcement matters in the United States and abroad, and on false claims act litigation in federal and state courts. Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Michael had most recently served as acting U.S. attorney and first assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Since joining Skadden in 2010, Michael’s practice has focused on representing companies in government criminal investigations, in False Claims Act and other civil litigation, in regulatory matters with the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Inspector General, and in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. He has represented companies and individuals around the world from a wide variety of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical and biotech, medical devices, energy and natural gas, transportation and shipping, private equity, publishing and insurance, among others.
Before serving as acting U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Michael had a long history in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was first assistant U.S. attorney (2005- 2009); white collar crime section chief (2005); health care fraud unit chief (1997-2004); and healthcare fraud coordinator (1992-2004), where he established the office’s health care fraud practice and was involved in major prosecutions, including those involving pharmaceutical and medical devices. He was a nationally recognized health care fraud prosecutor, handling many of the department’s most high-profile health care fraud prosecutions of the past two decades. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1985, after five years in private practice.
Michael has a B.A., Harvard College (magna cum laude) and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He is the Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Litigation and Risk Management Interest Group and served on the Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal from 2007 – 2010.
Chief of Legal Affairs & Compliance
VNA Health Group
John A. Chiappinelli is General Counsel to VNA Health Group, one of the country’s largest, not-for-profit post-acute and community-based care providers, and is also its Compliance Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer. Since joining the organization in 2013, John performs myriad complex and critical business functions and is responsible for managing a robust legal services function for VNA Health Group.
Reporting directly to the President / CEO and Board, he provides executive leadership and counsel on VNAHG’s strategic, Governance, Compliance and tactical initiatives, both directly for VNAHG and as part of the management support services provided to affiliated entities. He has direct oversight of Compliance, litigation and risk management, is the executive lead for Diversity and Innovation, and the primary liaison with outside counsel.
He supports VNA Health Group’s business operations, oversees its regulatory compliance, and assists with maintaining operational compliance throughout its different lines of business. Additionally, John supports all of the VNA Boards and their various committees, and also chairs one of its Strategic Plan pillars. He counsels on transactional matters, negotiating and drafting contracts, tax matters, real estate transactions, employment practices, and insurance / risk management.
Prior to the VNA, John has served as General Counsel and Compliance Officer for a variety of healthcare entities, including a 500-physician medical practice, a hospital and health system and a managed care insurer.
Michelle Johnson Tidjani
SVP & GC
Henry Ford Health System (MI)
Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Esq., was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Henry Ford Health System in 2017. In this role, Tidjani provides executive leadership, from both a strategic and operational perspective, for the following areas: Office of the General Counsel covering all legal affairs for the health system, the Business Integrity and Tax Office, Information Privacy and Security, the Governance Office, and the Risk Finance and Insurance Office.
Prior to Henry Ford, Tidjani served as the Deputy Chief Legal Officer for the Cleveland Clinic, where she managed a team of more than 20 lawyers, paralegals, support staff and external counsel, serving as a strategic partner with her executive team on such initiatives as physician/hospital alignment, telemedicine, reimbursement, affiliations, acquisitions and governance. Tidjani has been responsible for more than $7 billion in contracting revenue through managed care agreements, consulting services, clinical operations, information technology, clinical trials, supply chain and all vendor relationships.
Tidjani was previously Senior Counsel for Tenet Healthcare's Managed Care and Litigation Practice Group where she led development and implementation of clinically integrated networks in five markets spanning the country. In this role, she also was involved in a wide range of operational and regulatory issues, including healthcare reform initiatives, physician contracting, corporate formation and governance, Stark, anti-kickback, antitrust, and HIPAA.
She earned a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1998 and was awarded a BA degree with honors from Cornell University in 1995.