Barb practices in the areas of healthcare and administrative law, with emphasis in regulatory matters and fraud and abuse. She counsels acute and post-acute providers such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health, hospice and assisted-living facilities in all aspects of regulatory issues. Barb has defended healthcare providers in actions to terminate participation in Medicare and Medicaid and/or a provider’s license. She has successfully tried cases before the Appeals Board and the Civil Remedies Division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contesting sanctions and civil monetary penalties. Barb has successfully represented clients responding to Department of Justice and Office of Inspector General subpoenas relating to Medicare billing and quality of care issues.
Barb has successfully represented clients in reimbursement appeals in federal and state venues.
In addition, she has extensive experience representing numerous professionally licensed individuals such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists and nurses before their respective licensing boards. Barb has represented associations of healthcare professionals in broad policy matters.
In 2010, Barb was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) after completing her third year as the chair of AHLA's practice group on long-term and in-home care. She served as AHLA's task force co-chair on A Legal Guide to Life Limiting Conditions and chair on Considerations for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families.
Barb has more than 12 years of experience as a registered nurse. She is a frequent presenter nationally and regionally on issues related to healthcare.
She has participated in the following reported opinions:
- Christian Health Care of Springfield East v. CMS, Docket No. C-08-450, Decision No. CR2008 (September 23, 2009)
- IHS of Kansas City at Alpine North v. CMS, Docket No. C-04-472, Decision No. CR1585 (April 12, 2007)