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“Brian is a fantastic subject matter expert on meaningful use payments with outstanding customer service skills. He is prompt, thorough and has a pleasant demeanor.”

Colleen Smith, Administrative Director in Neuroscience, Research Medical Center

Overview

Brian views government reviews, audits and investigations as unexpected issues that need quick intervention to minimize damage and move clients forward.

Brian advises clients, many from the healthcare industry, on strategy and tactics to achieve the most favorable resolution of regulatory compliance and other challenges. He also represents clients facing civil and criminal charges of waste, abuse, misconduct and fraud in federal and state courts.

Clients appreciate the multiple perspectives that Brian gained by working as a prosecutor, consultant and regulator before entering private practice. He served nearly a decade as a prosecutor in banking, insurance, securities, healthcare, organized crime, general crimes and white collar crime. He was an Inspector General for the Health and Human Services system of Texas and was appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid Integrity Program Advisory Committee. He also served as a consultant for a Big Four accounting firm and as an international consultant on healthcare, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other regulatory and compliance industry matters.  

Brian is a Certified Inspector General (CIG), a Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC) professional, an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator (AHFI) and a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS). 

“Brian is a fantastic subject matter expert on meaningful use payments with outstanding customer service skills. He is prompt, thorough and has a pleasant demeanor.”

Colleen Smith, Administrative Director in Neuroscience, Research Medical Center


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Association of Certified Fraud Specialists, Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Public Service, 2007
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), International Chapter, National Outstanding Service Award, 2003
  • U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Certificate of Appreciation, 2002
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), Dallas Chapter, Public Service Award, 2002
  • Greater Dallas Crime Commission, Certificate of Appreciation, 2001
  • Tarrant County Auto Theft Task Force, Certificate of Appreciation, 2001

Education

  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law
  • B.B.A., Texas A&M University

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association of Certified Fraud Specialists
  • Association of Inspectors General
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
  • State Bar of Texas
Featured Experience

Political strategy added to regulatory efforts, resolving $2 million payment delay for healthcare client.

Our healthcare client was denied access to approximately $2 million of Medicaid reimbursement payments in Texas following the delayed approval of a change of control. Brian collaborated with government relations advocates at Husch Blackwell Strategies to remedy the problem. This alternative solution identified that the delay sat squarely on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and our political advocate worked up the chain of command at HHSC to release the nearly $2 million in payments owed our client. Alternative solutions, political advocacy and teamwork streamlined results for our healthcare client.


Additional Experience
  • Performed and supervised numerous professional services, including regulatory reviews, compliance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) requirements, adverse private or government audits, civil and criminal investigations, administrative or criminal prosecutions.
  • Established and reviewed integrity and compliance programs both nationally and internationally.
  • Obtained dismissal of all criminal charges in first-degree felony matters on behalf of clients.
  • Responded to government civil investigative demands or subpoenas with negotiation favorable to client.
  • Negotiated with private carriers on matters of payment and repayment.
  • Filed administrative appeals for potential overpayment recoupments.
  • Reviewed compliance programs for sufficiency and materiality.
  • Served as expert in matters of claims and issues, including administrative, civil and criminal mens rea.
  • Initiated responses to regulators and carriers regarding compliance with agreements and terms of participation.
Seminars | October 12, 2018
Annual Texas Health Law Conference
October 12, 2018

Please join Husch Blackwell and Berkeley Research Group for our 16th Annual Texas Health Law Conference in Austin.

Outside the Office

An avid road cyclist and mountain biker, Brian rides 20 to 80 miles every weekend.

Though most of his favorite routes are in the hills surrounding Austin, he has cycled in the Rockies and participates in the MS150 and LIVESTRONG Challenge annual charity rides.

Community Leadership
  • River City Hope Street, Board Member
  • Austin State Hospital, Board Member
Healthcare Compliance

Brian is a frequent author and speaker on Medicare and healthcare compliance. His writings and presentations explore such topics as Medicare’s Meaningful Use payments and look to the future of regulation and enforcement as healthcare shifts from fee-based to value-based payment models.

In addition to Husch Blackwell’s annual Health Law Conference, Brian has spoken and presented programs for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association.